31st December 2011
Archie Darlison six on
1st Dec has become the first NWSS member to become a match day Mascot. Archie
was selected to be the Albion mascot at Coventry City and held the hand of
his favourite player Craig None as the players walked onto the pitch. Hi
proud Grandfather Mike Wren was there to take the photo's before they both
joined the massed ranks of Albion supporters in the stands to watch Albion
lose their final game of 2011.
Boxing Day saw the 2nd
NWSS away day of the season to Reading. A good day out was only spoilt by the
Last night the first NWSS
Christmas party took place at the Partridge in Partridge Green, a good night
was had by all and we were well looked after by Vicki, Rob and their staff.
As planned, we
introduced our second coach route for the Coventry game and it went like a
dream. Across the two coaches we transported 64 Albion fans, the most we have
so far taken to a game. Both coaches arrived nice and early allowing everyone
to soak up the pre-match atmosphere and I dare say a couple of pints and a
pie. Full details of both routes and pick-up times can be found on the
NWSS Member, Mike Wilson
put together some great notes on our recent club meeting at the Hare &
Hounds, rather than repeating them here take a look at Mike's site.
New Coach route, we are
planning on adding an addition route to The Amex. Our first coach is now
running to full capacity so it is time to add another coach and some extra
pick-up points. We aim to start running this coach from the Coventry game and
we will be making stops at Broadbridge Heath, Five Oaks, Billingshurst and
Over 40 NWSS members
attended a fantastic club night at the Hare and Hounds In Cowfold. Charlie
Oatway came along and for over an hour answered questions from the audience
and then sat down and signed copies of his book. Steve Gibbon, Richard
Hebberd and Paul Camillin were also in attendance. Many thanks to all of them
for taking the time to come along and making it a great night. We would also
like to thank Wendy and all the staff of the Hare & Hounds for making us
feel so welcome and looking after us. Cheers
Albion legend Charlie
Oatway has been confirm as our guest for our meeting at the Hare & Hounds
in Cowfold on the 17th November.
The first NWSS coach of
the season made its way to and from the Amex on Saturday. Full to the roof,
with only the toilet seat spare, 46 NWSS members enjoyed a hassle free trip
to watch the final pre-season match of the season and celebrate the official
opening of the American Express Community stadium.
NW Sussex Seagulls and
other fan organisations were invited down to The Amex on Friday evening to
meet with Richard Hebberd and discuss the best way to build atmosphere within
the stadium. To our surprise not only did Richard turn up but so did Ken
Brown, Gus Poyet and Tony Bloom as well as Paul Camillin. Everything from the
pre match music to where supporter’s flags could be hung was discussed, it
was a very open and productive meeting and clear to see that Albion's
management team are keen to involve the fans groups. The key take away
message is that Gus and the boys are looking for the fans to be the 12th man.
They would like supporters to make as much noise as possible and encourage the
players at every opportunity. Don't think that's going to be a problem is it?
A great meeting last
night at Shots Pool and Sports bar. Many thanks to Russ our host for looking
after us so well. Many thanks also to PC Darren Balkham for his insights on
how the police operation in and around The Amex will work. It was really good
to see so many new faces and it was also nice to be able to welcome Simon and
Dan from the Seagulls over Burwash supporters club.
We are now taking
bookings for seats on the coach to the Amex, please see the Transport page
for details. Ian Morris has very bravely stepped forward to become our
Treasurer. Welcome Ian.
Our first meeting took
place this evening and here are a few of the notes taken by Mike Wilson who
attended as someone who was keen to find out more about the NWSS.
A good inaugural meeting
at the Star tonight for the North West Sussex Seagulls Club. Around 30 fans
attended on the evening and here in a nutshell are the proposals and costs
for coach travel via the new North West Sussex supporters club:
Arrangements for the
first meeting of the North West Sussex Seagulls have been confirmed. The meeting
will take place at The Star in Roffey, Horsham from 7:30 on Tuesday 31st May
A small group of Albion
fans met over a pint or two of Harvey's to discuss the possibility of setting
up a Seagulls supporters group in the Horsham area, with the main aim to
provide coach travel to Brighton games. With the feedback that had already
been received from fans in the area it was agreed to go ahead with the
formation of a group to be called North West Sussex Seagulls. A date for the
first formal meeting and location will appear here soon as will the full
details of the coach travel.