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We are writing a book on Canadian soccer and would lie more information on David Brown. Are you able to put us in touch with anyone who might be able to add to our story
David Kerr Brown, born 7 August 1854 in Dalry to David Brown and Jane Archibald. He was the first child in the family, the others being Annabella Archibald Brown (8 Dec 1856), Hugh Archibald Brown (31 Dec 1858) and Robert Scott Brown (17 May 1861). His mother must have then died, as his father remarried Mary Barclay and had at least three more kids.
He is in the 1861 and 1871 censuses, both in the family home at Dalry, but of course nothing after that.
He may be the unsung hero of soccer’s early days in Canada. While David Forsyth is rightly given credit for his organizational work, the role of another David, another Scotsman, is overlooked.
David K. Brown was a writer in Toronto, first with the Toronto Globe, then with the Toronto Evening Telegram, and quickly became editor of the Winnipeg Daily Sun. He also contributed lengthy articles on topics of the day to such magazines as the Canadian Monthly and National Review.
Aged 21, he came from Darly, Scotland in 1875, from a place and at a time where soccer was advancing fast and much better established than in Canada. He had an obvious love for the sport writing the Association Football: The game and how to play it, Rules and Constitution of the Dominion Football Association Association which mirrored most of the rules of the Scottish Association. It was self-described as ‘ .. the first Canadian attempt at an exposition of a grand pastime.’ David Forsyth either helped in the preparation of the document or borrowed extensively from it in his subsequent writings.
Brown not only strenuously promoted the proposed 1880 tour of Canada by Scottish players in both Canadian and American newspapers but from contemporaneous reports it would appear he was also the key organizer, liaising with local clubs.
He died unexpectedly in 1883, aged just 29, while covering an election in Algoma