Tag: Brighton & Hove Albion

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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Fan’s Re-United Day: Home Park, 24.09.11

Regular readers of this site will be all too aware of the recent problems that have beset Plymouth Argyle Football Club. Plymouth’s supporters, in conjunction with whose of Brighton & Hove Albion, are now planning a protest on the twenty-fourth of September to which supporters of all clubs will be welcome. Here’s Argyle supporter Dan Greet with a little background behind the protest, and an explanation as to why this isn’t just an issue that affects their club. As I am sure anyone with more than a passing interest in football is aware, Plymouth Argyle are and remain in trouble – real trouble. The imminent danger of liquidation has come to dominate all discussion at Home Park these days. Stories of players not being paid, staff being paid by the manager out of his own pocket, administration, debt and the delays securing the new owners have dominated all news relating to Argyle since March of this year. This nearly came to a head this week when there was talk of the players and staff going on strike and refusing to play today’s game at Burton. Fortunately, strike action was averted when the players and staff agreed to receive forty per cent of the wages that they are now owed for last month with the remainder to be paid upon completion of the long overdue takeover by Bishop International Ltd,...

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The Poyet Effect

For all the talk of which player will be going where as the transfer window creaks to a close, there can be little question that, for all the attention lavished upon player transfers, it is the appointment of a new manager that can truly be the existence-changing moment in the entire history of a football club. Consider, for example, the cases of Brian Clough at either Derby County or Nottingham Forest, Bill Shankly at Liverpool or Matt Busby at Manchester United. These cases, of course are the absolute zenith of this theory. They are men that reshaped our understanding of the clubs with which they became involved. The appointment of a new manager doesn’t, however, have to be an existence-altering event to have the most profound of effects upon a club, as Brighton & Hove Albion supporters have found over course of the year and nine months since the appointment of one Gustavo Augusto Poyet Dominguez as the manager of their club. Sometimes, all it requires is for those running a football club to think, as it were, outside of the box for a while. Brighton & Hove Albion’s previous two managers, Mickey Adams and Russell Slade, were both stalwarts of the middle rankings of the Football League. The Football League is stuffed with managers like Adams and Slade, who flit from club to club, never really finding earth-shattering...

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Match Of The Midweek: Brighton & Hove Albion 1-0 Gillingham

The real party, of course, was on Saturday. Brighton & Hove Albion marked their arrival at The Amex Community Stadium with a late, late win against Doncaster Rovers, but the celebrations continued this evening with a narrow win against Gillingham of League Two. After fourteen years waiting, though, could the new stadium possibly live up to expectations? So much has been emotionally invested in this new arena that it felt plausible to believe that its grandiosity might have been overstated. Could this possibly be the case? The answer, of course, is a resounding no. It is, perhaps, a symbol of the effect that this building has had on the football club and its home town that the train out to Falmer at shortly after 6.00 this evening was full to standing room only. Upon arrival, after a journey lasting just eight minutes, one is swept around, over a bridge and along towards the entrance to the ground. Nothing can quite prepare you for your first sight of it at close range. Brighton is, for the want of a better phrase, good at curves, from the faux-Raj stylings of the Pavilion to the elegant, sweeping design of the main railway station. This design, however, is very much of the twenty-first century and the welcome – from staff, police and stewards alike – is warm and welcoming. There was plenty of...

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Brighton & Hove Albion Make A Statement Of Intent

What a difference twelve months makes. Although their new stadium at Falmer was already well under way this time last year, optimism surrounding Brighton & Hove Albion this time last year was cautious to say the least. The League One contenders looked tough, and one final year at Withdean, where a lack of atmosphere came as an unwanted free gift with the very design of the ground, made promotion feel like a stretch too far. Skip forward twelve months, and this feels like a club reborn. Promotion felt inevitable very early on, and the team didn’t just win the league title – they won it in style, the best team in the division by a comfortable distance. Manager Gus Poyet has established himself as a real contender for a lengthy and successful career. Falmer is now The American Express Community Stadium and has over 18,000 tickets already sold for the new season in a summer when predictions for season ticket sales elsewhere have fallen somewhere between sluggish and apocalyptic. Today, though, came the icing on the cake for supporters of the club with the news that the club has signed Craig Mackail-Smith from Peterborough United for a fee of £2.5 million which will likely rise to around £3.25 million with various add-ons. There are several strands to this signing which make it particularly notable. Firstly, there is the calibre...

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