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PUBLISHED: 14:27 04 February 2009 | UPDATED: 12:56 03 July 2010

A MEMORIAL service is planned for Bert “Sailor” Brown on May 16 at 2pm at St Andrew's Church, Gorleston and Emerald Park football ground afterwards.

The former Charlton, Nottingham Forest and Aston Villa player died at the end of last year aged 93.

A MEMORIAL service is planned for Bert “Sailor” Brown on May 16 at 2pm at St Andrew's Church, Gorleston and Emerald Park football ground afterwards.

The former Charlton, Nottingham Forest and Aston Villa player died at the end of last year aged 93.

Bert was among the oldest surviving England internationals from the wartime era and played in four successive Wembley Cup Finals.

After his full time playing career ended he returned to his home town and enjoyed a successful spell managing Gorleston Football Club.

Team mates at Charlton nicknamed Bert “Popeye the Sailor" because of his short muscular build and rolling gait. The name stuck but was shortened over the years to Sailor.

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