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Brighton & Hove Albion
Full name Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club
Nickname(s) The Seagulls
The Albion
Founded 24 June 1901; 118 years ago (1901-06-24)
Ground Falmer Stadium
Ground Capacity 30,750
Chairman Tony Bloom
Manager Chris Hughton
League The Championship
2014–15 The Championship, 20th
Website Club home page
Current season

Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club /ˈbrtən ən ˈhv/ is an English football club based in the coastal city of Brighton & Hove, East Sussex. It is often referred to just as Brighton. They currently play in the Football League Championship, the second tier of the English football league system, hosting games at the 30,750-capacity Falmer Stadium, known for commercial purposes as the American Express Community Stadium, or simply the Amex.

The team is nicknamed the "Seagulls" or "Albion". The team has historically played in blue and white stripes, though this changed to all white briefly in the 1970s and again to plain blue during the club's most successful spell in the 1980s.[1] Crystal Palace is considered the club's main rival, although the grounds are 40 miles apart.[2][3]

Founded in 1901, Brighton played their early professional football in the Southern League before being elected to the Football League in 1920. The club enjoyed greatest prominence between 1979 and 1983 when they played in the First Division and reached the 1983 FA Cup Final, losing to Manchester United after a replay.[4] They were relegated from the top division in the same season. Mismanagement brought Brighton close to relegation from the Football League to the Conference which they narrowly avoided in 1997 and 1998. A boardroom takeover saved Brighton from liquidation, and following successive promotions they returned to the second tier of English football in 2002 and have played in the second and third tiers ever since.


Former Brighton chairman Dick Knight who ultimately saved the club

Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. were founded in 1901 and 19 years later, in 1920, they were elected to the Football League's new Third Division — having previously been members of the Southern League. In the Southern League they won their only national honour to date, the FA Charity Shield, which at that time was contested by the champions of the Southern League, and the Football League, by defeating Football League Champions Aston Villa in 1910.[5]

Mike Bamber was the chairman of Brighton from October 1972 until 1983. He famously brought Brian Clough to the club later that year and then appointed former England player Alan Mullery as manager. Brighton's life as a Football League club had brought little in the way of success and headlines until 1979, when, under Mullery's management, they were promoted to the First Division as Second Division runners-up. The 1982/83 season saw a wildly inconsistent start for the club, with victories over Arsenal and Manchester United mixed in with heavy defeats. Manager Mike Bailey eventually lost his job at the start of December 1982. Jimmy Melia took over as manager, but was unable to turn the situation around and Brighton ended up being relegated, having finished in bottom place.

Despite their relegation, Brighton reached their first (and only to date) FA Cup final and drew 2–2 with Manchester United in the first match. Brighton's goals were scored by Gordon Smith and Gary Stevens. This was the final that featured the "miss" by Gordon Smith with virtually the last kick of the game in extra time prompting the well known phrase "and Smith must score" – in effect it was actually a save by the Manchester United goalkeeper, Gary Bailey. In the replay Manchester United won 4–0.

In 1996, the club's financial situation was becoming increasingly precarious and the club's directors had come to a decision that the Goldstone Ground would have to be sold to pay off some of the club's huge debts. Manager Jimmy Case was sacked after a terrible start to 1996–97 saw Brighton stuck the bottom of the league by a considerable margin – they seemed certain to be relegated from the Football League just 14 years after they had almost won the FA Cup. The club's directors, who appeared to have little concern about the on-field fortunes of the club, appointed a relative unknown in Steve Gritt, the former joint manager of Charlton Athletic, in hope of performing a miracle survival. Brighton's league form steadily improved under Gritt, although their improving chances of survival were put under further threat by a two-point deduction imposed as punishment for a pitch invasion by fans who were protesting against the sale of the Goldstone ground. A lifelong fan named Dick Knight took control of the club in 1997 having led the fan pressure to oust the previous board following their sale of the club's Goldstone Ground to property developers.

Former player Kerry Mayo

By the last day of the season, after being 13 points adrift at one stage, they were off the bottom of the table and had to play the team directly below them, Hereford United — the game was in their hands. If Brighton won or drew, they would be safe. Brighton defender Kerry Mayo scored an own goal in the first half and it looked as though their 77-year league career was over. But a late goal saved the day and Brighton retained their league status on goal difference. Robbie Reinelt scored the goal that will write his place in Albion history and in the process ending Hereford's 25-year league status.

The sale of the Goldstone ground went through in 1997 and this led to Brighton having to play some 70 miles away at Gillingham's Priestfield stadium. Micky Adams was appointed Brighton's manager in 1999. For the start of the 1999–2000 season The Seagulls moved back to Brighton and started playing their home games at Withdean Stadium, a converted athletics track owned by the local council. In February 2000 Brighton signed a little known forward on loan from Bristol Rovers called Bobby Zamora. Zamora made an instant impact scoring in his debut, the 1–1 home draw with Plymouth.

2000–01 was Brighton's first successful season for 13 years. They were crowned champions of Division Three and promoted to Division Two, where they made an excellent start and looked good bets for a second successive promotion. Adams left in October 2001 to work as Dave Bassett's assistant at Leicester, being replaced by former Leicester manager Peter Taylor. The transition proved to be a plus point for Brighton, who maintained their good form and ended the season as Division Two champions – winning a second successive promotion. Just five years after almost succumbing to the double threat of losing their Football League status and going out of business completely, Brighton were one division away from the Premier League.

During May 2009, Knight was replaced as chairman at Brighton by Tony Bloom, who had successfully secured £93 million funding for the new Falmer Stadium and secured 75% shareholding at the club.[6]


Brighton fans at Falmer Stadium during the first league game at the stadium against Doncaster Rovers

For many years Brighton and Hove Albion were based at the Goldstone Ground in Hove, until the board of directors decided to sell the stadium. The sale, implemented by majority shareholder Bill Archer and his chief executive David Bellotti, proved controversial, and the move provoked widespread protests against the board. The club received little if any money from this sale.[7]

In their last season at the Goldstone, 1996–97, the Seagulls were in danger of relegation from the Football League. They won their final game at the Goldstone against Doncaster Rovers,[8] setting up a winner-takes-all relegation game at Hereford United, who were level on points with the Seagulls. Brighton drew 1–1, and Hereford were relegated to the Football Conference on goals scored.[9]

For two years, from 1997–99, the club shared Priestfield Stadium, the ground of Gillingham, before returning to Brighton to play at Withdean Stadium. This is not predominantly a football ground, having been used for athletics throughout most of its history, and previously as a zoo.[10]

Because of the cost of the public enquiry into planning permission for a new stadium, rent on Withdean Stadium, fees paid to use Gillingham's Priestfield Stadium, and a general running deficit due to the low ticket sales inherent with a small ground, the club had an accumulated deficit of £9.5 million in 2004. The board of directors paid £7 million of this; the other £2.5 million had to be raised from the operations of the club. In an effort to achieve this, a fund-raising appeal known as the Alive and Kicking Fund was started, with everything from nude Christmas Cards featuring the players to a CD single being released to raise cash. On 9 January 2005 this fund-raising single 'Tom Hark' went straight in at number 17 in the UK chart, gaining it national airplay on BBC Radio 1.[11]

On 28 October 2005 the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister announced that the application for Falmer had been successful, much to the joy and relief of all the fans. Lewes District Council contested John Prescott's decision to approve planning permission for Falmer, forcing a judicial review. This was based on a minor error in Prescott's original approval which neglected to state that some car parking for the stadium is in the Lewes district as opposed to the Brighton & Hove unitary authority. This caused further delay. Once the judicial review ruled in favour of the stadium, Lewes District Council said that they would not launch any further appeals.

Building of Falmer Stadium started in December 2008. On 31 May 2011 the club officially completed the handover and was given the keys to the stadium with an initial capacity of 22,374 seats, signifying the end of 12 years without a home. During January 2012, the club submitted an application to Brighton and Hove City council to increase the stadium capacity by a further 8,000 seats as well as to add additional corporate boxes, new television facilities and a luxury suite.[12] This was granted unanimously by Brighton & Hove City Council's planning committee on 25 April 2012. The stadium was then expanded to 27,250 for the start of the 2012–13 season and then further to 27,750 during December 2012 before reaching 30,750 during May 2013.


Current squad

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Finland GK Niki Mäenpää
2 Spain DF Bruno
3 Scotland DF Gordon Greer (captain)
4 Germany DF Uwe Hünemeier
5 England DF Lewis Dunk
6 England MF Dale Stephens
7 Israel MF Beram Kayal
8 Wales MF Andrew Crofts
9 England FW Sam Baldock
10 Israel FW Tomer Hemed
12 Cameroon DF Gaëtan Bong
13 England GK David Stockdale
14 Spain DF Iñigo Calderón (vice captain)
15 Scotland MF Jamie Murphy
No. Position Player
16 Denmark GK Casper Ankergren
17 England DF Connor Goldson
19 Ghana MF Elvis Manu
20 England MF Solomon March
21 England FW James Wilson (on loan from Manchester United)
22 Netherlands MF Danny Holla
23 England DF Liam Rosenior
24 England MF Rohan Ince
25 England FW Bobby Zamora
27 France MF Anthony Knockaert
28 England DF Adam Chicksen
29 Republic of Ireland MF Richie Towell
30 Democratic Republic of the Congo MF Kazenga LuaLua
33 England DF Liam Ridgewell (on loan from Portland Timbers)

Development squad and youth team

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
26 Republic of Ireland DF Glen Rea
31 England GK Christian Walton
32 England DF Rob Hunt
34 England FW Daniel Akindayini
Republic of Ireland GK Harry Doherty
Spain GK Robert Sanchez
England GK Josh Smith
England DF Ben Barclay
Republic of Ireland DF Dylan Barnett
England DF Tom Dallison
England DF Ben White
Iceland MF Emil Asmundsson
England MF Will Collar
England MF Charlie Harris
No. Position Player
Republic of Ireland MF Dessie Hutchinson
England MF Jeffrey Monakana
England MF Connor Pring
England MF Jesse Starkey [13]
England MF Connor Tighe
England MF Joe Ward [14]
England FW Jason Davis
England FW Robin Deen
Scotland FW Jack Harper
Finland FW Vahid Hambo
Wales FW Chike Kandi
Iceland FW Ragnar Mar Larusson
England FW James Tilley

Out on loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
11 England FW Chris O'Grady (on loan at Nottingham Forest until 30 June 2016)
18 England MF Jake Forster-Caskey (on loan at MK Dons until 30 June 2016)


See Soccerbase for full managerial history

Current management team

Position Name
Manager Chris Hughton
Assistant manager Colin Calderwood
First team coach Vacant
Goalkeeping coach Ben Roberts
Academy manager John Morling
Development squad coach Simon Rusk
Youth team manager Ian Buckman
Youth team coach Vic Bragg
Head of medical services Adam Brett
Club doctor Dr. Stephen Lewis
Sports scientist Martin Springham
Assistant physio Paul Watson
Assistant physio Sam Blanchard
Fitness coach Thomas Barnden


Club officials

Position Staff
Chairman Tony Bloom
Chief executive Paul Barber
Directors Ray Bloom
Derek Chapman
Robert Comer
Adam Franks
Marc Sugarman
Peter Godfrey
Executive director Martin Perry
Finance director David Jones
Life president Dick Knight
Club secretary Derek Allan

Source: Who's Who


Brighton & Hove Albion's historic league position

Shirt sponsors and manufacturers

Season(s) Shirt manufacturer Main sponsor Secondary sponsor Home stadium
1902–1971 B&HA n/a n/a Goldstone Ground, Hove
1971–1974 Bukta
1974–1975 Admiral
1975–1977 Umbro/Bukta/B&HA
1977–1980 Bukta
1980–1983 Adidas British Caledonian Airways
1983–1986 Phoenix Brewery
1986–1987 NOBO
1987–1989 Spall
1989–1991 Sports Express
1991–1993 Ribero TSB Bank
1993–1994 Sandtex
1994–1997 Admiral
1997–1998 Superleague Priestfield, Gillingham
1998–1999 Donatello
1999–2008 Erreà Skint Withdean
2008–2011 IT First
2011–2013 Donatello Falmer Stadium
2013–2014 American Express n/a
2014– Nike

See also


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