Albion pay tribute to Jack Mansell.
Brighton & Hove Albion are saddened by the news that former defender Jack Mansell has passed away aged 88.
Mansell arrived at the club in 1949, initially on trial after being on Manchester United’s books as an amateur.
The defender established himself as a left-back in the side and made a total of 122 appearances for the Seagulls, scoring 11 goals in three years on the south coast.
He combined his playing responsibilities for the club with a coaching role at County League side Littlehampton, and also held regular sessions at the King Alfred in Hove.
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Mansell left Albion to join Cardiff City for a fee of £15,000 in October 1952 and later went onto play for Portsmouth, earning two caps for the England B team during his time at Fratton Park.
He also played in the first-ever Football League game staged under floodlights, a 2-0 home defeat by Newcastle United in 1956.
The thoughts of everyone at the club are with Jack’s family and friends at this sad time.