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Pompey mourn Brian Bromley

Friday March 9, 2012

Pompey Chimes is saddened to hear of the passing of Brian Bromley. A super player for Pompey in the early 1970s. He was a particular favourite of mine. 

The following is a squad list taken from a 1970 photo which is unfortunately copyrighted, but brings back many fond memories.

Portsmouth FC Football Players 1970 Back row (L-R) - ray pointer - Norman Piper - Fred Smith - George Ley - Mike Trebilcock - Nicholas Jennings - Roger Davidson Centre row (L-R) - Ray Hiron - Eoin Hand - Mike Travers - James Storrie - Albert McCann - David Munks - Harry Harris - Colin Blant - Thomas Youlden Front row (L-R) - Albert McCann - Gordon Neave (trainer ) - J W Dickenson (secretary) - George Smith (general Manager) Ron Tindall (team manager ) - Bobby Campbell ( Assistant trainer ) Tony Barton Chief Scout) Brian Bromley August 1970

Extract from Portsmouth Football Club Official Site:follows:

 

Former Pompey midfielder Brian Bromley passed away suddenly at Southampton General Hospital on Friday, March 9 at the age of 65.

 

George Smith brought Bromley from Bolton – where he started his career and became a youth international – in November 1968 for a fee of £25,000 to replace Bobby Kellard.

 

He played 95 second division and cup games for Pompey – scoring three goals – and often wore different numbered shirts as he showed his versatility in midfield and forward roles.

 

Two of his best matches in a Blues shirt were against Millwall in a 3-0 win shortly after he joined the club and a 3-1 triumph over Swindon the following season.

 

Bromley will also be remembered for being sent off in an FA Cup replay at Highbury in 1971, making him the first Pompey player to be ordered off the field in any match for six years.

 

Among his team-mates at Fratton Park were John Milkins, Ray Hiron, Nicky Jennings and Albert McCann. Brian’s away match room-mate in later years was fellow Lancastrian Colin Blant.

 

An ankle injury restricted his progress in the 1971/72 season and he was allowed to join Brighton in January 1972.

 

Brian then moved on to Reading, Darlington and Wigan before returning south to end his playing days with non-league Waterlooville.

 

Bromley, who was known to his friends by his surname, ran the White Hart public house in Portchester for many years, before working part-time at the Portchester Social Club near to where he lived.

 

He was an occasional spectator at Fratton Park and was sat in the south stand for January’s match against West Ham.

Pompey’s Hall of Fame will be opening its doors tonight to induct more club legends.

The popular event, now is its fourth year, has moved to the Marriott Hotel this time around.

And Reg Flewin, Norman Piper, Alan Biley and Steve Claridge are all being recognised in an evening of nostalgia.

Such has been the continued popularity of the event, more people than ever are attending the event.

The likes of former Pompey favourites Kit Symons, Alan Knight, Ray Crawford, Pat Neil and Steve Foster will also be in attendance.

And chairman Jake Payne is anticipating an enjoyable evening.

He said: ‘This is the fourth year of the Hall of Fame and for two of those the club has been on the bones of its backside.

‘But it’s nice that for one night we can all forget about what is going on off the field and celebrate the tremendous history of the club.

‘It’s a big night of the year. People want to be there to walk down memory lane and mix with their heroes. Long may it continue.

‘Reg Flewin and his wife never had any children so we have his nephew’s wife, Angela, collecting an award on his behalf.

‘But Norman, Alan and Steve will all be there in person.

‘In fact, Norman has flown in from San Diego along with 20 members of the Pompey Exiles Stateside.

‘It should be a great night.’

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