Great article detailing our incredible story, with NSC featuring at the very beginning...
"On one run-of-the-mill Friday evening in April 2001, a Brighton and Hove Albion supporter logged on to the North Stand Chat forum online because he wanted to reminisce. Brighton were on the verge of sealing promotion from the Third Division (that would be confirmed nine days later). To fully experience the joy, that supporter reasoned, we should reflect upon what came before. His reflections were of half-time at Hereford in 1997, ultimately recognised as the day Brighton saved themselves.
“I still remember that feeling and will never forget it. I sat on the floor with a fag and I just couldn’t get up, couldn’t see how I could get on with the rest of my life. We came so close it still gives me goosebumps when I think about it.”
The user’s post provoked a steady stream of responses, a blue-and-white-striped online confessional. It was as if only the release of impending promotion, escaping one of a number of prisons into which they had been forced, could permit such emotional expression. Do it any earlier and you risk turning on a tap that just will not stop."
Brighton have become renowned for their success on and off the pitch but that is only half of the story. In some ways it is a miracle the Seagulls still exist at all