Tag: Brighton & Hove Albion

Back To The Eighties: 1980/81, Part Twenty-One: Brighton & Norwich Scrap At The Bottom

As February turned to March in 1981, the battle to avoid relegation to the Second Division was hotting up, with just two points seperating Brghton & Hove Albion, Norwich City and Leicester City at the bottom of the table. The big match of the weekend at the bottom of the table came from Carrow Road, and was between Norwich and Brighton. With ten games of the season to play, winning points was now critical at the bottom of the table. Our second match from the last day of February 1981 is brief highlights from the match between Manchester United and Leeds United at Old Trafford. The following week, meanwhile, saw the first legs of the quarter-finals of the big European competitions. So, first up out these matches is the match between Liverpool and CSKA Sofia from Anfield, and we follow this up with what looked like an extremely tricky trip for Ipswich Town to France to play Saint Etienne. It turned out to be a good week for the remaining English clubs in Europe. You can follow Twohundredpercent on Twitter by cicking...

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Back To The Eighties: 1980/81, Part Twenty – Liverpool Fall Off The Pace

By the latter part of February 1981, it was becoming increasingly apparent that Liverpool were not going to be finishing the season as the champions of England this time around. Too many drawn matches were costing Bob Paisley’s team, and by the time they travelled to the south coast to play struggling Brighton & Hove Albion they were five points behind second placed Aston Villa, with the number of matches left to try and bridge that gap starting to evaporate. Brighton, meanwhile, were seperated from the bottom three on goal difference only and desperately needed points themselves if they were to avoid relegation back to the Second Division. The second match featured this weekend was another relegation battle, this time between Birmingham City and the team who were tied with Brighton at the foot of the table, Norwich City. The home side were comfortably placed in mid-table, but Norwich had been at or near the foot of the table all season. This report, from ITV’s On The Ball, follows the Canaries to St Andrews for a rare Friday night match. Our final match is a match from the battle for UEFA Cup places for the following season, between Southampton and West Bromwich Albion. You can follow Twohundredpercent on Twitter by clicking...

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Brighton & Hove Albion Say “No” To Safe Standing

It rather feels as if the debate over safe standing at top level football matches is only just kicking into gear. For some years, the case has been made, slowly and persuasively, for the introduction of the type of seating that has been seen in football grounds in Germany for some years and it is starting to feel as if this argument is starting to feel as if it is starting to gain some traction. Clubs such as Aston Villa and Hull City have come out in favour of trialling the introduction of safe standing, but today, for the first time that anybody is aware of, a football club came out as being explicitly against the idea, and that club was Brighton & Hove Albion. This has come about as a result of a discussion and poll on the matter on the club’s supporters forum North Stand Chat, which resulted, as other polls of this nature, with an overwhelming vote in favour of the principle of trialling it. One supporter contacted a forum member, Paul Camillin, who also works as the club’s Head of Media, to find out whether the club would add its name to the list of those already in favour of trialling it or whether it would enter discussions with supporter representatives following recent issues concerning over-zealous stewarding in some parts of The American Express Community...

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