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Brighton & Hove Albion
Brighton & Hove Albion FC.svg
Full name Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club
Nickname(s) The Seagulls
The Albion
Founded 1901
Ground Withdean Stadium, Brighton
(Capacity: 8,850)
Chairman Tony Bloom
Manager Gus Poyet
League League One
2008–09 League One, 16th
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club (pronounced /ˈbraɪtn ˈhoʊv ˈælbiən/) is an English football club based in the coastal city of Brighton & Hove, East Sussex. They play in Football League One, after their relegation following the 2005-06 season from the Championship. The team are nicknamed 'Seagulls', partly due to the city's seaside location and partly as a response to the similar sounding nickname 'Eagles' of their rivals Crystal Palace. Prior to this nickname they were known as 'the Dolphins' or 'the Shrimps'. The team have historically played in blue and white stripes, though this changed to all white briefly in the 1970s (in the Freddie Goodwin era) and again to plain blue during the club's most successful spell in the 1980s.

Founded in 1901, Brighton played their early professional football in the Southern League. They were elected to the Football League in 1920. Between 1979 and 1983 they were in the old First Division. In 1983 they reached the final of the FA Cup, which they drew 2–2, but lost 4–0 in a replay to Manchester United. They were relegated from the First Division in the same season. Over the next decade or so, financial problems dragged the Seagulls down the league and in 1997 they narrowly avoided relegation to the Conference. A boardroom takeover saved Brighton from going out of business, and by 2001 they reached The Championship. A second successive promotion was achieved, but they were relegated after one season. Promotion was gained at the first attempt, but the Seagulls went down again two years later.

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History

Stadium

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. For two years, from 1997–99, the club shared the ground of Gillingham, but have since returned to Brighton, where they now 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.

The sale of the Goldstone Ground, 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.

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, setting up a winner-takes-all relegation game at Hereford United, who were level on points with the Seagulls. The Seagulls drew 1–1, and Hereford were relegated to the Football Conference on goals scored.

Because of the cost of the public enquiry, 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 fundraising 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 fundraising single 'Tom Hark (We Want Falmer)' went straight in at number 17 in the UK chart, gaining it national airplay on Radio 1.

Unlike most clubs carrying a large debt, the club has never considered entering administration, as it was a previous period of administration that led to Archer gaining control of the club.

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. However, 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 further appeals.


Building of the 22,000 seater Falmer Stadium started in December 2008.

Managers

See Soccerbase for full managerial history

Players

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Current squad

As of 23 January 2010.[1]

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

No. Position Player
1 Netherlands GK Michel Kuipers
3 Scotland DF Jim McNulty
4 England DF Tommy Elphick
6 England DF Adam El-Abd
7 England MF Dean Cox
8 England MF Alan Navarro
9 England FW Nicky Forster
11 Democratic Republic of the Congo FW Kazenga LuaLua (on loan from Newcastle United)
13 England GK Mitch Walker
14 Uruguay MF Diego Arismendi (on loan from Stoke City)
15 England FW Gary Hart
16 Republic of Ireland DF Colin Hawkins
17 England FW Glenn Murray
18 Republic of Ireland MF Gary Dicker
No. Position Player
19 Spain DF Iñigo Calderón
20 Wales MF Andrew Crofts (captain)
21 France MF Sébastien Carole
22 Republic of Ireland DF Marcos Painter (on loan from Swansea City)
23 Scotland DF Adam Virgo
24 England MF Jamie Smith
26 England MF Elliott Bennett
27 England DF Gavin Hoyte (on loan from Arsenal)
28 England FW George Barker
29 Slovakia GK Peter Brezovan
30 England DF Steve Cook
32 England MF Steve Brinkhurst
33 England FW Chris Holroyd

Out on loan

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

No. Position Player
2 England DF Andy Whing (on loan at Chesterfield)
5 England DF Jake Wright (on loan at Oxford United)
10 England FW Liam Dickinson (on loan at Peterborough)
12 England DF James Tunnicliffe (on loan at MK Dons)
No. Position Player
25 Wales FW Craig Davies (on loan at Port Vale)
31 England GK Josh Pelling (on loan at Horsham)
39 Wales MF Arron Davies (on loan at Yeovil Town)

Former players

Personnel

Club officials

Chairman EnglandTony Bloom
Directors EnglandRay Bloom
EnglandDerek Chapman
EnglandRobert Comer
EnglandAdam Franks
EnglandMarc Sugarman
Chief Executive EnglandMartin Perry
Managing Director EnglandKen Brown
Lifetime President EnglandDick Knight

Last updated: 19 September 2009
Source: Who's Who

Coaching and medical staff

Position Staff
Manager Uruguay Gus Poyet
Assistant Manager Argentina Mauricio Taricco
First Team Coach England Charlie Oatway
Goalkeeping Coach England Tony Godden
Director of Football England Martin Hinshelwood
Youth Team Manager England Steve Brown
Youth Team Coach England Vic Bragg
Chief Scout England Barry Lloyd
Club Doctor England Tim Stevenson
Physiotherapist England Jim Joyce
Assistant Physiotherapist England Kim Eaton
Assistant Physiotherapist England Paul Watson
Fitness Coach England Matt Miller
Kit Man England Ken Barnard

Last updated: 02 November 2009
Source: Who's Who

Honours

League

Cup

See also

External links

Official

References

  1. ^ "The Squad". BBC Sport. 12 May 2009. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/b/brighton/8046243.stm. Retrieved 2 February 2009. 

Simple English

Brighton & Hove Albion F.C.
Full nameBrighton and Hove Albion Football Club
Founded1901
GroundWithdean Stadium
Brighton & Hove
(Capacity 8,850)
ChairmanTony Bloom
ManagerRussell Slade
LeagueLeague One
2008/09League One, 16th

Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. are an English football team. They are based in Brighton. They currently play in Football League One. Their home stadium is called the Withdean Stadium.

League position

SeasonLeaguePosition
2000/01Third DivisionChampions
2001/02Second DivisionChampions
2002/03First Division23rd
2003/04Second Division4th
2004/05League Championship20th
2005/06League Championship24th
2006/07League One18th
2007/08League One7th
2008/09League One16th

Former position

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