If this tale is anything to go by, it seems adland’s love affair
with Chelsea Football Club may be on the wane.
Clive Bishop, Leo Burnett’s financial controller, has supported Brighton
& Hove Albion Football Club ever since he left his home town of Brighton
years ago. He was one of the many fans disappointed when the club
temporarily relocated to Gillingham two years ago while its stadium was
The club has recently returned to its spanking new ground and to mark
the occasion - and more importantly to raise money for fitness equipment
for the players - Bishop decided to complete a 75-mile sponsored walk
from Gillingham to Brighton.
Coincidentally, the club is run by an ex-advertising man, Dick Knight of
Holmes Knight Ritchie and, more recently, Knight Leach Delaney. It also
boasts the AAR’s Martin Jones as a loyal fan and the former TBWA
financial chief, Ian Andrews, is the club’s financial controller.
Bishop took a week to complete his trek and raised more than pounds 500.
The new ground is obviously proving to be something of a lucky charm -
Brighton & Hove Albion thrashed Mansfield Town 6-0 at the weekend.