Chris Rodon’s brief Albion career

And no, this is not a Bob Carolgees impersonator.

Chris Rodon

From the Brighton v Manchester City FA Cup programme of January 1983:

When striker Chris Rodon joined the Goldstone staff nine days ago, he was the subject of some good natured banter concerning the job he ‘chucked’ to join us here at the club.

While playing part-time football in the Welsh Premier League, Chris worked in the Driving Vehicle Licensing Centre in Swansea, and in view of the happenings at that establishment, it was thought to be a good place for a striker.

For anyone who has had dealings with this office it will surprise Goldstone regulars that Chris himself is a pretty fast mover… the speed with which his signing went through was indeed a great deal faster than any processing of the documents at the DVLC.

Incidentally, Chris has moved into ‘digs’ in Portslade, to allow him to settle and to find his feet in the local community, as he enjoys full-time training for the very first time.

Sadly, things did not end well for Chris. He made his debut as substitute in Albion’s last fifteen minutes of top-flight football, at Norwich in May 1983. Included in the club’s tour of USA, Belgium and Holland, the Welshman became homesick and returned to Glamorgan to play six games on loan with Cardiff. In September, his contract with the Albion was suspended, and he announced he would never play football again. Later played for Haverfordwest.


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