Brighton and Hove Albion Club Profile
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Brighton and Hove Albion : Club Background
Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club was formed in 1901, starting off in the Southern League Division Two. In 1902-03 they were runners-up and got promoted to the Southern League Division One after a play-off with Watford. The Seagulls were Southern League Champions in 1909-10.

The club was elected into the Football League in 1920 as original members of Division Three. The following year it was restructured into Division Three South and Division Three North, with Brighton naturally enough in the Southern section. And there they remained until 1958 when, just as the Football League was again restructured into a Third and a Fourth Division, they won the title and got promoted to Division Two. They lasted four seasons before back-to-back relegations saw them plummet into Division Four in 1963.

In 1965 the Seagulls won the Fourth Division championship and they managed to get back into Division Two in the early Seventies, but only for a single season. The arrival of Clough & Taylor indicated a club beginning to have ambitions, and though Brian Clough only stayed one season Peter Taylor, followed by Alan Mullery, took the club up the divisions to reach its one and only spell in the top flight, from 1979-83. These were the Glory Years for Brighton, with gates averaging up to 25,000 and even an F.A. Cup Final appearance in 1983 under Jimmy Melia: in fact two Final appearances, as they took Manchester United to a replay.

There were a few ups, but in the main the rest of the Eighties and the Nineties were a period of long slow decline. They committed the cardinal sin of selling their stadium, the Goldstone, with no new home built, and had to resort to groundsharing with Gillingham. In 1997 they avoided relegation into Non-League on the final day of the season on the strength of having scored more goals than our friends Hereford United across the season, the draw against the Welsh borders side condemning the Bulls to the drop in their stead. The following season they were 23rd again.

Brighton moved to a temporary sort-of-home in the form of the Withdean Athletics Stadium for the start of the 1999-2000 season, and on the pitch they stabilised and began to haul themselves up from the depths. Between 2000 and 2002 there were back-to-back promotions under Micky Adams and then Peter Taylor (not the earlier one). They lasted a single season in the second tier, went straight back down, then straight back up, this time lasting two seasons before coming down to League One in 2006. Managers have come and gone, a second spell from Micky Adams was not a success, and the relegation threatened club turned to ex-Yeovil manager Russell Slade with the brief to keep them up with two months of the season to go. This he achieved against long odds.

Changes in the boardroom soon saw change in the manager's office, and Slade was thanked and sent on his way in November 2009, replaced by the more glamorous Gus Poyet. The former Uruguay international footballer fittingly ensured that Brighton achieved promotion back to the second tier at the end of the 2010-11 season - their last kick of a football at the Withdean also became their last kick of a football in League One. The new Falmer Stadium (officially dubbed the American Express Community Stadium but more locally known as The Amex) opened in July 2011.

New surroundings for Brighton at their new stadium at Falmer.
New surroundings for Brighton at their new stadium at Falmer.
Photo 2011 James Boyes

By now, the crowds were flocking to Brighton's new stadium, and they managed a healthy 10th place finish in 2011-12 - their best place in more than 20 years - most of which had been spent living in the wilderness. In the following season Poyet took Brighton one step better - into the Championship play-offs, only to lose to fierce rivals Crystal Palace. In the aftermath the wheels came off behind the scenes and Poyet was suspended and later sacked - replaced by current boss Oscar Garcia, and with former Glovers assistant manager Nathan Jones joining him as his assistant. Brighton have threatened more of the same this season, with the play-offs still a possibility for them, and with the huge infrastructure of the Falmer Stadium now in place, they are clearly a club that could support Premier League football one day.

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Brighton and Hove Albion : We've Met Before
Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Brighton and Hove Albion

26/11/1938HomeFAC1W2-1Laing, Graham
22/11/1952HomeFAC1L1-4Finlay
01/08/2003HomeFrndW2-12310Own Goal 1, Stansfield 89
26/09/2006HomeCCL1W2-05243Stewart 6, Gray 82
26/12/2006AwayCCL1W3-16554Best 38, Morris 47, Davies 59
22/09/2007AwayCCL1W2-15231Owusu 15, Warne 43
29/12/2007HomeCCL1W2-16881Dempsey 42, Stieber 50
13/09/2008HomeCCL1D1-14451Way 80
14/03/2009AwayCCL1L0-56291
10/10/2009HomeCCL1D2-24412Murray 45, 82
08/05/2010AwayCCL1L0-17323
23/10/2010AwayNPL1L0-27253
01/03/2011HomeNPL1L0-13832
19/10/2013HomeCHPD0-06873
25/04/2014AwayCHPL0-226901


Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Brighton and Hove Albion

HomeAwayOverall
WDLFAWDLFAWDLFA
43212112045126361723


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Brighton and Hove Albion : Club Statistics

FORTHCOMING FIXTURES

CLUB GOALSCORERS
Name LGE FAC FAT LGC CC Total

ATTENDANCE STATISTICS

Highest League Attendance: Not Applicable
Lowest League Attendance: Not Applicable
Average League Attendance: Not Applicable

CURRENT LEAGUE SEQUENCE STATISTICS

Games Without A Win: 0 Games Without A Home Win: 0
Games Without An Away Win: 0 Games Without Defeat: 0
Games Without A Home Defeat: 0 Games Without An Away Defeat: 0
Games Without A Draw: 0 Games Without A Score Draw: 0
Games Without A No-Score Draw: 0 Games Without Scoring: 0
Games Without Conceding: 0 Home Results Sequence:
Away Results Sequence: Overall Results Sequence:


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Brighton and Hove Albion : Club Information
Address:

Falmer Stadium
Village Way
Falmer
Brighton
East Sussex
BN1 9BL

Click for map

Telephone Number : 01273 695400
Fax : 01273 648179
Email: seagulls@bhafc.co.uk

Chairman : Tony Bloom
Chief Executive : Martin Perry
Club Secretary : Derek Allan
Press Officer : Paul Camillin
Manager : Oscar Garcia

Capacity : 30,750
Seated : 30,750
Covered Terrace : N/A

Colours : shirt - blue and white stripes; shorts - white with blue trim; socks - white with blue trim.
Record Attendance : (at The Goldstone) 36,747 v Fulham, Division 2, 27/12/1958
Record Attendance : (at The Falmer Stadium) 30,003 v Wolverhampton Wanderers, Championship Division, 04/05/2013
Nickname : The Seagulls

Ticket Prices :

Ticket prices for this 2013-14 season match are as follows:

Adults: 30.00; Over-65s: 22.00; Under-18s: 15.00; Under-10s: 8.00

Yeovil Town have been given an initial allocation of 1,584 tickets. Subject to availability they may be able to increase the allocation at a later stage. Supporters are situated in the South Stand, which is a covered seated area situated behind the goal. Tickets start in block S1B which is in the South-East corner of the ground. The ticket price includes free travel within the local area.

Tickets will remain on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office until 5.00p.m. on the day before the game. After that you'll need to purchase from the Falmer Stadium Ticket Office - expect queues and plenty of people for this 2013-14 match as it's Brighton's final home game of the season and they still need a play-off place!

Disabled Info:

Ambulant disabled and Wheelchair users are charged at the rates above, depending on their age. However they can admit an assistant free of charge if they are in receipt of Medium to High Disability Living Allowance.

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Brighton and Hove Albion : Directions To The Ground

General

Brighton as a town, is excellent. However the snag is whilst we've got rid of the wretched visit to the Withdean Stadium, we now have to travel to the new Falmer Stadium, which is situated five miles outside the town centre on the North-East side. In addition, like the Withdean, access to the stadium is dominated by rules and regulations designed to ensure that only minimal traffic actually gets near the stadium surrounds. That Brighton's own guide to getting to the stadium runs to eight pages of A4 print, gives an idea of what you're dealing with.

The key thing to note is that your matchday ticket includes 'free travel' within a designated area - the idea is to encourage you to ditch your car either at a park'n'ride facility or close to an adjacent railway station, and to make the final leg of your journey in by public transport. You can get as far as the ground itself, but you need to book in advance and it's expensive!

The other thing to note is that when exiting the stadium you'll find that queues are the norm, whether it's for the car parks, the buses or the trains. It seems that waiting for around 50 minutes to get out of the stadium surrounds is not unusual. So plan your journey to include that sort of a buffer time if you're looking at last trains home.

By Road

If you are coming in by road, then be aware that you're going to need to pre-plan your parking whether it's actually at the stadium, or via one of the other parking options. So not assume this is a game where you can just turn up at the ground and make your plans on the spur of the moment.

In terms of the general journey, you have two choices for getting to Brighton - either head up the A303/M3/M25 and around to the Gatwick Airport turn-off, then take the M23 southbound, and continue onto the A23. Alternatively, head down to Southampton (probably via Salisbury but may depend upon where you have started your journey from) and then take the coastal A27 road. The latter route can be a little slow at times, but at least it avoids the dreaded M25.

Once you get into the Brighton area, you'll then need to make your way to whatever parking arrangements you've got planned. If it's the ground you're directly heading to, then you'll need to get across to the north-east side of Brighton, using the A27 towards Lewes. Around four miles after the A23/A27 junction (where both of the above routes merge) you'll find a turn-off for the B2123 towards Falmer. Take that slip road and then turn right so you go over the top of the A27 and you'll find the ground on your right.

Parking

If you are parking at the stadium, you must purchase in advance. If you turn up on the day with money in your hand you'll be turned away. To book a parking space call 0844 327 1901. The parking will cost you 12.00 per car, but this increases to an eyewatering 15.00 per car in the three days leading up to the match. Both stadium car parks are 500 yards from the ground. One is Sussex University (Stanmer Park) (BN1 9RB) and the other is Bridge Car Park (BN2 4PN).

There are also a number of park'n'ride options that are situated further from the stadium that may be more to your liking in terms of costs. These are University of Brighton (BN4 2AT), Mill Road (BN1 8ZF) and Brighton Racecourse (BN2 9XZ). In terms of which one you should choose, note the Mill Road facility usually fills up around 1.5 hours before kick-off whereas the Brighton Racecourse option is one that is claimed to 'always' (Brighton's words, not ours!) have spare capacity.

The three park and ride sites - your most likely option if you're driving.
The three park and ride sites - your most likely option if you're driving.

By Rail

Falmer Railway Station is the nearest station to the stadium. It runs across the north side of the stadium, so when you get out of the station, head around the stadium clockwise (to your left) to reach the South-East corner that houses away supporters.

The station is situated on the East Coastway Line that runs between Brighton and Eastborne, Hastings and Seaford. Most of you arriving by train will probably come in via Brighton's main railway station and need to change.

Note that if you've bought an advance matchday ticket, then your ticket includes free travel within the surrounding area. This means that if you're cunning, you may only need to purchase a rail ticket for the bits that lie outside your planned route - e.g. a ticket to Haywards Heath and an advance Matchday Ticket will get you all the way to Falmer. Although check that this is actually saving you money - rail companies are notorious for weird fare structures in this respect.

The Rail Travel Zone - free travel to Falmer if you have an advance matchday ticket.
The Rail Travel Zone - free travel to Falmer if you have an advance matchday ticket.

By Bus

Assuming you've pre-purchased your matchday ticket in advance, then the 'free travel' option includes the following bus services:
(a) All Brighton and Hove buses (excluding routes between Lewes to Tonbridge Wells, and Seaford to Eastbourne)
(b) Stagecoach Coastline 700 & N700 services from Worthing onwards.

Bus No. 25, No.28 and No.29 leave from Brighton town centre and go up to Falmer.

Taxis

A selection of Brighton taxi companies can be found here.

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Brighton and Hove Albion : Web Resources
Web Sites

Brighton & Hove Albion Mad
Usual formulaic centrally generated material of that franchise.


Brighton and Hove Albion Official Site
PTV official site. Registration required.


Brightonfans.com
An independent site that isn't linked to any of the regular franchises. This has had a redesign in the past year or so, and looks a lot fresher for it. A minimal display of 'latest' news rather than a rolling archive, plus match reports. There isn't an awful lot of reading material here, although the site does have its own hosted forum.


Official Brighton and Hove Albion Picture Site
Official Brighton and Hove Albion picture and associated merchandising website. Unlike the YTFC one, which never seemed to come to much, this one has kept running and has built up an extensive back catalogue over the last few seasons.


The Brighton And Hove Albion Album
A now defunct site that covers Brighton photo galleries between 1997 and 2004. Of particular interest given that one gallery contains pictures of the old Goldstone Ground.


Vital Brighton
Very standard offering from the Vital franchise.


Web Message Boards

Brighton & Hove Albion Mad Forum
Scarcely used.


Brightonfans.com Forum
Bulletin board style forum associated with the Brightonfans.com website. Reasonably well used.


North Stand Chat
Nightmarishly busy message board, with over 3.6 million postings since it opened in 2003 at time of review, and rising rapidly! Should you wish, and have several decades to spare, you can read through every one as the whole lot are archived. Has over 11,000 members, of which over 5,500 are described as 'active' (however that is classified).


North Stand Chat : Chat Room
A live chat room spin-off from the North Stand Chat forum. For those moments when not even reading 3.6 million posts will satisfy your craving for talking football.


Vital Brighton
Only used by admin to advertise items on the main site. No one replies.



E-Mail Mailing Lists and Newsletters



Local Press

Brighton Argus
Direct link through to the Brighton and Hove Albion dedicated section within the Brighton Argus online newspaper. Daily coverage of their local team.



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Brighton and Hove Albion : Food & Drink

General:

With the ground situated where it is, if you're after something other than stadium concourse fodder, then you may want to start off away from the stadium and then get a late train/bus into the ground. The location of the new Falmer Stadium means that you're not in a good area for drinking in the immediate (walkable) area. The few that do exist within walkable distance from the stadium are 'home' fans only and may ask you to produce a matchday ticket to prove it. The Swan Inn is Falmer is the nearest at a 15 minute walk, whilst the Hikers Rest in Coldean Lane is in the opposite direction towards the town centre, but both have reports of refusing away supporters.

The central district, especially around the main Brighton railway station and in the alleys just back from the sea front, has a host of good pubs for all tastes, bars, clubs and eateries. If you're on a day out head for the centre of Brighton and you'll find something that suits. However be aware that parking down in the middle is normally quite difficult.

Club Bar :

There is a concourse bar inside the stadium. Here you'll find options from around 4.00 with Kronenburg, Strongbow, Fosters or wine on tap. More unusually you'll also find Harveys as a real ale option, whilst there is also Harveys Albion bottled beer - a special badged option for the Seagulls. The concourse bars are rated fairly well by fans though - as this is a new stadium it's geared up for it.

Local Pubs :

Basketmakers Arms: This pub is in Brighton town centre, a third of a mile east of the main railway station in an area known as North Laines. It is situated in a side street just off the Grand Parade in Brighton. If you are looking for landmarks then find the Royal Pavillion or the Dome Theatre on the A23 and head northbound, and Gloucester Road is a turning on your left. It's a Fullers tied house, and therefore serves Fullers Chiswick, Discovery, London Pride, ESB plus seasonal beers and guest beers. Also has a Gales since Fullers swallowed up that brewery. It is popular with shoppers, the local business community, and those looking for good but relatively inexpensive food, with both lunchtime and evening offerings. There is also a particularly wide range of whiskies. Food is served from 12.00 noon every day, finishing at 8.30p.m. Monday to Friday, 7.00p.m. Saturday and 8.00p.m. Sunday. Opening hours: 11.00a.m. - 11.00p.m. with an hour extension on Fridays and Saturdays, whereas on Sundays they open an hour later.
Basketmakers Arms, 12, Gloucester Road, Brighton, Sussex, BN1 4AD. Tel: 01273 689006. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Battle of Trafalgar: This is a town centre pub that is situated in a side street almost directly opposite the main railway station, about 100 yards away, on the side of a steep hill. Serves Harveys Sussex Best Bitter and Fuller's London Pride as the house beers, plus two guests, and does lunchtime and evening food weekdays, and from opening through to 5.00 p.m. at weekends. There's a small secluded garden at the rear, principally occupied by smokers these days. Opening hours: 12.00 noon - 11.00 p.m. Sunday to Thursday; 12.00 noon - 12.00 midnight Friday and Saturday.
Battle of Trafalgar, 34, Guildford Road, Brighton, Sussex, BN1 3LW. Tel: 01273 327997. Map: Click Here.

Probably the best real ale pub in Brighton
Probably the best real ale pub in Brighton
© Hugh Gleave
Evening Star: This is one of the top real ale pubs in the town, having won several local awards, including CAMRA Branch, County and Regional Pub of the Year. Used to be the brewery tap of the Dark Star Brewing Company until it expanded and moved out, but the pub still focuses on the Dark Star range, with several regulars, a seasonal and a monthly special brew. There are generally three guest beers in addition, as well as real cider (usually Thatchers) and sometimes a perry, and a draught organic lager. They also serve bottled and draught Belgian and German beers. There are several beer festivals per year. Lunchtime food, which was available when we visited last, seems to have been abandoned, with the pub focusing entirely on its beer. To find it, simply head 100 yards south from Brighton main railway station and it's on the main road. The beer was absolutely excellent when we were last at this pub. There's a smoking area with retractable awning. Opening hours: 12.00 noon - 11.00 p.m. Sunday to Thursday; 12.00 noon - 12.00 midnight Friday; 11.30 a.m. - 12.00 midnight Friday and Saturday.
Evening Star, 55-56, Surrey Street, Brighton, Sussex, BN1 3PB. Tel: 01273-328931. Email: info@eveningstarbrighton.co.uk. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

A Harveys of Lewes outlet
A Harveys of Lewes outlet
© Hugh Gleave
Lord Nelson Inn: Harveys pub in the back streets off the town centre, just east of the main Brighton railway station. Trafalgar Street is the first road south of the station running east, and so is easy to find. The pub is in the North Laines area and so you might fancy a trip to the Basketmakers Arms (above) as well whilst you're heading in that direction. The Lord Nelson has two bars, one of which often shows sporting events on a pull-down screen, whilst the other bar leads out to a back room and conservatory. There is a patio out the back for smokers. On tap are Harveys XX Mild, Best Bitter, Armada Ale and Hadlow Bitter, plus any seasonal beers from the brewery. The ciders are Addlestones, Scrumpy jack and er, Str*ngb*w. They do lunchtime food 12.00 noon - 3.00 p.m Monday to Saturday, 12.30 p.m. - 4.00 p.m. Sunday; and offer pizzas and pasta in the evenings (but not on Sundays). Children and dogs are welcome. Opening hours: 12.00 noon - 11.00 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 12.00 noon - 12.00 midnight Friday and Saturday; 12.00 noon - 10.30 p.m. Sunday.
Lord Nelson Inn, 36, Trafalgar Street, Brighton, Sussex, BN1 4ED. Tel: 01273 695872. Email: info@TheLordNelsonInn.co.uk. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.


Likelihood the Natives Will Understand You :

Brighton sees itself as cosmopolitan and trendy and, to be fair, it pulls it off quite well. Most people will already be aware, but a significant number of Brighton's pubs and clubs are either aimed at gay clientele or increasingly at a mixed audience. The town and the stadium have become increasingly intolerant of homophobia - the stewards will eject you and have you arrested, so don't try anything of that theme, even if you think it's in humour.

Top-Tip :

Plan your travel before the day of the game - late decisions are not an option!

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Brighton and Hove Albion : Local Amenities
Local Guesthouses and Hotels

Go to A1 Tourism's Online Guide to find Guest Houses/Hotels in the town and surrounding areas.


Other Points Of Interest

Used to live near Brighton for a while and like the central district of the town. Most British seaside resorts have a run down air of seedy decay and feel like they are stuck in a Fifties time-warp, but Brighton, whilst retaining the traditional architechture, is quite lively and almost trendy and chic in parts.


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Brighton and Hove Albion : The Withdean Stadium
Because we know you'd hate to have the glorious sight of the Withdean Stadium erased from your mind, here's a reminder of the facilities that Brighton fans used to know and love every week.
The Main Stand at the Withdean Stadium. Yep, that's as good as it gets.
The Main Stand at the Withdean Stadium. Yep, that's as good as it gets.
Photo 2006 Ciderspace

This is the view you're getting for your money from the away end. Note that the goalposts pictured are not even the ones on the actual pitch. That's even further away.
This is the view you're getting for your money from the away end. Note that the goalposts pictured are not even the ones on the actual pitch. That's even further away.
Photo 2006 Ciderspace

Twenty-plus quid for temporary scaffolding half a pitch length from the action. Bargain!
Twenty-plus quid for temporary scaffolding half a pitch length from the action. Bargain!
Photo 2006 Ciderspace

[No responsibilty is taken for any inaccuracies. This page is entirely the product of bias and prejudice.]

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