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26 December 2017

The Argus
Steve Piper in action for Albion.

Brighton & Hove Albion are saddened to hear of the passing of former Albion defender/midfielder Steve Piper, aged 64.
Educated at Longhill School, Rottingdean, Steve represented both Brighton and Sussex Boys, and having played for the Albion youth team, he became a full-time professional with the club in September 1972.
Within a couple of months he was making his first-team debut, aged 19, in the Second Division and over the next three seasons established himself in the centre of defence, occasionally turning out at right-back as well.
In 1976, new manager Alan Mullery successfully played Steve as a tough-tackling ball winner in midfield as Albion won promotion back into the second tier. An unsung hero, he moved to Portsmouth for £20,000 in February 1978 but after just 29 league games his career was cut short due to a serious knee injury.
He returned to Sussex and had spells in non-league football with the likes of Worthing, Steyning Town, Littlehampton Town and Southwick.

The thoughts and condolences of all at the Albion are with Steve’s many friends and family at this time.

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