Guillermo Brown

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Country: Argentina   City: Puerto Madryn
Founded: January 14, 1945     Colors: Blue and White
Stadium: Estadio Raul Conti  Web: Brown 2000

Club Social y Atletico Guillermo Brown, also known as Guillermo Brown de Puerto Madryn is a team that currently plays in the Torneo Argentino A, which is a regionalized third division. Their titles include a Torneo Argentino A2 in 2007 and 2010 and a B1 in 2003. According to their website, in 2002 they played River Plate at the Estadio Monumental and tied 2 x 2. Their founder was a member of the Argentine Navy and a great admirer of Almirante Guillermo Brown.

Guillermo Brown, also known as William Brown, led a fascinating life. He was born in Foxford, County Mayo, Ireland in 1777. He immigrated to Philadelphia as a young boy along with his father, and soon after they arrived, his father contracted yellow fever and died, leaving young Brown alone. The story goes that Brown was wandering the banks of the Delaware River when a ship’s captain who was passing by took pity on him and signed him on as cabin boy. This would be the beginning of Brown’s illustrious career on the high seas, a career that would take him all over the world and end with his becoming a national hero in Argentina. You may be wondering how a young boy born in county Mayo, Ireland and stranded penniless in Philadelphia became an Argentine national hero? Read on:

Brown spent his youth sailing on many different kinds of ships, and eventually worked his way up to  captain of a merchant vessel sailing between Europe and the Americas. Even though he wasn’t a British citizen, he was press-ganged into the British Navy and made to fight the French during the Napoleonic Wars. Brown escaped the British only to be put in jail by the French. The ever resourceful Brown attempted to escape from French jail many times, finally succeeding in 1809 dressed as a French officer. It was at this time that he decided to leave Europe and sail for Rio de la Plata to try his fortunes.

In Argentina, Brown set up a very successful trading business sailing between Buenos Aires and Montevideo. The Spanish colonial government was trying to block trade from Argentina and destroyed Brown’s ship, an action that would result in Brown’s commission into the Argentine Navy as Commander in Chief of the Argentine fleet. He immediately began to attack the Spanish fleet and had great success. He was responsible for freeing the Rio de la Plata area from Spanish rule and capturing Montevideo for Argentina. Brown never forgot his Irish heritage, however,  and during battle he had the fife and drums play “St Patrick’s Day in the Morning.”

Brown’s career as a naval officer continued though two more wars, and in 1847 he retired. He died in 1857 at 80 years of age and was given full military honors and a state funeral. Brown is definitely an Argentine national hero to this day. In Argentina, there are 1112 streets, 415 schools, 320 parks, 6 towns, 4 stadiums, and a couple of football clubs named after him (more on those later.) The “Master of the River Plate” as he is known led a truly remarkable life.

A little bit about the man:

A little bit about the Club:

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