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    by Published on 13-08-2014 13:07
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    Albion fans hoping for a glamour tie in the second round of the Capital One Cup will be left disappointed due to the mechanics of the draw, which takes place on Sky immediately after this evening's Coventry v Cardiff televised first round clash.

    Thirteen Premier League clubs enter the competition in the second round with the remaining seven joining in Round 3 as they are involved in European competition.

    The draw is seeded, with the top 12 Football League clubs still in the competition (based on last season’s finishing positions), including the Albion, joining the 13 Premier League clubs as seeds.

    Unseeded ...
    by Published on 13-08-2014 09:17
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    After the success of various 'themed' games over the last two seasons - Spanish Day, Fright Night, etc - the club decided to use the visit of Cheltenham to run the latest. A lot of thought clearly went into the planning, and made 'League Two Night' a great success.

    From restricting the crowd to a Withdeanesque 6,500, to picking an entire team utterly devoid of creative talent, the marketing experts at the club surpassed themselves ...
    by Published on 12-08-2014 21:59
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    There was little doubt anyway, but after tonight's Capital One Cup victory over dogged Cheltenham, Sami Hyypia all but confirmed that Will Buckley was departing the Amex, the stadium he christened so wonderfully with the first and second Albion goals.


    Speaking to BBC Sussex Sport after the Albion progressed ...
    by Published on 12-08-2014 13:40
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    It seems a long time ago since the likes of Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez took to the Amex pitch for Albion’s third round League Cup tie with Liverpool in 2011.

    The gutsy performance in the 2-1 loss to the Merseysiders has yet to be matched since in the competition, with two first round defeats to lower league Swindon and Newport County following the clash with the Reds.

    It now falls to a former Anfield player and Kop legend in Sami Hyypia to try and turn our fortunes in the competition around against Cheltenham Town, another ...
    by Published on 12-08-2014 13:27
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    It's not all about winning, nor about getting to the playoffs, nor even about reaching the dizzying heights of the Premier League. it's about excitement - and that's what has been lacking for the last year or so at the Albion:

    • Getting excited about reading on a Sunday night that we were about to spend £2.5m on the leading scorer in our division the previous year.
    • Getting excited when Buckley scores a last minute winner against Donny in the first game at the Amex (not to mention the other last minute winners and equalisers in 4 or 5 games that season).
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    by Published on 12-08-2014 07:48
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    "One Club. One Vision" - the over-sized words, accompanied by the Albion's current pinup boy, Jake Forster-Caskey, greets Albion fans as they approach the refitted and Nike-d up club shop at the Amex.


    There has been some light fun poked at just what the new strap line could mean, which is cropping up on many things the club currently output, as well as some more serious discussion.

    "One Club, League One Ambition" has been suggested, as supporters express growing concern at the strength of the Albion's squad after a disappointing season opener whilst "One Club. One Manager a Season." needs no further explanation.

    It's a sign of the modern footballing times that many aspects of big business have become associated with football clubs that, in the past, wouldn't have known a mission statement from a SWOT Analysis Matrix (no, neither do we).
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    by Published on 10-08-2014 12:39
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    A few words of explanation for the different version of SBTS played out yesterday. The original that is normally played is perfectly fine to sing along to, IF all you’re going to sing is the “chorus” (technically, the refrain) “Good Old Sussex By The Sea…” etc.

    But here’s what happens when people try to sing the song right from the very start. It’s the first ...
    by Published on 10-08-2014 10:39
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    Albion 0-1 Wednesday


    There's something special about the first day of the season. Not only, by decree of the laws of football tradition, is it always hot and sunny, but the air is so full of expectation. Even the most world-weary fan, rendered incapable of expectation, is at least full of hope. This might be the year. This might be our season.

    There is always excitement about how the new signings will get on, too. Even if they came from Barnsley. Hearing on a Wednesday fan's match preview, that Chris O'Grady 'always ...
    by Published on 09-08-2014 12:17
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    Most Albion fans know Sussex by the Sea only as a single chorus. It’s actually a military marching song with five verses, though hardly anyone knows very much of the real words. You’ll find them all here, along with something of our anthem’s history.

    Who wrote it, and when?

    Sussex by the Sea is the one football song that's totally unique to the Albion. First published in 1907, it was composed by William Ward-Higgs, a Lancashire-born solicitor who lived for six years in South Bersted, near Bognor Regis. Written to celebrate his sister-in-law's wedding to a captain of the Royal Sussex Regiment, the song soon became an official Regimental march. And later, the county's unofficial anthem. Ward-Higgs wrote many other songs, but none as remotely popular as Sussex by the Sea. After a long and successful career in mercantile
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    by Published on 07-11-2012 12:55
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    I just wanted to post to tell our tale of yesterday evening....

    Congratulations on the result however my son was the biggest winner last night and for that I owe all my gratitude to BHA for their efforts that have left an ever lasting ...
    Published on 27-07-2012 23:59
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    Entire forests of newsprint, and terabytes of online opinion, have been devoted to the 'evils' of Premiership footballers' salaries.

    We've read how Rio Ferdinand should be addressing the famine in southern Africa, instead of test-driving the latest Bentley, and how Michael Owen now owns North Wales and most of Cheshire. Ashley Cole himself, told us in print, about the time he threw his mobile phone, at the sheer anguish of hearing ...

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    Published on 04-07-2011 20:42
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    Seagulls swoop for Mackerel (Smith)

    Excuse the tragic pun. My excuse is that my head is still spinning at the frankly incredible news, that the Albion have beaten Leicester and West Ham (and Norwich, QPR and Southampton, depending on who you believe) to the signing, of the much coveted Peterborough striker Craig Mackail-Smith.


    CMS. Looks good in stripes! ...
    Published on 21-06-2011 23:37
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    Incredible times to be an Albion fan right now, but disorientating too. Since when did the Albion make multiple seven-figure bids for potential signings, appoint glamorous, world famous personalities as manager or commission the building of state of the art stadia?

    Like everybody, I'm desperately excited about the imminent debut visit to the promised land, and revelling in sharing news of ...

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