Brighton & Hove Albion

The south coast of the UK is famous for its pictures settings and picturesque town and cities. One of them is the combined town of Brighton and Hove that locates in the East Sussex county. The towns as such formed a unified front in 1997 where the Queen officially granted the status of a city in 2001. And although that the official name for the Premier League club is Brighton & Hove Albion the fans refer to the Club simply as Brighton. Plus, common nicknames for Brighton & Hove Albion is “Seagulls” or the “Albions” all depending on what side of the city you live in. But, let’s see what this seaside Club has to offer in achievement, fans, and titles.

UEFA club coefficient ranking

Due to a past of struggle to keep the competitive level up to par with the rest of the clubs in Europe. Brighton & Hove Albion does not qualify for an official coefficient ranking worth exploring further. And it was just recently, in fact from season 2016/17 the Brighton & Hove Albion ended a 34-year dry spell of not competing in the top-flight division the English Premier League or EPL. However, as we will explore further in the next subject, the entrance to the top division has not been a walk in the park.

How many times have Brighton & Hove Albion won the Premier League title?

The origin of the Club dates back to 1901, but it was not until season 1978/79 that Brighton & Hove Albion made it to the top division. Only to see relegation for the 1982/83 seasons. That back then was known as the First Division. As such when they finally made the cut to play in the highest division again in 2017/18 season, it’s officially the first time the Club got to play in the Premier League. So, the answer to the topic is zero. With the best finish on 15th place followed by a close call of relegation when they hang on by the skin of their teeth on the 17th position in season 2018/19.

Titles, Trophies, and Triumphs by Brighton & Hove Albion

Even if they have a long-standing as a football Club, the achievements are sadly not in proportion in latest years played. However, they do have some early milestone years when they stood on top of the hill. With the league titles, Southern Football League champions (1909/10), Third Division South (1957/58), and Fourth Division (1964/65). But also the Third Division (2000/01), Second Division (2001/02) and finally League One (2010/11). Although the Cup performance has proven to be slightly better. For instance, they won the Sussex Senior Challenge Cup 14 times (1942/43, 1987/88, 1991/92, 1993/94, 1994/95, 1999/00, 2003/04, 2006/07, 2007/08, 2009/10, 2010/11, 2012/13, 2016/17, 2017/18). Plus, the FA Charity Shield (1910) and The Sussex Royal Ulster Rifles Charity Cup 2 times (1959/60, 1960/61). Ultimately the runner up positions have granted them a new lease on professional football. With second positions in Football League Second Division (1978/79) and EFL Championship (2016/17).

Kit and colours

For the large part, Brighton & Hove Albion have played in blue and white for its home kit, with small variations. But basically, they either had stripes in blue and white or all blue shirts and white pants or the opposite. However, from the start of the Club, they had a combination of green and white. But also one season in black and white. Which echoes into the new away colours for the season 2019/20 that is all black. When it comes to the new third kit, it seems the Club is giving a tribute to its origin with all green shirt and white shorts.

Brighton & Hove Albion’s social responsibilities

It always popular by any professional football club to give back to its community, no matter the success on the pitch. And Brighton & Hove Albion is no exception. Were they, for instance, been organising an award-winning disability programme since 1997. With the focus on delivering a positive football experience to all walks of life. In fact, the Club has so far designed 30 different sessions for people with disabilities. Besides that, they also run after school clubs and coaching and fundraising events.

Stadiums and capacity

For close to 100 years the Brighton & Hove Albion called Goldstone Ground stadium in Hove home. But after a board decision to sell off the grounds in 1997. The Club saw different venues for a couple of years, like the Priestfield Stadium and Withdean Stadium. Essentially making Brighton & Hove Albion homeless. Until the ground broke and construction started for the Falmer Stadium in 2008. That reached completion in 2011 with a capacity for 22,374 seats. However, the stadium has gone tough some transformation during its years. And have expanded from its original size to 27,250 in 2012/13 season. And once more to 27,750 the same year to finally reach its current capacity of 30,750 in 2013/14 season.

Brighton & Hove Albion transfer and rumours

Brighton & Hove Albion’s fan base

In the scale of things, Brighton & Hove Albion is a small Club. Meaning that to have a close relationship with its supporters and fan base is a vital part of operations. Which the Club has approached brilliantly. And you find good information about all the benefits you as a supporter get. Where they basically divide it into 2 segments, affiliated group or official club supporters. Where you can get access to such things as club representatives. And vote for supporter’s club player of the season to really connect to its fans. All in all, the supporter crowd might be small into comparison, but extremely loyal.

Women football in Brighton & Hove Albion

Brighton & Hove Albion Women Football Club is the vertical that bridge the men and women football in the city. With the early record dates to the late 60s with the name, Brighton GPO. And according to town history got started by the Post Office’s telephone exchange workers. That has done fairly good in its existence with achievements like reaching the Women’s FA Cup semi-final and winning the first season of Sussex Women’s Cup in 1995,

Stakeholders and other financial interests in Brighton & Hove Albion

Since 2009 the controlling part of Brighton & Hove Albion is Tony Bloom, that is thought to have made his fortune from sound investments in different gaming websites and surrounding fields. But also raked in some good cash from the professional poker scene. Where he positions himself fairly well in events like the World Series of Poker, World Poker Tour, and European Poker Tour. And it’s believed that he spent and exes of £200 Million into the Club. With a good portion allocated to the stadium’s expansion in different phases. Other than the owner, the Club also has some main partners, including a multinational financial service corporation and footwear manufacturer.

Fun facts and other pub quiz trivia

Did you know that the nickname for the Club was original “the Dolphins”? And the change to the “Seagulls” is widely accepted as a fact when the Club played a match against Crystal Palace. Where the Crystal Palace fans chanted eagle sounds on the stand and the Brighton & Hove Albion fans answered the call with Seagull chants. As such, the club director at the time took the decision to change the official nickname. Also, the Club made the history book in 1954 when they won over Newport County with 9 to 1 making that times highest league victory.