COUNTY NEWS: Tragic passing of Sussex football stalwart

Horsham YMCA chairman Mick Browning
Horsham YMCA chairman Mick Browning

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