Tag: Brighton & Hove Albion

To Be Reborn At Falmer: Home In Style For Brighton

As they have done on so many occasions already this season, they cut it fine. At home against a Dagenham & Redbridge team that is fighting tooth and nail against relegation, Brighton & Hove Albion still managed to fall a goal behind before winning a thrilling match by four goals to three. It has been that sort of season for the club. There have been times when they have looked out of sorts, but they came out on top last night as they have done on so many other occasions this season. They are, deservedly, the first club in the top four divisions of English football to be promoted. Yet this, perhaps, isn’t the biggest story to have come from Brighton & Hove Albion this season. The big story for the club was always going to be their move to the American Express Community Stadium this summer, a move that has taken the club fourteen years to realise and was borne from events that almost caused its death during the middle of the 1990s. It has been a long and tortuous journey since those dark days, including a couple of grim years in exile at Gillingham and a protracted battle to get a new ground built that they could truly call home, but the feeling of vindication for all of those years has surely never felt as strong as...

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

So near, yet so far. Brighton & Hove Albion travel to North-East London to play Dagenham & Redbridge in a league match for the first time this evening with the scent of promotion heavy in the air. That Gus Poyet’s team has been the stand-out team in League One this season is inarguable, but in recent weeks they have started to give the impression of being a team that is starting, just starting, to run on empty. They keep on winning – Saturday’s 2-1 win against Swindon Town at Withdean was their seventh in a row – but their performances have become somewhat scrappy in recent weeks. While this deterioration may be a cause for concern in some respects for their supporters, others may interpret it in a more positive light. Brighton have been a little lucky in recent weeks, but that can be even more valuable in the long term than playing well. With a fourteen point gap between the Seagulls and third-placed Peterborough United, the finishing line is almost in sight. Dagenham & Redbridge, however, will provide a stern test this evening. It seems difficult to believe that, just four years ago, they were a non-league club (the most visible remaining remnant of which, their Victoria Road ground, remains a non-league ground at heart in spite having had a smart new stand built at one end of...

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Poles Apart Yet Fans United: Plymouth Argyle And Brighton & Hove Albion Recall Old Bonds

As Brighton & Hove Albion and Plymouth Argyle took the pitch for their League One match last night, the immediate prognosis for the two clubs couldn’t have looked more different. While Plymouth have just been deducted ten points (which has sent them plummetting to the bottom of the table) and are set to enter into administration unless they can find a new buyer in the next couple of weeks, Brighton are sitting pretty at the top of the table and are set to move into their 22,000 capacity new stadium at Falmer during the summer. On the pitch the two clubs’ differing fortunes were concisely played out as Albion won by four goals to nil, but the match was particularly notable as being an opportunity to thank one particular Plymouth supporter for a suggestion which inspired a very unique protest when it was Brighton that were the club in a state of crisis. The asset-stripping of Brighton & Hove Albion during the mid-1990s was one of English football’s most shaming episodes of the decades. As David Bellotti and Bill Archer systematically ran the club into the ground and evicted it from The Goldstone Ground, the authorities stood idly by. Supporters of other clubs, however, were appalled by what was going on at Brighton and this was articulated by one Richard Vaughan, a fourteen year-old supporter of Plymouth Argyle, on...

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Match Of The Midweek: FC United of Manchester 0-4 Brighton & Hove Albion

It has already been the most improbable of cup runs. Every match in FC United’s run to within grabbing distance of the Third Round of this year’s FA Cup has been enveloped in the sort of drama that would not, in a quite literal sense, have looked out of place in a children’s comic from the 1970s. The last minute winner at Rochdale in the First Round, a goal that feels like years and years ago. The trip to Brighton, the delirium of snatching the lead, the agony of having it snatched away and the tumultuous disbelief of the last minute penalty save that saw them in the Third Round draw and playing off tonight for the right to play last year’s beaten finallists, Portsmouth. All of this has been done while building bridges and making friends at every turn, and this manifests itself this evening in the ticketing arrangements. In comparison with the first match, when reason seemed to be swamped by police advice so wide of the mark as to seem absurd, it’s pay on the gate this evening, with places available for just £8. With such a policy, the idea of FC United profiteering from this year’s competition – another idea pushed by some after they agreed to play their First Round match at Rochdale on a Friday night – is also blown from the water....

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Match Of The Week: Brighton & Hove Albion 1-1 FC United of Manchester

The Mongol hordes didn’t materialise, as things turned out. Indeed, anyone looking for trouble around Brighton railway station yesterday lunchtime will only have found a handful of bored and cold looking policemen and the pubs humming with travelling support from Manchester enjoying a pre-match drink and trying to postpone having to venture out into the bitter, lacerating cold. The short hop train journey to Preston Park is followed by a brief walk in the woods before arriving at Withdean Stadium. Contrary to the apocalyptic predictions of a few, there isn’t a great deal more security here today than there would be on a normal Saturday afternoon, though and the atmosphere is blessedly cordial. Withdean is one short step for FC United on a journey that has already seen them beat Radcliffe Borough, Gainsborough Trinity, Norton & Stockton Ancients, Barrow and Rochdale. Many of those that haven’t been able to secure tickets for the match are watching anyway, from a vantage point overlooking Withdean that makes much of the pitch visible and on television screens in London and at the Flixton Cricket Club, just outside Manchester. The club brings with it an undeniable and unsupressible sense of event to the match, and even prior to kick-off all of the noise inside the ground comes from the away end, to our left. The myth that it is impossible to create an...

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