Death of former BFP sport writer

Tony Bullock former Bury Free Press sports writer who died on March 17
Tony Bullock former Bury Free Press sports writer who died on March 17

A man who spent years bringing football news to Bury Free Press readers has died.

Anthony ‘Tony’ Bullock of Grove Park, Bury St Edmunds, died on Sunday after a short illness aged 84.

His funeral will be held on Tuesday March 26 at West Suffolk Crematorium at 9.45am.

Tony was a keen West Ham supporter and reported on local games for the paper in the 1970s and 80s with a weekly report on key matches.

He ran his own contract cleaning company A G Bullock and met his wife Nellie in the early 50s when he was playing for Haughley Football Club,

The couple had six sons and a daughter and Nellie died two years ago.

Tony used to scout for football talent for Leighton Orient and Colchester and his claim to fame was an appearance on the Cilla Black show Surprise Surprise.

He was invited to Portman Road on the pretence of scouting for new talent and ended up fielding a team of his six sons and son-in-law against Tommy Docherty’s team of dogs!