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Former "Baggies" great remembers Leicester City teammate

DATE: 13.03.2018 - THE CUNNING FOX - BLOG

 

Visiting The Hawthorns for the first time was a thrill. Outside of the stadium the first impression was the statue of former "Baggies" great Tony Brown

I remember Tony Brown from the 70's and his presence in a team of other great footballers such as Cyrille Regis, Laurie Cunningham and several of the players who all played to their limits under Ron Atkinson.

Brown was still in the team and he made his mark, and at that time a real veteran, with a long life behind him at West Bromwich. Going back into the 60's and early 70's he had a great impact alongside players such as Asa Hartford and Jeff Astle.

The statue was grand and to also see him making his mark inside the match programme was a thrill. I knew he left for NASL but had no idea that he played a number of games alongside Keith Weller, our great Leicester City hero, while at New England Tea Men.
 

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Weller stands out as one of the best players ever playing for Leicester City so to see him remembered in this programme was fantastic. Weller as we all know passed away back in November 2004.

Brown, who turned 72 years last October, said he remember Weller still playing some great football, showing skill and technique that was difficult on the artificial turfs, but the abillity of Keith never stopped him from making top performances.

Brown also said that Weller had a troubled knee and for that reason just had to rest more than others and was doing alternative training to be sharp and ready for the games comnig up.
 

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Tony Brown played alongside some fantastic players, and most of them at West Bromwich, but he rates Weller up there with the best, despite both of them being in their mid thirties when playing together at New England Tea Men.

Tony Brown played for West Bromwich from 1963 to 1980, before moving over the pond. A total of 574 league appearances scoring 218 goals. Impressive stats. He also won one England cap, back in 1971.

After his time in NASL he had a short and brief spell back at West Brom, but did not play, and then moved to Torquay United and Stafford Rangers. Brown was born in Oldham, Lancashire.

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