Tag: Brighton & Hove Albion

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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The FA Cup Third Round: Brighton & Wrexham – Fans United

The FA Cup Third Round this weekend sees a handful of fascinating ties for the non-league clubs still in the competition, with Blue Square Premier title chasers Fleetwood Town taking on Blackpool, Tamworth travelling to Goodison Park to play Everton and Salisbury City of the Blue Square South making the journey to Bramall Lane to play Sheffield United. At the American Express Community Stadium in Brighton, meanwhile, Blue Square Premier leaders Wrexham will be taking on Brighton & Hove Albion, and this is a match that has special significance for a club that has only recently emerged from the trauma of twelve months which saw the club’s future seemingly perpetually under threat. In 2004, their club was under threat as it has been of late. Under the ownership of Alex Hamilton and Mark Guterman, protests had been forming as the intention of the owners, to strip the ground away from the club, became apparent. Hamilton’s response to his attempt at a land-grab was to label the protesting supporters as Luddite terrorists who should be locked up in cages”, but such comments were obviously not going to stop the protests against him. Having transferred the ownership of the ground into the name of one of his companies in the September of that year, he resigned his position on the board of directors of the club at the end of October 2004,...

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Match Of The Midweek: Brighton & Hove Albion 1-2 Liverpool

True enough, it’s only the Third Round of the League Cup and both of the teams playing this evening, whether rightly or wrongly, may well feel that they have bigger fish to fry than this competition this season. There is, however, something in the sea air in Brighton this evening. The trains into the railway station are jammed solid and the queue for the trains out to The American Express Community Stadium snakes out of the station and around the concourse outside. There’s no hint of trouble, of course, and everybody is safely in their seat by kick-off the time of kick-off, but the sheer volume of traffic of the majority of a crowd of almost 22,500 pouring through a main railway station during the rush hour adds inevitable pressures. It all seems, however, dealt with very professionally indeed. The gulf between a club the size of Brighton & Hove Albion and a club the size of Liverpool remains massive but, going into the match at least, the home supporters have cautious cause for optimism. Their team has made a bright start to the season and a narrow defeat at Leiecester City at the weekend has only slightly dampened the air of optimism amongst the club’s support that promotion, the move to the new ground and a largely unexpectedly strong start to the season have engendered. This evening, however,...

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