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Man City: Slick Citizens Battle To Victory Against New-Boys Brighton (Video)

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Title favourites Manchester City battled to victory against Premier League new-boys Brighton at the Amex Stadium on Saturday.

The Citizens, not surprisingly, totally dominated throughout the game, but came up against an organised, hard-working Brighton side.

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Gabriel Jesus started up front in tandem with Sergio Aguero, and the Brazilian produced some moments of pure class during the game.

Championship: Brighton ‘Keeper David Stockdale Scores Two Almost Identical Own-Goals In Space Of 20 Minutes (Video)

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Brighton missed out on the chance to clinch the Championship title on Friday night after slumping to a 2-0 defeat against Norwich at Carrow Road.

It proved to be a naffold night for Seagulls goalkeeper David Stockdale who technically scored both of Norwich's goals, and all in the space of 20 first-half minutes.

Football Art: Brighton Fan Paints Enormous Mural On House To Celebrate Team’s Promotion To Premier League (Photo)

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While the players themselves celebrated by playing silly buggers on the train home, one Brighton fan decided that the only fitting manner in which to mark his side's glorious ascension to the Premier League was in mural form.

As spotted by the Brighton Argus, one Seagulls supporter in Viaduct Road, Brighton, has turned his house into a giant, blue-and-white striped homage to his beloved football club.

Championship Snapshot: Brighton & Hove Albion All But Secure Promotion To The Premier League…

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Almost 20 years to the day that they were half-an-hour from slipping out of the Football League entirely, Brighton & Hove Albion have gone and all but secured themselves promotion to the Premier League.

With the result of Huddersfield's late kick-off still pending, Brighton's 2-1 win over Wigan saw them strengthentheir place at the top of the Championship and more importantly go 12 points clear of The Terriers in third place.

Shit Football Kits: Brighton & Hove Albion Pair Stripy Shirt With Matching Stripy Shorts, 1991-93 (Photo)

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By and large, Brighton & Hove Albion have been playing in blue and white stripes for well over 100 years some 113 years to be exact.

In that time, only once did theSeagulls venture to extend their famous two-tone livery south of the waistband, and now we know why.

During the giddy halcyon days of the early 1990s, Brighton bashed out a home strip that coupled a stripy shirt with matchingstripy shorts.

Back To The Eighties: 1980/81, Part Twenty – Liverpool Fall Off The Pace

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By the latter part of February 1981, it was becoming increasingly apparent that Liverpool were not going to be finishing the season as the champions of England this time around. Too many drawn matches were costing Bob Paisley's team, and by the time they travelled to the south coast to play struggling Brighton & Hove Albion they were five points behind second placed Aston Villa, with the number of matches left to try and bridge that gap starting to evaporate.

Match Of The Week: Liverpool 6-1 Brighton & Hove Albion

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There's history here, you know. When Liverpool were the kings of English and European football, Brighton & Hove Albion had a curious habit of being able to dump them out of the FA Cup. They did it at Anfield on the way to Wembley in 1983, and then again at The Goldstone Ground the following year. Times have changed since then, of course.

Vicente Rodriguez – The Signing of the Summer!

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Forget Arteta, Crouch, Barton or Bellamy. Surely the transfer of all transfers this summer was Brighton's signing of Valencia legend Vicente Rodriguez on a free transfer last week!

Gus Poyet is exactly right to call this signing a "major coup" for the club which already sit top, and needless to say undefeated, after six games in their first season in the Championship since 2006.

Football League

Brighton: EFL Promise To Replace Anthony Knockaert’s Misspelled ‘Championship Player Of The Year’ Award

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The EFL are in the process of sending Anthony Knockaert a replacement 'Player of the Year' trophy after managing to misspell the Brighton forward's name on the original award.

Knockaert was crowned 'Championship Player of the Year' at the EFL Awards in London earlier this month, but was photographed holding a trophy with the name 'Anthony Knockeart' engraved upon it.

Brighton’s Poyet-Related PR Shambles

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For most with an interest in the story, the small matter of Brighton & Hove Albion vs Gus Poyet has now become little more than a matter of "Who do you believe?" That Poyet will be leaving the club has hardly even been so much as an open secret since the end of last season, and as time has worn on the sense of stasis in terms of whatever has been going on between the manager and the club has only added to the belief that the relationship between the directors of the club and its manager have long since become severed beyond the point of repair.

Poyet vs Brighton & Hove Albion: Seconds Out, Round One (Postponed)

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After several years of success the likes of which the club hadn't seen for three decades or so, it has been a difficult couple of months for all involved with Brighton & Hove Albion. Promotion into the Football League Championship and moving into a new stadium was followed by consolidation in the second tier, a couple of cup wins against Premier League opposition and, last season, a run of form that took the club into a play-off places with a sense of belief that a return to the top flight of English football was on the cards for the first time since 1983.

Brighton & Hove Albion Say “No” To Safe Standing

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It rather feels as if the debate over safe standing at top level football matches is only just kicking into gear. For some years, the case has been made, slowly and persuasively, for the introduction of the type of seating that has been seen in football grounds in Germany for some years and it is starting to feel as if this argument is starting to feel as if it is starting to gain some traction.

The 200% Pre-Season Previews: The Championship

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With less than 48 hours to go, Rob Freeman interrupts the Premier League Previews to bring the first of three previews of the football league. In a break from tradition, the previews are mainly predictionless, considering that most clubs won't finalise their squads until the transfer window closes at the end of August.

Match Of The Past: Brighton & Hove Albion

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Regular readers of this site will by now be fully aware of the fact that our Match Of The Past series has now finished with the Premier League and is now ploughing its way through the Football League Championship, and those of you that have been keeping tabs on this series may well scroll down this page with a little surprise to find that we have seven videos rather than the usual six this morning.

The FA Cup Third Round: Wrexham 1-1 Brighton & Hove Albion (4-5 Pens)

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There is, perhaps, little surprising in the fact that the most confusing tie of the Third Round of the FA Cup should involve Wrexham. The Blue Square Premier club the last non-league club still involved in this year's competition have had possibly the most convoluted twelve months of any side in the entire English league system, and this extended into the arrangements for this match against Brighton & Hove Albion, following their 1-1 draw at The American Express Community Stadium a week and a half ago.

Fan’s Re-United Day: Home Park, 24.09.11

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Regular readers of this site will be all too aware of the recent problems that have beset Plymouth Argyle Football Club. Plymouth's supporters, in conjunction with whose of Brighton & Hove Albion, are now planning a protest on the twenty-fourth of September to which supporters of all clubs will be welcome.

The Poyet Effect

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For all the talk of which player will be going where as the transfer window creaks to a close, there can be little question that, for all the attention lavished upon player transfers, it is the appointment of a new manager that can truly be the existence-changing moment in the entire history of a football club.

Match Of The Midweek: Brighton & Hove Albion 1-0 Gillingham

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The real party, of course, was on Saturday. Brighton & Hove Albion marked their arrival at The Amex Community Stadium with a late, late win against Doncaster Rovers, but the celebrations continued this evening with a narrow win against Gillingham of League Two. After fourteen years waiting, though, could the new stadium possibly live up to expectations?

Brighton & Hove Albion Make A Statement Of Intent

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What a difference twelve months makes. Although their new stadium at Falmer was already well under way this time last year, optimism surrounding Brighton & Hove Albion this time last year was cautious to say the least. The League One contenders looked tough, and one final year at Withdean, where a lack of atmosphere came as an unwanted free gift with the very design of the ground, made promotion feel like a stretch too far.

Those We Have Lost: The Goldstone Ground, Brighton & Hove Albion

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Today's entry in this on-running series comes from Mark Chalcraft, who can otherwise be found at the very splendid 2nd Yellow football site. His subject is one that is rather close to one or two of us that already write for Twohundredpercent Brighton & Hove Albion's Goldstone Ground.

To Be Reborn At Falmer: Home In Style For Brighton

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As they have done on so many occasions already this season, they cut it fine. At home against a Dagenham & Redbridge team that is fighting tooth and nail against relegation, Brighton & Hove Albion still managed to fall a goal behind before winning a thrilling match by four goals to three. It has been that sort of season for the club.

Match Of The Midweek: Dagenham & Redbridge 0-1 Brighton & Hove Albion

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So near, yet so far. Brighton & Hove Albion travel to North-East London to play Dagenham & Redbridge in a league match for the first time this evening with the scent of promotion heavy in the air. That Gus Poyet's team has been the stand-out team in League One this season is inarguable, but in recent weeks they have started to give the impression of being a team that is starting, just starting, to run on empty.

Match Of The Midweek: FC United of Manchester 0-4 Brighton & Hove Albion

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It has already been the most improbable of cup runs. Every match in FC United's run to within grabbing distance of the Third Round of this year's FA Cup has been enveloped in the sort of drama that would not, in a quite literal sense, have looked out of place in a children's comic from the 1970s. The last minute winner at Rochdale in the First Round, a goal that feels like years and years ago.

Match Of The Week: Brighton & Hove Albion 1-1 FC United of Manchester

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The Mongol hordes didn't materialise, as things turned out. Indeed, anyone looking for trouble around Brighton railway station yesterday lunchtime will only have found a handful of bored and cold looking policemen and the pubs humming with travelling support from Manchester enjoying a pre-match drink and trying to postpone having to venture out into the bitter, lacerating cold.

A Final Word On Brighton vs FC United

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The Second Round of the FA Cup should be a time for the supporters of an Evostik League Premier Division club to be celebrating, but, as we have discussed on this site before, FC United of Manchester are not like other clubs and this week has, if nothing else, been a harsh education in the ways of modern football at higher levels.

English Premier League

Deal Done: Club confirm sale for striker

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Following rumours linking Chuba Akpom away from the club this month, it has now been confirmed that...

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Nigel Adkins will be the new manager at Reading

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Nigel Adkins is set to become the next manager of Reading and will be officially unveiled in a press conference on Tuesday morning.

Nigel Adkins set to become the new manager of Reading

Reading sacked Brian McDermott a couple of weeks ago and were heavily interested in Brighton & Hove Albion manager Gus Poyet.

FA Cup Saturday Review: Big Surprises as Premier League Sides Struggle Against Lower League Opposition

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Luton Town celebrates victory during the FA Cup with Budweiser fourth round match against Norwich City (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

Every season, we find ourselves saying the same line about the world's oldest domestic cup competition: "Anything can happen!".

Sometimes, it fleshes out and crowds witness some of the greatest giant-killings of recent history.

Siu’s View: FA Cup Third Round Review; Tribute to Frank Lampard; West Ham’s Winter Wonders

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In my weekly column on SWOL, I take a look back at the weekend's English Premier League (and/or domestic cup) action and talking points, as well as any significant news related to English football. We welcome your thoughts in the comments section below.

Frank Lampard of Chelsea (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

FA Cup Third Round Review: Brighton's Upset, Robin's Equalizer, Suarez's Handball

We cannot talk about the FA Cup without mentioning the "magic" that it brings, right?

Match Of The Midweek: Brighton & Hove Albion 1-2 Liverpool

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True enough, it's only the Third Round of the League Cup and both of the teams playing this evening, whether rightly or wrongly, may well feel that they have bigger fish to fry than this competition this season. There is, however, something in the sea air in Brighton this evening. The trains into the railway station are jammed solid and the queue for the trains out to The American Express Community Stadium snakes out of the station and around the concourse outside.

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Championship: Doing the Double

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The following list shows the number of times each club in the Championship won home and away against one of their rivals during the 2012/2013 Championship season. Every single one of the 24 clubs managed to achieve this feat against at least one of their opponents during the season.

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  • Cardiff City: Millwall, Blackburn Rovers, Leeds United, Blackpool, Birmingham City, Wolves and Sheffield Wednesday.

Foreign players in the Championship 2011/2012

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Of the 699 players who appeared for Championship clubs during the 2011/2012 season 387 were English. As you'd expect the other nations from the British Isles also featured heavily with (and no, this isn't a joke)Â 52 Scotsmen, 50 Irishmen, 28 Welshmen and 19 Northern Irishmen.

The table below shows data on each of the twenty-four clubs in the Championship and the nationalities who played during the 2011/2012 season.

5-Minute New Season Preview: Championship

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Who's Looking Good?

Leicester: Having massively overhauled the squad during the summer, signing no less than nine players, including the marquee signings of Kasper Schmeichel, David Nugent, Michael Johnson, Neil Danns and Paul Konchesky should give the Foxes the quality needed to reach the Premiership for the first time since 2002.

Who enjoys Boxing Day?

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I can't add sleigh bells to my posts over Christmas (and believe me I would if I could) so instead I thought I'd write a Christmas themed post covering which sides have faired best in Boxing Day matches over the years.

Boxing Day stats:

  • 172 Aston Villa have scored more goals than any side.

FA Cup

Brighton 2 Arsenal 3 : Edged It At The End

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The side looked different from the previous game
6 changes were made to the side that beat West Ham on Wednesday. The win made the decision to change the team around, more vindicated. Players who have played continuous games were afforded a complete rest and in some case, 70 minutes less than what they normally have to go through.

Match Of The Week: Brighton & Hove Albion 1-1 Wrexham

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That the first weekend of the new year should see the coming together of these two clubs is entirely appropriate. Brighton & Hove Albion and Wrexham had differing experiences of 2011, but for both clubs the year ended with the feeling of a clean slate having been managed for both clubs. For Wrexham, the club is finally in the hands of the only people that could reasonably left in charge of it after years of mismanagement, the Wrexham Supporters Trust.

The FA Cup Third Round: Brighton & Wrexham – Fans United

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The FA Cup Third Round this weekend sees a handful of fascinating ties for the non-league clubs still in the competition, with Blue Square Premier title chasers Fleetwood Town taking on Blackpool, Tamworth travelling to Goodison Park to play Everton and Salisbury City of the Blue Square South making the journey to Bramall Lane to play Sheffield United.

The Rest

Liam Ridgewell to join Brighton & Hove Albion on short-term loan

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Once again, Liam Ridgewell is on the move. Once again, only temporarily.

The Portland Timbers announced on Wednesday that they will send Ridgewell to Brighton & Hove Albion on a short-term loan that begins on Jan. 2. Ridgewellwill begin training with the English Championship outfit this week, but cannot officially play for it until after the winter transfer window opens.

A Wet Saturday Afternoon In Brighton

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There fall some days when you know, you can just feel, that this isn't going to be your day. Saturday lunchtime in Brighton town centre has started with a little light Christmas shopping accompanied with the slowly dawning realisation that no, I hadn't bought the tickets that said I would for that afternoon's Championship match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Huddersfield Town that I promised I would.

Back To The Eighties: 1980/81, Part Twenty-One: Brighton & Norwich Scrap At The Bottom

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As February turned to March in 1981, the battle to avoid relegation to the Second Division was hotting up, with just two points seperating Brghton & Hove Albion, Norwich City and Leicester City at the bottom of the table. The big match of the weekend at the bottom of the table came from Carrow Road, and was between Norwich and Brighton.