Allan Brown dies, aged 84

Former Blackpool FC manager Allan Brown in 1978
Former Blackpool FC manager Allan Brown in 1978
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ALLAN Brown - best known as the player who missed out on 1953 Wembley Cup glory after breaking his leg in the quarter-final against Arsenal - has died at the age of 84.

Jimmy Armfield described Brown as “one of the fittest” men he’d ever shared a pitch with and described his death “as another sad moment for the club”.

Allan Brown

Allan Brown

As well as serving a player at Bloomfield Road, Brown had two spells as manager.

In the first - between 1976 and 78 - he famously guided the Seasiders to the top of the old Second Division but midway through the season, and after hammering Charlton 5-1 and Blackburn 5-2 in successive home matches, he was sacked.

In a ‘it could only happen at Blackpool’ moment, Brown was given the boot after a disagreement with the board. With the fans fuming, Pool went into freefall and ended the season in the relegation places.

It was the first time they had been relegated out of the top two tiers and, as it turned out, it took them almost 30 years to get back, when Simon Grayson led the club to the Championship in 2007.

A proud Scot, Brown began his career at East Fife after the Second World War and joined Blackpool in 1950 for £26,500 (at that point the largest fee received by a Scottish club). He notched up more than 150 appearances, scoring 68 goals, in a six-year spell at Bloomfield Road and would have played many more games had he not suffered injuries.

*FULL STORY AND REACTION IN WEDNESDAY’S GAZETTE