That Was The Weekend That Was: Celebrations In Brighton And Paisley

We’re not that far short of Easter, but the Sussex coast didn’t feel very much as if it was heading towards the summer this weekend. Even driving rain, however, couldn’t dampen the spirits of the supporters of Brighton & Hove Albion yesterday after their team beat bitter rivals Crystal Palace at home for the first time since Boxing Day 1988. This wasn’t just a result which pressed all the right buttons in terms of local rivalry for Brighton, either. Defeat at Barnsley in the Championship last week had thrown their chances of scraping a way into the play-offs into some considerable doubt, but on a Sunday lunchtime in the rain Crystal Palace were swept aside by one of Brighton’s finest home performances in recent years, all of which was played out in front of a record crowd for The American Express Community Stadium of almost 28,500 people. Brighton & Hove Albion remain, however, just outside the play-off places in the Championship, in seventh position in the league table, a point behind fifth-placed Leicester City and only separated from sixth-placed Nottingham Forest – who are undoubtedly the form team out of the top six or seven cor so clubs in this division – on goal difference. As frequently seems to happen at this time of year, however, nerves are starting to kick in at the top of the Football League...

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