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Tributes to Gloucestershire Cricket legend

Former Gloucestershire cricket captain and president Tony Brown has died at the age of 83.

Tony Brown

He played for the club for 23 years, captaining the side to Gillette Cup success in 1973 and equalling a world record which still stands today.

And he continued his service to the game after his playing days, serving as secretary, manager, chairman of cricket and president of Gloucestershire, as well as manager of the England team.

Gloucestershire Cricket chairman John Hollingdale said: "For Tony to have passed away in our very special 150th anniversary year is a sad blow for everyone connected with the club.

"Tony Brown was much admired by and widely respected throughout the cricketing world.

"He represented the very best of Gloucestershire Cricket and his loss will be felt by all of our supporters."

Anthony Stephen Brown was born in Bristol on June 24, 1936, joining the county as a teenager and playing for them from 1953-76.

Known as a no-nonsense leader, he was captain from 1968-76 and his unbeaten 77 against Sussex at Lord's saw him named man of the match in the Gillette Cup success.

A safe pair of hands accounted for 488 catches in his career , including seven in one innings against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge - matching a world record he still shares.

Mr Brown is seventh in the all-time first-class appearances list for Gloucestershire with 489 matches which saw him take 1,223 first-class wickets and make 12,681 runs in the four-day game.

His highest score in first-class cricket was 116 against Somerset in 1971 with best bowling figures of eight for 80 against Essex in 1963.

In List A cricket he made 2,017 runs and took 230 wickets with a bowling average of 20.62.

Following his retirement he became secretary/manager of the club, followed by spells as secretary of Somerset and assistant secretary of the TCCB at Lord's.

He was appointed manager of the England team that toured India and Australia in the winter of 1984/85 and fulfilled the same role the following winter in the West Indies.

He was chairman of cricket at Gloucestershire from 1999-2007, coinciding with the club's successful run in one-day competitions, and served as president from 2008-11.

Current president Roger Gibbons said: "As one of only three players to score over 12,000 runs and take more than 1,200 wickets, Tony Brown ranked among the best cricketers to have played for Gloucestershire.

"He always led from the front, was the prime example of a true professional taking his roles with the club very seriously and showing immense pride in doing so.

"He was Gloucestershire through and through and loved by everyone at the club."

He was nominated by supporters to be in the next wave of the Gloucestershire Legends Walkway at Bristol's County Ground which will be installed ahead of the postponed 150th Anniversary celebrations in April 2021.

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