Rare photo: Hula hooping at the Goldstone

Here are Steve Burtenshaw, Roy Jennings and Adrian Thorne all getting fit at the Goldstone Ground:


Portslade-born, super-hoopin’ Steve Burtenshaw enjoyed a sixteen year career at Brighton as a wing-half from 1951 to 1964, being granted a testimonial match in November 1963. He became assistant coach the following year, before beginning a long association with Arsenal. He also had spells as coach at QPR and Everton.

In the centre, hip-gyratin’ Roy Jennings was an Albion colleague for almost all of that period, signing for the club in May 1952 before being released on a free transfer to Crawley at the end of the 1963/64 campaign. Signed initially as a full-back, Jennings’ conversion in a stopper centre-half in Christmas 1958 did so much to preserve the club’s hard-won Second Division status.

As for sharp-shootin’ Adrian Thorne, it was the five goals of this Hove lad in the thrashing of Watford in April 1958 that made sure Albion were to enter the Second Division for the first time. Making his debut in the January of the promotion year, Thorne made 84 appearances for the Albion, scoring 44 goals before putting in a transfer request and leaving for Plymouth Argyle in June 1961.

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