Tag: Brighton & Hove Albion

Match Of The (Mid)Week: Brighton & Hove Albion 2-2 Manchester City (Brighton Win 5-3 Penalties)

Some people danced in the car parks at the City of Manchester Stadium when the Abu Dhabi United group bought Manchester City. Some of their supporters were devastated. Many of the rest of us rolled our eyes and looked to the heavens. The reinvention of Manchester City might take some time to complete, and last night was stark evidence of this. Brighton & Hove Albion, on the other hand, remain something of a curate’s egg. They won two of their first three matches in League One, but have stumbled since then, with recent results including a 4-1 home thrashing at the hands of Scunthorpe United and a 1-0 defeat against Walsall, who managed to grab all three points at The Withdean Stadium in spite of having two players sent off. The warning signs for Brighton were ominous. Manchester City had warmed up for this match by beating Portsmouth 6-0 at the weekend. The result was the summation of a good start to the season, marred only by a home defeat by Chelsea and an away loss at Aston Villa. They made changes for this match but still put out a strong team, including Jo, Caspar Schmeichel and Richard Dunne. This, however, is Manchester City that we’re talking about here, and the hubris of the Manchester City supporters singing, “you only came for the CIty” was set to blow up...

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A Few Things About Local Derbies

What constitutes a local derby seems, on the face of it, to be a question with a pretty obvious answer. However, if we take a couple of minutes to actually examine it, it becomes more nuanced that you might at first think. Derby matches are usually local, but they don’t necessarily have to be. The rivalry between Brighton and Crystal Palace is thirty-odd years old now, even though the two clubs are over forty miles part and haven’t spent that much of the last three decades in the same division. There is an historical element to it, brought about by the abrasive management styles of Malcolm Allison and Alan Mullery in the mid-1970s. The flame hasn’t been extinguished to this day, and doesn’t take much to spark back to life.The nature of the local derby – or, to be more succinct, the local rivalry – is more complex than that, but it is a critical part of the existence of the football supporter. It taps into the urge that we have within us to define ourselves against something and to measure ourselves against something. It is a barometer for how well or badly is doing. And it is a universal phenomenon within the game. Rivals are often two clubs with more in common than either of them would care to admit. Manchester United supporters, while aware of the importance...

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