RIP Stephen Rooke

Former Brighton & Hove Albion secretary and local radio broadcaster Stephen Rooke has lost his courageous fight against cancer this week. He was aged just 57.

Stephen became well known to Seagulls supporters in the 1980s as a regular contributor to BBC Radio Brighton sports programmes, including coverage of the Albion:


He was also a chief reporter of a local newspaper and a qualified and active referee on Sundays.

As part of his role as the Albion’s club secretary, by then known as ‘Steve Rooke’, he also edited the matchday programme for a time in the latter part of the decade.

Commentating alongside Tony Millard, here is the cassette of the 1983 FA Cup Semi-Final featuring Radio Brighton’s excellent coverage of the match between Brighton and Sheffield Wednesday:


You can hear the broadcast here after a few seconds of silence:


2 thoughts on “RIP Stephen Rooke

  1. Steve Cowdry says:

    Sad news – gone too soon…..

  2. Very true, Steve. There is now an obituary on the official Albion website

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