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Last Updated: Tuesday, 14 June, 2005, 20:51 GMT 21:51 UK
Football fan wins club a player
Aaron Berry
Mr Berry has been a Seagulls' fan since he was a child
A Championship football club has been given 250,000 to spend on a new player courtesy of a loyal fan.

Out of one million competition entrants Aaron Berry, 29, from Worthing in Sussex, won the money for Brighton and Hove Albion.

Mr Berry entered the competition which was organised by the league's sponsors, 80 times but was "shocked" at his win.

Brighton manager Mark McGhee said the club's main priority would be to buy a striker but he may cost more than 1m.

'Amazing time'

"We made inquiries and we've had everything from no, they're not available, to a 1m price tag.

"Unfortunately 250,000 is a bit short of 1m," Mr McGee added.

According to the competition rules, the Seagulls have until August to buy a player.

Mr Berry, who has been a fan since childhood, also won 10,000 for himself and was given a signed shirt.

"There has been three days of absolute shock, it still hasn't sunk in properly. It has been an amazing few days," he said.

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