Whitehawk FC can today confirm that we have withdrawn our application to change the club’s name to “Brighton City FC” following discussion with fans.

Chairman John Summers said ‘ The club and its members have had numerous meetings as a club over the past few seasons and it was unanimously agreed that a name change would be required in order to widen the clubs appeal and to embrace the city as a whole. Our target of an average gate of 1000 regular fans to provide sustainability is still achievable.’

The recent rule change by the FA however had forced WFC to register its intentions to change its name by 31st December which made it impossible for the club to refresh its discussions with the fans.

Again it was unanimously agreed that we only had official support from the club to change the name to ‘Brighton City’ although we were aware that sentiments may have changed especially since the raising of the club’s profile during the recent cup run.

Chairman John Summers said ‘I made a point of standing on the terraces with The Ultras yesterday at the Chelmsford match to engage with them first hand and they made it abundantly clear to me that although they understood the need to embrace the city, they dismissed the name ‘Brighton City’ as their preferred choice’.  John continued ‘It was good to be amongst them and listen to their views personally and I thank them all for their input yesterday’.

Vice Chairman Nigel Thornton who was also at the Chelmsford game commented ‘It was very brave of John to leave the board room and go down and speak to the fans man to man on the terraces, not many people would have had the nerve to do that and I admire him for that. This is an exciting time for the club, we have grown very fast and we know that to continue this growth we have to make some difficult decisions. The proposed name change has injected a huge passion back into the club, now we all need to agree our next step and stick together to take the club forward’.

John Summers concluded by saying, ‘Nobody should have had any doubts about the club’s aspirations, all of the investors and members had voted for it, however we have listened to the fans. They have made it very clear to us that if we are changing our name they prefer other options such as ‘Brighton Whitehawk’ or ‘Brighton East End’ so we will all have a beer together and work to build the club’.

 

21 responses to “Club Statement – Name Change”

  1. Why don't you change to Brighton Whitehawks FC should suit everyone!

  2. How about brighton hawks in a new application

  3. Whitehawk East Brighton FC (WEBFC) works for everyone..

  4. John, not just brave, but gentlemanly and scholarly done!

    Personally, as a neutral, I think 'Brighton-Whitehawk' [inc. the hyphen] to be the superior choice.

    However, if a little pizzaz is sought, try 'Brighton Whitehawk!' [inc. the apostrophe]

  5. Thank you Angus, really appreciate your kind words and suggestions.
    Best wishes John Summers .

  6. Thank you Simon.
    Regards, John Summers.

  7. One for the hat Robert, thanks.
    John Summers.

  8. Thank you Mike, many agree with you.
    Regards, John Summers.

  9. Thank you Jackie, hope to see you ate the griund soon.
    John x

  10. Appreciated Mark,
    All the best , John .

  11. Sam McKellen says:

    Good move, there must be a fair compromise if it has to be done. Definitely should consider some of the above.

  12. Terry Ryan says:

    As an everton fan i was delighted to sign your petition.in recent years the powers that be attempted to do away with our signature tune"z cars" and later altered the clubs badge.fan power put a stop to both.tradition is everthing in football ! I suggest your club name should be WHITEHAWK F.C.

  13. Thanks Terry, appreciate your comments, would have been great to meet you in the third round of the cup, sadly it wasnt to be. Regards, JS

  14. 양동탁 says:

    I'm not living in England and not really good at English.
    But I really love this club and club's name.
    I know the people who living in my country are very love of the name and mark of the Whitehawk FC.
    So, even if you should be change club's name. At least save a feeling of Whitehawk FC's.

  15. making it a very small segregated place… if newton heath was blocked by supporters and stuck with newton heath and they blocked the move because of stupid stiubborn spoilt brat supporters then there would be noone to look to bigger brighter things in the future and of course man city would not of liked it either

  16. If newton heath had no vision for the future . they wouldnt be were they are today… imagine there fans knocking back or tryig to block a really good vision to become manchester utd.. yet whitehawks fans are either just to stubborn or like mediocer.. yes newton heath is a good name fora football team as is whitehawk… but that name will eventually go back ddown to were it belongs unless it comes up with a plan…

  17. Manchester City would of been choking at the dinner table when they heard newton heath was changing there name to Manchester Utd.. Why would brighton like competitin in there own city of course they wouldnt approve… Lack of vision really annoys me i mean if it went so badly wrong they can alwaychange it back again and start playing teams like storrington chichester and littlehampton again…lol

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