I now know who Tony was from those pics. I used to to travel to a lot of away games in the seventies on the Tony Ewers expresses and ofetn met up with Tony. Wasn't a mate of his but in Bees company you always had a chat over a few beers. Very sad news and what's more shocking to think is that he was one of my era and another who has passed on. It makes you wonder about your own mortality.
The earlier mention of the days when Tony had a perm set me thinking back to the moment many of us saw it for the very first time.
We had gathered on a Sunday morning at our Brentford Athletic meeting point for an away fixture. Oddly, Tony was nowhere to be seen. Normally, by then, he would have cracked a few bad jokes, taken the mickey out of many of us , and continually annoyed those nursing hangovers , by playing keepy uppy with a football against a brick wall. All of a sudden we heard his voice giving us a rollicking for leaving things late. We turned around to see him emerge from a vehicle ( I think it was Aberdeen Flyer's), and promptly burst out laughing at the sight of his newly created curly blond locks !
Peter Baxter shouted out '"Look, its a poodle!", and someone else called out " That's not Tony, it's Shirley Temple !"
With that, I collapsed in a heap , which annoyed Tony so much that he promptly tried to let my car tyres down!.
What may not be known to many is that Tony actually played a few games in the same side as another late Brentford legend, Tommy Higginson. This was a few years earlier, when we had persuaded Higgy to 'guest' for a team called Thornbury. We were not much of a side, but the opposition certainly knew they had been in a game when they had both Tony and Higgy constantly snapping at their heels! Higgy said to me afterwards " That lad Tony is really keen!"
Tribute indeed, from a man renowned for his own enthusiasm for the game...
tony RIP and condolences to all his family and friends
We know who we are, we know who we are, Best Team in West London, we know who we are
Like many of you, I have known Tony since the 1970s, travelling up North on the Tony Ewers Awayday Specials. The stories of Tonys adventures could fill a book. We all used to drink in The Griffin for many years, Summer and Winter, when Bill and Pat Adams ran the pub. Tony was always winding Pat up about her toasted sandwiches. Out of all the guys who used the Griffin in those days nobody would have thought Tony would be the first to pass away. It seems like such a tragic waste. Tony wasnt everybodies cup of tea, but those of us who knew him, knew to be an honest, genuine guy, and a good friend. I shant be able to come to the funeral tomorow, as I am living in Portugal at the moment, but I am sure that all of you who are going will give Tony the send-off that he deserves.
God bless you Tony.
Hope the day goes well as can be expected tomorrow, a good turn out from feltham going, with it being a friday i suppose its out of the question anyone from the club could attend, even so he will get a good bees send off, god bless. x
My brother Alan and I were both Brentford Athletic stalwarts for many years from the mid 80's through to the clubs sad demise in 2007 and despite having never played in the same side as Tony, his name was legendary throughout the club with tales of his playing days and his escapades both on and off the field of play being well documented by those that did play with him. I still used to see him at home games and it's hard to think that his vocals will never grace the terraces of Griffin Park or any away ground again.
Not sure if Alan or I can make the funeral tomorrow but I hope that those that are going give Tony a rousing send off and that the team can do their bit by getting at least a point on Saturday.
Rest In Peace Tony...a true BAFC and BFC Legend.
Gary and Alan Smith.
Let me rephrase that I think there's a better line there !!!
Just got back from the service which was mix of heartbreaking and funny messages from Tony's wife,brother,son and brother in law.The chapel was packed with as many standing as were sitting a great turn out helped by a good Bees turnout that Tony would have been proud of with many dressed in Brentford colours.The service began with the playing of Hey Jude that under pinned the part Brentford played in Tonys life that was mentioned throughout the service.Tough day for everyone,Tony you will be sadly missed R.I.P.
Just got back. I went to pay my repects to Tony, right on the spur of the moment. and I am glad I did. There has been a lot of posts about Tony on this thread, some people may think , Hey some of this is over the top. Well as has been said , the place was packed, and for me that is the mark of the man. I feel life is short of characters, Tony ceriainly was one. He will be missed, family and Friends alike. Listening to Tony's families words, there was obviously more to the man than BFC. A great turn out by BFC fans. The service was as expected sad but tinged with humour that had the morners laughing. Sorry I could not meet Tonys family afterwards, I ended up at the wrong Football club. RIP Tony.
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Just got back as well
Glad I went down and paid my respects to Tony.
Lots of old faces around.
Great turn out of family, friends and fellow BFC fans for Tony to be honest he deserved nothing less.
Didnt go back to the Football club afterwards as I felt that was more for his family and friends.
Can't add anymore than what's already been said
Not fair he has been taken from this world at such a young age. A pleasure to have known you. RIP Mr Ross
Nice posts Bill Benn and Ritchbee. It was a lovely service.
When life gives you a 100 reasons to cry,show life that you have a 1000 reasons to smile
Thank you to everyone who took time out to respect a Brentford legend, his family and close friends appreciated the support today.
A great display of his fun tee shirts were shown at the football club, great to see so many people who he only touched briefly, speaks volumes for a great guy
God bless mate, still cannot believe it
Yes, it was a terrific send off for Tony, and brilliantly organised by his family, and close friends. A super bunch, who did Tony proud.
An awesome turnout, too, which must have been between 150 and 200.
Great to see so many fellow supporters, and Brentford Athletic players from over the years, which made for some lovely reunions at Thatcham FC afterwards.
Most warming of all, were the heartfelt tibutes to Tony., both at the service, and afterwards. Clearly he was far more than an exuberant fan, and enthusiastic Sunday footballer. He was a great friend and support, with a legendary wit, and was very much loved by so very many.
A very moving event, which will long be remembered by all , and was a splendid way of paying respects to a man who we will not forget.
RIP Tony, and thanks mate....
Yesterday saw an excellent tribute to Tony by his loving family and many friends from both BFC and BAFC. We dont always appreciate that there is another life being lived behind the character whom we meet so regular at GP and across the country. I found it quite uplifting to hear from them at yesterday's service. It just reinforced my opinions of Tony, gained over many years of being in his company on Saturdays afternoons and, many years ago, Sunday mornings.
RIP Tony. I stood at the back at your service and gazed forward to a table decorated with a photograph of you and plenty of colourful flowers. Next to these stood a bottle of London Pride and a pint glass. Hopefully, there will be many days ahead for us all when, with a pint in one hand, we will talk about the legend that was John Anthony Ross.
A tough day for all especially Tony's family who were so impressive in their dignity and courage.
A life so well lived, a man so well loved.
God Bless you Tony, going to BFC will truly never be the same again.
I would like to say a HUGH THANK YOU to all of you turned up for Dad's farewell party on Friday on behalf of our whole family. As has already been said the service was packed with standing room only - and even then you where lucky to find a spot. As Kayla (his wife), my uncle, brother and cousin (on behalf of my aunt, Dad's sister) said in there tributes it just showed how many lives Dad touched over the years. X
A very emotional day, Certainly the first funeral I have been to where they played Max Bygraves `When you come to the end of a Lollypop` - Brought a smile to everyones face. RIP Tony