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FORMER BREWERS MANAGER BOBBY HOPE PASSES AWAY AGED 78

13 June 2022

Club News

FORMER BREWERS MANAGER BOBBY HOPE PASSES AWAY AGED 78

13 June 2022

FORMER Burton Albion manager Bobby Hope has passed away at the age of 78.

The former West Bromwich Albion player and Scotland international was a talented midfielder who provided many assists as well as chipping in with a fair few goals himself.

He made 336 appearances for West Brom and also played for Birmingham City and Sheffield Wednesday as well as stints playing in America.

He was appointed Burton Albion manager in 1988 after a highly successful spell in charge of Bromsgrove Rovers and had the difficult task of transforming an Albion team that had lost its best players in the 1987/88 season and had only just avoided relegation from the Southern League Premier Division.

His chief contribution at Eton Park was to reel off a series of high profile signings who went on to become Albion favourites. Full backs Kevin Collins and Jimmy Skelding, the silky-skilled Alan Kurila and strikers John Gayle and Mark Whitehouse were all quickly brought in.

With Hope already having Steve Cotterill on his books, Albion had a formidable attack, with Whitehouse going on to score more than 50 goals that season and Cotterill and Gayle attracting a big money transfer from top flight Wimbledon.

Sadly, Hope didn’t see out the season with his business and personal interests in conflict with demands at Eton Park and he returned to Bromsgrove having laid down great foundations for his successor, Chris Wright.

Burton Albion Chairman Ben Robinson said: “I had left the board at that time to start a new business and Bobby Hope was appointed by Sam Brassington. But I have met him since when he returned to the club and he was a lovely man who was modest about what was a very successful football career.

“At Burton Albion he will be remembered for the players he signed and for assembling that remarkable and memorable forward line that scored so many goals and really excited the fans.

“Our thoughts and deepest sympathies go to all his family and friends at this sad time.”


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