The following is some of the many tributes that were paid to Robert by users
of North Stand Chat. A message board for fans of Brighton & Hove Albion.
earlier postings the front page of the Argus today leads with Robert Eaton /
Ricky Marlowes Hairpiece who is feared dead from the bombings on 11/9/01. I e
mailed him this morning and feel devastated. NSC have lost one of its members
due to the bombings
Simster:That is sickening. I can't believe it.
n1 gull: This puts things into perspective.
gareth glover: We only discussed this, this morning. It reads about him
being a mad Albion fan. I checked out his e mail this morning and e mailed him
to put our mind at rest. I feel utterly gutted.
SM BHAFC: Heartfelt sympathy to his family & all who knew this man.
God bless his soul.
Man of Harveys:Terrible, shocking news.
TEO: After what Zig posted earlier about the list that had RMHP listed as
one of the survivors, let's pray that The Argus have got this one wrong - saying
he is feared dead does not necessarily mean he is, and it may well be that The
Argus have not seen this list. It puts it into perspective and sickens me enough
just to think that one of 'our community' could have been killed - please God
let him have survived.
Ben Andrews Girlfriend: It just shows that almost everyone has been
affected by this tragedy. I give my upmost sympathy to all his family and all
who knew him.
ofab: Oh Jesus no. The PM said 'Every community in Britain will be
touched', it looks like our little on-line community has suffered. Sincere
sympathy to all his family and friends.
afters: ofab...i echo your sympathies entirely how very sad
Dick Knights Mum: Sad news. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.
Let us hope it is not confirmed.
Tooting Gull: That is terrible news if its confirmed. Echoing above,
thoughts with family and friends and hoping he made it out of there.
Birdy: unbelievably sad, the whole thing, makes you realise how far this
tragedy reaches. sincere sympathy to all.
gareth glover: Can I send my sincere condolances to Robert's family. This
is devastating, terrible news. May he rest in peace and god give his family
rool: I am very sorry to hear this My deepest sympathy goes to his family
and all who knew him
Gershwin: Didn't know him but very sad to read the above, and share those
thoughts. Don't know about everyone else but I had hardly any interest in the
Southampton game, despite looking forward to it for weeks, and the coming
matches don't seem to mean a lot either. Very disturbing times just now.
Bugs Hill Seagull: I sincerely hope the "unofficial list" is
right, but, reading the following Argus report, regrettably, it doesn't look
likely. I add my deepest sympathy to his family and friends.
" Slaughter of an innocent by our news team A former cathedral chorister
from Sussex is among the thousands of people missing, feared dead, in the
terrorist attacks on New York. The Brighton College schoolboy, whose voice
brought tears to his former music teacher's eyes, is believed to have been
working in the World Trade Centre tower first struck by one of the hijacked
jets. Today his parents, Doug and Laura Eaton, of Ditchling, were travelling to
St Paul's Cathedral, where he was a chorister, to attend a service to remember
their son and thousands of others who are believed to have perished in the
attacks. Albion fan Robert, 37, was believed to have been working on the 105th
floor of the tower when the terrorists struck just before 9am local time. The
plane ploughed into the building three storeys below. His mother Laura heard
news of the attacks on the radio at her home in Ditchling. She immediately tried
to call her son but the phone rang three times before the line went dead.
Yesterday she said: "I can't believe I will never see him again. We keep
seeing these horrific scenes on television and it doesn't seem real."
Robert, a merchant banker for Cantor Fitzgerald, last spoke to his parents on
the phone when they were on holiday in Spain. He had called his mother at the
hotel two weeks ago to check she was feeling better after hurting her back.
After hearing of the attacks Mr and Mrs Eaton at first did not think it was
their son's building that had been hit. It was only after calling
Robert'sAmerican wife Jacqui at the couple's home in Long Island that they
realised their son was probably in the building. Mrs Eaton said: "He was so
near the top we know the chances of him getting out alive were slim. It's
terrible to think of him and all those other people desperately trying to get
out. His wife is so distressed I can barely understand her on the phone. She
still doesn't believe it is true." Robert's three sisters travelled to stay
with their parents the night after the attack. Tomorrow the family will attend
the memorial service at St Paul's Cathedral where the Queen and the Duke of
Edinburgh will be present. Mr Eaton said they were still working out how to tell
the youngest of their seven grandchildren, aged six to 13, that their Uncle
Robert has gone. He said: "The young ones are upset but don't really
understand what is happening. They think he is in hospital and will be coming to
see them again." On regular visits to Sussex, stopping over on flights
between his bank's offices in New York, Frankfurt and London, Robert spent
weekends with his parents. Whenever he was back, he and his father used to watch
the Albion play. Mr Eaton said: "He was mad about football. He used phone
me to talk about the game after looking on the internet before I even knew the
score. "He was kind, funny and always willing to help. He was one of those
people you instantly liked." Robert attended Balfour School before winning
a scholarship at St Paul's Cathedral where he studied for four years. After four
years at St Paul's, Robert, attended Brighton College in 1977. One of his former
teachers, Conrad Sandercock, said: "I still remember Robert's voice. He
sang O For the Wings of a Dove by Mendelssohn and it was breathtakingly
beautiful. His loss is extremely sad." Robert's parents will travel to New
York when flight restrictions to America are lifted."
nascih:It is very sad, and football or anything else just doesn't seem
right. Sympathy to his family and friends.
Gary Nelson: My thoughts and Im sure thousands of other albion fans who
like me, didnt know him, are with his family at this tme. R.I.P *Would be nice
if the club could acknowledge this at the Bournemouth game next week.
Anonymous: Abide with me; fast falls the eventide The darkness deepens;
Lord with me abide When other helpers fail and comforts flee Help of the
helpless O abide with me
Blue Stripe: If this news is confirmed and this is just an idea but how
about naming our new flag 'The Rob Eaton Flag' in his honour. After all it was
purchased due to the efforts of this board?
gareth glover: A minutes silence before the stoke game on Tuesday is
essential if this terrible new is confirmed. Can those who have contacts make
sure the club are aware of this and arrange it
gareth glover: The Robert Eaton flag is a great idea to remember him.
Anonymous: Or a plaque on the centenary board?
Bozza: Was about to type similar. How much are they and is his birth year
(1963 or 1964) still available ? Sure we could manage it...
The Seagulleater: I thought it was said he was OK, my mistake, I would
like to send my sincere condolances to Robert's family and friends, my thoughts
are with all of you.... This is indeed a tragic time in which we should all come
together, spare a thought and a prayer for all those who died and all those who
are still missing, their families and their friends.........SGE
ofab: Cheers SGE - and Bozza I think that all plaques after 1940 have
gone. Excellent idea to name the flag after him though.
Dick Knights Mum: I think the Centenary Board is an inspirational idea.
Pit bull: no words really! I am at Church on Sunday and I will light a
candle in his memory. So sad! dave
rool: Perhaps 1911 is available (200)1 (sept)9 11. Sorry can't explain
how my mind works sometime Is the centenary board just for this year or will it
be erected at the new ground. That idea is nice because we can have a few words
on it for all to see
Herne Hill Seagull: Assuming our worst fears are confirmed, I wouldn't
have thought anybody would be too offended if a particularly relevant year is
not availalble - the point is to remember 'Ricky' and by extension everybody
else who died. Put me down for a contribution if this takes off. I had four
friends in Washington and New York myself, all of whom are safe thank God, so I
know what that wait for news feels like. May he rest in peace. Naming the flag
after him is a fine idea - the pics look great TEO, well done mate.
gareth glover: The Robert Eaton / Ricky Marlowes Hairpiece Giant Flag is
essential and an excellent idea. Can this be unveiled and dedicated to Robert at
the Stoke match Also a minutes silence before the Stoke Match and dedicate the
match to him
Mustela Furo: The Centenary Boards will move with the club to the new
zig: This news is precisely what I had feared and cautioned of earlier
today. I didn't know originally whether or not to post the unofficial list. I
checked for the other name mentioned in previous threads, Paul Neal and he was
also on there [his entry was processed just 2 hours before the one for Robert].
All I can say in defence of the list, is that there is a slim possibility that
more than 1 Robert Eaton was in the vicinity of the WTC on Tuesday. If the Argus
is indeed correct, I would like to offer my heartfelt condolences to Robert's
family and friends.
Mustela Furo: I should add .. there are two Centenary Boards - one in the
North Stand and one in the South Stand - but as somebody else has stated, very
few years are left
Hans Kraay: I have been watching this thread and until it mentioned
Brighton College hadn't linked it to the Rob Eaton I went to school with. I'm in
shock. I hope his family and loved ones can be strong enough to get through
this, and that the many sincere messages on this thread will help. This
abomination has brought our own mortallity startlingly into focus - we should be
very grateful for what we have and try to keep that feeling as the days go on,
then this sad sad episode won't have been entirely in vain.
Stevie: The Argus report was written yesterday. It mentions in the body
of the report Tomorrow the family will attend the memorial service at St Paul's
Cathedral where the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will be present That service
is today. Is there still a remote possibility that the list is correct and that
Robert is okay ? Should somebody contact the Argus to see if they have any
New York Geezer: Well what can I say, knowing that Robert was on the
highest of floors, above the initial impact, it would indeed be a miracle to
survive. I was on the 63rd floor of the same tower (not the 100th as has been
reported),and was aware of people walking down from no higher than 81. Last
night the CEO of Robert's firm gave the most moving, unbelievably compassionate
account of the loss of 700 of his 1,000 employees. He survived because he took
his son to his first day at school. I'm saddened by all the confusion
surrounding who is on what list, etc andalso the added doubt caused by the
unlikelyness of two Albion fans being in the same Tower. Love to all,Paul Neal
gareth glover Friday, September 14, 2001 - 05:11 pm Paul I hope you are coping
and wish you all the best. I can only imagine what you are going through. All
the best Gareth
Lush: This is all becoming almost too much to bear. Rob e-mailed me
earlier in the year because he was hoping to join the NSC table at the Centenary
Dinner. He said "I would love to go. However I just don't know at this
stage whether I will be in England that week." I just wish he had been able
to join us.
sb: It's hard to believe. His poor family.
PB: The idea of the centenary board is a fabulous idea. Surely the
current one could be amended? I cannot even begin to find the words to say how
sorry I am for his family and friends.
harts shirt: I can't believe it. I know all of us on NSC rarely seem to
agree on anything these days, but if the news is as we fear, each and every one
of us on NSC has lost one of our own. My deepest sympathies to his friends and
family from another Old Brightonian and passionate Albion fan.
y2dave: I cannot find words to explain how this terrible news has made me
realise the human tragedys these evil terrorists have caused. My thoughts are
with his family and friends.
fatboy: This is so awful. A tribute is a must. All thoughts to his
Coxy Friday: My thoughts are with his family. And with all the human
beings who have suffered and are suffering.
nmh:I don't know if this is the 'Rob in NY' that visited the chatroom or
board. I hope upon hope we may still hear better news. My heart goes out to his
family and friends.
DeeDee:Sincerest sympathy to his family and friends. Like most, I only
knew of him from his postings on NSC. Words cannot say how I feel about this
tragedy. I was shocked anyway but this news brings things sharply into focus.
Trish: I would also like to send my condolences to Robert's family. As
previously said, we have lost one of our own. I think Blue Stripe's idea of
naming the newflag after him is great, but I wonder if the Club would consider
namingone of the Withdean stands the Robert Eaton stand. To Paul - I do hope the
scars of the 11th September will heal soon. Trish
Kev:This is terrible news. There are still some messages from Rob on this
board,the last one posted on 10th September. We can only hope the Argus has got
it wrong, but it just doesn't seem likely if he was on the 105th floor.
Arthur: deepest sympathy to his family and friends from a fellow Brighton
Mental Lental: Maybe we should e-mail Mr Perry regarding a minutes
silence at Stoke. Or against Stoke I should say
darren: i still can't believe whats gone on..deepest sympathies to his
family and friends
Simster: My deepest sympathies to Robert's family and friends from
another Albion fan.
Stoke Seagull: My deepest sympathy to Robert's family and friends. NSC
cannot let him be forgotten. The flag must be named to honour his memory. God
bless you Robert. A fellow fan.
Caveman: I would just like to echo the above my condolences , may he rest
culvers: I work in a shop in the village where Robert's parents live, my
thoughts are with his family. Its just such a shock. i think naming the flag
after him would be a wonderful gesture from NSC.
JetMoses: My sincere condolences to Ricky Marlowes Hairpiece's family and
Derek Ainsworth: I have read this page every day for the last year.
Despite all the contentious issues I have seen it that time, I have never yet
felt moved to post anything myself. The tragic death of one of North Stand Chats
posters has moved me to tears, and I could not live with myself if I did not add
to this thread. I know all the names of the posters on this board, Ricky
Marlowes Hairpiece was one of those. I did not know him in person, but he was
one of those who brought me joy and pleasure and pride in my team with his
contributions, and devotion to the team he also loved. His loss is a tragedy to
all the members of this board, but more so it a devestating blow to those who
knew and loved him. My heartfelt wishes and sympathy go out to you all. Please
have a minutes silence at the Stoke game Mr Perry, one minute of our lives is
not much to ask in the memory of someone who has lost his.
Dick Knights Mum: If one of Ricky's friends wants to sort it out then
fair enough. But I am happy to organise the centenary plaque.
Timber-BHA: "in memory of Robert Eaton" would be a fitting
tribute on the centenary board. Sincere sympathies to Robert's family, friends
and colleagues. One minute's silence next Tuesday is a must. From another
Shatners Bassoon: I'm so sad that this has happened. My deepest
condolences to his family. We must do something to remember him by. This whole
thing is awful.
Absque Labore: I have just spoken to Martin Perry who has asked me to put
this message on NSC on behalf of the Club. All members of the Club are very
distressed to learn that Albion supporter Robert Eaton is missing presumed dead
in the tragedy in New York. Our hearts go out to his family and friends. We
would like them to know that they are very much in our thoughts and prayers at
this terrible time.
Gutted: We're top of the league but football seems irrelevent at this
moment in time. I cant celebrate when something like this has happened. Sincere
condolences to his family and friends.
Lindfield by the sea: Can't believe it. Sickens me to the core. I cannot
imagine the pain this sensless act has caused. I echo peoples wish to have a
minutes silence at the Stoke game. Please listen to our request Martin. My
sympathies and prayers go to his family and friends Chris
n1 gull: Well said fellas, although we all rejoice our victory, I think
we all know the real score. Some things can't be said or understood, and 3
points doesn'tseem that important. I have nothing but the upmost sympathy for
anyone feeling pain. I hope my own ridiculous football related postings don't
seem too shallow. My thoughts are with you guys, and isn't it wonderful that we
all have a platform to express our views. Good work NSC and the Albion for
nicking 3 points.
Fleet: Hard to go through the list above without feeling great emotion.
The away win tonight would have brought joy to a loyal Seagull. Mat he rest in
Gripper Stebson: So, so sorry to hear this news. Puts all this into real
perspective dos'nt it. God bless Robert and his family.
Miles McSeagull: I have been away from my PC this week and consequently
and with some albeit near irrelevant annoyance, I have been able only to look at
the list and NSC: As a fellow Balfourite it makes it seem even closer to home.
Our thoughts are with Robert Eaton and his family as they are with million of
others are affected and touched by this henious event. I came home tonight to
find us top of the table, it was nice , butin-perspective it was just nice and
not much more. Good, will win in this. Reason is the power with which arguments
are won...... How dare they act like this.... peace peace Miles
East Staffs Gull: I can't find words to express my feelings now. My
deepest sympathies to Robert's family and friends.
Suffolk: I just do not know what to post. When I heard the news of the
disaster I thought of Robert and I have just now gained access to the internet
and read this post. I am just lost for words. I am crying, football is now no
longer in my thoughts and I pray for some mistake. God be with you.
Top Cat: I will be unable to watch the Albion play, for a long time to
come, without thinking about these horrible events and the effects they will
have on Rob's family. I do not believe I have ever met the man but I will
certainly not forget his tragic story....truely heartbreaking.
Downloaded Penguin: To name the flag after Robert is a wonderful idea.
This is a tragic time. May his memory live on forever.
Bozza: The flag naming thing is all well and good but I think we HAVE to
do something that will be recorded for ever. Like it or not, one day the flag
will be tatty and frayed. I say we have Robert represented on the Centenary
Board. No idea what it costs but willing to kick off a collection with £20.
Also think that there should be a minute's silence on Tuesday specifically for
Downloaded Penguin: I agree. Naming a stand after him at Falmer would
also be a wonderful gesture.The Robert Eaton Stand. That will be a permanent
tribute. Someone should have a word with the club.
Sully Shuffle: An e-mail was circulated yesterday and went coast to coast
over here, asking that everyone stand outside their houses and light a candle at
7.00pm on this, the day of mourning in the US. I lit mine for Robert Eaton, and
for his family and friends. Be assured that the rescue operation continues
around the clock in NYC, and that those involves are displaying incredible
stamina and courage. The residents of the city of New York are also rallying to
support them in any way possible. The CEO of Robert's firm, Cantor Fitzgerald,
was on television yesterday, he lost 700 employees in the disaster. It was an
incredibly moving interview, he was only out of the building because it was his
daughter's first day ofkindergarten and he was involved in getting her to
school. I firmly believe that the families of those members of his firm who
perished will be supported fully. I also know that the gestures of support from
the UK are greatly appreciated,and brought tears to the eyes of many. May time
bring some sense of healing, but let us not forget Robert and the other innocent
victims. Sully Shuffle, in Maine USA
Lord and Lady Bracknell: "Apocalisse America" - is how this
tragedy has been described in the Italian press this week and before coming home
today, we had been grateful that our family had been spared, since the Teaboy is
in New York staying very close to the World Trade Center. But now, within the
family that is NSC, we discover that we have all been touched by this
apocalypse. Our deepest sympathies go to Robert's parents, friends and family.
Yes, we must remember him and certainly we would be prepared to contribute to
any memorial. And we hope that the Club will allow us to pay a final tribute to
Robert's memory with a period of silence at the next home game.
dick knights dad: am mr & mrs eaton im sorry about ur son. i wish i
had words that would make it seem better for u. but there aint nothing that can
do that. i can only say i am sorry for the hurting going on inside u. me and my
dad have just got back to leicester from wrexham. we was so happy that we won
and was top of the division. but nowi got indoors and read this page it dont
mean anything to methat brighton won when ur son cant be cheering as well. i
cant type any thing more cos my eyes r filled with tears. im sorry.
Kalimantan Gull: Deepest sympathies to everyone who knew him, one of the
many posters that make this board so much fun, now gone to the great Goldstone
in the sky. Rest in eternal peace
SEAGULL USA: I can only echo the words of sympathy to Robert's family,
and I do so with tears in my eyes and a heavy heart. These tragic events have
been so hard to take in, and now we have possiblylost one of our own aswell.
PLEASE let there be a miracle. I didn't know Robert personally, but felt a
connection as a fellow supporter in the colonies. Ricky Marlows Hairpiece will
never be forgotten.
Iain: We chatted a few times before games in the rivals chat room, He was
a devoted fan and will be much missed. My heart goes out to his family and
friends. Goodbye Rob
Cheshire Seagull: This news brings it all so much closer to home. We have
lost one of our own and he must not be forgotten. I'm not sure if we ever met
but it felt like I knew him through his postings, RIP Rob. My heartfelt sympathy
to all his family and friends.
Staffs Gull: I believe this is Rob in NY from BHAFC.net chat, I can't
believe this, what right does anybody have to take a persons life. I hope that
somebody can organise a collection on NSC, Mailing list, at the ground etc, so
that something can be done in lasting tribute to Rob. Chatted to him in the
Rivals room v's QPR, I really can't believe it. Rob, I hope you are in a
peaceful place now...
Deva BHA: The news made the minutes silence at the Wrexham game all the
more poignant. Yes this puts the game into perspective, but what a tribute to
win and go top of the league. Sadness on earth, but hopefully Rob is smiling on
us now! Deepest respects to family and friends in their loss of a life
tragically ended by this evil act.
Mr Ed: Just read this and feel absolutely gutted. My thoughts and
condolences are with his family.
pranah Saturday, September 15, 2001 - 05:19 pm i have no words of my own for
this, when you walk through a storm hold your head up high and dont be afraid of
the dark at the end of the storm theres a golden sky and the sweet silver song
of the light walk on through the wind walk on through the rain though your
dreams be touched and blown walk on,walk on with hope in your hearts and youll
never walk alone a liverpool song i know,but a song of hope,we sung it with
donny fany on the pitch at the last game at the goldstone. from sussex by the
sea, you can tell them all i will stand or fall for sussex by the sea. big love
to the familys involved,not just the albion fans but world wide,keep the faith.
ian sexton,aka pranah
Arkay: Well,after not using N.S.C.this week,because of what happened in
New York and following all events on television,I AM GUTTED to hear this bad
news,it just brings home the meaning of life. R.I.P.
Cheshire Dolphin: What can I say - it's all been said. RIP Rob.
SSSC aka Dirty: My sympathies go out to all his friends and family. I
will hold my own minutes silence on Tuesday. Far over the seas we wander, Wide
through the world we roam; Far from the kind hearts yonder, Far from our dear
old home; But never shall we forget my boys, And true we'll ever be To the folks
so kind that we left behind In Sussex by the Sea
despratefan: there's only one ricky marlowe. R.I.P
grunty: ..ing hell i went to school with robert!, this really brings the
situation " over there" home. my thoughts are with him, his family and
Spam: I feel sick to my stomach and I just can't imagine how his family
is feeling after this, my deepest sympathies go out to them and may Rob rest in
peace and never be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers are with Rob and everyone
that knew him, i'm sorry.
Sigull: Deepest sympathy to Robert, Family and Friends Goodbye No matter
how far away you travel, We will always be there. We hope you will keep us in
your heart, for you will never leave ours We love you for everything you have
done, and I hope your journey is pleasant. As your path doesn't lead back to us,
above all we hope you are happy. You deserve the best there is, and with these
words come our wishes. . . Wishes for love and happiness always. You touched our
souls and we'll never forget, never forget the time that we shared, the
friendship we had.
Hog Roast On The Pier: Cant believe it. Just put the PC on this morning
and heard the news. The flag should definately be named after him, brilliant
idea. So sad, our heartfelt sympathies go out to all his friends and family. I
never thought that this would personally affect me but now it has. As an Albion
supporter I'm sure you will all agree he was part of 'our' family too. God rest
your soul Rob, David & Clair
legend: To be honest to you all, I have never been a strong supporter of
the Albion and was introduced to this site by my mate Josh over the summer. The
events of the past week have been truely heart wrenching and reading this thread
has quite honestly bought a tear to my eye and has made what was oh so sereal,
now oh so clear. Rob was clearly one of the true Albion fans that supported the
club through the good and the bad and back to what we hope will be good once
again. He typifies what I now come to salute in the great fans of BHA and that
is solidarity and loyalty. The Albion, NSC, his family and friends must know
that even those who perhaps knew him not are united in their sadness and sorrow.
I salute you all and wish Rob ever lasting peace.
Southwick Gull: Very moving tributes on this very sad occasion. I never
had the pleasure of meeting him, my deepest condolences to his family &
friends. Do not stand at my grave and weep... I am not there, I do not sleep. I
am a thousand winds that blow, I am the diamond glints on snow, I am the
sunlight on ripened grain, I am the gentle autumn rain. When you awake in the
mornings hush, I am the swift upflinging rush... of quiet birds in circling
flight, I am the soft star-shine at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry... I
am not there... I did not die...
CHRIS: Deepest sympathy to the Hairpiece and his family.
Tim from London: I'm watching all this again on Channel 4 News & it
still brings tears to my eyes. God Bless Rob, & all other victims. We will
Miss Bracknell: I cant begin to imagine what Roberts family are going
through. Deepest sympathies to them and all who have lost someone close to them.
Spider: The Robert Eaton flag would be a tribute I'm sure Ricky would
have appreciated. Maybe we could have an official naming when the flag is at
Withdean. RIP from all seagulls. Spider
GNF: I'm cracking up here, its terrible being so far away from the UK at
a time like this. As one of the contributors to the flag I would be 100% behind
naming the flag after RMHP. GNF
West Hoathly Seagull: What can I say? I did not buy the Argus on Friday,
but if this is true, may I add my name to the others on this site. I did not
know any of the British people who lost their lives in the World Trade Center,
but it brings it home hearing some are from Sussex, and especially a fellow
Albion fan. I have often wondered what I would miss most if I went to America to
work, and after my family it would be the Albion. I write as an Old Ardinian (Ardingly),
rivals of Brighton College on the sports pitch, and we still do not know if any
were involved from Ardingly. I shall add Robert and his family to my list of
people to pray for. I think a stand at Falmer named after Robert would be the
mostfitting Albion memorial.
GullDownunder: There is not much that I can say that hasn't already been
said except to register my deepest sympathies to Robert Eaton's family and
friends. Gone but not forgotten. RIP.
Fenland Seagull: I was only saying yesterday how lucky I felt that I
didn't know anyone involved last Tuesday. Like many I didn't know Robert, but I
feel more touched by Tuesday's horrific events after hearing this news. R.I.P.
On the Left Wing: No excuses for this being late but been off the web for
4 days. Sincerest sympathies to Robert's family from all of my household and our
extended family. This news coming after the Wrexham match makes the result and
everything else pale into insignificance. I hope the club finds some fiiting
sm: Sympathies to Robert's family and to all victims of this tragedy.
Just read this whole thread and the dedication of the flag,the win on Friday and
any further success for Brighton should be dedicated to his memory.I guess
that's the one thing that connects all of us and although the majority of us
didn't know Robert we know that we've all shared good and bad times together. I
think if someone who has contacts within the club could organise a collection it
could start at the stoke game and i'd be honoured to donate. Rest in Peace
Anon: If his family do not wish to accept any collection, maybe it could
be donated to the Red Cross, NY Fire Brigade Benevolent fund or similar but a
collection should definitely take place
KLS: A resounding Yes to the Flag naming plan, from another Stateside
contributor. I can't watch the news on the tragedy over here without thinking of
our chatroom buddy. Truly though, in the words of that late 70s icon, Sister
Sledge, We Are Family -- especially at times like this. And that at least brings
some comfort. Take care and aloha, all -- KLS
Nathan Barley: You don't need to be an Albion fan to appreciate the
warmth and sincerity of this wonderful thread. I didn't know Robert but he
clearly loved the Albion. It's great to seeAlbion fans loving him back. My
deepest sympathies go to his family and friends. Sleep well, Robert.
Ian Simms: Our thoughts are with you Robert Until we meet again watch
over us R.I.P.
Brisbane Gull Tuesday, September 18, 2001 - 03:44 am I have only just returned
to NSC after watching the horrors of America unfold on TV for the past week and
have been devastated by the news of Robert. Especially being an Albion fan now
living outside the UK may my thoughts be with Robert's family and friends - and
I will be with all in spirit at the Stoke game for what must be a minute's
silence. Football has become somewhat irrelevant at the moment but let's hope
time will heal...eventually. R.I.P. Rob. Gordon.
Herne Hill Seagull: Rob Eaton is featured in a very moving article, full
page on p.3 of the Evening Standard today, and also shown on the front page. His
support of the club and the flag are mentioned. The man has obviously left a
huge hole in people's lives. Our thoughts go with you Jacqui.
RG: As a colleague of Robs, I never had call to talk to him directly
although I knew the name very well, and I was not aware that he was also an
Albion fan until I turned up at the Stoke game last night. I was very touched at
the observance of the minute silenced. As mentioned earlier in this thread Rob
was only one of 700 friends and colleagues lost by myself and my company last
week. Difficult times but we will prevail.
ECF: you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Man of Harveys: I hope this link to the Evening Standard website will
work: His evident career success, his musical talent and his devotion to his
family and his club make this dreadful loss seem even greater to some of us who
sadly never got to meet him.
zig: MOH - that link goes to a story about SoDamn Hussein. Were you
looking to link to a story on Robert? If so, please re-post. Also, does anyone
have a link to the Argus article?
Man of Harveys: With my usual technical brilliance...apologies. That does
seem to be the link but it just doesn't work. This should: go to
www.thisislondon.co.uk. Choose 'top news stories', then 'This is how I want to
Hamilton: Sympathies to Rob's family. I knew him and didn't know him at
all. His postings were just one of the things that made visits to this site
enjoyable. Taking him from us has affected us all as it has made it all the more
real. Let us hope that the world learns something from this. I would never want
to have to post another message such as this again.
zig: A touching article - especially the mention that the club will
"unfurl the flag in his honour". NSC, you all have a lot to be proud
of, and I am humbled in even considering myself a distant ambassador to such a
great bunch of lads. Now, let's win that league for Robert.
zefarelly: Sympathies to all family and freinds, not that I knew you, but
an important part of our upbringing and lives has been shared with the Albion,
RIP in the goldstone ground
Heathfield Seagull: There are no words adequate for this-my heart goes
out to every one involved
Haddon Seagull Thursday, September 20, 2001 - 05:58 pm RIP Robert. You've made
this tradgedy so real for all of us. I'm proud to support the same great club
and to be part of such a great bunch of fans.
CARDBOARD: God Bless Robert Thoughts with you and your family
Billy Seagull: My deepest sympathies to Robert's family. Words don't mean
too much right now but we're all thinking of you. R.I.P. Billy Seagull aka Rob
Skintagain in Alba: I'd held back in hope that there would be a
miracle... but sadly no. Together with the Albion. Snow? Kip Collins Seagulls
cyril: Rest in Peace Rob. You are in all are thoughts. Is it to late to
have Robert's names put on the flag? A stand named after him at Falmer is a
fitting gesture and one that would show how much this news has hurt us all..we
are one and lets never forget that.
Lampton: I have been totally touched by all the kindness and humility
shown on NSC.I never had the fortune to 'chat' with Robert but, like so many
others feel that I have lost a friend. I'd like to send my very sincere
sympathies to all Robert's family and friends. I am sure he was as proud to be a
Brighton fan as I am now.
Seagull over Sevenoaks: Have taken this long trying to find words that
can convey how we are all feeling. I don't think there are any, my thoughts are
with his family. Death is nothing at all. I have only slipped away into the next
room. I am I and You are You. Whatever we were to each other, that we are still.
Call me by my old familiar name. Speak to me in the easy way which you always
used. Put no difference into your tone, wear no forced air of solemnity or
sorrow. Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together.
Play, smile. Think of me. Pray for me. Let my name be ever the household word it
always was. Let it be spoken without effect, without the ghost of a shadow on
it. Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same as it ever was - there is
absolutely unbroken continuity. What is this death but a negligible accident?
Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight? I am but waiting for you,
for an interval, somewhere very near, just around the corner. All is well. Rest
in Peace Robert SOS
CANNARIAN SEAGULL: My sincere sympathies to the loved ones that Robert
has left behind. May you rest in peace Robert. Lance King. Tenerife.
GVR: ROBERT Rest in peace my chat room friend. You are in a better place.
You'll never be forgotten. ROBERT'S FAMILY Sincerest condolences. Nothing we can
say can take away your pain. Time is the only healer. Be strong. You are in my
thoughts and prayers. GVR
NickL: Robert, i hope you like our small gesture, to show how deeply
sorry we all are on nsc. i can only offer my heartfelt sympathy to your family,
it truly is a tragedy. RIP YOU'RE ONE OF US
portslade seagull: robert from a fellow blue my thoughts are with you and
your family. such a senseless waste god bless.
paul Friday, September 21, 2001 - 10:55 am details of this message board and
your tribute flag are on the bbc website, under sports. I followed the link,
Good luck, Paul.
Surrey Seagulls: The world is a smaller place without those who
needlessly perrished yet we will never forget you. Our thoughts and prayers are
with those who have to grieve and we only hope that these can offer some
comfort. The tributes above are moving and the minutes silence on Tuesday showed
the kinship us fellow supporters have for each other. R.I.P Surrey Seagulls aka
Palace Boy: A friend of a friend lost their life in the WTC as well, so I
wish to send my condolences to 'Roberts' family & friends and NSC
colleagues. It's just amazing how this evil act has affected everybody all over
the world. At this time, football and all it's bitter rivalry is irrelevant.
Oz girl: ROBERT May your light continue to shine eternally and may it be
caste over your loved ones left behind, that they may always feel and be guided
by the pureness of your heart and soul. Sincere thoughts and blessings to
Robert's family and friends and I hope you can all somehow find comfort with
your memorys. RIP Rob... Sandie...Rival's Chat Room match days
Hillian Seagull: Robert, My thoughts are with you and your family. We
never met but we shared so much - the high & the lows, the winning & the
losing, the ups & the downs. We now share one small part of your families
Alan Edwards: Nice touch Albion fans! Born bred and raised in Stockport I
have lived and worked in Houston, Texas for 19 years. I felt the shock, anger
and every other emotion last Tuesday just like every person living here. With
all the telephone lines tied-up I even relied on my Stockport County fan site to
e-mail a request to contact my mother and let her know I was okay.She must have
received about 20 calls within 1/2 hr. We all group together in times like this
and to see the football community from top to bottom showing in their own way
their feelings about this tragedy brings a tear to my eyes nearly every day.
Your action regarding the dedication of yournew supporters flag to the memory of
Robert Eaton prompted me to say "NICE ONE".
Train Spotter: Sincerest condolences to Robert's family. Rest in Peace
Robert, you are with the Goldstone ground in a developement free place. Train
Spotter & family.
dave page: to all the contributors above and other members of NSC: my
name is Dave Page. I'm originally from Southend in Essex but have lived in
Toronto, Canada since 1998. I can proudly say Rob Eaton was one of my closest
friends from the time we first met 17 years ago when we were both hired around
the same time to work for a u.s firm in the city. in the subsequent years our
friendship grew and as a couple of aspiring traders, we shared many of the same
ambitions as well as a passion for football! we did a bunch of fun things
together over the years and i was very proud when rob and jacqui asked me to be
in their wedding party in ny in 1993. they were a fantastic couple. i'd just
like to say that, as someone who knew rob well and appreciated the guy for the
unbelievably great friend he was, i think the tribute you're all paying him with
the flag is an amazing gesture. i used to wind him up about the team (i'm an
arsenal fan!) but he was very proud of their achievements down the years. even
living in london, rob never seemed inclined to change allegiance to one of the
london clubs! he was as loyal to the albion as he was to his friends. that's
what made the guy. i know he'd be honoured by your kind and thoughtful gesture.
i'm sure jacqui will be comforted in the knowledge of the supporters club's
affection. god bless you rob.
zig thanks for that insightful post.
zig As the laminating will take about 3 hrs to complete, I'll be printing
this off at the end of your day over there [today], Sunday. So if anyone hasn't
already done so, don't put it off till tomorrow.
30something After tonights very moving program it's seems right to keep this
thread at the top of NSC. Thankyou Helen Mirren and all involved at the BBC
Bryan Barnard Caught Helen Mirren's programme on the Beeb last night.
Recognised Rob as soon as his picture came up. Hadn't seen him for years, since
we were at Balfour Middle School together. Rob lived in Rugby Road and I lived
in Chester Terrace, just around the corner. He hadn't changed a bit. Can't
believe he's gone. I always remember Rob - he was just about the nicest guy I'd
ever met. I missed him when he went to St Paul's. My condolences to his wife and
Family. Will be thinking of you. Thanks for putting this page up - it helps.
Southend seagull Well said 30something a very good thought. from the day that we
realised that we lost one of our own to last nights very moving BBC1 programme,
nothing more than this threads moving tributes could be more poignant. R.I.P
ROBERT EATON from someone you didn't know but who now feel's like a friend.
northstandsteve Sincere condolences in the loss of Robert. may he rest in
peace Northstandsteve & family
Fylde Seagulls So sad a loss, and a most moving tribute. Rest in peace.
Stand Up 4 Terracing Just heard the terrible news on my own regular
site,www.leedschat.com (the chat forum for Square Ball,Leeds United fanzine).
Sincere condolences to all who new and loved Robert. The loss of a true football
fan affects supporters of all clubs. I believe some of my LUFC colleagues have
posted similar condolences but felt I must add my own. Our thoughts are with you
all. Gary Hewitt
Sir Norman Gall I came to this news quite late and for a number of
reasons have not been able to post a message until now. There is nothing I can
add to the words for Robert already posted. Reading through the thread has again
brought tears. What comes out of this is the tremendous and genuine sense of
community that is NSC. I've only been an occasional contributor in the past, but
feel I want to be much closer now. I would like to make a contribution to the
shirt or anything else now being done. Would someone please tell me where I can
send a cheque.
gareth glover Sir Norman Gall - we are setting up a bank account for the
Robert Eaton Memorial Fund / soccer academy - I will post the details as soon as
we have them for people to make contributions to
Sir Norman Gall Thanks Gareth. I've found the memorial site and will take
the bank account details from there when you have posted. Many thanks and
appreciations for your work on this