Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. were founded in 1901 and 19 years later, in 1920, they were elected to the Football League’s new Third Division – having previously been members of the Southern League. In the Southern League, they won their only national honor to date, the FA Charity Shield, which at that time was contested by the champions of the Southern League, and the Football League, by defeating Football League Champions Aston Villa in 1910.
Brighton’s first season back in the Premier League was largely successful, with the club rising into the top half several times in the season. Despite falling to one point above the relegation zone in January, victories over Arsenal and Manchester United in the final months of the campaign helped secure a finish of 15th.
Brighton’s second season in the Premier League was inconsistent. Despite a promising start, the team had a disastrous second half of the season, achieving just 3 wins in their last 18 games. In the FA Cup, Brighton reached the semi-finals for the first time since 1983, losing 1–0 to Manchester City. Albion ultimately survived relegation with a 17th-place finish, but Hughton was sacked following the end of the season due to the poor run of results.
Founded in 1901, and nicknamed the “Seagulls” or “Albion”, Brighton played their early professional football in the Southern League, before being elected to the Football League in 1920. The club enjoyed greatest prominence between 1979 and 1983 when they played in the First Division and reached the 1983 FA Cup Final, losing to Manchester United after a replay. They were relegated from the First Division in the same season.
By the late 1990s, Brighton was in the fourth tier of English football and were having financial difficulties. After narrowly avoiding relegation from the Football League to the Conference in 1997, a boardroom takeover saved the club from liquidation. Successive promotions in 2001 and 2002 brought Brighton back to the second tier, and in 2011, the club moved into the Falmer Stadium after 14 years without a permanent home ground. In the 2016 – 2017 season, Brighton
1902 – Present / Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club
1901 – 1902 / Brighton & Hove United
The Seagulls, Albion
This nickname is possibly the most obvious for all the teams in the Premier League. “The Seagulls,” for Brighton & Hove Albion. The club is situated on the southern coast of England, famed for sun, beaches and… seagulls. This nickname has taken quite the journey though, originally they were the “Dolphins” from the original crest. Then at a derby against Crystal Palace, fans were heard chanting “Eagles, Eagles” to which the Brighton & Hove fans responded with “Seagulls, Seagulls.”
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2011 – Present / Falmer Stadium
1999 – 2011 / Withdean Stadium
1997 – 1999 / Priestfield Stadium
1902 – 1997 / Goldstone Ground
1901 – 1902 / County Cricket Ground
2009 – Present / Tony Bloom
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