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Brighton and Hove Albion fans celebrate their promotion to the Premier League.

Brighton and Hove Albion

Brighton and Hove Albion

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The Seagulls swooped into the Premier League by finishing runners up to the Magpies and winning automatic promotion from the EFL Championship. Brighton and Hove Albion have returned to top flight football after a thirty-four year break.
The last time the Seagulls played at the highest level in English football was 1983. Since then, the club has faced difficult times, losing their home stadium, having to spend two seasons over 70 miles away at Gillingham and dropping down the football league.
In 1999, the club found a new home at Withdean Stadium a converted athletics track. Despite the size and limitations of their new home, the Seagulls worked hard and climbed back up the divisions to the Championship.
In 2009, Tony Bloom took over as chairman and secured investment in a new stadium and the club’s fortunes started to improve. The Falmer Stadium, which is now known as The Amex Stadium, welcomed Brighton and Hove Albion for their first match in 2011 and will host Premier League football for the first time this season.

What will Brighton bring to the Premier League? A great city, a great fan base, an amazing stadium which will be sold out every game, and hopefully we will do the city and our supporters proud.

Tony Bloom, Brighton’s owner.

Key Stats

Will Brighton fans be celebrating at the Amex Stadium at the end of the season?

Club: Brighton and Hove Albion


Nickname: The Seagulls


Stadium: The Amex Stadium


Stadium Capacity: 30,750


Manager: Chris Hughton


Last season: 2nd in Championship


Colours: Blue and white stripes (home) black with yellow trim (away)


Record signing: Matthew Ryan from Valencia (SPA) £5.1M


Fact: When Everton visit Brighton on the 14th of October, it will be the first time that the two teams play against each other for 34 years.

What do we know about Brighton & Hove Albion?

Has Brighton ever played in the Premier League?

No, never. The last season that Brighton and Hove Albion played top flight English football was 1982-83.

Which players should we keep an eye on?

English forward Glen Murray scored 23 times for the Seagulls in the season that saw them reach the Premier League for the first time. At 33 years old, the striker brings Premier League experience with Bournemouth and Crystal Palace.
Anthony Knockaert, the French attacking midfielder is another player that fans and opposing defenders will want to keep an eye on. Last season, he scored 15 times and provided 8 assists.

We should see some great celebrations at The Amex next season.

Where is Brighton?

Brighton and Hove is a city in the county of East Sussex on the south coast of England. The city is almost due south of London and is a popular seaside resort for people from the capital. The towns of Brighton and Hove were neighbours, but over time, as the towns grew, the two towns merged and in 1997 their councils joined together. In 2001, the combined authority was given city status.

Who is Brighton's manager?

Brighton and Hove Albion’s manager is Chris Hughton. He spent most of his playing career playing for Tottenham Hotspur, representing the club 297 times. In 1979, he was the first mixed race player to play for the Republic of Ireland. Since he hung up his boots, he’s managed Spurs, Newcastle, Birmingham, Norwich before taking over at Brighton in 2014.

How far can Chris Hughton take the Seagulls this season?

Who are Brighton's main rivals?

The Seagulls main rivals are the Eagles! Although the club is over 40 miles away, Crystal Palace are the club’s biggest competitors. When the two teams meet, the competition is known as the M23 derby, named after the motorway between south London and Sussex. Historically, the teams are evenly matched, both clubs have beaten their rivals 37 times and drawn 24 times. 

Round and about

In this section, we take a look at some cultural and social aspects of life in the UK that are directly related to Brighton and Hove and its surrounding areas. Brighton and Hove is on the south coast of England in the county of East Sussex. If you ever plan a visit to see the Seagulls, the following might be useful.

What is the Brighton Pavillion?

If you ever visit Brighton, you might be surprised to see the golden domes and minarets of the Royal Pavilion. The Pavilion was built in 1787 as a seaside retreat for George, The Prince of Wales, who later became the Prince Regent and then King George IV. The Pavilion was built by John Nash and is a fantasy of Indo-Saracenic architecture. 

Many tourists come to Brighton for the beach and entertainment.

What else is there to see in Brighton?

Brighton and Hove sit on an unbroken stretch of shingle beach. Shingle is another word for pebbles. So it’s a good place to sit and enjoy the sea air, but not so great if you want to build sandcastles. 
There are lots of quirky shops and restaurants in Brighton in an area called the Lanes. These are a higgledy-piggledy mess of narrow pedestrianised shopping streets. It’s a good place to wander around and look for gifts.

Is there a pier?

Brighton has a fantastic pier called the Brighton Palace Pier. It was built in 1899 and is over 500m long.  There are traditional games, arcades, restaurants and fairground rides.

Brighton pier was opened in 1899 and is still a big feature of the Brighton seaside today.

What is Brighton Rock?

Brighton Rock is the title of a novel by Graham Greene about a criminal gang in Brighton in the 1930s. The book is named after a traditional sweet that is sold at seaside resorts in the UK called rock. Rock is a hard cylindrical candy with the name of the resort written inside the stick. This book is not the only cultural connection to gangs and Brighton. Quadrophenia is a British film that has a large cult following and a lot of the film was set in Brighton. The film is about two gangs (the Mods and the Rockers) who meet (and fight) on a bank holiday weekend in Brighton.

Can you have a good night out in Brighton?

Brighton is a great night out and many people visit the city for its many bars and clubs in the city. It is also famous for its many live music venues with a strong emphasis on electronic music. Fatboy Slim, the world famous DJ, lives in Brighton and is a big fan and actually owns 12% of the football club. Brighton also has the largest LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) community in the UK. Many LGBT charities are based in Brighton and Brighton Pride, held every August, is one of the biggest Pride festivals in the UK.

Fat Boy Slim is a massive Brighton fan!

Learning

Fan Interview 

Listen to the interview with Norman who is a Brighton fan.

In this section, we would like you to practise your English listening skills. Have a listen to Norman, who is a Brighton fan and try to answer the questions below. If the listening is too difficult, you can read the dialogue at the same time.

  1. What is Norman looking forward to about the Premier League?
  2. Which place does Norman recommend you visit?
  3. Where does Norman think Norman will finish this season?

In this activity, have a look at some words and phrases from the article and try to match them to the correct definition. ​
Can you match the words to their definitions?

Dialogue

Journalist: So, we’re joined now by Norman, a Brighton and Hove Albion fan. Now, Quentin, Brighton and Hove Albion have made it to the Premier League for the first time. How do you think they’ll do?

Norman: Back in April, we were playing Wigan. We were two up then Wigan got one back, but when the final whistle blew, we went mad. It was a wonderful night. Now, we’ve got a challenge - it’s all right thinking about the past, but right here, right now, we’ve got the Premier League. We’ve just got to take one match at a time ... eat, sleep, football, repeat ... if you know what I mean.

Journalist: But you must be excited?

Norman: Yeah! I’m going out of my head! It’s going to be great. What Tony Bloom and Chris Hughton have done for us - really, if I met Chris, I’d be like ... I can’t praise you enough.

Journalist: Brighton and Hove Albion have had some difficult times over the years. How does it feel now you’re back in the top league?

Norman: I was 20 when we were relegated back when it was the first division. And then we lost The Goldstone because the club had some bad debts and we had to play at Gillingham for two seasons. But now, before the match, at our new amazing stadium, when I’m putting my lucky shirt on, I say to myself: you’ve come a long way, baby. 

Journalist: What are you most looking forward to this season?

Norman: Palace. Crystal Palace. I have a friend from London who supports them and whenever they play here, I invite him down. I tell him, you’re not from Brighton, but when it comes to football, you’ve got to feel the love, drop the hate and we’ll all have a good time.

Journalist: Finally, what’s your prediction for this season?

Norman: It’s going to be tough for us when we have to face the big teams, but it’s going to be fun. I’d love it if we were champions ... sounds like a bit of a dream. I’d be ... well, I'd be in heaven, man, but more realistically - middle of the table ... that’d be great. 

Trivia

In all of our club pages, we encourage you to find out more about each Premier League club. Searching for information in English can be a great way to improve your language skills. We have three general knowledge questions and we want to see if you can find the answers. Beware! Some of the questions are quite difficult!

  1. What did Brighton and Hove Albion temporarily rename their stadium to in 2004 when they hosted the launch party of a Fatboy Slim album?

  2. Why did Prince George become the Prince Regent?

  3. West Bromwich Albion ... Brighton and Hove Albion ... What does Albion mean?

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Are you a Brighton fan? Have you watched a Brighton match?

In this section we want you to talk about Brighton and Hove Albion football club and anything you read about in this article that you found interesting.
 
Tell us what you think about Brighton, tell us about your favourite Brighton player, tell us about a match that you have seen, tell us your predictions for this season.
Do you agree with Norman's prediction for Brighton this season?
 
Would you like to visit Brighton? What would you like to see and do in this area of the UK? Do you think you would learn anything new?
 
Did you find the answers to our trivia questions? If you did, write the answers here? If you want to challenge other readers, write a question about Brighton in the comments section below.

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Comments

Emil
02/08/2017
RU
241
points

Correct me
I haven't heard much about this club until this article. Thank yoy for this, it was very interesting article.
I think next year will be very hard for Brighton. Premier League is another level of football and them need to fight every minute of every match if they want to stay in Premier League.


Emil
02/08/2017 19:26
Russia
Chelsea
241

Correct me
I haven't heard much about this club until this article. Thank yoy for this, it was very interesting article.
I think next year will be very hard for Brighton. Premier League is another level of football and them need to fight every minute of every match if they want to stay in Premier League.

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elghoul
02/08/2017
DZ
1542
points

Brighton seaside must be like Bretagne where I enjoyed one month as a holidays colonist when I was a children in 1957.


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elghoul
02/08/2017 17:18
Algeria
Arsenal
1542

Brighton seaside must be like Bretagne where I enjoyed one month as a holidays colonist when I was a children in 1957.

Liubomyr
02/08/2017
UA
1125
points

Maybe the problem is on my side but I cannot listen to Norman on this page. Please check.


Liubomyr
02/08/2017 12:22
Ukraine
Watford
1125

Maybe the problem is on my side but I cannot listen to Norman on this page. Please check.

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admin
02/08/2017
GB
169
points

Hi Liubomyr

The problem is not on your end! We haven't recorded the interviews yet blush !

I think we want to work through them one at a time.

Thanks

Jack - The Premier Skills English Team


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admin
02/08/2017 16:51
United Kingdom
Arsenal
169

Hi Liubomyr

The problem is not on your end! We haven't recorded the interviews yet blush !

I think we want to work through them one at a time.

Thanks

Jack - The Premier Skills English Team

Liubomyr
02/08/2017
UA
1125
points

In my mind Brighton has been connected to the Brighton and Rottingdean Seashore Electric Railway, which was also known as “Daddy Long-Legs”. It was the transport system which served for just few years but as a transport it was completely unique and has no parallel in history.


Liubomyr
02/08/2017 11:58
Ukraine
Watford
1125

In my mind Brighton has been connected to the Brighton and Rottingdean Seashore Electric Railway, which was also known as “Daddy Long-Legs”. It was the transport system which served for just few years but as a transport it was completely unique and has no parallel in history.

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admin
02/08/2017
GB
169
points

I hadn't heard of that - really strange looking, but also cool. I wish it were still around.


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admin
02/08/2017 16:52
United Kingdom
Arsenal
169

I hadn't heard of that - really strange looking, but also cool. I wish it were still around.

Liubomyr
02/08/2017
UA
1125
points

During previous season I watched highlight of Championship matches and I think that Brighton was the most consistent team in the league. It’s a pity that they lost the Championship title in the last day of the season. In my opinion Knockaert was the best player of the season in Championship.
That’s why I expect that Brighton could show a quality football next season and will stay in the Premier League.


Liubomyr
02/08/2017 11:47
Ukraine
Watford
1125

During previous season I watched highlight of Championship matches and I think that Brighton was the most consistent team in the league. It’s a pity that they lost the Championship title in the last day of the season. In my opinion Knockaert was the best player of the season in Championship.
That’s why I expect that Brighton could show a quality football next season and will stay in the Premier League.

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