Brian Dear presented league winners medals playing at shad well park floodlight football. This was in the mid sixties... I can't remember our team's name but our manager was Mr Ramsey......anyway, thanks again for taking the time Mr Dear.
20-04-19 Andy Garrick
Brian Dear was a proven goalscorer played at Wembley 1965 in European Cup Winners Cup Final. But come to Millwall after a spell at Fulham but it never worked out for him at the den
hi brian i remember you running the bar at southend airport back in the late 70s about 78 or 79 you went on to take over the hope hotel on southend seafront are you still living in southend
I was there when you scored 5 goals against West Brom in 1965. Do you remember the crowd singing 'Oh Dear what can the matter be'
He was top goal scorer for West Ham in the 1964/5 European Cup winners Cup winning campaign. Ironically Geoff Hurst failed to score in that competition. At his best,Brian was a top striker but he fell out with manager Ron Greenwood after the infamous 'Blackpool night club incident' when five individuals including Bobby Moore had a late night out against club rules. Brian soon left the club,but he is fondly remembered as a true club legend by fans who witnessed the great days of the sixties.
Strangely, I met Brian at the West Ham Vs Palace game on Tuesday 30/1/18 and told him my story. In the late 60's I played for a Stratford, East London team named Phoenix City. One of our players, Brian (Tubby) Williams I think, knew one of the West Ham players and we played a 16 a side game against some of my heroes including Brian, Alan Sealey, Harry (there is only one), Frank Lampard Senior (approx 19 years old), Ronnie Boyce, Roger Cross, Anton Otalokowski, Jimmie Lindsay, Bobby Ferguson and others. Johnny Sissons watched from the touchline. Back to the story. The Goals were green painted wood and were set back a couple of feet. Brian took a corner and I took my usual Right Back place on the near post, the ball came in and I headed it away and fell to the ground, very pleased with myself saving a certain goal, to be told that Stag's shot had knocked me over and had hit the wooden goal. That was the accuracy and pace he hit the ball. On Tuesday, Brian didn't remember it but I have told many people about it. Brian didn't play as many games as he perhaps should have done, but we the crowd loved him. It was great to see him in person and he was a real "gent". I would have loved to chat more, especially about his very good mate "Sir Bobby". I am sorry if I have gone on, it is gift of the old, and West Ham will always get me talking. God Bless Em.
My uncle David Jones tells a story from the '60's about the time Bobby Moore asked if he could get him a ticket for the Man Utd v Benfica European cup final at Wembley May '68. It goes like this...
Uncle Dave had been nominated to get tickets from the WHU ticket office for every England game and other prestigeous games in Wembley Stadium. The word got around and, one day, as he was standing outside the Boleyn ground chatting to Brian Dear and a couple of friends, up walks Sir Bobby Moore asked Dave if he could get him a ticket for the upcoming Benfica final. Feeling a bit awkward, Dave said "sorry Bobby but it'd be more than my life's worth to give away one of my mates tickets, they'd skin me alive!"
Of course Bobby wasn't without a seat for the game, it was just a bit of leg pulling in those days, but the story soon became a legend.
Brian Dear and some of the other West Ham players used to use a barbers called 'Colins' in East Ham. One day Dave was in there waiting to get his haircut and who walks in? None other than Brian Dear who begins to bow in front of Uncle Dave and declares.."bow to this man, he is the only man I know to say no to royalty". He was of course referring to the now legendary Bobby Moore ticket refusal!!
Dave Jones is 86 now and has sadly just been diagnosed with dementia (although still as sharp as a razor!). I would gladly sponsor a meeting to get Dave and Brian together to swap the story over a pint somewhere in the Southend area.
So if you read this Brian and you can spare an hour or two then you would be making one of the east ends biggest characters a very happy man!
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