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Tributes after Norwich City Hall of Famer Tommy Bryceland dies at age of 76

11:10 23 January 2016

Tommy Bryceland.

Tommy Bryceland.

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Tributes have been paid to former Norwich City star Tommy Bryceland, who has died at the age of 76.

Tommy Bryceland heads the ball in a 1963 game between Norwich City and Newcastle United.Tommy Bryceland heads the ball in a 1963 game between Norwich City and Newcastle United.

The Scottish inside forward made 284 appearances for City between 1962 and 1969, having been signed from St Mirren.

He lifted the Scottish FA Cup while with the Buddies, scoring St Mirren’s opener in the 1959 Scottish Cup win over Aberdeen, watched by 108,000 fans at Hampden Park.

At Carrow Road, he was a key part of the Norwich team which famously dumped a star-studded Manchester United side out of the FA Cup in 1967, as they triumphed 2-1 against a Red Devils 11 including George Best, Denis Law, Nobby Stiles and Bobby Charlton.

During his stint in the yellow and green, he found the net 55 times and finished as the club’s second-highest scorer in a season on three occasions.

Following his spell with the Canaries, Mr Bryceland moved to Oldham Athletic in 1969, before returning to St Mirren as player-manager in 1971.

Mr Bryceland passed away in the early hours of yesterday morning after a short battle with stomach cancer. He was diagnosed with the end stages of stomach cancer last July, and had become particularly unwell in the last seven days.

He had been in a hospice in Ayrshire for the past five-and-a-half weeks.

A spokesman for Norwich City Football Club said: “The thoughts of all at Carrow Road are with Tommy’s family and friends at this sad time.”

He is survived by his wife Maureen and two children.

His son Marcus told the official St Mirren website: “Dad hadn’t been able to take food or water for around a week, so he obviously had a strong heart. He was a real fighter.

“The family is distraught but I suppose there is also a bit of relief there because he had been having such a hard time of it.”

He said he would often talk to his dad about his football career, which saw him inducted into the Hall of Fame at both St Mirren and Norwich City.

He said: “When he was with Norwich, he played against the great Manchester United in the FA Cup, and they had some fantastic players, including Denis Law, George Best and Bobby Charlton, but Norwich beat them.

“But whenever I asked what his favourite game was, he would say something like St Mirren v Motherwell, as he was never one to boast.

“He was such a humble guy. Money, cars and material things meant very little to him. He was more interested in his family.”

Brian Caldwell, chief executive of St Mirren, said: “Everyone at St Mirren is devastated by the death of Tommy Bryceland. He is one of the first names to come up in conversation when supporters talk about the great Saints players. He will be a big loss to everyone who knew him and our condolences go to the family.”

•What are your memories of Tommy Bryceland? You can leave your tributes below.

27 comments

  • @Mad Brewer.Sorry M B it was i who had the senior moment.You are quite correct that game did end 3 all. I got confused as after the game i went to stay with my aunt in Peckham for a few days.Then on Sat 30th went to liverpool station and caught a train up to Norwich for the return fixture(back in those days it was common place to play the same "LOCAL" team home and away over the xmas period) this was infact the game that ended one one.Then back home to Diss where i lived at the time.I will try and get my facts correct next time!!!

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    tommy bryce

    Tuesday, January 26, 2016

  • @ tommy bryce. I think I remember that game at Charlton. I drove down from Coventry with a few mates in my 1953 Ford Prefect. A flat tyre caused delay (no jack or wheelbrace!) and we didn't get to the Valley until half time. Norwich were 3-0 up. We drew 3-3. Are you sure it was 1-1? Perhaps I've got the season wrong? Maybe it was '68. Tommy was a great player. I named my celluloid subbuteo players after Norwich men of that era! The Valley seemed to be a huge place. Sure I'm thinking of a different game now! It wasn't winter time. Senior moment. Sorry and Rock On Tommy.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, January 26, 2016

  • Tommy Bryceland - a Norwich City legend, from the days when footballers played for the love of football not money... in the days when loyalty, passion & dedication were important & also when 'the team' was important & players supported each other... We are one of the few clubs where that team spirit still exists, NCFC will find their way & the old greats like TB will be looking down from the stands in the sky... PS I was at the Man Utd match in '67 with my lovely Dad (sadly also no longer with us) - a wonderful experience...

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    Carol

    Monday, January 25, 2016

  • Went to the Charlton V Norwich game at the valley 26121967,arrived at the ground at 2pm and some of the team came out onto the pitch for a walk about.No stewards were about at that time,so i jumped over the railings and ran onto the pitch(couldnt do that today).Got the autograph that i realy wanted on the cover of the matchday programme.Needless to say it was of my boyhood hero TOMMY BRYCELAND.Mal lucas and Mike Kenning also signed it.I still have that programme today,,,HAPPY MEMORIES.RIP Tommy you were a true true NCFC legend. Norwich team that day was...Keelan,Stringer,Mullett,Lucas,Brown,Sharpe,Foggo.Bryceland Manning.Curran,Kenning Sub Terry Allcock.......Gordon Bolland was in the Charlton side,game ended one one, HAPPY DAYS

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    tommy bryce

    Sunday, January 24, 2016

  • Spot on, rikki nadir.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, January 24, 2016

  • Like rikki nadir, I remember Tommy as an "inside right". I particularly liked the period when the Welshman Mal Lucas was there with him, playing as a "half back". Both diminutive, skillful but feisty players. Proper footballers.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, January 24, 2016

  • watched nearly all tommys games at carrow road. it took a while for nc supporters to realise how good he was. with his vision like bobby brennan he was two games in front of other players. good bye old boy one of the truely greats of ncfc.

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    AOTWAY@BTINTERNET.COM

    Sunday, January 24, 2016

  • I can't add anything about our Tommy-beautifully said everybody.But I can't in all honesty let it end there -superb inside right {midfielder } chaser of a lost cause and with the late Mal Lucas a formidable midfield.Plus what a great name-TOMMY BRYCELAND the legend lives on.

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    rikki nadir

    Sunday, January 24, 2016

  • One of my all time favourite City players. RIP Tommy, a real star truly worthy of Hall of Fame

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    SN

    Saturday, January 23, 2016

  • Urban, I too remember singing that song standing on the Barclay. Good memories of those days watching Tommy. A true City legend. RIP Tommy.

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    59er

    Saturday, January 23, 2016

  • A great winger, remember watching him from the Barclay in the 1960's one of my favourites, along with Hughie Curran RIP

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    J Smith

    Saturday, January 23, 2016

  • Brings back schoolboy memories standing in the Barclay or the River End. Always a stylish inside forward. RIP, Tommy Bryceland.

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    atlanta canary

    Saturday, January 23, 2016

  • Blast boy, you done good. RIP.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Saturday, January 23, 2016

  • rip Tommy, i was a supporter in the 60`s as i am now and rember you well, a bit like our wes now, good old memories of the 60`s including throwing the green cushions on the pitch when city did bad lol

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    Dave

    Saturday, January 23, 2016

  • RIP Tommy I was there when we beat Man U at Old Trafford. You were the best and most gifted player Norwich have had in my lifetime and I am 71.

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    Cardinal

    Saturday, January 23, 2016

  • Remember watching Bryceland run rings around a Man Utd side at Old Trafford in 1967, a side that included Best, Charlton, Law and so on and were considered one of the best in Europe at the time and yes we won 2-1, he will never be forgotten in my book.

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    John L Norton

    Saturday, January 23, 2016

  • Don't remember him having a bad game. Clever little ball player who used to link it all up.RIP

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    irongloves

    Saturday, January 23, 2016

  • I'll never forget our FA Cup victory at Old Trafford in 1967, when Tommy gave Nobby Stiles a dose of his own medicine - just as well the ref didn't see it! It was my first away game. Like most fans I retain a special affection for the team I first watched as a youngster, and Tommy was a key part of it. Wiry, skilful, streetwise and tireless. The Barclay came up with the following chant after the 1966 World Cup: "Ay, ay ay ay, Keelan is better than Yashinand Bryceland is better than Eusebioand Ipswich are in for a thrashin'". Tommy, we won't forget you. RIP

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    urban seagull

    Saturday, January 23, 2016

  • Childhood hero, skillful inside right? and regular contributor to these boards. Goodnight wee man.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Saturday, January 23, 2016

  • I so agree with all the other comments. Such sad news. Tommy. You will always be remembered by us older N.C.F.C. supporters. Great Carrow Road days.

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    Thailand Tony

    Saturday, January 23, 2016

  • A genius with a football .RIP Tommy.

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    Peter Watson

    Saturday, January 23, 2016

  • Certainly one of my inspirations when I watched him play when I was a kid. Such a great player with a fantastic attitude. I love watching the old Scottish Cup final video as well. RIP Tommy.

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    Swiss Canary

    Saturday, January 23, 2016

  • Brilliant player for NCFC. Enjoyed watching his magic at Carrow Road. R.I.P. Tommy Bryceland

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    MichiganCanary

    Saturday, January 23, 2016

  • RIP Tommy, I remember when we signed him for £20,000 a huge sum for a club like Norwich those days! A great player. I met up with a St Mirren supporter on a cruise a couple of years ago and we spent a good part of the evening swapping stories about Tommy's exploits for our respective teams.

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    Telford Canary

    Saturday, January 23, 2016

  • Gosh this is sad news. One of my heroes passing away. Not very tall but a brilliant forward who always gave 100%. I remember about 12 years ago visiting a lawyer's in Glasgow and the receptionist's name badge had Miss Brycleland on it. I joked I used to watch a Tommy Bryceland play for Norwich many years ago. She said " That's my dad!" She told me he ran a B&B in Ayr. I told her he was one of the best players I'd seen play for us. RIP Tommy.

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    Bogaz John

    Saturday, January 23, 2016

  • I well remember Tommy whose speciality was to dribble and bang low hard balls from wide right into the opponent's penalty area.

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    Armchair fan

    Saturday, January 23, 2016

  • R.I.P. Tommy Bryeland.One of the best midfielders the Canaries have ever had. Enjoyed watching you during the sixties. Great memories.

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    61canarie

    Saturday, January 23, 2016

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