COUNTY NEWS: Tragic passing of Sussex football stalwart
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.