A Brief History of Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club
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.
Stadium Capacity: 30,750
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
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
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
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
|15||Brighton & Hove Albion||38||9||14||15||39||54||-15||41|
|16||West Ham United||38||10||9||19||49||62||-13||39|
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
> 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
|1983||Manchester United||Brighton & Hove Albion||4-0|
|1983||Manchester United||Brighton & Hove Albion||2-2 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
|1978/79||Quarter Finals||Nottingham Forest||3-1|
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
- Neal Maupay £19.8m from Brentford in 2019
- Adam Webster £19.67m from Bristol city in 2019
- Leandro Trossard £18m from KRC Genk in 2019
- Aaron Mooy £5.4m from Huddersfield Town in 2020
- Matt Clarke £3.51m from Portsmouth in 2019
Brighton’s Top 5 Highest Transfers Out
- Leonardo Ulloa £9.09m to Leicester City in 2014
- Sam Baldock £3.51m to Reading in 2018
- Liam Bridcutt £3.29m to Sunderland in 2014
- Conor Goldson £3.06m to Rangers in 2018
- 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: https://www.brightonandhovealbion.com/
Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club
American Express Community Stadium
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