A seminal figure in the Sussex footballing community passed away earlier this month. John Shepherd, an ex-Albion striker, died at the age of 86 on June 12th. His funeral will be held this coming Monday, July 2nd.
Shepherd was a fan favourite at Albion. He scored a hugely impressive 18 goals in his debut league season for the club in the 1950’s. He collectively spent around 30 years in various roles with the side, as a player, coach and scout. He also played for Gillingham and Milwall, but ingratiated himself most strongly among Albion supporters.
Such was Shepherd’s reputation in the local area, that in 2014 he won an award from the Sussex FA in recognition of his services to Sussex football.
Shepherd also waded into the managerial side of football. He had tenures with Lancing and Sussex. He also had two spells with Soutchwick, alongside his son Dominic, with the side set to name their main stand after him.
Shepherd was clearly much loved by his family, with his Daughter Julie even writing a book about him in 2013 titled ‘In and out of the Lion’s Den: poverty, war and football’.
His funeral will take place at All Saints Church in Hove at 1pm. A private burial will follow this. Albion are honouring the club legend by holding his reception at the Amex, this is open to Shepherd’s friends.
You can make donations to Parkinson’s UK Research in honour of Shepherd.