Names on the buses

721 Frankie Howard

Connections with Brighton and Hove : A big favourite with the Goldstone crowds in the 1950s, Howard later became the well regarded groundsman for Brighton and Hove Albion. Born in London, he signed for Albion as a teenager and made his professional debut in 1950. He made 219 appearances for the club and scored 31 goals before his career was unfortunately cut short by injury. Howard was a member of the celebrated side in 1957/58 which won promotion to the old Division Two under the manger Billy Lane. He played in 44 matches that season and scored some vital goals as Albion became champions of the Third Division South. Howard became groundsman in 1962 after a period on the ground staff. Apart from one short period, he remained in that post until 1993. The Goldstone pitch was usually famed for looking immaculate during his long stewardship of it. Howard died in 2007 aged 76 after proving one of the most loyal stalwarts Albion have ever known.

721 Scania Omnicity - carried name since delivery in June 2009. Metro 5 branding removed September 2013. Repainted into Route 2 livery January 2014. Route 2 branding removed May 2017. Bus sold in March 2018.