• The Tactician

    by Published on 26-06-2019 18:25
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    Before we embark on a new journey with Graham Potter at the helm, it’s still worth a look back at one of the standout performances from last season - Crystal Palace away. Any excuse, right? A fantastic setup from Hughton helped the Seagulls to a 1-2 victory, and a first league double over the Eagles since 1983/84, something to look back on with fondness forever despite a frankly rubbish second half of the season. Whilst we look forward with huge excitement ...
    by Published on 17-05-2019 09:00
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    The abrupt sacking of Chris Hughton was quite a shock - not just, for the footballing world outside of Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club, who appear decidedly outraged by the decision following the Albion’s survival - but for the fans too, despite a relative split on whether the decision was correct. It may have well happened sooner, at a more comprehensible time, after the disastrous loss against Cardiff. The Argus report that “Bloom contemplated a change on April 16 following the 2-0 home defeat by the ...
    by Published on 05-05-2019 22:20
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    by Published on 28-04-2019 14:52
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    by Published on 24-04-2019 13:15
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    After a defensive masterclass away at Wolves on Saturday, just when we needed it, Albion could approach this challenging midweek fixture with
    a degree of optimism. Something of a free-hit, but at this stage, every single point we can get could be hugely significant to whether we will be playing Premier League football in August.

    In the build-up to the game, Mr Andy Naylor of the Argus reported Hughton’s pleasure at seeing Kayal do so well after coming on early at Wolves for the injured Davy Pröpper. And quite right too - the tenacious midfielder has suffered from Hughton’s preference for the
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    by Published on 20-04-2019 23:15
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    After the unthinkable happened on Tuesday, the Albion went into this game a measly two points ahead of Cardiff - with notable tricky fixtures to come. On a run of four straight league defeats, our home form completely deserting us... in all honesty, it’s been awful.

    And all this made Wolves a very, very, very big game - with Spurs away on Tuesday night, it was vital we stopped the slide, we got back to basics and achieved some sort of result. As hugely valuable as all points are at this stage, it was almost equally important
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    by Published on 08-04-2019 01:21
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    Looking back on the game after a sobering and lengthy trek back up to Manchester, it would be tempting to file this game away as unremarkable - an expected result, a straightforward occasion, and a minor footnote in the story of Manchester
    City marching imperiously to an unprecedented potential quadruple.

    But after putting my key in the door at 6am Sunday morning, collapsing on my bed with my Albion scarf still draped around my neck, my mind refused sleep. I got out my laptop, after an enjoyable browse of NSC and #bhafc, rewatched the
    highlights in all their blue and white magnificence. This was a special day. Without question, a game that will live long in the memory, with all the pride and emotion to go with it.

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    by Published on 30-03-2019 20:01
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    With positivity at an all-time high following the Albion’s dramatic FA Cup victory over Miiiiiiiiiillllllllwall, attention turned back to the league and Southampton at home. A very, very big game in the context of our season as a whole; win, and safety would be within our grasp. A loss, and we’d be looking nervously over our shoulders once again. After the lull and quiet of the International break, the fans were ready for the Albion adventure to explode into life again - it was time to ...
    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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    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 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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