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Statue honours West Bromwich Albion legend Tony 'Bomber' Brown

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Media captionTony Brown unveiled the statue outside The Hawthorns

A statue has been unveiled of record West Bromwich Albion goalscorer Tony "Bomber" Brown.

Brown, 69, who is now part of the club's youth set-up, scored 279 goals between 1963 and 1980, helping Albion to win the FA Cup.

Paying tribute on Twitter, club striker Cyrille Regis praised his "risk taking, reading of situations, energy and timing".

The bronze sculpture stands outside the East Stand at The Hawthorns.

Brown said he was "overwhelmed" by the statue.

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Image caption Tony Brown is the only West Bromwich Albion player to score a hat-trick in European competition, the club said

"That's the first time I've seen it. It's very emotional, actually. It's been an emotional day all round," he said.

A number of former players and managers, including Regis, Denis Law, Ally Brown and John Giles, joined fans and commentators to watch the unveiling.

Fans also took to Twitter to pay tribute to the player, who earned one cap for England.

Another statue honouring Regis, Laurie Cunningham and Brendon Batson is due to be unveiled in West Bromwich next year.

The trio, dubbed the Three Degrees, are credited with inspiring a generation of black professional players.

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