Brighton & Hove Albion's matchday magazine received another accolade recently, after receiving the Collector's and Historians' Society's annual award.
The society decided that Albion's publications editor, Luke Nicoli, together with his editorial and design teams, should receive the annual award for their work in helping to preserve and promote the history of the club.
The society's chairman Tim Carder said, “We had two excellent nominations.
“The programme team won ahead of journalist Nick Szczepanik for his brilliantly detailed book, Brighton Up, which looked at Albion’s two-year campaign to gain promotion from the Championship under Chris Hughton.
“We particularly like the History Repeating section of the programme: always well researched by Spencer Vignes and Ian Hine, along with significant contributions from Alan Mullery and a great array of pictures from The Argus’s photo archive.
“You get a quality publication with high production values, good contemporary and historical content, and a great read week in, week out. That’s why our members voted for it.”
Contributor Ian Hine receives the award from Andy Naylor, who was guest speaker on the night. Pic: Duncan Muir
Previous winners of the Roger Harris Memorial Shield include Martin Perry, Dick Knight, Paul Samrah and the Albion Museum design team. Last year the award was given to Peter Brackley for the wonderful ‘Goldstone Days’ show at the Theatre Royal.
“There is some pressure on football programmes these days with questions being asked about their relevance in an era of instant communication and social media,” added Tim. “If they all matched the quality produced by Luke and his team then those questions would be answered quite positively.
“Albion have produced a match programme since 1905. Long may it continue.”