In the opening game of the football season yesterday (Friday, August 8), fans of Brighton and Hove Albion paid tribute to loyal fan Don Lock, of Worthing.
Don’s family and friends were joined in a minute’s applause in the 79th minute of the game against Nottingham Forest at the Amex stadium in Brighton, to honour his life.
The touching moment can be seen on the Official Brighton and Hove Albion FC YouTube video, above.
Don, 79, died after he was stabbed on the A24 at Findon following a car crash.
“I was very saddened to learn of the death in such tragic circumstances of Don Lock – one of our most loyal supporters over the close season,” said club chairman Tony Bloom.
“A fan of the club since the 1940s, he was a season-ticket holder at the Amex with his son Andrew.
“His family and friends are with us tonight to pay tribute in the 79th minute, with fans being asked to join a minute’s applause to honour Don’s life.
“On behalf of all at the club and our fans, our thoughts and prayers are with Don’s wife Maureen, son Andrew, daughter Sandra, his grandchildren, great grandchildren and so many, many friends.”
A large number of people are expected to attend Mr Lock’s funeral and a procession in Worthing on August 12.
Matthew Daley, 34, of St Elmo Road, Worthing has been charged with Mr Lock’s murder.
He is also accused of possessing a knife in a public place. He is due to appear at Hove Crown Court on September 25.
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