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    by Published on 19-04-2017 14:43
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    ‘Home to Wigan Athletic’ - doesn’t sound much of an event, written down. Recent ‘Home to Wigan Athletic’s can’t have been especially memorable – the last that springs to mind found us 2-0 down after four minutes at Withdean.

    Not so this one. Nobody will forget this one for a long, long time.

    Oh my. What a day.

    What. A. Day.

    The Amex was resplendent in the pre-match sunshine, capacity crowd buzzing with anticipation of history in the making. The pre-match montage. Highlights of a succession of recent wins – a runaway Albion train gobbling up the decisive points whilst Newcastle and Huddersfield stuttered. Warm applause for the players warming up, then a rousing ovation
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    by Published on 05-04-2017 11:45
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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 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 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 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 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 14-09-2016 08:03
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    First apologies for the lack of a Brentford report. I could (honestly) point to some crazy work pressures as the sole reason, but in truth, you can add me to the long list of those of a blue and white persuasion, who failed to put the effort in. Horrible performance, completely lacking in intensity or desire. Take nothing away from the Bees though, who thoroughly deserved their victory - and especially Scott Hogan, who looked mightily impressive - if not surely, the Sergio Aguero equal that we made him look.

    So to last night - a big reaction
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    by Published on 24-08-2016 11:48
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    Another Tuesday evening, another fixture in the early season game-frenzy set up by the Football League (sorry…”EFL”), in order to make sure those lazy players have worked off the summer excesses of Vegas & Marbs. This time, the Albion found themselves en route to Oxford United of League One in the freshly monikered EFL Cup (formerly the Capital One Cup, the Coca Cola Cup, the Worthington Cup, the Rumbelows Cup, the Littlewoods Cup and even the Milk Cup, once won notably by last night’s opponents of course). Also not to be confused with the prestigious Checkatrade
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    by Published on 17-08-2016 10:54
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    33 years into my Albion supporting experience, and I’m encountering a whole new sensation. This is a little bit different, isn’t it? Where’s the tension and the gut-wrenching stress? What happened to the unshakeable feeling that even when things are good, some form of calamity is lurking round the corner?

    Last night we enjoyed one of the most comfortable league wins we have seen in an age - a thoroughly professional Albion performance, brushing aside a Rotherham side intent on disproving the ‘no easy games’ cliché. All credit to the 247
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