• We All Follow the Albion

    by Published on 19-04-2017 13:49

    Well, that was a pretty good Easter, wasn’t it?

    It’s been an incredible two full seasons under Chris Hughton. Really, we should have gone up last year. Our record would have been good enough in almost any other season. But we didn’t. Rather than get disappointed though it allowed us to go away and add even more of what it is that makes us great just now. So what is “it”? Some national newspapers have come out with great articles in the last day or so trying to get to just this and they’ve certainly been paying more attention than we thought. However, we regular fans have known the ingredients for a while, and in depth. Here – in
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    by Published on 19-04-2017 09:42
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    The pools of Blue WKD on West Street aren't even dry yet, and already the speculation has begun as to how we will fare in the big time. But what is the absolute best that Albion fans can expect next year? Here’s a rundown of the 7 teams this century that have reached at least 50 points in the Premier League directly following promotion from the second tier…

    7. Birmingham City 09/10: 50 Points (finished 9th)

    The definitive Alex McLeish team, this Birmingham side were extremely sturdy at the back and painfully dull to watch. ...
    by Published on 05-04-2017 12:45
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    A week ago, consensus in my Albion circles, was that full value from the remaining four home games would finish the job. Two down, two to go.

    by Published on 02-04-2017 14:34
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    Breaking team news: despite appearances, this isn’t Exile summarising the Blackburn Rovers game for you. In an unexpected turn, there’s a late substitution on the team sheet, a Chuba Akpom, if you will, whilst Exile Baldock rests up a slight knock for the run-in. Nothing could go wrong there, right?

    Another week, another Must Win for the Albion, whilst our nearest challengers set themselves up for what were, surely, easy home wins against Rovers’ fellow relegation fodder, Wigan and Burton. The emotional roller coaster (Copyright Big Book of Football
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    by Published on 12-03-2017 18:11
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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 17:45
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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 17:23
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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 16:29
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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 13:13
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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 15:39
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    Nobody said it was easy (nobody said it would be so hard).

    by Published on 08-02-2017 13:46
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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 17:01
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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 17:35
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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 12:47
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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 18:09
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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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