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Apr 3, 2019, 1:03 PM
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Brighton goal hero Kit Napier has died at home in South Africa. He was 75.
Kit Napier (Blackpool, Preston, Workington, Newcastle, Brighton, Blackburn, Durban U.)
Napier netted 99 times for the club between 1966 and 1972 and was a big favourite at the Goldstone.
He was the club's leading post war scorer until Glenn Murray reached three figures earlier this season.
The Scottish striker contributed 19 goals to the Division Two promotion season of 1971-72.
He later moved to Durban, where he remained until his death.
Napier, a skilful player with a powerful shot off either foot, delighted Goldstone fans, be it as a centre forward, second striker or out wide.
He had played for Blackpool, Preston and Workington by the time Albion boss Archie Macaulay was tempted to pay Newcastle £8,500 for his services.
He finished his Football League career at Blackburn before heading to Durban United.
Napier secured work in the motor trade through Albion colleague Brian Tawse, a fellow Scot who also moved to South Africa.
Tawse said: “We remained friends afterwards and we were both golfers. He was a very good golfer, which people probably don’t realise. He played in a lot of pro-ams. He was a good lad and, of course, a bit of a legend for what he did with Brighton. He had been unwell for three years but it still comes as a shock.”
(This post was edited by John Treleven on Apr 3, 2019, 1:05 PM)