FOOTBALL fans will honour the memory of a lifelong supporter tonight (August 7) in the opening game of the football season.
Don Lock, 79, of Worthing, died after he was stabbed on the A24 at Findon following a car crash.
Supporters will join Mr Lock’s family and friends in a minute’s applause in the 79th minute of the game against Nottingham Forest at the Amex stadium.
“I was very saddened to learn of the death in such tragic circumstances of Don Lock – one of our most loyal supporters over the close season,” said club chairman Tony Bloom.
“A fan of the club since the 1940s, he was a season-ticket holder at the Amex with his son Andrew.
“His family and friends are with us tonight to pay tribute in the 79th minute, with fans being asked to join a minute’s applause to honour Don’s life.
“On behalf of all at the club and our fans, our thoughts and prayers are with Don’s wife Maureen, son Andrew, daughter Sandra, his grandchildren, great grandchildren and so many, many friends.”
A large number of people are expected to attend Mr Lock’s funeral and a procession in Worthing on August 12.
Matthew Daley, 34, of St Elmo Road, Worthing has been charged with Mr Lock’s murder.
He is also accused of possessing a knife in a public place. He is due to appear at Hove Crown Court on September 25.
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