COUNTY NEWS: Tragic passing of Sussex football stalwart

Horsham YMCA chairman Mick Browning
Horsham YMCA chairman Mick Browning
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Horsham YMCA chairman Mick Browning tragically lost his battle with leukaemia yesterday, the club has confirmed.

The Sussex football stalwart and well-known and much-respected local man sadly passed away this morning after bravely battling the disease for a number of years.

Despite his illness he had continued to be involved heavily at his much-loved football club and all matters at Gorings Mead.

Earlier this month, the former England amateur international footballer hosted an evening at the club looking back on his 50-year plus career in game in the YMCA clubhouse.

A number of touching messages have already appeared on social media describing Mick as a ‘true gent’ and saying he will be sadly missed by everyone.

The Southern Combination League led a number of tributes and tweeted: “It is with great sadness that today we have been told of the passing of Mick Browning, chairman of Horsahm YMCA. A true gent of football. RIP.”

The Horsham-born player started his footballing career at YMCA back in 1954, before spells at Horsham, Reading and Tooting & Mitcham as well as with Sussex and England after an offer of a professional contract with Tottenham Hotspur.

After his illustrious career and management spells, Mick ended up in a number of administration roles at Queen Street for Horsham Town, before taking over as YM chairman.

To leave a tribute to Mick, comment below or email ollie.berry@jpress.co.uk or ct.letters@sussexnewspapers.co.uk