Kickoff at the Amex Community Stadium in Brighton

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Brighton and Hove Albion

​​Brighton and Hove Albion is a club gearing up for its sixth top-flight season in a row after not being there for more than three decades before. It’s one of the best short football trips outside London as well: great town, lovely area, terrific new stadium.

LOCATION: Brighton (Hove is the town next door) is one hour south of Victoria station in London.

CONTACT: brightonandhovealbion.com, 0844 327 1901, #BHAFC

NICKNAMES: The Seagulls. Albion, by the way, is based on an ancient word for “Britain”; two other league clubs use it: Burton and West Bromwich.

History

Brighton was founded in 1901 and bounced around the lower leagues until 1979, when they made the top division for the first time, staying there for four years. In 1983 they made the FA Cup final and drew with Manchester United, 2-2—a game that is most famous for a moment when Gordon Smith had a shot to win it in extra time but was denied by the…

Rivalries

Crystal Palace are their rivals, which is odd, because they are 45 miles apart—a long way in English soccer. So why do they hate each other? It goes back to the 1970s, when their two managers carried on an old rivalry from when they were teammates at Tottenham. In one season they played each other five times, including a double FA Cup replay that…

Women's Team

Brighton and Hove Albion Women’s FC play in the Women’s Super League, level 1 of the pyramid. Home games are at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley, also the home of Crawley Town

Songs

Their anthem, the one they play when the teams come out, is an old marching tune called “Sussex by the Sea.” Not everybody gets into it, which the club is trying to rectify. Here are some of the lyrics: Good ol’ Sussex by the sea, Good ol’ Sussex by the sea, Oh, we’re going up to win the Cup, For Sussex by the…

Stadium

The fancy new American Express Community Stadium, with 30,750 seats, is five miles from the Brighton center in the suburb of Falmer. They have played there since 2011. Back then it had 22,000 seats, but it’s been expanded a few times. It has a somewhat unique and modern design that puts almost all the seats on the sides, and it gets high marks…

Going to a Game at ​​Brighton and Hove Albion

GETTING THERE: You’ll want to take a train to The Amex, and it’s simple. From the main station in Brighton, take a train bound for Lewes and Seaford; the third stop is Falmer, right next to the stadium. Everybody on the train will get off there. Leaving is a bit tedious since everybody wants to get on that train. PUBS: The Swan Inn on Middle…

​​Brighton and Hove Albion Tickets

The last prices we saw for adult tickets ranged from £30 to £45. They can be tough for the bigger opponents, but a membership (£30) will help. It also gets you access to a season ticket resale area on the website. Some nice hospitality options are available, as well.

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