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.
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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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