Brighton & Hove Albion FC (A), League One, Saturday 14th August 2010
Formed in 1901, Brighton beetled around for quite a while bothering neither man nor beast.Then in 1979, they only went and got promoted to Division 1 didn’t they! They spent fourpretty mixed years in the top flight before they were politely ushered to the back door. Justas they left they got themselves to the FA Cup final – the first relegated side to do so –holding Man U to a draw and forcing a replay (in the days when such things were allowed to happen). They got a pretty thorough drubbing the second time around – but sparked a short lived style trend for bubble perms worn with white headband, courtesy of Steve Foster – in the process.
The rest of the 20th century was pretty bleak, marked by financial uncertainty, the sale of their ground, a brush with life in the Conference and a short spell pretending to be Gillingham. The new century has been no less eventful. Sparked by a move back to Brighton in 1999, they clawed their way back up the leagues. Double promotion saw them out of Division 4 and into Division 2 by 2002. A wobble saw them back in Division 3 in 2003 – but a play-off victory over Bristol City catapulted them back into Division 2 for the 2004/5 season. By 2006 they were back in Division 3 and despite more than a few management shake-ups there they have stayed.
Ever fancied bungee jumping but didn’t have the bottle? Try being a Brighton fan instead. It is every bit as exciting – plus you get a pie and a cup of Bovril.
Nickname: The Seagulls (named in honour of ‘80’s synth combo ‘A Flock of Seagulls’).
•Division 2 (78/79 runners up)
•Division 3 (01/02 champions, 03/04 playoff winners)
•Division 4 (57/58 champions – Div 3 South, 64/65 champions, 00/01 champions)
•FA Challenge Trophy (1982/83 Runners Up)
Ground: The Withdean Stadium.
Kit: Home – royal blue and white stripes, Away – red and black stripes
Manager: Gustavo Poyet – ex Chelsea and Tottenham gad-about.
Last Season: 13th in League One.
The last time:
Division 4, Spotland, 3rd April 2001, 19:45 KO, Attendance: 2444
Lee Todd scores with a dramatic late free kick to square the tie for Dale. Sensing the inevitable, after Carpenter’s late strike, many Dale fans were making for their cars when news filtered through of Toddy’s little miracle. Lee Todd, we salute you.
Rochdale 1-1 Brighton
Todd (90) – Carpenter (87)
All in all:
Played: 22, Dale wins: 6, Brighton wins: 8, Draws: 8
Rochdale 1-1 Brighton, 3rd April 2001
Brighton 2-1 Rochdale, 19th August 2000
Rochdale 1-0 Brighton, 8th January 2000
Brighton 3-4 Rochdale, 10th December 1999
Brighton 1-1 Rochdale, 8th May 1999
The first time:
Division 4, Spotland, 28th August 1963
A fresh faced Tony Ford made a late substitute appearance in a predictably symmetrical
Dale vs. Seagulls tie – probably.
Rochdale 1-1 Brighton
In all competitions:
Played 2, Wins 1, Losses 1, Draws 0
The league season began well with a handy 2-1 away win over Swindon – Matt Sparrow
netting twice for Brighton. However, midweek cup action saw them comprehensively done
over by one of ‘the Bury division’s’ finest. Northampton running out 2-0 winners at Sixfields.
Sparrow (2 League goals)
That’s it… It’s early doors yet.
Elphick (2 yellow)
Ankergren (1 yellow)
Battipiedi (1 yellow)
Dicker (1 yellow)
El-Abd (1 yellow)
Painter (1 yellow)
Dirty, dirty boys.
They start: 5th
Taking charge down at the Withdean this weekend will be Hampshire’s finest, Mr. Danny
McDermid. This will be his first league encounter of the season – although he did officiate at
Swindon vs. Leyton League Cup game in the week.
Remember him? Yep – he was the chap in charge down at Kenilworth Road in the FA Cup
last season – which ended 3-3. He was also in charge at Edgeley Park as Dale smashed
seven past Stockport County a few seasons back – final score 7-2. All in all, he has proved
to be something of a lucky penny – Dale have never lost with him in the middle. Curiously,
the other two games saw Dale score freely as well. Against Boston in 2006 and then
Grimsby in 2008 Dale scored three. To add a further twist to this tangled tale. He last took
charge of a game involving Brighton in March this year. Brighton lost 3-0 to Brentford.
Mr. McDermid refereed 32 matches last season, showing 108 yellow cards and four red-
Betfred.com say: Brighton 4/6, Dale 9/2 & the draw 5/2
Bet365.com say: Brighton 4/6, Dale 17/4 & the draw 13/5
William Hill.com say: Brighon 8/11, Dale 4/1 & the draw 5/2
Betfred are offering 9/2 on Ashley Barnes to net first for the home side and 8/1 on Anthony
Elding to open the scoring for Dale.*
*All prices correct at the time of publishing.
The treatment table:
Alan Navarro is out for the season with cruciate troubles and leading scorer Matt Sparrow
starts a three game suspension this weekend. Sometime Dale favourite Glen Murray and
Gordon Greer will be back in contention for places after missing the opening games through
‘Bright-on’ was the second choice name for the popular metal polish, ‘Brasso’. Well fancy
*un-fact = monstrous fib.
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Written by Richard Eden-Maughan on 13/08/10.