Football’s salute to victim of World Trade Centre attacks


A charity football match held in memory of an Albion fan who died during 9/11 raised more than £4,000.

Seagulls supporter Robert Eaton was working in the World Trade Centre during the terrorist attacks on New York and since his death a charity set up in his name has raised more than £125,000 to fund footballing projects and junior clubs.

Each year fans from Brighton and their arch-rivals Crystal Palace take part in a challenge match at Lewes FC’s Dripping Pan ground – and this year a crowd of more than 300 people saw the Seagulls edge out the Eagles 1-0 in a tight and entertaining match.

The Brighton squad collected around £2,500 in pre-match sponsorship and donations, while another £1,000 was added at the turnstiles - with more still coming from auctioned items and a raffle.

Brighton had Peter Ward, Paul Rogers and Ricky Marlow in their ranks, while this season the visitors boasted former Selhurst stars Eddie McGoldrick and Simon Osborn in their starting eleven.

On the pitch a goal from man of the match and Albion kit man Chris Leppard was enough to settle matters.

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