I WAS very sad to hear of the passing of that soccer legend and gentleman, Bobby Brown, one of my boyhood heroes ("Ex-Rangers star Brown dies aged 96", The Herald, January 16).

In August 1957, my grandfather who was a passionate Aberdeen FC supporter, took me to Pittodrie to see his beloved Dons play Falkirk in a League Cup tie.

In goal for Falkirk that day was the veteran Bobby Brown, who was running down his great career after leaving Rangers.

Aberdeen, inspired by another of my heroes, Graham Leggat, threw everything at Brown but he was unbeatable. It was probably the greatest goalkeeping display I have ever seen. He finally however had to admit defeat after a penalty converted by Jack Allister.

At the final whistle Pittodrie rose to a man to applaud Brown as made his way off.

Was he the greatest ever Rangers goalkeeper? Difficult to say, but he was definitely on a par with Jerry Dawson, who was rightly called "The Prince of Goalkeepers".

Thanks for the memory, Bobby.

Kenneth P Colville, Isle of Bute.