Brian, 124, has been at Ashton Gate since the summer of 1895, when
he was signed up by Bristol South End on apprentice forms after
a childhood spent sweeping chimneys in the days before child labour
Turning his back on his hometown of Newcastle and the mining industry,
which had served his family well for four generations, a bright-eyed
young Brian arrived in Bristol with nothing but a pair of old hob-nailed
football boots given to him by his grandfather and sixpence in change
to pay for bed and board. And a lump of black pudding, probably.
Tins is nothing short of a legend among the Ashton Gate faithful
- his crowning glory undoubtedly being the winning goal that sent
Liverpool out of the FA Cup in 1994. He still receives three sack
loads of Christmas cards from the Anfield area every year for his
part in ensuring the demise of Graeme Souness as manager of Liverpool.
The club has already insured his golden left leg for
£4m. The right one is insured for
Tinman famously trained with Gazza at Newcastle in the days when
the boozy star could still actually remember the days. Often the
pair would sneak off training together to entertain themselves by
singing Fog on the Tyne instead. However, like a fine wine, Tinman
continues to mature with age, and it can only be speculated as to
how good he will be by 2025. If the current trend continues it is
safe to assume that Brian will be worth upwards of £35 million by
The best way of conveying the esteem in which City fans hold Tins
is to listen to the terrace song about him. 'Tinman Is A Sh**head"
must be the most unusual song of praise about any player in any
ground in the country, but it is born out of true affection for
a modern day City great. When not playing football, he enjoys the
company of his pals the Scarecrow and the Lion and his ambition
is to have a heart.