Alternative History

Originally, the big team in the local area was Brighton United, but when they disbanded in 1900, out came Brighton and Hove Albion. The club began their playing days at Withdean and (I think) one year after moving into the County Ground, moved on to the Goldstone Ground (first known as Goldstone Bottom – shades of things to come) in 1902. There have historically been big crowds at the Goldstone, indeed, before football was played there, Druids flocked to worship at a stone on the site and later by historians attracted by an archaeological dig (and boy, don’t you just dig archaeology !!) .
Through the years, the club has been known by various nicknames – “Albion”, “Shrimps”, “Lugworms”, “Limpets”, “Flounders”, Promenaders” and most recently “The Seagulls.”

Brighton became a founder member of the Third Division in 1920, when they entered the League and they were so rpoud that they stayed there until 1058, when they gained promotion.  The club hit the headlines in 1973, when Peter Taylor and Brian Clough came to manage the side and during their reign, they presided over the ignominious FA Cup exit at the hands of Walton & Hersham and little else.  After another 20 years moving up and down the lower divisions, the Seagulls made it to the old First Division by finishing in the top three in Division Two with Southampton and Spurs.  Their residence lasted four years and they only missed a return to the top flight in 1991, when Notts. County beat them in the play-off final.

The season the club were relegated from Division One, they reached the FA Cup final where they met Manchester United. Under the leadership of white-disco shoed Jimmy Melia, the side were underdogs to the Red Devils, but arrived in style for the final having travelled to the match by helicopter. The game itself was a nail-biter and Brighton almost pulled off an amazing win, with the now infamous “And Smith Must Score” quote going down in history as Gordon Smith failed to beat Gary Bailey in the dying minutes of extra-time. The South Coast side’s hopes also died there and then, as, despite having their inspirational captain, Steve Foster, back after missing the first game through suspension, United ran out 4-0 winners in the replay.Major honours have tended to pass Brighton by, but they did win the Charity Shield in 1910, 3rd Division (South) in 1958 and the Fourth Division in 1965. Recently their biggest achievement has been struggling to survive against a board who have been more interested in selling the soul of the club, than keeping it alive. The constant battle against relegation to the Conference came to a head in the final game of the 1996-7 season when they gained a point from their final game at Hereford United, to send the Bulls down in their place. The place where the ground used to be has been replaced by a DIY superstore (that was one hell of a DIY project!!) and the team are currently playing their home games at Gillingham.  The club’s return to Withdean in 1999 was a great success and the fans are happy to be back in their home town, albeit laying in an athletics stadium with only two stands along the sides of the pitch.

Other notoriety for the club came via shirt sponsors “NOBO” and the Tesco carrier bag style shirt the advertising was plastered over.

Under young manager Micky Adams, Brighton prospered in season 2000-2001 and helped by Bobby Zamora’s goals, they swept to the Third Division Championship, leading to renewed hope that with a side on the up and with a new stadium in the planning, they could be going places.  Seven years on, they were still stuck at the Withdean athletics track and are still waiting their move to their new ground as they try to get out of League One in the right direction.

However, a move to Falmer coincided with a promotion to the Championship and under the management of Gus Poyet, things all looked rosy at the Amex, only losing narrowly to Crystal Palace in the play-off semi-final.  That was until a falling out with the board and then his successor, Garcia left after a year and then Sami Hyppia took over, but his reign saw him struggle to keep the Seagulls above relegation water.  It was left to Chris Hughton to take Brighton into the Premier League for the first time and give the Seagulls a taste of the big time (rather than some stolen chips), although he was sacked when the team were safe, as the board decided it was better to Potter around the relegation zone.

FAMOUS PLAYERS : – Steve Foster, Mark Lawrenson, Andy Ritchie, Howard Wilkinson, E.S. Breezy, Gary Stevens, Ernie Wilson, Peter Ward, Tommy Cook, Ernest “Barney” Barnacle, Perry Digweed.

FAMOUS FANS : – Des Lynam (TV Sports Presenter), Norman Cook (a.k.a. Fat Boy Slim – Musician & DJ), Jamie Theakston (TV Presenter)

 

Club Records

Formed 1901
Turned Professional 1901
Became a Limited Company 1904
Previous names
Previous grounds –  Withdean   1900-1901
–  County Ground  1901-1902
–  Goldstone Ground  1902-1997
–  Withdean   1997-2011
Nickname “The SEAGULLS”
Club Colours HOME : AWAY :

THIRD : 

Record Football League Win 9-1  v  Newport County     Division 3 (South)   18.04.1951
Record Football League Defeat 0-9   v Middlesbrough    Division 2     23.08.1958
Record Cup Win 14-2  v Brighton Amateurs   FA Cup 1stQR     04.10.1902
Record Fee Paid £22,000,000 (cond.) to Bristol City for Adam WEBSTER (2nd August 2019)
Record Fee Received £15,000,000 (cond.) from Fulham for Anthony KNOCKAERT (8th July 2020)
Record Appearances 566  –  “Tug” WILSON  (1922- 1936)
Record Football League Appearances 509  –  “Tug” WILSON  (1922-1936)
Record Premier League Appearances 124  –  Lewis DUNK  (1922-)
Record all-time goal-scorer 123  –  Tommy COOK  (1922-29)
Record all-time League goal-scorer 114  –  Tommy COOK  (1922-29)
Record all-time Premier League goal-scorer 26  –  Glenn MURRAY  (2008-2011 & 2016-)
Record goal-scorer in a season 36  –  Peter WARD    Division 3    1976-77
Record goal-scorer in a League season 32  –  Peter WARD    Division 3    1976-77
Most goals in a match 5 – Jack DORAN  v  Northampton Town  Division 3 (South)  05.11.1921
5 – Adrian THORNE  v  Watford  Division 3 (South)   30.04.1958
Record Home Attendance (all-time) 36,747  v Fulham   Division 2     27.12.1958
Record Home Premier League Attendance 30,565  v Everton    15.10.2017   
Record total of goals in a  League season 112  –  Division 3 (South)  1955-56  
Record  League points total 2 pts for a win : 65    Division 3 (South) 1955-56 and Division 3 1971-72
3 pts for a win :  95     League One     2010-2011
Most Capped player while at club Shane DUFFY  28  (Republic of Ireland) 

 

Stadium details 

Address :  American Express Community Stadium, Village Way, Falmer, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 9BL
Telephone :  01273 668855
0844 3271901  (Box Office)

Capacity :  30,666
Away Allocation : 352
Pitch size :  105m x 68m  (110 yards  x 70 yards)

Official website : www.brightonandhovealbion.com


Honours

The Championship Runners-up 2016-2017
Division Two Champions 2001-2020
Division Two Runners-up 1978-1979
Division Three (South) Champions 1957-1958
Division Three (South) Runners-up 1953-1954, 1955-1956
Division Three Champions 2000-2001
Division Three Runners-up 1971-1972, 1976-1977, 1987-1988
Division Four Champions 1964-1965
FA Cup Finalists 1983
FA Charity Shield Winners 1910

 

Managers

John JACKSON 1 August 1901 – 31 May 1905
Frank SCOTT-WALFORD 1 August 1905 – 31 May 1908
John ROBSON 1 August 1908 – 31 May 1914
Charles WEBB 1 August 1919 – 1 May 1947
Tommy COOK 1 May 1947 – 1 November 1947
Don WELSH 1 November 1947 – 1 March 1951
Billy LANE 1 March 1951 – 31 May 1961
George CURTIS 1 June 1961 – 1 February 1963
Archie MACAULEY 1 April 1963 – 1 October 1968
Fred GOODWIN 1 October 1968 – 1 May 1970
Pat SAWARD 17 June 1970 – 22 October 1973
Brian CLOUGH 1 November 1973 – 20 July 1974
Peter TAYLOR 20 July 1974 – 16 July 1976
Alan MULLERY 16 July 1976 – 1 June 1981
Mike BAILEY 1 June 1981 – 6 December 1982
Jimmy MELIA 10 December 1982 – 19 October 1983
Chris CATTLIN 1 October 1983 – 30 April 1986
Alan MULLERY 12 May 1986 – 5 January 1987
Barry LLOYD 5 January 1987 – 4 December 1993
Liam BRADY 15 December 1993 – 20 November 1995
Jimmy CASE 21 November 1995 – 4 December 1996
Steve GRITT 11 December 1996 – 25 February 1998
Brian HORTON 26 February 1998 – 22 January 1999
Jeff WOOD 22 January 1999 – 8 April 1999
Micky ADAMS 12 April 1999 – 10 October 2001
Martin HINSHELWOOD/Bob BOOKER 10 October 2001 – 17 October 2001
Peter TAYLOR 17 October 2001 – 31 May 2002
Martin HINSHELWOOD 15 July 2002 – 7 October 2002
Steve COPPELL 7 October 2002 – 9 October 2003
Bob BOOKER 10 October 2003 – 27 October 2003
Mark McGHEE 28 October 2003 – 8 September 2006
Dean WILKINS 8 September 2006 – 8 May 2008
Micky ADAMS 8 May 2008 – 21 February 2009
Dean WHITE/Bob BOOKER 21 February 2009 – 6 March 2009
Russell SLADE 6 March 2009 – 1 November 2009
Martin HINSHELWOOD 1 November 2009 – 10 November 2009
Gus POYET 10 November 2009 – 24 June 2013
Oscar GARCIA 26 June 2013 – 12 May 2014
Sami HYYPIA 7 June 2014 – 22 December 2014
Chris HUGHTON 31 December 2014 – 13 May 2019
Graham POTTER 20 May 2019 – 

 

League Record

The Football League structure has historically been as follows …

1888-1892 1892-1920 1920-1921 1921-1958 1958-1992 1992-2004 2004 to date
First tier Football League Division One Division One Division One Division One Premiership Premier League
Second tier Division Two Division Two Division Two Division Two Division One Championship
Third tier Division Three Division Three
(North) and (South)
Division Three Division Two  League One
Fourth tier Division Four Division Three League Two

 

Joined Division Three 1920
Division Three  (Tier Three) 1920-21
Division Three (South)  (Tier Three) 1921-1958
Division Two  (Tier Two) 1958-1962
Division Three  (Tier Three) 1962-1963
Division Four  (Tier Four) 1963-1965
Division Three  (Tier Three) 1965-1972
Division Two  (Tier Two) 1972-1973
Division Three  (Tier Three) 1973-1977
Division Two  (Tier Two) 1977-1979
Division One  (Tier One) 1979-1983
Division Two  (Tier Two) 1983-1987
Division Three  (Tier Three) 1987-1988
Division Two  (Tier Two) 1988-1992
Division Two  (Tier Three) 1992-1996
Division Three  (Tier Four) 1996-2001
Division Two  (Tier Three) 2001-2002
Division One    (Tier Two) 2002-2003
Division Two  (Tier Three) 2003-2004
The Championship  (Tier Two) 2004-2006
League One  (Tier Three) 2006-2011
The Championship  (Tier Two) 2011-2017
Premier League  (Tier One) 2017-