BRIGHTON legend and former Newcastle star Kit Napier has died aged 75.
The former hotshot is believed to have been unwell for some time before his passing over the weekend at his home in South Africa.
“The Scottish forward enlivened many a Goldstone afternoon in the late 1960s and early 1970s with his quick burst of pace and sleight of foot.
“A true Albion great, our thoughts are with Kit’s family and friends at this very sad time.”
Napier was Brighton’s leading post-war goalscorer until Glenn Murray surpassed his tally earlier this season.
He moved to the Goldstone from Newcastle for £8,000 in 1966 and instantly showed what he was capable of with a brace on his debut against Peterborough.
The Scot scored 99 times on the South Coast, with 19 of those helping the club win promotion to the top-flight in 1972, his sixth and final season with them.
He was top scorer in five of those campaigns at the Seagulls before joining Blackburn and later heading to Durban United.
He remained in South Africa after hanging up his boots and worked with former Brighton team-mate Brian Tawse in the motor trade.
Tawse told The Argus: “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. It’s sad news.”
Napier is third on Brighton’s all-time leading goalscorer list behind Murray and Tommy Cook.
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Publish date : 2019-04-02 10:49:00