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Prescott given stadium reminder
Detail from the fans' giant postcard
The giant postcard shows a seagull envious of Hull City's stadium
Brighton football fans desperate for their club to be given a new home have used an away game in John Prescott's constituency to highlight their plight.

The deputy prime minister, MP for Hull East, has the final say on whether Brighton can build a stadium at Falmer.

Fans visited his constituency office to deliver a 4ft by 3ft postcard before their game against Hull City, who moved to their own new ground in 2002.

The giant postcard read "Please can we have one too Mr Prescott?"

It also featured a picture of Hull's impressive 43m, 25,000-seater Kingston Communications Stadium, with a cartoon Seagull in a Brighton kit looking on enviously.

Eye-catching stunts

The top of the postcard carried the line "Best wishes from the only supporters in England without a home".

At the bottom it said: "A rich businessman sold our ground to property developers. It's four years since our club submitted a planning application for a new home."

A Brighton fan with a small version of the postcard outside John Prescott's office
Fans visited Mr Prescott's office on their way to the game against Hull

Brighton and Hove Albion left its home of 96 years, the Goldstone Ground, after then chairman Bill Archer sold the land, which is now home to a shopping complex.

For two years the club shared Gillingham's ground - 75 miles away in Kent - before moving back to Brighton to stage games at the Withdean Stadium, a 7,000 capacity athletics ground, where the club is still based.

Planning permission for the planned 22,000-seater ground at Falmer was submitted in 2001 and the scheme has been backed by the city council and Brighton and Hove's three MPs.

A public inquiry into the scheme started in 2003, but Mr Prescott has still not made a decision, though one is expected later this year.

Chairman of the Falmer For All Campaign, Paul Samrah, said: "As the Albion are playing Hull City in their new KC Stadium, we thought we would take the opportunity to deliver a postcard to Mr Prescott from the people of Brighton and Hove.

"Every great city needs a stadium, it is vital for the community and for Brighton and Hove Albion.

"Our future is in Mr Prescott's hands."

Previous campaigns by Brighton fans have included a protest outside the Labour Party conference in the city, delivering 6,500 letters of support to 10 Downing Street and inviting fans of every other Championship club to tip water over celebrity fan Des Lynam.




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