Steve Clarke today hailed Albion legend Tony Brown as the Baggies finalised plans for a tribute to their record goalscorer 50 years on from his debut.
The club hope to announce details of their permanent tribute at The Hawthorns in the next few months after lengthy discussions with the 67-year-old.
And Clarke today led the tributes as ‘Bomber’ headed for Old Trafford to watch Albion in action on the 50th anniversary of his first appearance.
Clarke said: “I read his column in the programme at every home game and he is the fans’ favourite.
“He is a person everyone holds in the highest esteem and every football club has players like that.
“Without those players and without that history – that connection with the supporters and with the past – you don’t have football clubs.
“That’s what clubs are all about. That connection between Tony, who was a fantastic player and a great servant who scored some unbelievable goals and an unbelievable number of goals, is what football is all about in any country.
“It’s the connection between us, as players, and the supporters. Fifty years on they are still talking about this guy.
“I hope in 50 years time people are still talking about me.”
Albion’s plans for the tribute are at an advances stage with Brown, who scored 279 goals in a club record 720 games, heavily involved.
The club have not revealed the nature of the proposed tribute but supporters have long campaigned for a statue at the stadium.
Brown made his debut as a teenager on September 28, 1963, scoring in a 2-1 win at Ipswich.
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