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Club mourn passing of Tony Scott


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AFC Bournemouth are mourning the loss of former player Tony Scott, a member of the club's first Football League promotion in 1970/71, who passed away earlier this week.

Born on April Fool's Day in 1941, Scott's route into football was an unusual one, joining the West Ham United ground staff as a teenager before moving on to win England youth honours and making his debut in the Hammers' first team in 1960.

Having made over 80 appearances for West Ham, the pacy winger signed for Aston Villa for £20,000 in 1965 and then, two years later, joined Torquay United.

Meeting future Cherries boss John Bond whilst at Plainmoor, Scott followed him and assistant Ken Brown along the south coast to Boscombe in 1970.

A fine crosser of the ball, Scott was a key figure in the 1970/71 promotion team at Dean Court, with 49-goal Ted MacDougall saying of his team-mate: "Nobody appreciated Tony more than I did and I always missed him when he wasn't in the side."

After 61 appearances and six goals for the Cherries, the winger moved on to Exeter City in 1972 before injury forced him to retire two years after that.

Scott held a number of coaching roles after hanging up his boots, including working alongside Bond at Manchester City and in Kuwait with Nassah and Kuwait City.

In 1989 he emigrated to Australia with wife Sheila, where he lived before passing away earlier this week.

The club would like to pass on its thoughts and condolences to Tony's family and friends at this difficult time.

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