1971-00-07-tony-brown-synd-international-picMust be something about Libra and West Bromwich Albion because this Legend born 3rd October 1945 has just about every Albion record in his locker, the most appearances 720 including 16 as a sub, 279 goals and over 20 years at The Hawthorns, it could only be Tony “Bomber” Brown’s birthday today. Born Oldham, Manchester & District schoolboy but the Albion Scouts soon persuaded him that West Bromwich would be a better home, so at the age of 16 he moved down and became a hugely successful apprentice before signing professional forms on his 18th birthday. FA Cup final and League Cup Final medals he has in his bag but the strangest decision was by the England selectors who only picked this prolific goalscorer just the once against Wales in 1971, so just the one cap to show alongside his three Midland Footballer of the Year awards. Tony scored many memorable goals with quite a few coming from the penalty spot, 51 to be precise. It was 53 years ago last month he made his debut at Ipswich and yes he scored in a 2-1 victory. Bomber played his final game for the Baggies in January 1980 in the 2-1 defeat versus West Ham. He then spent 2 summer in the States returning to Torquay between each stint. He went into coaching and had 2 years back at the Hawthorns before spending 2 years at The Blues. Tony has never wondered far from The Hawthorns since retirement and can be seen in his broadcasting capacity following the team home and away. Tony & his wife Irene have lived much of their life in Walsall, they have 2 sons Adam & Paul. After many years of discussion a statue was finally unveiled 2 years ago outside the East Stand, a fitting tribute to this Legend. So much can be written & said about Tony but space does not allow, he is a superb supporter of the Former Players Association we all hope he enjoys his 71st birthday.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BOMBER

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