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Mary Emery Honoured With Bus Presentation

By James Hilsum • 08 August 2018

One of Brighton & Hove Albion’s most dedicated fans, Mary Emery, was honoured at the Amex with a presentation of a bus named in her memory.
Mary was a lifelong fan of the club and helped campaign for a new stadium at Falmer, but sadly passed away in February, aged 93.
Club historian Tim Carder reflected on some of his fondest memories of Mary, which included some wild celebrations after the 6-2 victory over Aldershot in an FA Cup first round tie back in November 2000.
He said, “Mary was so pleased, she was dancing around in the streets of Aldershot, which was not the thing to be doing, to be honest.
“Liz Costa [from the supporters’ club] told a policeman to go and arrest her in order to get her back on the coach and leave! The policeman arrested her in a friendly sort of way.”
Albion executive director, Martin Perry, explained how Mary and her husband Ted were two of the first Albion supporters he ever really got to know.
“I have such wonderful memories of them. They used to sit at the top of a rickety staircase in Gillingham, near the directors’ lounge.
“The first two to come up were always Mary and Ted. They always had a friendly word for me and a smile.
“It’s going to be brilliant seeing this bus going around the city.”
Meanwhile, Brighton and Hove Buses’ managing director Martin Harris also added his praise for Mary.
“Her commitment was never in doubt. She really shone through when the club was going through its dark days.
“All we can do is to keep her story going and to share it with more people.”

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