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Jack Brownsword, who died on 20 December, 2009, aged 86, was a one-club man, making a record 597 appearances for Scunthorpe United between 1950 and 1964.He also scored 50 goals – 49 of them from the penalty spot – and was widely recognised in his time as one of the best uncapped full-backs in England.After hanging up his boots, he became trainer for United and was eventually made an honorary vice-president of the club.Known by many as 'Mr Scunthorpe United', Brownsword was a member of the Iron team that were crowned champions of the old Third Division North in 1958.He went on to play for them during six golden seasons in the old Second Division.He played alongside other star names such as Barrie Thomas, Jackie Marriott, Brian Godfrey and Peter Neale.Earlier in the Third Division North days, he formed a long-serving full-back partnership with Jack Hubbard.His last appearance for the Iron was in a 1-1 draw at home to Workington in a third division game in September1964.Jack lived for most of his life in Burton-upon-Stather and was also a keen golfer in his younger days, being a member at Normanby Park.
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Published from: December 22, 2009.
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Mr. Scunthorpe Utd. i.e. the late Jack Brownsword epitomised what SUFC was some 55 years ago. In the mid 1950s at the Appleby Frodingam/Brumby Hall training pitch Jack used to let one of us lads be in goal when he practised penalties. He would say, "Now you know where it's going (keeper's bottom right, between post and stanchion)) so just stop it". None of us ever could!Perhaps one of his most enjoyable matches was against Blackpool in the Cup in 1963. We were 1-2 down at half-time and went on to win 6-2. Barrie Thomas and Joe Bonson each scored a hat-trick in front of 19,000+ fans. Jack marked Stanley Matthews out of the game and Stan could hardly get any more out of Jack even when he (Stan) had changed his boots!Jack scored 50 goals for the Iron, including 49 penalties in his 597 League appearances for us, not to mention 124 non-League matches, before retiring as a player in 1964. Afterwards, he was highly instrumental in developing the considerable talents of Kevin Keegan.Jack was a great fellow and true gentleman. Thanks for the many abiding memories, Jack.Requiescat in pace.
Left by Howard Paynter: 28/01/2010
Rip jack, a scunthorpe united legend
Left by William Montgomery: 22/12/2009
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