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MAYOR GIVES BOMBER BROWN 'SEAL OF APPROVAL'

Sandwell’s Mayor has backed an honour being given to a West Bromwich Albion legend.

Tony ‘Bomber’ Brown will feature on a limited edition collector’s item to mark the 50th anniversary of his Baggies debut.

He will appear on a commemorative envelope, known as a First Day Cover, due to be issued on 28 September – 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 on Tuesday (Sep24).

She said: “As a Baggies fan I am very pleased that Tony Brown, who is a Freeman of the Borough of Sandwell, is being honoured in this way and particularly delighted that the postmark on the envelope will be West Bromwich.”

Speaking about the honour Tony Brown said: “It is smashing. 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 stared 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 personally signed by Tony Brown and his former West Bromwich Albion captain Bryan Robson whose official Royal Mail Stamp will be included on all envelopes.

For further information contact Jim Cadman on 01562 887323 or via email

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