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Bert Tann
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Full name Bert Tann
Date of birth 4 May 1914(1914-05-04)
Place of birth    Plaistow, England
Date of death    12 May 1972 (aged 58)
Place of death    Bristol, England
Playing position Wing-half
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Clapton Orient
Charlton Athletic
00 0(0)

19 0(2)   
Teams managed
Bristol Rovers

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Bert Tann (4 May 1914 – 12 May 1972) was a professional 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 over all behind Alfred Homer, who was manager for 21 years.

During his playing career he was a wing-half and made 19 league appearances, scoring twice, for Charlton Athletic between 1933 and 1939. During World War Two, he guested for Southampton, making 36 appearances.[1] After the war, he went on to coach Fredrikstad briefly.[2]

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.[3]


  1. ^ Holley, Duncan; Chalk, Gary (1992). The Alphabet of the Saints. ACL & Polar Publishing. p. 396. ISBN 0-9514862-3-3.  
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  • Byrne, Stephen; Jay, Mike (2003). Bristol Rovers Football Club - The Definitive History 1883-2003. Stroud: Tempus. ISBN 0-7524-2717-2.  

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