• We All Follow the Albion

    Published on 28-03-2019 10:12

    In the seminal football book Soccernomics, writers Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymanski made the argument that managers are interchangeable and their presence matters little in results. Football fans know that isn’t exactly the case, at least for clubs that are not named Barcelona, Real Madrid, or Juventus.

    Brighton & Hove Albion have soared to the heights of the Premier League in large part to the
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    by Published on 19-03-2019 00:57
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    A week on from the incredible victory at Selhurst Park, the attention turned to East London, and a huge opportunity for more history. Championship Millwall standing between the Albion and a first FA Cup semi-final since 1983 - you have to say, a hugely winnable tie. Saturday’s action saw Palace knocked out at Watford (snigger), City scraping past Swansea, and Wolves progress into the last four after beating Manchester United. One spot remaining...could the Seagulls join them?

    Into the Lion's Den, as strong a team as Chris could have picked. Excitement reaching fever pitch, let’s do it boys. Let’s get to Wembley.
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    by Published on 10-03-2019 01:01
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    An absolutely vital 3 points last time out, safety deliciously close. Home wins over the struggling Cardiff and Southampton, and a couple of away draws for good measure ought to do it. Where better to start?

    So to Palace away, and the biggest game of our season so far. Of course, the game didn’t start at 12:30pm on Saturday 9th. Nor did it start at 11:30, when the team news tweet notification popped up on my phone. Not when I woke up and crawled out of bed, my stomach tormented with nerves, not even a week prior after the conclusion of our vital home win over Huddersfield. Arguably, the embers of this fiery rivalry have been quietly flickering on since our historic victory at the Amex
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    Published on 09-03-2019 22:17
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    Albion fans have even more reason to keep an eye on Nationwide League South fixtures this season and, in particular, those of Sussex-side Eastbourne Borough.

    Albion’s Icelandic U-21 striker Stefan Ljubicic was loaned to The Sports at the end of the January transfer window, tasked with helping to find the goals required to keep Eastbourne clear of the bottom three.
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    by Published on 04-03-2019 13:13
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    Huddersfield then. Massive.

    After a long run of games with little reward, things have rather come to a head. Yes, we really did ‘acquit ourselves well’ at Old Trafford, and at home to Liverpool, but we bagged zero points. Yes, it’s true, that Ben Foster and Tom Heaton were the stars of their respective shows, and genuinely we did ‘deserve’ more than a point from those two fixtures, but a point is all we got. At Leicester midweek there’s a valid argument that we genuinely were the ‘better team’ – but again left empty handed.

    There can be no excuses today.
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    by Published on 27-02-2019 00:25
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    Following Albion’s FA Cup fifth-round victory over Frank Lampard’s Derby County, the big news heading into the midweek fixture away at Leicester was the rapid appointment of Brendan Rodgers as the new Foxes boss, after “parting company” with Claude Puel on Sunday. Couldn’t even afford us a few more days of turmoil, could you Leicester? Not to mention affording Palace a 1-4 away victory in Puel’s final game in charge. An interesting appointment nonetheless, with some Celtic fans understandably frustrated at his sudden departure.

    by Published on 18-02-2019 14:11
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    So – back to the Amex for a fourth straight Saturday, for a fifth round FA Cup clash with Championship Derby County. Team news is in, amid talk of illness and knocks in the camp. Glenn Murray is the one indispensable right now, given the lack of suitable back up, so he gets to rest a tight calf. Dunk too gets to rest an apparent niggle.

    The starting XI still looks pretty strong, though there is very little strength on the bench, particular in attacking positions – Florin Andone’s stupid red card coming home to roost. Davy Pröpper is down to start, but
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    by Published on 09-02-2019 23:12
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    Back in December when the Premier League’s TV dates were confirmed, a few Albion fans (including myself) scoffed at the inclusion of Burnley at home. Following the two enthralling encounters of last season, both ending 0-0, it seemed odd that anyone would want to pay actual money to televise the fixture. More pertinently, it didn’t seem relevant - after amassing an impressive points tally as Christmas approached, many of the BHAFC faithful were looking up the table rather than down.

    But this, of course, is the Albion we’re talking about. And where the Albion are concerned, nothing is ever straightforward.

    A murmur of anxiety amongst the fan base coming into the game, following a worrying second half collapse away at strugglers
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    by Published on 02-02-2019 01:16

    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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    Published on 21-01-2019 18:47

    The Seagulls may only be in their second season in the Premier League, but 18 months is a long time in football.

    Despite many predicting Albion to struggle this season, the club has managed to establish itself in mid-table of the Premier League, making it a good time to jump on the latest betting sites and back the Seagulls for a third straight outing in the top flight next campaign.

    The good old days are certainly back at the club that less that, at the turn
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    Published on 11-12-2018 00:23
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    If the Premier League season so far is anything to go by, Albion seem to be charting a course for survival once again and achieving the club's primary aim of securing another season of stability in England’s top flight. However, there’s a long, long way to go and in a season full of ups and downs, there is always an opportunity for the positive showing to date coming undone.

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    by Published on 05-12-2018 16:59
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    Oh. My. Days.

    What a night. What a fantastic, crazy, epic night.

    Wandering up to ground in the freezing rain – tense. Nervous. Excited. Huge, huge game. A win would be massive, the unthinkable crushing. Team news in – couple of changes – Montoya in for the injured Capitan, and super Glenn restored in place of Saturday’s match-winner Florin Andone.

    As for the visitors:

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    Benjamin William White was born in Poole, Dorset on 8 October 1997. He attended St Michael's Middle School and Queen Elizabeth School in Wimborne. He played for the Poole & East Dorset U-15 side in the English Schools Trophy during the 2012-13 season. The centre-back was also scouted by Southampton but his time in the Saints’ academy system came to an end in 2013-14 when he was released during his U-16 schoolboy season without being offered a scholarship.


    Ben White featured for the Albion U-21s against Luton Town in the Checkatrade Trophy in September 2018

    White found his way to Brighton and Hove Albion and made his first appearance for the U-18s as a substitute against Brentford on 25 February 2014 in a 2-1 win. He made his full debut
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    Published on 13-11-2018 23:42
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    Maty Ryan became the first Albion player to be named PFA Premier League Player of the Month for his exploits in the Seagulls’ goal during October. The Australian keeper edged out such luminaries as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Anthony Martial and Fernandinho to scoop the coveted accolade. It came after he kept clean sheets in all three games as Chris Hughton's side took a maximum nine points during the month and soared up the table. It is now imperative that the club pulls out all the stops to keep this prized asset out of the claws ...
    Published on 06-11-2018 00:37

    The second consecutive Premier League season for Brighton & Hove Albion was always likely to be a stern test, particularly with such a difficult run of fixtures to commence the campaign. However, despite the expected difficulties, the team managed by Chris Hughton appears to be showing a familiar resolve once again.

    Against the Premier
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