The club is sad to learn of the passing of staunch Albion fan Ed Bassford following a long illness.
Ed was a core member of the Falmer for All campaign group, and his drive and determination for the cause was never more evident than when he stood as a candidate in the local elections in Lewes, representing the Seagulls Party, where he came a very respectable third behind the Liberal Democrats and Conservatives.
A transport manager by occupation, he frequently commented supportively on the club’s transport strategy for the new stadium – words that were certainly heeded by the club as we made the move to Falmer.
A true Albion supporter, who was known as Lord Bracknell on North Stand Chat, we send our sincerest condolences to his long-term wife and partner Roz South, and his many Albion friends who will, like us, be deeply saddened at the news.
Paul Samrah, a close colleague during the Falmer for All campaign, said, “Ed was a very earnest and intelligent man, who knew how to talk to both senior politicians and your ordinary football fan.
“When it came to the public inquiries during the planning process, the city council or our opponents would release press statements that, at first glance, appeared to provide a hammerblow to our chances, but Ed was able to give a very logical and easily understandable explanation of what was happening, that would calm the fans down and stop any panic setting in.
“He would be present every day at the three public inquiries, writing detailed notes of what was happening, and his clear and concise words kept the fans informed every step of the way, either via North Stand Chat or through the many articles that he wrote for the matchday programme.
“Ed was also a driving force behind the campaign initiatives we had and his standing in the local elections was indicative of the skill-set he had. He was clear and concise with his words, able to stand shoulder to shoulder with all politicians, and such was his standing that he even had a direct line to Norman Baker.
“A clever individual with a wicked smile, it’s so sad that in a week when we have celebrated ten years since the club received planning permission for the new stadium, a fourth member of the Falmer for All team has passed away.
“My thoughts are with Roz at this very sad time. They worked as an unbreakable team for so many years, and were so highly thought of by us all.
“I will remember Ed fondly; a man that was always available and approachable, whose words of wisdom and considered views always shone through. He will be missed by us all.”