Here’s to a bright new era and not old error for Brighton and Hove Albion

Posted On 10 Aug 2019 at 9:03 am

Today the Seagulls embark on their third consecutive Premier League campaign as they again kick off at Watford on the opening day.

Albion’s continued tenure in the world’s greatest league has surprised some.

Clubs like Blackpool, Bradford and Barnsley have all failed to seize the opportunity in recent years to establish themselves in the Premier League after the hard graft of reaching that particular summit.

Brighton and Hove Albion, however, have not yet been in the bottom three since August 2017.

The club and its board of directors have long held lofty ambitions. All the way back in 2016, the 1901 club renewal packs contained a waiver about ticket prices and availability for games that fell under the UEFA ticketing policy.

And why not?

The club has tapped into the wealth that has been generated in the twin towns since the turn of the last century.

This week a multimillion-pound investment from Brighton’s principal employer American Express was announced

It gives a club that only 15 years ago sent begging letters to its Withdean faithful a superb and very sound financial footing.

Tony Bloom’s decision to sack Chris Hughton was controversial and in some quarters unpopular. A manager who had plucked the Albion from almost certain relegation to League One to promotion to the Premier League in just over two and half years, appeared harsh to some.

However, Premier League chairmen are seldom known for their compassion.

Graham Potter will manage the Seagulls in his first Premier League match as a coach this afternoon. The club’s spending has topped £60 million in the transfer window.

Graham Potter

Potter managed Swansea to a mid-table position in last season’s Championship with far more limited financial resources.

He is an educated, philosophical and an innovative new breed of head coach.

He believes that players should be expressive on and off the pitch.

Gone is the style of Hughton’s closely guarded and ultimately secure defensive strategy. But that was hard to watch, not entertaining and, ultimately, once unlocked and penetrated, impossible maintain and recover from.

This will be the third time since 2013 Albion have started the season with a new boss at the helm.

Oscar Garcia flattered to deceive, scrapping a play-off place on the final day but losing his way mid season.

Sami Hyypia just couldn’t get the team to play the way it looked on paper and Albion were poor throughout his reign.

Tony Bloom

Potter’s Albion have looked impressive in pre-season and the quality of signings is encouraging.

However, he is untried at this level. As was Hyppia at second-tier level.

To hit the ground running will be crucial. Hyypia had some relatively easy games to grab some points early on. There are none of those in the Premier League. Every fixture is the opportunity for one club or another to gather points for survival, push for a European spot or win the title.
Every second of football counts.

Let’s hope ‘potterball’ is sophisticated enough to get those early points and maintain Albion’s proud record of never being in the Premier League drop zone.

Who knows, the Seagulls could exceed their highest ever position of 5th place in the old Division One, gained in early September 1981.

Here at Brighton and Hove News we wish Graham Potter and the players the very best of luck for the new season and like many Brightonians are extremely proud of the club and grateful to its board of directors and staff.

We are looking forward to the season ahead and hope that by December we are still reporting on Graham Potter’s Brighton and Hove Albion.

  1. roy pennington Reply

    let’s get some real data about the company owned by Bloom, what it does and covert links with American Express which links with currency exchange rate manipulations ..

    Registered in England no: 5686221
    Registered Office: Maria House, 35 Millers Road, Brighton BN1 5NP

    • Colin Walker Reply

      Shut up and who really cares – dish your dirt somewhere else…!!!

    • Rolivan Reply

      Isn’t this the first time we have been in the top tier in the 3rd year.
      Also Star Lizard is a Company that gives statistics on sporting events to people with large sums of money to gamble which is mostly in Asia.
      Tony Bloom has Commercial Investments far and wide.
      The Lancing Project should be starting soon which will enable the Club to receive income to progress.

  2. Rob Reply

    Roy, it’s easy to cast sly aspersions from the comfort of your armchair. Where are your facts? Just as we are presumed innocent until proven guilty in our society, we do not ascribe to guilt by association.
    Tony Bloom proved rather good at maths at university, his live poker winnings alone would make him rich in most people’s books and it’s little surprise that his talents extend to other financial arenas such as running a business – and football clubs like Brighton are very much a business.
    Can he legitimately earn money by other means without a conflict of interest? Why not! Can you, Roy, back up your overt innuendo or are you just an envious sniper? Go on, give us the facts!

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