Brighton & Hove Albion F.C History

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The great story of a football team rising from the low-level tier of the English Football League to top level one is something quite familiar today. A few of these recent rising football teams include Bournemouth, Leicester, Swansea and Hull. But none of the above clubs have a more extraordinary tale than that of Brighton & Hove Albion FC. This club first made its apparition in 1901, and in 1920 it was elected to the Third Division of the Football League. The only national title they have won till date is the FA Charity Shield in 1910 when they defeated Aston Villa while still being in the Southern League.

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Brian Clough joined the club in 1973 as Manager under the chairmanship of Mike Bamber. Then Alan Mullery, the former England player was appointed as Manager. As second division runner-up, Brighton & Hove Albion FC were promoted to First Division in 1979. In the 82/83 season, the club got some major victories over clubs such as Manchester United and Arsenal, but were also very inconsistent and tasted some heavy defeats too. After spending not less than 4 seasons in the top flight, they were finally relegated in 1983 under the management of Jimmy Melia. This was also the year where they reached their one and only FA Cup final, where they lost against Manchester United in a dramatical match.

The Seagulls were relegated to Division Three in 1987 after spending four seasons in Division Two. But they bounced back the very next season but were relegated in 1991 to Division Two. The worst was about to come in 1996 where they were further relegated to Division Three. The club financial situation during that period was critical and there were plans by the directors of the club to sell the Goldstone Ground to pay off its depts. Dick Knight, a lifelong fan of the club, took control of Brighton in 1997 and they had to play their next two seasons at Priestfield Stadium which was 70 miles away. After 13 years Brighton had its first great season in the year 2000/2001 where they were crowned as the winner of Division Three under the management of Micky Adams. They got their second successive promotion after being declared the Division Two champions under the management of Peter Taylor this time. Now they were just a single division away from reaching the Premier League.

Knight was replaced by Tony Bloom as chairman in 2009, and the latter secured over £90 million that was needed to complete the Falmer Stadium, also known as Amex Stadium. This stadium hosted their first game in the beginning of the 11/12 season. The current manager of Brighton is Chris Hughton and the past season, the club has been on a twenty-two-game unbeaten run. And this year, they have finally realised the dream of all the Brighton football fans by earning a much-deserved promotion to the Premier League. Brighton & Hove Albion F.C have finished this season behind Newcastle United on top of the score board.