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27 July 2016

We are sad to report the passing of former Brighton & Hove Albion favourite Denis Foreman, aged 83.

Denis, an outside-left, joined the club in 1952 and scored 69 goals in 219 appearances during a ten-year spell at the Goldstone Ground.


With his natural ball control and distribution, the popular South African created many opportunities for his team-mates while maintaining an excellent goal rate himself.


A product of the Hibernian club of Cape Town, he worked for the Post Office in his native city until he arrived at the Goldstone as a 19-year-old trialist in February 1952, on the recommendation of his compatriot Dirk Kemp, the former Liverpool goalkeeper who had guested for the Albion during the Second World War.


Equally at home as an inside-left, Foreman was a key member of Albion’s 1957/58 Third Division (South) championship-winning side – a campaign in which he found the target 12 times, having netted a total of 28 goals in the previous two campaigns.


An injury the following season curbed his first-team appearances and he was eventually released in the summer of 1962 to join Hastings United. Spells also followed as a player-coach at Wigmore Athletic and Steyning Town.


Denis was also an accomplished cricketer, playing for Western Province in South Africa in 1951/52 and for Sussex as a middle-order batsman from 1952 to 1967 (he was capped in 1966).


His highest score was 104 v Nottinghamshire at Hove in July 1967 before spells as a sports master at Seaford College, Petworth, and Shoreham College.


A true Sussex sporting great, we pass on our sincere condolences to Denis’s family and friends at this difficult time.


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