Welcome to Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club, the home of The Seagulls
The Seagulls were the only professional team in Sussex from 1920 to 2011 until Crawley Town were promoted to the Football League.
The club was founded on 24 June 1901 at the Seven Stars public house in Ship Street, Brighton. Until 1998 it was believed that the Albion were formed in 1900 but this was in fact when Brighton and Hove Rangers were founded.
ohnny Dixon, who Albion signed for £55,000 in January 2008, is now an acclaimed film director and producer. Dixon turned his ankle in his first Albion training session, delaying his debut by two months. He made just five Seagulls appearances and had his contract cancelled by mutual consent in January 2009. He dated Holly Vallance.
Four first team players missed the 1983 FA Cup Final for varying reasons.
Goalkeeper Perry Digweed was sent off in a reserve match in early May 1983 and was banned for the final and the replay although he was unlikely to have been selected.
Captain Steve Foster was also banned from the final, having received a caution in a match at Notts County in April of that year. The logistics of the disciplinary system meant that Foster would be banned for the last league match against Norwich and also the FA Cup Final. Albion took the FA to the High Court to try to have the ban rescinded.
Goalkeeper John Keeley once had to be fetched from the Stadium Pub in Hove – almost a mile from the Goldstone – to play a league match. Keeley was just recovering from injury at the time but replacement keeper Perry Digweed had not reported for duty by 2.15pm. It later transpired that Digweed was stuck in traffic on the A23 and Keeley played in a draw after allegedly having downed a couple of pints.