• We All Follow the Albion

    by Published on 12-03-2017 17:11
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    With the good ship Albion steadied by the professional win at rock-bottom Rotherham midweek, it was back to the Amex with a sense of calm confidence restored. Derby County the visitors - a team packed with star names, but on a wretched run of form.

    The Albion unchanged, bar Murray for Hemed - standard Hughton 4-4-2, with last season's go-to midfield pairing of Dale Stephens and Beram Kayal in the centre, and Jiri Skalak preferred on the left over the decent claims of March and Murphy.

    Steve McClaren's Rams set-up, rather less standard. Steve had either reached pure desperation levels in his efforts
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    by Published on 08-03-2017 16:45
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    As Jim White slammed shut the January transfer window, the Albion looked well stocked defensively. With the meanest defence in the Football League and a string of clean-sheets in the bag, the back line had been the bed-rock of a fabulous campaign to date. With no less than four centre-backs of proven Championship quality, and full-back reinforcements on the way in the imminent returns of Liam Rosenior and Gaeten Bong everything was rosy in that particular part of the garden.
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    by Published on 03-03-2017 16:23
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    Over the course of the last six months or so, Albion number nine Sam Baldock has gone from strength to strength, adding goals to his intelligent and selfless running - finally winning over a large percentage of his erstwhile detractors in the process.

    Whilst his movement and work-rate have always been fully appreciated by his manager and team-mates (his strike partners especially), some of the fan base were less prepared to see past a modest contribution to the ‘Goals Scored’ column. “What does he even DO?” they would ask? – refusing to accept the value of the aforementioned attributes = goals win games, not ‘clever movement’.



    It is a truism of course – that goals DO win games – it's just that goals don’t happen by accident, (unless you’re Mo Diamė).
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    by Published on 01-03-2017 15:29
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    Well, that was disappointing.

    From a SkySports perspective, though, it was a brilliant, pulsating game – loads of goal-mouth action – penalty shouts to chew over – celebrity fans to spot – quality saves – a bizarre fluke goal – a dramatic late winner – all making for an apparently massive viewing audience, three times the usual level for a Championship game.

    It all started so well, too. The Amex packed to the rafters and in good voice – tension and excitement in the air – defeat here not terminal, but a win would have the table looking well beyond just promising.
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    by Published on 27-02-2017 12:13
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    Back to the Amex, off the back of what felt a HUGE win in a tricky fixture at Barnsley – an unchanged Albion ran out to a boisterous crowd, lubricated by the early evening kick-off, and buoyed by the afternoon’s Championship results – both Newcastle and Huddersfield dropping points – the Toon, in what looked a home banker.



    For Albion fans of anything but the newest vintage, the Royal’s style of play was immediately familiar – a carbon copy of Gus Poyet’s Albion on a poor away day – lengthy spells of harmless deep possession
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    by Published on 15-02-2017 14:39
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    Nobody said it was easy (nobody said it would be so hard).

    by Published on 08-02-2017 12:46
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    **CONFESSION TIME***

    I was 11 years old at Fans United. But even at that age, I knew perfectly well what was going on. I knew that some old, greedy men were trying to take away my football club from me and my Dad just so they could get
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    by Published on 25-01-2017 16:01
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    After a game, I’ll usually have a read of the #bhafc tag on twitter, for some inspiration, or some content to ‘borrow’ for my report. This tweet pretty much nails it, to be honest – was tempted to just post this and take the afternoon off.

    by Published on 22-01-2017 16:35
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    What a game. Seriously - What. A. Game!

    Rolling up to the Amex to late news that Baldock and Bruno were out was far from the reassurance required, on an already nervy night. What is it with Wednesday that we are seemingly never able to put a full strength side out against them?

    After the ridiculously poor luck in the play-off games last season, surely we deserve better this time round? That a squad featuring the likes of Inigo Calderon and Liam Rosenior could end up abandoned by Lady Luck against such a frankly horrible
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    by Published on 28-12-2016 11:47
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    In the 'olden days' (basically before this season) if Brighton were unbeaten in MONTHS, playing at home to a team losing week on week, with all and sundry predicting a routine home win, the battle-weary Albion faithful knew exactly what to expect. Things are different right now. Never, in the 33 seasons I've been religiously rolling up, have the words 'routine', 'home' and 'win' shared a sentence with regularity, except perhaps in the Scunthorpe Observer or the Bury Examiner, dissecting our away travails.

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    by Published on 12-12-2016 17:09
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    I've filed this under 'Match Reports' but its nothing of the kind really. I've left it too late for anyone to be bothered with a proper report. However, despite not finding the time over the weekend to write it up properly, I HAD done my notes and research, so rather than waste them - some random thoughts and asides, on Friday's game...

    The Result

    Terrific, obviously, and achieved with a complete absence of FUSS, to send the Albion briefly to the summit. I've read a few comments, notably from bitter fans of THE Leeds United, about the atmosphere from the home stands being rather flat. The truth is,
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    by Published on 30-11-2016 16:32
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    by Published on 28-11-2016 11:36
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    Writing this up, without resorting to the lazy 'game of two halves' cliché is a challenge. One that I'm not going to bother to attempt. This match was exactly that.

    Coming into this contest, it felt (yet another) big moment - yet another test of the Albion's true credentials. Outside doubters are increasingly falling behind the Seagulls' promotion chances - its the die-hard amongst us, with the badges and t-shirts of decades of disappointment, that sometimes struggle to truly believe.
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    by Published on 31-10-2016 10:17
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    How would you script the perfect home match?

    The tension of a crucial fixture against a close rival?

    Plenty of goals?

    A hat-trick?

    A clean sheet?

    An unlikeable away manager, to jeer?

    A pantomime villain, or two, in the opposition ranks, to boooooooo?

    Comedy errors from the opposition keeper?


    Whoever had the task of writing this one did an utterly fabulous job. What a thoroughly magnificent afternoon to be an Albion fan.

    The Seagulls came into this in good shape, but Norwich City, with their Premier League squad fully intact, sure to present a stern challenge. The Canaries had
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    by Published on 20-10-2016 14:55  Number of Views: 2271 

    Work, work, work.

    Too much work, unfortunately = no match report on the excellent win over Barnsley, nor of the ultimately frustrating draw against Preston. The frankly unprofessional finale to that game, left this subsequent home game, feeling like a 'must win' - much as I hate that term - if the Albion were to hold their place in the emerging breakaway pack.

    Difficult to know what to expect from the visitors - a side who followed a 0-4 defeat at home to Barnsley, with a 2-0 win away at Newcastle - but a decent game in prospect, no doubt. A decent crowd there to see
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