Honouring the memory of Matt and Jacob

Brighton and Hove Albion are asking supporters to arrive early for tomorrow's match.

Friday, 11th September 2015, 9:36 am
Updated Wednesday, 14th December 2016, 1:48 pm

Brighton and Hove Albion are asking all supporters to arrive early for the match against Hull City, to be in their seats by 2.30pm and to join together to pay tribute to Matt Grimstone and Jacob Schilt.

At the request of the Matt and Jacob's families, there will be a minute's applause immediately ahead of kick-off.

Before that, soprano Donna-Marie Hughes will sing Abide With Me. The crowd will then be asked to show their appreciation of pitchside representatives of the ambulance, fire and police services, St John Ambulance and the AandE departments at Brighton and Worthing hospitals.

Donna-Marie will also sing Sussex by the Sea as the teams emerge - with supporters in the east stand lower being asked to raise the placards they will find placed on their seats.

Once the players are on the pitch, fans will be asked to join Matt and Jacob's families and many friends, both teams and representatives from Blackburn Rovers - Albion's opponents on August 22 - in the minute's applause. Chris Hughton and Steve Bruce will 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 - 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.