Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club, History, Facts & Records

A Brief History of Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club

Founded: 1901

Nickname: Seagulls, Albion

Brighton played their early professional football in the Southern League, before being elected to the Football League in 1920.

The club enjoyed greatest prominence between 1979 and 1983 when they played in the First Division and reached the 1983 FA Cup Final, losing to Manchester United after a replay.

By the late 1990s, Brighton was in the fourth tier of English football and were having financial difficulties. After narrowly avoiding relegation from the Football League to the Conference in 1997, a boardroom takeover saved the club from liquidation.

Successive promotions in 2001 and 2002 brought Brighton back to the second tier, and in 2011, the club moved into the Falmer Stadium after 14 years without a permanent home ground.

In the 2016/17 season, Brighton finished second in the Championship and gained promotion to the Premier League, ending a 34-year absence from the top flight.

Falmer Stadium

Stadium Capacity: 30,750

Stadium Info:

Falmer Stadium, known for sponsorship purposes as the American Express Community Stadium, or as The Amex.

The stadium officially opened on 30 July 2011, hosting a friendly match against then-Brighton manager Gus Poyet’s old club Tottenham Hotspur, with the home-side narrowly losing 3–2.

The first competitive match was held on 6 August 2011, when Brighton beat Doncaster Rovers 2–1, after being 1–0 down.

Stadium Naming Rights

The naming rights of Falmer Stadium have been sold to American Express.

The deal with American Express Europe, Brighton and Hove’s biggest private-sector employer, confirming the stadium’s naming rights was announced on 22 June 2010

Highest Attendance: 30,682
Brighton 0-1 Liverpool
Premier League Match
12 January 2019

Brighton Manager: Graham Potter

Appointed: May 2019

Graham Potter was appointed head coach of Brighton & Hove Albion on 20 May 2019, signing a four-year contract.

In a 13-year playing career, he made 307 appearances in the Football League. He also played in the Premier League for Southampton and the Football Conference for Shrewsbury Town.

At international level, he was capped once for England at under-21 level.

Brighton Chairman: Tony Bloom

Appointed: 2009

Tony Bloom has been the chairman of Brighton & Hove Albion since 2009.

He succeeded Dick Knight after securing a 75% shareholding in the club and investing £93 million in the development of the club’s new ground, Falmer Stadium.

Upon taking over the club, Bloom declared his love of the game, “I’ve been a football fan and a gambler since the age of about seven or eight. My interest in both developed at the same time.”

Bloom is a longtime fan of Brighton and his family has had a long association with the club: his uncle Ray is a director and his grandfather, Harry, was vice-chairman during the 1970s.

Brighton Captain: Lewis Dunk

Appointed: 2019

Ahead of the 2019–20 season, Lewis Dunk was given the Brighton captaincy by new manager Graham Potter.

He subsequently captained the club in their first match of the season, a 3–0 win over Watford, whilst also putting in a man of the match performance.

Dunk scored in consecutive Premier League matches for Brighton in November 2019, finding the net in defeats to both Manchester Utd and Liverpool.

Brighton’s Club Mascot is Gully The Seagull

Brighton Football Kits 2019/20 Season

Home Kit

Away Kit

3rd Kit

Shirt Sponsors: American Express (Shirt) JD (Sleeve)

Kit Manufacturer: Nike

Nike has been the Kit manufacturer of Brighton & Hove Albion since 2014, the current deal is due to expire after the 2021/22 season.

Brighton’s Premier League History

Brighton have not yet won the Premier League. They joined the Premier League in 2017/18 and their best finish to date is 15th in the same season.


Premier League Table 2019/20

2Manchester City38263910235+6781
3Manchester United38181286636+3066
5Leicester City38188126741+2662
6Tottenham Hotspur381611116147+1459
7Wolverhampton Wanderers38151495140+1159
9Sheffield United381412123939054
13Newcastle United381111163858-2044
14Crystal Palace381110173150-1943
15Brighton & Hove Albion38914153954-1541
16West Ham United38109194962-1339
17Aston Villa3898214167-2635
20Norwich City3856272675-4921

Brighton’s Football League Wins

Brighton have won several League Division titles and have also been Runners-up winning promotion.

Football League Championship
> Runners-Up 1978/79, 2016/17

Football League One
> Champions 1957/58, 2001/02, 2010/11

Football League Two
> Champions 1964/65, 2000/01

Southern League
> Champions 1909/10

Brighton’s FA Cup Wins

Brighton have never won the FA Cup. Their best performance to date has been reaching the Final in 1982/83, which went to a replay after a 2-2 draw with Manchester United

1983Manchester UnitedBrighton & Hove Albion4-0
1983Manchester UnitedBrighton & Hove Albion2-2 Replay

Brighton’s Football League Cup Wins

Brighton have never won the League Cup. Their best performance to date has been reaching the quarter-final in 1978/79

english football league cup trophy
YearRoundLost ToScore
1978/79Quarter FinalsNottingham Forest3-1

Brighton’s Record Appearances: Ernie Wilson

Club Appearances: 566

Ernie Wilson holds the all-time record for most appearances for Brighton & Hove Albion, playing in 566 games for the club between 1922-1936

Brighton’s Record Goal Scorer: Tommy Cook

Total Goals: 123

Tommy Cook is the all-time top goalscorer for Brighton with 123 goals in all competitions

Brighton’s All-Time Top Scorers

  • 123 Tommy Cook (1921-1929)
  • 111 Glenn Murray (2008-2001 & 2016 – Present)
  • 99 Kit Napier (1966-1972)
  • 95 Peter Ward (1975-1980 & 1982-1983)
  • 94 Bert Stephens (1935-1948)
  • 90 Albert Mundy (1953-1958)
  • 90 Bobby Zamora (2000-2003 & 2015-2016)

Tommy Cook is officially recognised by the club as their top scorer with 123 goals in 209 appearances from 1922-1929.

Bert Stephens scored 174 goals between 1935 – 1948, however only 87 of these were scored in competitive matches. The remainder were scored during wartime fixtures when competitive football was suspended

Brighton’s Club Record Signing is Neal Maupay

Transfer Fee: £19.8m

Brighton and Hove Albion’s record signing is Neal Maupay who signed for the club in August 2019 from Brentford for £19.8m

Brighton’s Top 5 Highest Transfers In

  1. Neal Maupay £19.8m from Brentford in 2019
  2. Adam Webster £19.67m from Bristol city in 2019
  3. Leandro Trossard £18m from KRC Genk in 2019
  4. Aaron Mooy £5.4m from Huddersfield Town in 2020
  5. Matt Clarke £3.51m from Portsmouth in 2019

Brighton’s Top 5 Highest Transfers Out

  1. Leonardo Ulloa £9.09m to Leicester City in 2014
  2. Sam Baldock £3.51m to Reading in 2018
  3. Liam Bridcutt £3.29m to Sunderland in 2014
  4. Conor Goldson £3.06m to Rangers in 2018
  5. Will Buckley £2.8m to Sunderland in 2014

Brighton’s Official Club Tours & Museum

Whether you’re a Seagulls fan or just looking for a great day out, with stadium tours, Dick’s Bar, and the Albion museum, you’ll be left with a lasting impression of this iconic sporting venue.

Guided public tours take place at set times on Mondays, Fridays and Sundays.

Visit the Clubs Tour Page

Brighton Fan Club Membership

There are many ways to show your support for the Albion, from becoming a member of MyAlbion, watching our free videos, to getting ticket priority at the Amex with MyAlbion+ or joining an official supporters’ club.

For more info visit the Club’s Membership Page

Brighton’s Club Information

Club Website:

Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club
American Express Community Stadium
Village Way

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