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Bert Tann

Bert Tann
Personal information
Full nameBertram James Tann[1]
Date of birth(1914-05-04)4 May 1914
Place of birthPlaistow, England
Date of death12 May 1972(1972-05-12) (aged 58)
Place of deathBristol, England
Playing positionWing-half
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1931–1932Clapton Orient0(0)
1932–1933Romford
1933–1939Charlton Athletic19(2)
Teams managed
1947Fredrikstad
1950–1968Bristol Rovers
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Bert Tann (4 May 1914 – 12 May 1972) was a football manager and player, who managed Bristol Rovers for 18 years, from 1950 to 1968. He was the longest-serving post-war manager of Rovers, and the second longest overall behind Alfred Homer.[2]

Playing career

During his playing career in the 1930s he was primarily a wing-half, and after brief spells with Clapton Orient and Romford he joined Charlton Athletic.[1] He first played a league game for Charlton in the 1933–34 season, and went on to play in 19 league games for them until 1938–39.[1] During World War II, he guested for Southampton, making 36 appearances.[3] He also appeared as a guest player for West Ham United in World War II making just one appearance.[4]

Coaching career

In 1947 he became coach of Fredrikstad in Norway. He led them to the 1946/47 Ostfoldserien championship.[5]

In 1950 he became manager of Bristol Rovers, and with Tann in charge, Rovers were promoted to the Football League Second Division for the first time in 1952-53, and he led them to 6th place finishes in both 1955-56 and 1958-59, as well to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup in 1950-51 and 1957-58.[6]

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