Brighton & Hove Albion: Fatboy Slim's dreams ahead of Athens match

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Fatboy Slim performing a DJ setImage source, Getty Images

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Hove DJ and Albion supporter Fatboy Slim is to perform in a show in Athens on Thursday night

By Christian Fuller

BBC News, Athens

Performing to Brighton & Hove Albion players after lifting the Europa League trophy would be on par with playing at Glastonbury, Fatboy Slim says.

The Hove DJ performed in the Greek capital after the Seagulls victory against AEK Athens on Thursday night.

He said he dreamed if the club were victorious in the competition the players would be allowed to attend a celebratory gig.

"That would be top 10 all-time greatest moments in my career," he said.

Fatboy Slim, whose real name is Norman Cook, has been a supporter of the club since moving to East Sussex in the 1980s.

Since then he has been a shareholder in the club, his record label Skint Records has sponsored the shirt, and he has unveiled new kits.

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DJ Fatboy Slim was the first artist to hold a concert at Albion's Amex stadium

Before the match, Cook said given the club's turbulent past, watching Albion play in Europe "wasn't even on my bucket list".

"It'd be too much of a cliché to say we've come a long, long way together. But we kind of have."

Watching the club lift the Europa League trophy would give him "pretty much the same feeling" as performing at Glastonbury, he said.

"I've been to various World Cups and Euros where we've put gigs on, so I have used football as an excuse to go to foreign countries before - but I've never done it with my own team," he said.

"But with England, you have to share it with Palace fans. But this is our thing."

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Simon Garrod says he is all prepared for the match on Thursday

Fatboy Slim fan and Albion supporter Simon Garrod, who had a ticket to the DJ's show in Athens, said he had purchased memorabilia specifically for the trip.

"I had to get down to the club shop to get a Fatboy shirt, so I'm all ready to go," he said.

"We'll be having a day at the football and an evening at Fatboy - couldn't ask for more."

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Albion supporters in Athens have been asked by the Foreign Office to plan their time in Athens

Meanwhile, the UK government issued a warning to Albion fans, saying terrorists were "likely to try to carry out attacks in Greece".

Prior to the match, the Foreign Office urged supporters to plan their movement around the city in advance, follow the instructions of local authorities and take care of personal possessions.

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