Duncan saw his first Albion game at the age of seven when his father took him to see a match against Halifax Town at the Goldstone Ground. It was Boxing Day 1964, and the team went on to win the Fourth Division championship. It would be another 36 years before he saw Albion win another league title!
Despite Scottish ancestry, Duncan was born in Brighton in June 1957, and attended Coombe Road Primary School where one of his contemporaries was Albion director Derek Chapman. After leaving Patcham Fawcett secondary school, he joined British Telecom as an engineer, eventually setting up his own telecommunications business which he ran until 2009.
He was a busy man though, also running a graphics design company alongside the telecoms business. Thus in 1990 he took a year out to travel around North America in a motorhome with his wife.
As well as his family, Duncan’s passion is for the Albion. He has travelled the length and breath of England – and Wales – watching the team play at more than a hundred grounds in well over a thousand matches. Indeed, he often assists Liz Costa in running the Supporters’ Club coaches to away games. Duncan is also an active member of the Albion Collectors’ and Historians’ Society.
As chairman of the Supporters’ Club, his aim is to increase its profile and to try to encourage new young fans to become members of the family of Seagulls supporters.
You can see him at every game, home or away. Do say “hello” and introduce yourself – he’s always ready to listen!
I have been Vice Chairman to at least 6 Chairmen - no desire to be boss. Member of SC since 1984, been running coaches on behalf of SC since David Bellotti cancelled the coaches to Fulham without advising the passengers who had already paid! First official SC Coaches went to Sudbury for the FA Cup match and we have not missed a first team away game since.
Had "privileged" upbringing going to private boarding school followed by 2 years living in Rome. Later discovered this was a front to hide the fact that the woman who had "brought me up" was actually my step-mother ! Found real Mum when I was 36 and had 15 glorious years getting to know her before she died in Lanzarote 15 years ago.
My first football match saw the late, great, John Charles play his debut match for Roma in 1962 - and I was hooked! First England game at Wembley saw an Albion favourite, Sergei Gotsmanov playing for Russia - English fans on the terrace burned programmes, scarves and hats in disgust at the English performance! [Nothing changes there, does it!]
I understand a distant relative was the infamous Thomas Paine who lived for a while in Lewes before going to America - most famously known for his book The Rights of Man that played a big part in the American Revolution! [See, always been rebels in my family!].
Have two children [Katy and Graeme] and two magnificent grandchildren [Joe and Daisy]. Oh, and I have been married twice - the first divorce should have been great fun. My ex wanted to sue the Albion for Alienation of Affection, jointly and severally! Have been living happily with John Lees [BBC Sussex sport commentator] since 1986.
Retired Chartered Quantity Surveyor; born in Ayrshire but has knocked about the World a bit over the years; moved to Sussex in 1988, working at Gatwick.
At heart an Ayr United supporter but got into BHA in 1990/91 Season including going to Play-off Final at Wembley v Notts County; Season Ticket holder since 1992/93 including Gillingham years; highs including back-to-back promotions and Cardiff Play-off Final success; lows including various relegations, leaving Goldstone and almost being relegated from Football League; was at Hereford for draw that saved our bacon.
Joined Supporters Club in 1993; on Committee from 1994; Membership Secretary since 1999 taking over from Tony Ford; Treasurer since 2011 following the resignation of Sarah Turner.
A committee member for 15 years and past chairman for 2 years (last season at the Goldstone and first season at Gillingham). A supporter for 40 years with my first game on my ninth birthday 7 March 1970 when we beat Barnsley 2-0 at the Goldstone (Spearritt (pen) and Turner scored) and there were 15,622 there to witness it. I was hooked and soon returned on the 27 March 1970 for our victory over Reading 2-1 (Duffy netted both goals). I have been going ever since including 50% of away games. A season ticket holder for over 15 years and a fanzine writer with many a synonym. I have made many friends through football and look forward like so many others to watching my team at Falmer.
When not being a Supporters Club committee member, I earn a crust as a Chartered Quantity Surveyor.
I've supported Brighton & Hove Albion for a long time - ever since I was a child. I lived in Hove at the time and my father and my best friend's father used to walk to the Goldstone Ground. We could hear the cheering from our house. It sounded exciting and we asked to go with them the next time there was a home match. I loved it and have been a fan ever since. Not for me the Premiership (or 1st Division as it was at the time.) As soon as they were old enough my children followed me in supporting the Albion and were members of the Junior Seagulls. I'm glad to say neither of them succumbed to peer pressure to support the more fashionable Premiership teams. There have been great times, like getting to the Cup Final in 1983, and winning the play-offs. Sadly there were also the turbulent years when we lost my beloved Goldstone Ground and the club nearly died. I'm so excited that, after a long fight, we are now close to moving to our new stadium at Falmer. It's literally a dream come true! I think we're en route to going places!
History of the Supporters' ClubThe Supporters' Club has had several incarnations over the years. It was one of the founding members of the National Federation of Football Supporters' Clubs back in the late 1920's, and the foundations for the club's existence have always been to try to meet the needs of the Brighton supporter AND to help the football club where appropriate.