Horsham YMCA have said the ‘club’s flag is flying at half mast’ after the deeply saddening death of chairman Mick Browning.
The Sussex football stalwart and Horsham-born former England amateur international footballer lost his battle with leukaemia on Monday.
Mick, 75, had been bravely battling the disease for a number of years, but continued to run the Gorings Mead club with a smile on his face.
The club have released a short statement to pay tribute to the former Reading, Tooting & Mitcham, Sussex and England player.
It said: “Horsham YMCA Football Club is deeply saddened to learn of the death of club chairman Mick Browning, who passed away this morning (Monday).
“A minute’s silence will be held before this Saturday’s home league fixture with AFC Uckfield Town and the players will wear black armbands to commemorate the great man.
“The club’s flag is flying at half mast.
“Our thoughts are with Mick’s wife and family and we would ask that their privacy is respected at this very difficult time.
“For those wishing to contact the club, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01403 252689.”
Tributes have poured in for Mick both on social media and people contacting the West Sussex County Times.
Andy Kynoch said: “It is with an extreme heavy heart that I write this note after learning of my dear friend Mick Browning’s passing today.
“I was thoroughly lucky to have played under his managerial guidance for at least three teams, the first being a Horsham Mini Minor’s Representative Team against the Crawley equivalent in the early 1970’s when I was 12.
“Many people, not only those who knew him so well in Sussex football, but others as well, will be mourning his loss tonight.
“He touched many hearts and was a much loved figure throughout grass roots football , a true gentle man.
“I am sure there will be a minute’s silence this Saturday at games up and down the County this Saturday.
“Adieu Mick, you enriched my life over the years in many ways. My thoughts and love are with his wife Pat and family at this sad time.”
Ian Morris wrote on Facebook: “So sorry to hear the news that football has lost a true ambassador who was a shining example of how anyone connected with football both on and off the field should conduct themselves.
“My heart goes out to Pat and the family. RIP Mick we’ll all miss you.”
Michael James added: “Best footballer Sussex ever produced. A gentleman on and off the field and an example to today’s players.
“To my knowledge never spoken to by referees and even if he was he would probably charm them. Remember when he played for England as if it was yesterday. Condolences to all his family.”
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