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

Tommy Bryceland.

Tommy Bryceland. - Credit: Archant

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.

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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.'

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