Brown leaves great legacy at Saints
Geoff Brown's contribution to St Johnstone is enormous.
Standing down today after 25 years as chairman, the man who made his money building houses, can take enormous pride in having rebuilt a very fine football club with rock solid foundations.
Geoff took over as chairman in 1986 when Saints were in dire financial straits and languishing in the lower reaches of the game. He oversaw their relocation from the crumbling but highly atmospheric Muirton Park, to the state of the art McDiarmid Park in 1989, and set Saints on the path to being one of the best run and finanancially sound clubs in Scotland.
Geoff Brown is stepping down after 25 years as St Johnstone chairman (Pic: SNS)
In his time Geoff has had nine managers, some of whom he sacked, some of whom have gone on to bigger things with his blessing.
He has witnessed promotion to the top flight, relegation from the top flight and brought European football to Perth.
He has always insisted that the club live within its means, and resisted the temptation to put Saints in any financial danger.
Every now and then I would make the short hop from Dundee to his business HQ in the Carse of Gowrie to interview him.
The coffee would come out and for around half-an-hour before the actual interview started, we would have a crack about all things football, off the record.
What he didn't know about what was going on in the Scottish game at every level wasn't worth knowing.
Now his son Steve takes over the mantle of chairman with a new manager Steve Lomas in place.
Saints sit fourth in the Scottish Premier League, punching well above their weight by comparison to much bigger clubs.
One of the first tasks of both men is to tap into a latent St Johnstone support which has drifted away from watching the team.
One of the myths surrounding the club is that they are poorly supported, but there is decent potential at Saints not just from the town of Perth but from the surrounding villages and small towns where the natural affinity is for the blue of St Johnstone.
I covered their games for BBC Scotland in the early days of McDiarmid park as the team were gunning for promotion under Alex Totten.
Then, they were playing terrific football with Allan Moore and Steve Maskrey raiding down the flanks and big Roddy Grant leading the line with his bustling style.
McDiarmid Park at that time was raucous with a red hot atmosphere.
Geoff Brown oversaw that wonderful period, now he has handed the reigns on to a new chairman and new manager, with a team who some might argue, are as good as any that Saints have had since the days of John Connolly, Jim Pearson and Henry Hall.
Geoff is stepping down from the board, but no doubt his business and footballing acumen will be still be available to those who now take charge.
For the future health of St Johnstome that is a very comforting thought.