Bryan Snowdon

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Bryan Snowdon

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Appearances: 29 Goals: 0

Date / Year of birth: 1st January 1935

Position: Midfielder / Centre-back

Season of first appearance: 1967/68

Season of last appearance: 1967/68

Also played for: Blackpool (18,1), Portsmouth (129,0), Millwall (143,0), Detroit Cougars (USA), Crystal Palace (1+4,0), Brentwood Town and Chelmsford City

Classy, commanding player born in Bishop Auckland who started his career with Blackpool and made 18 first team appearances for them between 1955/56 and 1959/60. Bryan then joined Portsmouth in October 1959.

He spent four years with Pompey and made 129 senior appearances before being transferred to Millwall in October 1963.

Bryan played 143 first team games for the Lions and he was Millwall's captain in two successive promotion seasons. The club were runners-up in Division 4 during 1964/65 and during 1965/66 they were second in Division 3. During Bryan's time at Millwall the Lions also set a new Football League record for the most consecutive games unbeaten at home - 59 matches from 1964 until they lost at The Den to Plymouth Argyle on 21.1.67. The record stood until the 1980/81 season when it was beaten by Liverpool.

In the summer of 1967 Bryan signed for Margate and at the time he was working as a PE teacher at the same school as Margate players Phil Amato and Derek Grace. Bryan became club captain and made his debut in a 0-0 draw at Nuneaton in the Southern League on 19.8.67, the opening day of the 1967/68 campaign. He was an inspiring figure in a defensive midfield role during the first half of the season and Bryan's consistent, steady performances combined with his solid tackling led the local press to comment that "he gives and asks for no quarter".

On 13.12.67 Bryan was in the side that won 3-1 at Yeovil in the FA Cup 1st Round and he'd made a total of 29 appearances before leaving Hartsdown Park in January 1968 to play for Detroit Cougars in the USA. It was a pre-arranged move that Margate had known about when Bryan joined the club.

He made 27 appearances for the Cougars in the North American Soccer League during the 1968 season before returning to England in February 1969.

Bryan then joined Crystal Palace and made a handful of 2nd Division appearances for them before the end of the 1968/69 season. Prior to joining the Eagles he had discussed the possibility of a return to Margate with Almer Hall.

Bryan dropped back into non-league football to join Brentwood for 1969/70 and he then played for Chelmsford during the 1970/71 season after they merged with Brentwood. At that time Bryan was running a petrol station in Meopham with his former Millwall colleague Len Julians. Julians had also been his manager at Detroit Cougars.











1967/68 (MFC)

29 (82)









     Played in FA Cup 1st Round (13.12.67 - won 3-1 at Yeovil Town).