John saw his first Albion match in 1957, although according to his mum he did watch them as a babe in arms much earlier. He has been lucky enough to have seen all the promotion seasons in the club's history. Hove born, then brought up in Cornwall, he excelled at sport at school being county champion at triple jump and hurdles and representing the county at football, also being on Plymouth Argyle's books as a school boy. His playing days were cut short in the early 70's when he suffered a recurring dislocated shoulder. Unable to play he took up coaching at various levels, including a very successful period coaching the Albion disability team to F.A. cup and league double, and was part of the England Disability Coaching team. He joined the Supporters Club committee in 2001 and became Chairman in 2008.
Part of the Falmer for All campaign team, he has played his part in the fight for the new Stadium. He has a reputation for getting the job done without question: if it needs doing he will do it. In his spare time his has been known to turn his hand to writing stories, enjoys relaxing watching any kind of sport, walking in the country. If there is an Albion game at any level its quite likely you will find John there watching and is always keen to encourage the youngsters.
As Chairman his aim is to increase the profile of the supporters club and encourage more fans to become members of the family of Albion Supporters.
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 was born in Shoreham and grew up in Brighton and Portslade. I went to Hove County Grammar school for Girls (right opposite the Greyhound stadium - now Hove Park) and could see the floodlights of the Goldstone ground outside the window.
My parents separated when I was quite young, my Dad got custody of me. As I was an only child and he always wanted a son, I was treated like a boy: I was taken to football matches and the county cricket ground whenever he was home from the Navy. So I started watching the Albion from the early 1960s. My favourite game from that era was 1967 when we drew with Chelsea in the FA cup although the return match was a disaster because as the Seagull Special arrived, Tommy Docherty (Chelsea manager) closed the gates of Stamford Bridge with masses of Brighton fans not allowed in. We lost that game 4-0.
My favourite player of the 60s was Kit Napier. Good looking and talented. I joined the WRNS, married a Yorkshireman and moved away from Sussex. I never lost my love of the Albion and looked out for their results every time. I did go to Leeds matches (my ex was a Leeds fan) so I saw the great Don Revie's Leeds team first hand. I managed to get to occasional games at the Goldstone ground when visiting my Dad. We took my son on Boxing Day 1978 beating Cardiff 5-0 (Teddy Maybank got a hattrick) but he still became a Bradford City supporter. Better than a Leeds supporter, I suppose.
I watched the Albion when they played locally whenever finances allowed. 1983 was a special time for me because all of the locals and colleagues were taking the mickey out of me as we progressed through the rounds to the FA Cup final but when it came to the day, all of them wanted Brighton to beat Manchester Utd. I put my scarf across the front window of my house and had blue and white streamers around it. I refused to do any housework that day (I told my ex he had to buy fish & chips for the kids) so that I could watch the build up to the game, complete with the helicopter ride etc.
I worked for Yorkshire Electricity for 25 years and so got made redundant in 2002. The payout meant that I had the opportunity to return back to Sussex and settle in Newhaven. My maternal grandmother was born here so I had connections but it was also affordable considering the divide in house prices. We were able to get season tickets and witness the great times of the back to back championships and the play off final in 2004. Since I moved back to Sussex, I have been making up for a lot of lost time, doing all I could for the Falmer campaign etc. My husband stood for council in Newhaven on behalf of the Seagulls Party and although he didn't get elected, he did give the Lib Dems a bit of a shock with well over 500 votes and taking 23% of the vote.
We joined the Supporter's Club and try to travel to away games when it is possible. For the last two years I have been on the committee helping out.
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' Club