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Premier League passion in the US: Ingram's story

22 Oct 2021
Brighton fan Ingram

Lifelong Brighton fan living in California uses his season ticket to share his love of the club with Americans

The Premier League's US Instagram account, @PLinUSA, is highlighting the passionate, diverse PL fandom from coast to coast in the US, in the series Premier League passion in the US: Fans' stories.

Ahead of the Premier League Mornings Live fan festival in Los Angeles, California, on 23rd-24th October, meet Ingram, quite possibly Southern California’s only Brighton & Hove Albion season-ticket holder who brings American fans closer to his boyhood club.


"For most of the past 20 years I’ve lived in Southern California.

"I still have my Brighton season ticket. I just never gave it up, even though it was a ludicrous investment. I mean, what the heck am I doing? I see maybe five or six games if I'm lucky.

"But I've held on to it. What I'm able to do for any Brighton fan here in the United States that goes over for the odd weekend, I just give them my ticket. I say, ‘Go and experience it. Come back and then tell America the stories.’

"There’s a woman going over from our Stateside group this weekend for the Man City game. It's something that I'm so happy to be able to do for others.

"Over the last two years, nobody has been able to use it because of COVID-19 but before that, roughly 25 Americans have visited over the last six or seven years.

Brighton fan Ingram

"It gives me great pleasure to see people's love for the club go to another level as a result of being able to use whatever I'm able to help them with. I'll continue to do that for as long as I’m able.

"I would love Brighton to become America's team. That’s not a particularly lofty goal, right?

"Brighton is a story of aspiration and it's a story of inspiration and it's something to which every single American soccer fan should be able to associate with.

"In many ways, it mirrors the American story of an immigrant coming over here and working their backside off in order to make something of themselves.

"Everyone loves the story of an underdog, defying the odds through the perpetuation of a certain style of play, a certain demeanor, a certain value system, being part of a community. If you could bottle that, that's Brighton & Hove Albion."

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