BRIGHTON & HOVE Albion are asking all supporters coming to Saturday’s match against Hull City to arrive early and be in their seats by 2.30pm as we join together to pay tribute to Matt Grimstone and Jacob Schilt.
At the request of the Grimstone and Schilt families there will be a minute’s applause immediately ahead of kick-off, but prior to that the club will be paying tribute to Matt and Jacob as follows.
Soprano Donna-Marie Hughes will sing Abide With Me prior to the teams coming out.
We will then be joined pitchside by representatives of the ambulance, fire and police services, St John Ambulance and the A&E departments at Brighton and Worthing hospitals - and we will ask the crowd to show their appreciation for the job they continue to do in the aftermath of the crash.
Donna-Marie will also sing Sussex by the Sea as the teams emerge, and at this time those supporters in the east stand lower are asked to raise the placards they will find placed on their seats.
Once the players are on the pitch, we then ask you to join us, Matt’s and Jacob’s families and many friends, both teams and representatives from Blackburn Rovers - our opponents on Saturday 22nd August - in the minute’s applause. Chris Hughton and Steve Bruce will each lay flowers on behalf the two clubs and their supporters - with Hull City’s Supporters’ Club bringing their floral tribute.
During the minute’s applause members of Worthing United and the Robert Eaton Memorial Fund football team will hold two giant shirts in honour of Matt and Jacob.
They will be joined on the pitch by Matt’s Albion work colleagues, along with 11 fans, each holding a candle and flowers - kindly donated by Flowers Unlimited - in respect of all 11 men who lost their lives that day.
Fans can write their own messages of condolence on the two shirts prior to kick-off between 12.30pm and 2pm at the bandstand opposite the club store.
Those wishing to attend the match can still book tickets. Prices start from just £30 for adults and £5 for under-10s. To book your tickets visit seagullstickets.com or call 0844 327 1901. The club will be making a donation, from match receipts and the proceeds from a special tribute programme, to a fund for the families of the victims.
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