Date: 7th July 2015 at 10:11am
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Brian Bason is under the spotlight in this edition of the Where Are They Now series.

BRIAN BASON – Born 3rd September 1955 Epson, Surrey.

Although born in Epsom Brian grew up in Crawley when his parents relocated there along with his brother Bobby and sister Linda.
He began his football career with Crawley youth team ‘Chelsea Minors’, he was spotted playing for them by Chelsea manager Tommy Docherty and signed for them as a fifteen year old alongside another youngster, Ray Wilkins.

Brian made his debut as a seventeen year old in a struggling Chelsea team against Sheffield United with the Blades winning 2-1. He was selected to play for England in youth internationals and was considered to be rising star.
Unfortunately for Brian this was cut short when he suffered a badly fractured leg in a derby game with Arsenal after a collision with Gunners goalie Jimmy Rimmer. After treatment and a lengthy recovery Brian was loaned out to Vancouver Whitecaps to gain match fitness. While with the Whitecaps he played against Pele who was playing for New York Cosmos, while with them he made nineteen appearances and scored three goals.

When he returned to Chelsea who were now managed by Ken Shillito, Brian found it difficult to get his first team place back again and after playing nineteen games and scoring one goal, that came on 23rd August 1975 in a 3-1 win at home to Carlisle before Argyle manager Mike Kelly managed to persuade him to move to the Westcountry.

Brian made his Argyle debut on 27th September 1977 in a 1-1 draw at Sheffield Wednesday with Terry Austin scoring the Argyle goal. In his first season at the club Brian made another 22 appearances. Argyle struggled for the second successive season and finished in 19th, just escaping another relegation.

1978-79 saw Brian as a first team regular and despite moving from midfield to defence managed to score his first goal for Argyle, it came on 16th September when he got the first goal in a 2-0 win at home to Swindon with Fred Binney scoring the second. He scored another four weeks later, again at Home Park, in a 1-1 draw with Shrewsbury.
Brian’s next goal came in front of the biggest gate of the season so far, 12,637 saw the Greens easily beat Exeter 4-2 with Fred Binney, Brian, Brian Johnson and Keith Fear all scoring to send the Argyle fans home happy. Brian’s fourth and last goal of the season was also Argyle’s last of the campaign. Fred Binney had got the first and Brian got the second, and what a goal it was, in front of the ‘Match of the Day’ cameras, one of his long range specials with his right foot. Argyle improved slightly finishing in 15th.

Brian only missed four games during the 1979-80 season as he returned to a midfield role under manager Malcolm Allison, although when Bobby Saxton took over in January 1979 he was moved into an attacking role. Brian got his first goal of the season in a first round League Cup game at home to Newport, Argyle won the game 2-0 with Fred Binney scoring the first goal. He had to wait until January to get his first league goal, that one came in a 2-2 draw at home to Gillingham with Jeff Cook getting the equaliser.
Six weeks after that one Brian got the only goal of the game against Chester at Home Park.

Brian started 1980-81 season in great form, scoring four goals by early October, the first came in the second home game, a 2-0 win over Chester when he got the second goal after David Kemp had opened the scoring. The same two players scored in a 4-1 hammering of Gillingham in September, this time Kempy scored twice so with Kevin Hodges and Brian getting the others.
In the next home game Brian and David both scored again, this time in a 2-1 win at home to Reading. Brian got his fourth of the season when he scored the winner in another 2-1 home win, this time over Fulham with John Sims getting the first goal.
After playing in the first 29 league and five cup games Brian made his final appearance for the club on 24th January 1981 when he came on as a substitute in a 3-0 win at home to Oxford with Leigh Cooper (2) and David Kemp scoring the goals.
After making 149 appearances scoring eleven goals, every one of them at Home Park Brian left to join Crystal Palace.

He only spent a season at Selhurst Park and was loaned out to Portsmouth during 1981-82 playing nine games there. He made another 27 appearances for Palace before leaving to join Reading.
Despite being an almost ever present in the Reading team throughout the 1982-83 season at the end of it after making 41 appearances he left the club, and football.

Brian retired from football at the end of the 1982-83 season to return to the Westcountry where he was fondly remembered by the Argyle fans as tough tackling, combative midfielder with a tremendous right foot, to run a hotel in Truro, as far as I know Brian is still living in Cornwall.

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