Tag: Brighton & Hove Albion

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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Match Of The Past: Brighton & Hove Albion

Regular readers of this site will by now be fully aware of the fact that our Match Of The Past series has now finished with the Premier League and is now ploughing its way through the Football League Championship, and those of you that have been keeping tabs on this series may well scroll down this page with a little surprise to find that we have seven videos rather than the usual six this morning. We’ve added a match to the usual selection because, well, there is so much archive footage of Brighton & Hove Albion out there, and this seems like as good a time as any to those that have turned YouTube into such a marvellous archive of football. In the case on Brighton & Hove Albion, the quite magnificent Seagulls.tv is to thank for providing us all with such a magnificent selection of matches from the past. Without the diligence of people such as those behind this site, much of the footage available to us would be sitting in archives, forgotten about by all bar a few. Moving on, this evening we have six matches plus one compilation from the years between 1972 and 1991. Our first match sees Brighton travel to The Den to play Millwall in November 1972, and we have two more matches from the 1970s to follow this. The first sees Blackpool...

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Match Of The Week: Liverpool 6-1 Brighton & Hove Albion

There’s history here, you know. When Liverpool were the kings of English and European football, Brighton & Hove Albion had a curious habit of being able to dump them out of the FA Cup. They did it at Anfield on the way to Wembley in 1983, and then again at The Goldstone Ground the following year. Times have changed since then, of course. It’s more than two decades since the league championship last ventured to Merseyside, and over that time Brighton have been to hell and back. As of today, however, they remain on upward trajectory. The new ground is completed and ready for expansion, if or when required, and the team sits in ninth place in the Championship table – still well in touch with a play-off place. Which Brighton & Hove Albion team will turn out at Anfield this afternoon, though? Gus Poyet’s team have had a hint of the Jekyll & Hyde about them this season, with the Doctor Jekyll that beat Sunderland in the League Cup and Newcastle United in the last round of this competition having to be balanced against insipid performances against lower division sides in the cup over the last couple of years or so. It’s not just the historical record that gives Brighton reason for unlikely optimism this afternoon, though. They gave Liverpool a considerable run for their money when the...

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The FA Cup Third Round: Wrexham 1-1 Brighton & Hove Albion (4-5 Pens)

There is, perhaps, little surprising in the fact that the most confusing tie of the Third Round of the FA Cup should involve Wrexham. The Blue Square Premier club – the last non-league club still involved in this year’s competition – have had possibly the most convoluted twelve months of any side in the entire English league system, and this extended into the arrangements for this match against Brighton & Hove Albion, following their 1-1 draw at The American Express Community Stadium a week and a half ago. Contradictory messages flooded the internet regarding when this match would be played and on which television channel it would appear, and the matter was confused further yesterday lunchtime, when a frozen pitch put the match back by twenty-four hours. Tonight, however, the game is emphatically on and the rewards of this FA Cup run for a club of Wrexham’s size – particularly one under the ownership of a supporters trust charged with balancing the books after years of mismanagement – are obvious. The television money and gate receipts from this match alone are highly significant amounts of money for them, and the rewards of winning – even if we set to one side for just a moment considerations such as the achievement that it would mark in itself – are even greater. The winners of this match have already been drawn...

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Match Of The Week: Brighton & Hove Albion 1-1 Wrexham

That the first weekend of the new year should see the coming together of these two clubs is entirely appropriate. Brighton & Hove Albion and Wrexham had differing experiences of 2011, but for both clubs the year ended with the feeling of a clean slate having been managed for both clubs. For Wrexham, the club is finally in the hands of the only people that could reasonably left in charge of it after years of mismanagement, the Wrexham Supporters Trust. Their club still has financial hurdles to jump, but a result this afternoon of any description would bring welcome revenue to The Racecourse Ground. Brighton & Hove Albion, meanwhile, came home, from the unsuitable and ill-equipped Withdean stadium to The American Express Community Stadium in Falmer. This progress was mirrored on the pitch, with promotion to the Championship and the team holding its own once this had been achieved. Hopes of a second successive promotion have receded in weeks after a blistering start to the season, but Brighton & Hove Albion remain set on an upward trajectory themselves. On top of this, the bonds forged between the two clubs in 2004, when a Brighton-led Fans United demonstration at The Racecourse Ground shone a light upon an attempted land-grab by former owners Alex Hamilton and Mark Guterman, have never fully died away, and before the match the WST makes a...

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