BRIGHTON legend and former Newcastle star Equipment Napier has died aged 75.
The previous hotshot is believed to have been unwell for a while earlier than his passing over the weekend at his residence in South Africa.
Brighton confirmed the information late final night time on their web site, saying: “Brighton & Hove Albion are unhappy to report the passing of former followers’ favorite Equipment Napier, aged 75.
“The Scottish ahead enlivened many a Goldstone afternoon within the late 1960s and early 1970s together with his fast burst of tempo and sleight of foot.
“A real Albion nice, our ideas are with Equipment’s household and associates at this very unhappy time.”
Napier was Brighton’s main post-war goalscorer till Glenn Murray surpassed his tally earlier this season.
He moved to the Goldstone from Newcastle for £eight,000 in 1966 and immediately confirmed what he was able to with a brace on his debut towards Peterborough.
The Scot scored 99 occasions on the South Coast, with 19 of these serving to the membership win promotion to the top-flight in 1972, his sixth and remaining season with them.
He was high scorer in 5 of these campaigns on the Seagulls earlier than becoming a member of Blackburn and later heading to Durban United.
He remained in South Africa after hanging up his boots and labored with former Brighton team-mate Brian Tawse within the motor commerce.
Tawse advised The Argus: “We remained associates afterwards and we had been each golfers.
“He was an excellent golfer, which individuals in all probability don’t realise. He performed in a number of pro-ams.
“He was lad and, in fact, a little bit of a legend for what he did with Brighton.
“He had been unwell for 3 years but it surely nonetheless comes as a shock. It’s unhappy information.”
Napier is third on Brighton’s all-time main goalscorer listing behind Murray and Tommy Prepare dinner.