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Worldwide migration of tiny seagulls
Some diehards might say the only true Albion fans are Brighton born and bred – but try telling that to this little lot.
Across the world, tiny Seagulls are celebrating Macca moments, Vicente volleys and Ankergren acrobatics.
After we told the story of seven-year-old Gustav Aitken, said to be the only Albion fan in Denmark, we were deluged with pictures of Seagull chicks from around the globe.
And it seems little Gustav may have company in Denmark.
On March 31 this year, a baby boy was born in Copenhagen to proud Danny Tobin and his wife, club doctor to local team Brondby Ladies.
The little boy’s grandfather is Eiif Larsen, also a doctor to the Brondby men’s team where Albion keeper Casper Ankergren used to ply his trade.
But despite his obvious Brondby connections, the baby wore his first Albion shirt with pride just hours after he was born.
Grandfather Mark Tobin from Rottingdean said: “He’s going to be a lifelong Seagull. Football truly is a worldwide family sport.”
Further south, three Spanish sisters living in the shadow of a footballing giant are flying the flag for Albion.
Elena, Emma and Anna are mad for the Seagulls despite all their friends supporting Real Madrid.
Proud grandfather Nigel Tomsett from Brighton said: “They attend matches whenever they come to England and all have their own membership numbers. “They will all be at the Watford game at Christmas when they are next in England.
“They have photos with Bruno, Vicente and Calderon and I am sure that it won't be long before they add the new Spanish boys to their collection.”
News of Albion’s success has even travelled Down Under.
In Canberra, Australia, seven-year-old Blake Tozer proudly wears the famous Albion stripes, even at a game of rugby.
While most of his friends are cheering for the Canberra Raiders, Blake is keeping an eye on Albion’s tricky away tie at Leeds.
His grandfather, Robin Tozer, who lives in Portslade, said Blake is looking forward to visiting the Amex in August when his family holiday on the Sussex coast for the summer.
Dream ticket for Gustav
One little Seagull’s dream will come true thanks to The Argus.
Football-mad Gustav Aitken’s dearest wish is to see his favourite team play at the Amex, but his family were struggling to get tickets to watch a game.
Luckily, The Argus stepped in and after we asked Albion what could be done, the club agreed to give free tickets to Gustav, his dad and his grandmother.
Not only that, the seven-year-old from Denmark will even get to walk out with the team as a mascot.
His grandmother Cynthia said: “We’re so grateful to The Argus and the Albion for this. It will really make Gustav’s day.”
If you are interested in giving your child the chance to walk out with the Albion team as a mascot, email Wayne Potbury at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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