• We All Follow the Albion

    Published on 14-07-2018 09:23

    Joe from FootyStats.org takes a look back at some of the stats from Albion's first season back in English football's top flight...

    Chris Hughton and his Brighton side had a superb debut season in the Premier League, and will be competing in the top flight again next season after reaching the magical forty point mark with games to spare. What did the Seagulls do well last season, and what can be improved in the coming campaign?

    Let’s take a look at the 2017/2018 season to see just how effective Albion’s tactics were and how they rank
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    by Published on 28-06-2018 20:15

    Where did it go?

    Maybe it’s my age, but aren't the years rolling by quickly? Is it really 21 years since that crunch game at Edgar Street? A lot of proverbial water, sometimes choppy, has flowed under the bridge since then.

    Was it really a year ago that we saw that outpouring of emotion when Wigan were the sacrificial lambs and the subsequent result saw us climb from, effectively, the workhouse into our own little place in Mayfair?

    What a first season we had in the Premier League and but a little part of me was almost glad when it came to an end, allowing us to draw breath, at least until August. It was always going to be tough and the difficulty of our last few fixtures, even before the
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    Published on 07-06-2018 10:38

    Maty Ryan and his Australian teammates take on Hungary in Budapest on Saturday afternoon in their final warm-up fixture before moving onto the rapidly approaching World Cup in Russia.

    The Socceroos will be feeling quietly confident after an impressive 4-0 victory over the Czech Republic last Sunday. Mathew Leckie notched
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    Published on 02-06-2018 09:33
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    Two of Brighton and Hove Albion’s first team Premier League stars have been selected in their respective nation’s provisional squads for the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup.


    After performing in every minute of Albion’s top-flight season, goalkeeper Mat Ryan has been selected in Australia’s provisional 26-man squad for Russia. Ryan kept
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    Published on 29-05-2018 22:02

    After a successful first campaign back in the Premier League, that saw Albion stay up with something to spare, it looks like being an interesting Summer in the transfer market for Chris Hughton. The window hasn’t been open for very long, but the club has already moved to make the first new signings, both announced last week.

    On Tuesday, Albion
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    by Published on 07-05-2018 22:19
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    Abdul Razak is a player with an unspectacular record and is quickly gaining a reputation as a bit of a Nomad. A quick look on Wikipedia will tell you he’s played for a variety of clubs, starting in the academy with Palace (boo), onto Manchester City, Portsmouth, Brighton, Charlton, onto Anzhi in Russia, back to England with West Ham, onto Doncaster... and more recently to Sweden where he’s currently with ...
    by Published on 07-05-2018 17:41
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    What a night. Premier League status confirmed, with two matches to spare. A great occasion, a tremendous effort, and most of all a thoroughly deserved victory.

    Every player worthy of the highest praise.

    Little Maty Ryan, less busy than might have been expected, went about his business in the tidiest of fashion, plucking high balls at will - plunging to save when he finally had to.

    Bong and Bruno reliable in defence
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    Published on 02-05-2018 11:17
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    Season after season, as Albion clawed their way back up towards English football’s top table, Seagulls fans crossed their fingers in hope that the club would be drawn away to Manchester United in a cup competition.

    A visit to the Theatre of Dreams is the holiest of holy grails for lower league clubs. A trip to Old Trafford gives fans a day out at the home of one of
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    by Published on 19-04-2018 22:49

    Contract durations of Premier League Brighton and Hove Albion's first-team squad and development squad (sourced from club news releases, Argus articles and the FA Player Registration documents).
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    by Published on 18-04-2018 15:07
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    Back to the Amex, after a dispiriting reverse at Castle Greyskull, for the visit of Tottenham. Which Albion would turn up to tackle Pochetino’s impressive young Spurs side? That which took the game to Leicester for an hour, or that forced to settle for a point after a limp display against Huddersfield a week later?

    Spurs’ away form is frightening. Ten wins and just two defeats on their travels, and on a run of sixteen straight
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    by Published on 14-03-2018 15:23
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    “Get off to bed” they said, “Big day tomorrow. Try to get some sleep”.

    Who are they kidding? Sleep? I‘ve not slept for a week. Teeth done, in the bedroom sink with the Albion crest mirror, then stretched out on the bed, under the gaze of the 1982/83 squad, looking down from the wall opposite. Half asleep, half awake, replaying all that brought us to this – to the cusp of eternal glory – to the prospect of triangular corner flags at the Goldstone.

    A scrap against Newcastle in the 3rd round – the adventure almost over before it began. A draw secured, then crestfallen at the response that ‘No, we wouldn’t’ be attending the replay – I had no concept of the distances involved. The lads came through it
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    by Published on 06-03-2018 09:11
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    Saturday night. I've spent two days coughing and wheezing, and shivering and sweating. Not eating, not sleeping. Zombified. "It's SILLY", she says. "Are you up to the (2 hours each way) drive? It'll be freezing. It's on TV. Do you really think it’s a sensible idea?"

    Tuesday morning, I'm sat at home typing this, on the second of two days off work ('deep seated bacterial chest infection' apparently) so she might have had a point. But romance and dreams weren't built on 'sensible ideas'. Anyway, the pills seem to be kicking in now – seems like that Fleming chap was onto something. I digress...

    Arriving at the game, we're dissecting the Gunners' line-up, and I'm struggling to completely
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    Published on 28-02-2018 10:41

    With the 2017-18 Premier League season entering the business end, it’s time for the Albion to dig in and ensure they enjoy top-flight status for a second year. This season, the race to avoid relegation could be one of the fiercest ever fought. There is only a five point gap between Swansea in 18th place on 27 points, and Bournemouth in eleventh on 32. The Albion are well placed towards the top of the group on 31 points, with 10 games left to play. Here we ...
    by Published on 26-02-2018 15:06
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    Massive, massive game at the Amex. Swansea City in town, for a bona-fide six-pointer. The Swans’ revival under Carlos Carvalhal such, that from looking utterly doomed a month back, a win here would take them above the Albion. The Albion themselves in decent form though – after a mini-run of good results – and justifiably confident. There’s a potential fly in the Amex ointment though, in the smug, balding shape of referee, Mr M Dean. It’s Look-at-me-Mike’s first appointment for an Albion home game, since that horrific day at The Riverside. Let’s not go there. With Mike in charge, form, class, momentum ...
    by Published on 05-02-2018 17:38
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    I opined in conclusion of the midweek Southampton report, that the value of that draw there could only be properly measured, in conjunction with the outcome of this game. Find a way to beat West Ham - four points in a week - everything looks a bit rosier. Lose this one, and things will take on a very grim outlook.

    The lead up to the game had seen my bullish optimism (Lanzini, Arnautovic and Carroll out – good time to play the Hammers…?) had proved ...

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