Albion life president Dick Knight was yesterday conferred as an honorary freeman of the city of Brighton & Hove at a special council meeting at Brighton Town Hall.
The honour is in recognition of the role he played in securing the future of the club and helping to develop one of the country’s leading club community schemes.
All at the club would like to congratulate Dick on this prestigious and deserved award.
Chairman Tony Bloom commented, "Dick's relentless efforts in saving the club and the part he played in winning planning permission for our stunning new stadium set us on a wonderful journey.
"Our club will be forever indebted to him for saving the club from potential oblivion - and the city has now rightly recognised those achievements."
Knight said, “Although I travelled around the world on business, and to Rochdale and Darlington with the Albion, I never lost my roots with my home city.
"As a local boy it’s a privilege to receive this honour which I gratefully accept on behalf of our football club. It shows just how much the Albion means to our community and I’m proud we‘ve given something lasting back to them.”
Council Leader Jason Kitcat added, "I’m very pleased that we are able to honour Dick in this way, he has made an enormous contribution to sport in the city and the UK by securing the future of Brighton & Hove Albion.
"His work through Albion in the Community also shows what a positive influence sport can be in our local communities.”