The last time Albion played at home in the top flight – on Saturday 7 May 1983 – was coincidentally against Manchester City. Much has happened since then.
1) The twin towns of Brighton and Hove became a city in 2000 with the Queen bestowing the status as part of the millennium celebrations.
2) The bypass has scythed through the downs west of Toad’s Hole Valley, continuing through Hangleton Bottom and on to the site of the old West Hove Golf Course now occupied at the southern – club house end – by Sainsbury’s.
3) Preston Park Station has reduced from four platforms to three after a fire at the main Brighton signal box in 1985.
4) Various festivals, including Party in the Park, Pride, Shakedown and Fat Boys Slim’s Big Beach Boutique, have livened up a once conservative city.
5) House prices in Brighton and Hove are now comparable with London. In 1983 a three-bedroom house in central Hove would set you back around £28,000. Nowadays you could expect to pay at least 20 times that. (Transfer fees have rocketed too.)
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