Graham Potter accepts he did a sort of sleeping rough light at St Peter’s Church last Friday night.

He didn’t get the total depressing experience and the weather was unusually mild for November.

But the Albion head coach hopes his outing with Bruno and Billy Reid has done the job that was intended, which is increase awareness of those who brave it every night.

Potter and colleagues slept out in support Off the Fence, who run Project Anti-Freeze.

He said: “The reality is I spent one night on the streets, packed up my stuff, got in my car and drove home.

“I have no idea what it is like to be homeless.

“Even after one night there, it doesn’t bear thinking about.

“It is the reality for a lot of people with the nights coming in and winter arriving and it is cold. You see how difficult it is.

“It might just be toothpaste, or a change of clothes, or a fresh, clean, dry pair of socks.

“Something that can make a difference.

“It doesn’t cost much but it can erase a need.

“If you can raise awareness and make things a little bit better for people, that is the best we can do.”

Potter gave some insight into what his night was like.

He said: “All the things you can think of. We were lucky it was quite mild so we didn’t experience the cold, which they will experience in the next few weeks.

“It rained but not too much. You’re uncomfortable, of course – you’re sleeping in a cardboard box on concrete – and there’s the noise of the city on a Friday night and you have half an eye on who’s coming past.

“You can imagine if that’s your reality all the time, you’re a bit scared about what can happen at night so you have lots of things to consider.

“It’s not something I would be rushing to do again, as you can imagine, although I will do to support the charity.”

Potter recognises that a Premier League manager doing what he did will raise awareness of a cause in a way that most people cannot.


He is not totally comfortable about that but said: “That is the reality, I suppose, because of the profile of the Premier League and a head coach in it. All of a sudden it is my name. That is fine. That is why I want to do it.

“You want to raise the profile of the charity and the fantastic work those guys do and also homelessness as an issue.


“I always thought you judge a society by how it treats its most vulnerable.”

“To see people on the streets is disturbing.

“Whilst it is not great, I understand the way the world works.

“It generates more attention if I am involved in it.

“That’s fine because hopefully it helps the charity and the people it is meant to help.”