Zamora’s back again

Legendary striker Bobby Zamora is joining Brighton & Hove Albion for a third time – this time as a club ambassador. The 37-year-old returns to the Seagulls after two highly successful stints as a player.
As part of the new role, Zamora will join current ambassador Alan Mullery, the first manager to lead Albion into the top flight, in representing Albion at a selection of home matches, as well as other club and Albion in the Community events over the course of the 2018/19 season.Albion chief-executive Paul Barber is thrilled to be bringing Zamora back to Brighton. “Bobby is a huge part of this club’s history, so to have him back involved is just fantastic,” he said.

“Another club and football legend, Alan Mullery, has already shown what a hugely valuable and popular role being a club ambassador is, and now Bobby’s contribution to our club and to the game in general is being recognised.

“You could see when he returned to us in 2015 that Bobby was still a top-quality player, and he played a very important part in the progress we’ve made to become a Premier League club.

“After making such a significant impact on the pitch, we recognise the value of having someone of Bobby’s standing still involved with the club. Alongside Alan, Bobby will play an important part in raising our profile, both locally, and to a global audience.

“You only have to look at his recent appearances at the Amex to see how much Bobby’s presence lifts the supporters, and we are really looking forward to working with him over the next season.”

During his playing career, Zamora hit 90 goals for the Seagulls across two spells. Initially joining on loan in February 2000, six goals in six games was enough to convince then-manager Micky Adams to recruit the young prospect permanently.

Zamora went on to hit the net a further 77 times as his goals provided the catalyst for the back-to-back title-winning campaigns of 2000-01 and 2001-02.

In 2003 Zamora joined Tottenham Hotspur before enjoying subsequent spells at West Ham United and Fulham. Three years at Queens Park Rangers followed his tenure at Craven Cottage, before the London-born forward delighted Albion fans by returning to the south coast for the 2015/16 season.

He added another seven goals to his Albion tally, but a hip injury ruled him out of the run-in and denied a fairy-tale ending – Albion eventually missing out on automatic promotion to the Premier League on goal difference.

Zamora confirmed his retirement in autumn 2016, but has not been a stranger to the Amex since hanging up his boots, having attended numerous games over the last two seasons.

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