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Chairman Andy Stonestreet

 


 

Iím a long time Albion fan who was first taken to watch an Albion game by my Dad at the Goldstone back in the mid-seventies, we would either stand in the North Stand or the Chicken run. I had the absolute honour of being at St James Park, Newcastle to watch the Albion gain promotion to the old First division and the massive low point of watching the last ever game at the Goldstone. I have watched hundreds if not thousands of Brighton games over the years, up and down the country including almost all the "home" games in Gillingham and the rain soaked Withdean. Now like so many others who fought so hard to keep the Albion alive, I'm now enjoying watching my beloved Albion play in the fantastic American Express Community Stadium.

I look forward to one day (hopefully sooner rather than later) of again watching Albion playing in the top flight of English football.

Treasurer Ian Morris

 

 


Grew up in Seaford where I was lucky enough to attend the local Boys Club which was regularly attended by one of the Albion's best ever  keepers Brian Powney who used to come along, give us tips and join in 5-a-side games.

 First saw the Albion from the old "Chicken Run" in January 1962 when they played Blackburn Rovers in the 3rd Round of the FA Cup and immediately caught the bug.

Stopped going to watch them, apart from evening games, once I started playing football and then when I "retired" from that in 1984  I got involved with Horsham Sparrows F.C. (who incidentally play in blue and white striped shirts and white shorts) not only in managing a series of Saturday morning teams but also as Secretary and, more recently, President. This made trips to matches, in particular Gillingham, impractical not to mention a little expensive when bringing up a young family.

  I am sorry to say that, while the Albion were always my first love, I did attend a ground not far from Croydon on a quite regular basis as my eldest son decided he would support the "Slack Alice" and, to be fair, they had been very supportive of the Sparrows club, even to the extent of giving us free match tickets and arranging for Ian Wright to attend our presentation day at Horsham's Queen Street ground (I actually have a photo of another NWS Seagull wearing a fedora in the dressing room at Selhurst so I'm not the only one).

 Returned to the Albion fold several years ago when my involvement with managing Saturday teams stopped and now have a season ticket with my younger son, who is proud to have his photo in Peter Wards autobiography, and his wife who he met on trips to watch the boys play away. (Sorry to say my eldest son still follows the other lot but my two grandsons in New Zealand are Junior Seagulls.)

Secretary Mike Wilson

 

 

Proud Albion fan, husband to Jane and father to daughter Laura (more clothes than Topshop) and son Thomas (tree hugger & eco warrior).

 Iíve been an Albion fan since seeing them at my first ever Goldstone game way back in 1976 and have been a season ticket holder for most of the time since. I have seen Albion play their home games at four different football grounds in my time; I sadly saw history get demolished for a retail park at the historic Goldstone Ground, travelled miles down various motorways to the Priestfield in Gillingham, got soaking wet at Withdean and am now warm and dry watching them play in their glorious long awaited new home, the Amex stadium in Falmer.

 My highlight memory of watching the Albion? Peter Ward in the No 8 shirt, that Jimmy Case goal in the semi-final at a sunny Highbury, the cup finals in í83, winning at Anfield, that Adam Virgo late, late winner against Swindon to get us to the play off final, watching Albion play at the Millennium Stadium, seeing rich Man City get beat at Withdean in the League Cup, watching Zamora in the No 25 shirt or back to back championships? None of the above, for me it was the opening league match at the Amex against Doncaster Rovers on 6th August 2011. All those flags and a tear in my eye as I watched my team finally walk out onto the pitch of their new home. An absolutely unbelievable day and match that will live forever in my memory. Weíve come a long way together.

 Saturdayís at the Amex are special for me. Itís all about meeting up with my NWSS coach buddies on board the superfast Coach 2, chatting with mates on the upper concourse, drinking a pint of Harveys ale and eating one of those delicious pies before taking to my padded seat in the West Stand.

Away travel coordinator (non-committee) John Curlewis

 

 

Having supported the Albion for many years, my proudest moment was seeing my two daughters, Charley and Kerri, represent the club as official mascots in our first season at the Amex against Bristol City on the 14th January 2012. Both girls were treated like princesses and have some very happy memories from that day, including seeing us win 2-0 and witnessing Inigo Calderon's best ever goal (his exact words).  

In April 2014 my eldest daughter, Charley, was lucky enough to work with Paul Camillin and the media team at The Amex for her work experience. She thoroughly enjoyed her week which included assisting in interviewing Oscar Garcia and Tomasz Kuszczak.  She was given a glowing reference by the club and is keen to help out again on match days to see the buzz that The Amex creates. 

My favourite ex-player is Jimmy Case who scored that screamer in the FA Cup semi-final against Sheffield Wednesday at Highbury. My favourite current player is Inigo Calderon who gives 100% every game, even if he's just screaming instructions from the sideline. 

I am honoured to help out with the away travel arrangements and hope we can become as popular as the home travel. With your support we can!

 

 

 

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