Sandwell’s Mayor has backed an honour being given to a West Bromwich Albion legend.
Tony ‘Bomber’ Brown features on a limited edition collectors’ item to mark the 50th anniversary of his Baggies debut.
He appeared on a commemorative First Day Cover, issued last Saturday – half a century after his first Albion appearance.
Mayor of Sandwell, Councillor Linda Horton, was on hand to congratulate ‘Bomber’ for his honour when he visited Sandwell Council House in Oldbury last Tuesday.
She said: “As a Baggies fan I am pleased that Tony Brown, who is a Freeman of the Borough of Sandwell, is being honoured and I am delighted that the postmark will be West Bromwich.”
Speaking about the honour Tony Brown said: “I think it looks superb and am very grateful that it has been released to coincide with the 50th anniversary of my debut. All the proceeds will go towards The Celebration statue which is a fantastic cause.”
Bomber scored on his debut which was a 2-1 victory against Ipswich Town. His captain that day was Graham Williams who joined him at Sandwell Council House to meet the mayor.
Bomber went on to score a record-breaking 279 goals in 720 games for the Baggies.
All proceeds raised from the sale of the First Day Covers will go towards The Celebration statue which will mark the achievements of Cyrille Regis, Brendon Batson and Laurie Cunningham. The trio blazed a trail for future generations of black players in English football when they starred for the Baggies in the late ’70s.
There will be a run of 75 first edition envelopes signed by Tony Brown and teammates Graham Williams, Stan Jones and Alec Jackson – who played alongside him on his debut.
A run of 75 second edition envelopes will be signed by Tony Brown and his former West Bromwich Albion captain Bryan Robson whose official Royal Mail stamp will be included on all envelopes. To find out more visit www.celebrationstatue1979.com