Somerset Mourn the Loss of Tony Brown

West Country cricket is mourning the sad loss of Tony Brown who has passed away at the age of 83. Tony was Secretary of Somerset County Cricket Club for six years between 1982 and 1988.

Anthony Stephen Brown was born in Bristol on 24 June 1936 and enjoyed a long and impressive playing career with Gloucestershire before he was appointed to the post of secretary at Somerset in 1982.

Tony Brown was a very useful all-rounder who played for Gloucestershire from 1953-1976, and skippered the side from 1968 unto 1976. One of the highlights of his years of captaincy was when he was named Man of the Match in the Gillette Cup Final in 1973 after scoring an unbeaten 77 to help Gloucestershire beat Sussex at Lord’s.

During his career Tony Brown made 489 first class appearances for Gloucestershire in which he scored over 12681 runs and claimed 1223 wickets. His career best score in the first class game was 116 against Somerset in 1971, while with the ball his best was 8 for 80 against Essex in 1963.

Tony also held onto 488 catches, including seven in one innings against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge, which equalled the world record and still stands today.

After retiring from playing Tony remained involved with cricket initially as secretary and manager at Gloucestershire, before he was appointed as secretary of Somerset in 1982 to replace David Seward.

During his time in post at Somerset he had to manage the upheaval caused by departure of Ian Botham, Joel Garner and Viv Richards, before in 1988 he was appointed as assistant secretary at the Test and County Cricket Board.

Later Tony Brown became chairman of cricket at Gloucestershire from 1999 to 2007, during which time the club enjoyed success in one-day competitions, before serving as president between 2008 and 2011.

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