The mystery surrounding Fatboy Slim (NORMAN COOK’s) rumoured purchase of a major interest in his local football club BRIGHTON AND HOVE ALBION has deepened after a club spokesperson described the story as “woefully inaccurate”.
It had been reported that Cook was to buy £700,000 of shares in the club, taking a controlling interest. However, a spokesperson for Brighton and Hove Albion today (March 5) said: “This story is a long way from the truth. Skint [Fatboy Slim‘s label] sponsor the first team and the club has a great relationship with them.”
The spokesperson added that while Cook was a keen fan, he didn’t own any shares in the club.
However, a press release was posted recently onwww.seagulls.co.uk, the club’s website, saying Cook was involved with high level talks to buy the shares.
“The club have confirmed that they are in discussions with Bill Archer [the man with the controlling interest in Brighton] to purchase his shareholding,” it reads. “The club have been in talks with [major shareholder] Bill Archer for some time to reach an agreement which would provide him with a suitable exit route.”
It goes on: “The value of Archer’s loan in the club is approximately £1.4 million and he has accepted [Albion chairman] Dick Knight’s offer of a single payment of £700,000 in full and final settlement. On receipt of the money he will release his shares.
“The club is at an advanced stage of completing the deal, including funding from Albion supporters Norman Cook, akaFatboy Slim, and city businessman Billy Brown, who have invested in the club in recent months.”
The spokesperson was keen to stress that “no deal had been done” but added that he “can’t say it won’t”.
Spokespeople for neither Fatboy Slim nor Skint could not be reached for comment at press time.