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27 October 2018

Robert Codner celebrates with fans during his Albion days.

To celebrate Black History Month, Brighton & Hove Albion’s Matchday Magazine on Saturday afternoon will include a number of interviews with BAME players that formerly played or have been associated with the football club.

History was made on 20th October 1973 when Dave Busby made his debut for the Seagulls, to become the first black player to feature for the club — and 45 years on the striker reveals all in an interview.

Robert Codner, the club’s first-ever black captain, also reflects on his time at the Goldstone Ground, while Paul Nevin and Terry Connor comment on their recent call-ups to England’s coaching setup as part of a recent FA initiative to encourage more BAME coaches.

Codner and Connor will be present at the Amex this afternoon, as both former players return to the south coast as club guests for the Premier League match against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference on Friday, Albion manager Chris Hughton was asked about the issues surrounding racism in football, and the continued work being done to make the sport inclusive on all fronts.

He said, “One thing that won’t change is that there will always be incidents. But if we’re looking at any progress that’s been made over a period of years, then in general there has been progress.

“I can talk about football or non-football. Football or social. Football or community. The country is a far more multi-cultural, multi-racial country than what it’s ever been.

“If we look back at history and the bad racism years, it’s impossible for that change to be a complete change in a certain period of time.

“There will always be pockets and areas that you regard as more racist areas than others, but there are enough good people around trying as hard as they can to readdress those balances.

“Incidents will never surprise me and we will continue to get racial moments and comments in football, but it’s about trying as hard as we can to eradicate that.”

Make sure you pick up a copy of today’s Matchday Magazine for just £3.50. Copies are available to purchase in and around the Amex.

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