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    by Published on 14-08-2014 21:50
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    In a twist reminiscent of Sammy Lee's almost-move to the Albion, it appears that Stephen Ward has been snatched from under the noses of the club at the 11th hour.

    Southampton came in for Lee when personal terms at the Amex had been agreed and, on this occasion, it seems Burnley's Premier League status, and cash, has ruined a deal that was as good as done.

    At the time Southampton intercepted Sammy Lee, a club insider commented that it was if Saints staff were gathered around Sky Sports, saw the Sammy Lee deal reported and picked up the phone to intervene. Tonight David Burke and Sami Hyypia ...
    by Published on 14-08-2014 16:45
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    Following the tidal wave of negativity over the past three months and today's departure of Will Buckley, has anyone (aside from me) considered recent events could in fact be a very POSITIVE move by the club?

    Let me explain my rationale:

    Firstly, as a devoted fan of the Albion and it's greatest ever benefactor, it's inconceivable Tony Bloom will leave the club high and dry. Or that he would suddenly dilute his ambition for Premier League football, instead wallowing in the depths of League 1, the echoes of anonymous loanees bouncing off the 15.000 or so empty padded seats. Do fans really perceive him to be lacking in drive or ambition, unwilling to dip into his swollen coffers? ...
    by Published on 14-08-2014 15:27
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    With Stephen Ward as good as an Albion player, the club have missed out on landing his namesake as Derby's Jamie Ward, a recent target for the Albion, has signed a contract extension with the Rams, keeping him at Pride Park until the Summer of 2016.

    The lively 28-year-old Northern Ireland ...
    by Published on 14-08-2014 13:43
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    12 Craig Mackail-Smith
    13 David Stockdale
    14 Inigo Calderon
    15 Adam Chicksen
    16 Casper Ankergren
    18 Jake Forster-Caskey

    There was a big number 17 sized hole when the Albion’s squad numbers were announced and that is to be filled, at long, long last, by Republic of Ireland international Stephen Ward who excelled on the ...
    by Published on 14-08-2014 13:30
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    Albion fans will be the very first fans in the country to benefit from a new Football League broadcasting initiative by being able to watch the club's away fixture at Leeds United, on Tuesday 19th August, live at the Amex.

    Following the installation of a fibre-optic network that will eventually link all club stadiums, matches can now be beamed back to grounds, live in HD, at a fraction of the previous cost. As a result, clubs may now enter into agreements that will enable the away club to broadcast the match for the benefit of its own fans.

    Exact details for the screening are still to be announced, but we expect Dick's Bar to be used and a modest entry fee to be charged.
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    by Published on 14-08-2014 09:07
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    It came as no surprise to Albion fans to hear of Will Buckley's departure to Sunderland today, reuniting with Gus Poyet, the man who brought him to Brighton and the man who got the best out of him in a Brighton shirt. The deal, in the region of £2.5m represents a sound return on a player that joined the Albion in a £1m deal from Watford in the Summer of 2011. As part of that deal, Watford will receive c£225,000 due to a 15% sell-on clause negotiated at the time.

    Fan reaction is mixed. Buckley is clearly a special talent, a genuine game changer and match winner on his day - a player who can get supporters genuinely excited. ...
    by Published on 13-08-2014 21:33
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    Across Sussex and beyond Albion fans gathered around transistor radios, television sets and iPads this evening to find out who were to be the Albion's next victims on what is already one of the better League Cup runs for quite some time.

    In what must be the most bizarre draw in the history of Cup competitions ever, the Albion managed to avoid one of many cock-ups to emerge with a trip to magic roundabout land.

    With first round exits to such giants of the game as Newport County, Swindon (uh oh) and Northampton in recent years, the Albion are already in nosebleed territory being a mere 540 minutes (plus extra-time and penalties if required) from Wembley.
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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 ...

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