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Joseph Brian Mears

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Joseph Brian Mears

Birth
Richmond, London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, Greater London, England
Death
28 Jul 2009 (aged 78)
Alton, East Hampshire District, Hampshire, England
Burial
North Waltham, Basingstoke and Deane Borough, Hampshire, England Add to Map
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Joseph Brian Mears was chairman of Chelsea Football Club. He was the son of Joe Mears, also a chairman of Chelsea, and grandson of Joseph Mears, co-founder of the club.

He was born in Richmond, Surrey, and educated at Malvern College. In 1950 he emigrated to Canada where he began working life in a seed factory. He returned to the United Kingdom shortly afterwards and did his national service as a radio operator in the Royal Air Force.

Brian took over as chairman following the death of Len Withey in 1969 and presided over the club's successful period in the early 1970s, when the FA Cup and Cup Winners' Cup were won in consecutive seasons.

He remained in the position until 1981, when a boardroom coup d'etat led by Viscount Chelsea saw him removed with the club in a dire position both on and off the pitch, mainly a result of the disastrous attempt to redevelop Stamford Bridge during the 1970s.

He sold the club to Ken Bates a year later for a nominal sum of £1.

After leaving Chelsea, he relocated to the United States, where he was involved with several North American soccer teams and ran a car dealership in Long Beach, California.
He wrote several books on Chelsea. Despite befriending Chelsea director Matthew Harding and chairman Bruce Buck in later years, he never set foot in Stamford Bridge again.

Brian married June Ware in 1955 and they had two children: a son, Christopher; and a daughter, Suzanne. Through Suzanne, Mears was the father-in-law to former footballer Steve Wicks and grandfather to Wicks' son Matt.
Joseph Brian Mears was chairman of Chelsea Football Club. He was the son of Joe Mears, also a chairman of Chelsea, and grandson of Joseph Mears, co-founder of the club.

He was born in Richmond, Surrey, and educated at Malvern College. In 1950 he emigrated to Canada where he began working life in a seed factory. He returned to the United Kingdom shortly afterwards and did his national service as a radio operator in the Royal Air Force.

Brian took over as chairman following the death of Len Withey in 1969 and presided over the club's successful period in the early 1970s, when the FA Cup and Cup Winners' Cup were won in consecutive seasons.

He remained in the position until 1981, when a boardroom coup d'etat led by Viscount Chelsea saw him removed with the club in a dire position both on and off the pitch, mainly a result of the disastrous attempt to redevelop Stamford Bridge during the 1970s.

He sold the club to Ken Bates a year later for a nominal sum of £1.

After leaving Chelsea, he relocated to the United States, where he was involved with several North American soccer teams and ran a car dealership in Long Beach, California.
He wrote several books on Chelsea. Despite befriending Chelsea director Matthew Harding and chairman Bruce Buck in later years, he never set foot in Stamford Bridge again.

Brian married June Ware in 1955 and they had two children: a son, Christopher; and a daughter, Suzanne. Through Suzanne, Mears was the father-in-law to former footballer Steve Wicks and grandfather to Wicks' son Matt.

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  • Created by: Chelsea Graves Society
  • Added: Jun 25, 2023
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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/255785194/joseph_brian-mears: accessed ), memorial page for Joseph Brian Mears (25 Apr 1931–28 Jul 2009), Find a Grave Memorial ID 255785194, citing Basingstoke Crematorium and Gardens of Remembrance, North Waltham, Basingstoke and Deane Borough, Hampshire, England; Maintained by Chelsea Graves Society (contributor 50548735).