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    by Published on 21-11-2017 15:53
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    After what seems like an absolute age since the last, and delayed a further two days for Sky’s ‘MFN*’, finally, another home game. (*Monday F’ing Night). Marketed by the club as ‘under the lights’ this one, and oh my – the new lights are quite something! Settling down to type this some 14 hours after the game, the gentle parabola of fiery white dots across the roof of the East stand, is still clearly visible every time I blink - burned permanently into my retinas.

    by Published on 30-10-2017 18:06
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    Not a match that will live long in the memory of the (one short of equalling the record) crowd at the Amex, in truth, but another hard-earned and precious point on the board. That many are seemingly underwhelmed with a draw against a side finishing consistently in the top ten of this division, is itself a sign of just how well the Albion has settled into Premier League life.

    Inherent pessimist that I am, the first mental target I had, was to surpass
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    by Published on 25-09-2017 16:38
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    Rushing 70 miles East in the rain, after Sunday morning kids’ football, slogging along the A27 in a stress, for a game we could just watch on the sofa in the dry. Why bother? It’s daft isn’t it?

    Well, no. It’s bloody brilliant. What a superb performance, and what a terrific result.

    One change in the Albion side, from the unfortunate reverse at Bournemouth – ageless skipper Bruno fit to reclaim his spot, for the visit of erstwhile nemesis Newcastle United. The last visit of the Magpies was a dramatic one – a ludicrous slice of fortune turning the game, and seemingly the Championship title race, decisively their way.

    by Published on 11-09-2017 17:36
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    Welcome to the Premier League, Brighton and Hove Albion. Three goals, three points, three cheers – the (proper) Albion looking totally comfortable at their new level, controlling a Premier League game like it was a routine home win over QPR or Rotherham.

    Tony Pulis’ West Brom are a well-established, well-drilled Premier League outfit, enjoying status we aim for a few years hence. That the Albion more than matched them for most of this contest is hugely reassuring – more so than any dramatic underdog victory snatched against
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    by Published on 21-08-2017 23:17
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    Premier League, August 19 2017

    Scanners beeped on the turnstile, the last few hundred fans bowled in, a roar immediately surged. Leicester had scored, and this didn’t feel like one of those days when the opener would herald a barnstorming Albion rebuke.

    It’s easier to say in hindsight, but within minutes it was clear the team were well off the pace of
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    by Published on 14-08-2017 12:47
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    For so long we were on our way, (we’re on our way) then finally, on Saturday, we arrived. 25 seasons after Sky invented top division football, our very own little Brighton and Hove Albion, finally walked in the golden footsteps of Swindon Town, Wimbledon and Bradford City.

    Not that the landscape is really in any way comparable, of course. Swindon took their own first steps, at home to a Leicester City side, featuring the dazzling skills of Richard Smith, Tony James and Colin Gibson, with a dash of flair added by their one exotic
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    by Published on 19-04-2017 15:43
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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 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 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 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 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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