The S24 Preview: Southend United v Brighton Hove Albion
Is there any hope? Really? Believe says the club, and why not? Let's raise a glass & get in the mood for Shrimpers taking on Seagulls at Roots Hall Saturday April 17th; kick-off 15.00. v SHRIMPERS It was great to see Macca and the Moose back in midweek, they made a real difference, well in the second period anyway.Laurent was Laurent, but at least got two goals, and we huffed and puffed and tried hard enough, but couldn't get the three points we desperatly needed.I would be surprised though if Tilly changes the starting line-up now that Captain Adam has been confirmed as out until Oldham Saturday week.It hard to believe anything other than start looking up any decent pubs in Morecambe, missing Ye Old Trip in Nottingham will be a real blow, but while the maths don't put us down just yet we'll hang on in there.Once again, we've been asked to pay up front for our beer and bovril, an adult and a kid can get in for a tenner, (www.southendunited.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10444~2025329,00.html), and to sing our hearts out for the lads; and we will, as we did on Tuesday, but it's up to Tilly and the players to make us 'believe', from the start, not just the second half.COME ON YOU BLUES!!!!! Possible Southend United: Mildenhall, Francis, Baldwin, M'Voto, Herd, Grant, McCormack, Christophe, Vernon, Laurent, Moussa.Subs: Jack, Sankofa, Malone, O'Keefe, Paterson, Crawford.OPPOSITION First choice keeper Michel Kuipers remains out with a broken finger. Defender Colin Hawkins continues to struggle with a long-term heel problem. Swansea loanee defender Marcos Painter will be in the squad though after recovering from a knee injury.Striker Gary Hart has recovered from a bad back. England one cap wonder Lee Hendrie, now 32, started in midfield against the Gills, but is under pressure for his place from Gary Dicker.15Brighton & Hove Albion 42541223297952930121317525949-716Hartlepool United 4295729244413253813920546248-817Oldham Athletic 41768212455101425121118354947-1418Exeter City 42894271827121636101616435446-1119Leyton Orient 42867312536121735111219486045-1220Gillingham 421083301206151344101418435644-1321Tranmere Rovers 4193925312513103711822356841-3322Southend United 42610527253216194091221466539-19Last Time Out - Gillingham 1 Brighton & Hove Albion 1 (played Tuesday April 13th.)Glenn Murray suffered spot kick despair as Albion were held to a 1-1 draw at Gillingham in a pulsating derby Tuesday evening. Murray, having earlier missed two great chances on his return from a two-game ban, was hauled down by Josh Gowling after being sent clear by Elliott Bennett's precise pass. The defender was sent off but Murray saw his 87th-minute penalty parried by Alan Julian diving to his left. This point edges Albion closer to League One safety but they will be bitterly disappointed not to have won. Adam El-Abd gave them a dream start with his first goal for more than two years. The defender was left in space at a Bennett corner and headed home in only the fifth minute. Bennett later saw a fierce 25-yarder well tipped away by keeper Julian. Albion looked the classier side on the ball, notably through debutant Diego Arismendi and Lee Hendrie. Hendrie saw a left-foot curler deflect narrowly over the top corner. However Gills, battling against the drop, had a decent spell in the middle of the first half and Peter Brezovan had to make an instinctive save with his right foot to keep out a close range Dennis Oli drive. The big Slovak was left helpless in the 49th minute when Adam Miller got behind the defence to go around him and finish coolly. However he produced a good block from clean-through Simeon Jackson and was relieved to see Chris Dickson hit the post from close range.Gillingham: Julian, Fuller, Nutter, Dennehy (Wynter 46mins), Gowling, Weston, Barcham, Miller (Jackson 60mins), Jackman, Howe (Dickson 72mins), Oli. Subs: Royce, Lewis, Maher, Bentley.Brighton: Brezovan, ElAbd, Lua Lua (Barnes 59mins), Arismendi (Navarro 69mins), Murray, Calderon, Crofts, Virgo, Bennett, Hoyte, Hendrie (Dicker 79mins). Subs: Elphick, Walker, Carole, Holroyd.Attendance: 7,977(Report suppled by Brian Owen on www.theargus.co.uk)PREVIOUSLY At Southend Utd. (48)At Brighton & HA (49)ResultsTotal%ResultsTotal%Southend Utd.2756.25Brighton & HA3265.31Brighton & HA918.75Southend Utd.1122.45Draws1225.00Draws612.24GoalsTotalAv.pgGoalsTotalAv.pgSouthend Utd.731.52Brighton & HA891.82Brighton & HA380.79Southend Utd.511.04On Neutral Ground (0)Overall (97 matches)ResultsTotal%ResultsTotal%Southend Utd.00.00Southend Utd.3839.18Brighton & HA00.00Brighton & HA4142.27Draws00.00Draws1818.56GoalsTotalAv.pgGoalsTotalAv.pgSouthend Utd.00.00Southend Utd.1241.28Brighton & HA00.00Brighton & HA1271.31RecordsHighest Aggregate10Brighton & HA 9 - 1Southend Utd.1965/1966 Highest Southend Utd. score:4Southend Utd. 4 - 0Brighton & HA1975/1976 Highest Brighton & HA score:9Brighton & HA 9 - 1Southend Utd.1965/1966 SeasonDateHomeScoreAwayCompetition 2009/2010Sat 19 SepBrighton & HA2 - 3Southend Utd.League One 2008/2009Tue 10 MarBrighton & HA1 - 3Southend Utd.League One Fri 22 AugSouthend Utd.0 - 2Brighton & HALeague One 2007/2008Tue 08 AprSouthend Utd.2 - 0Brighton & HALeague One Sat 01 SepBrighton & HA3 - 2Southend Utd.League One 2006/2007Tue 19 SepSouthend Utd.3 - 2Brighton & HALeague Cup 2000/2001Mon 01 JanBrighton & HA0 - 2Southend Utd.League Division Three Sat 12 AugSouthend Utd.2 - 0Brighton & HALeague Division Three 1999/2000Sat 11 MarBrighton & HA1 - 0Southend Utd.League Division Three Tue 02 NovSouthend Utd.2 - 1Brighton & HALeague Division Three 1998/1999Sat 20 FebSouthend Utd.3 - 0Brighton & HALeague Division Three Sat 12 SepBrighton & HA0 - 2Southend Utd.League Division Three 1991/1992Sat 29 FebBrighton & HA3 - 2Southend Utd.Second Division Sat 07 DecSouthend Utd.2 - 1Brighton & HASecond Division 1988/1989Wed 07 SepBrighton & HA0 - 1Southend Utd.League Cup Southend United won 3-0 on aggregateTue 30 AugSouthend Utd.2 - 0Brighton & HALeague Cup 1987/1988Wed 20 JanBrighton & HA4 - 2Southend Utd.(Associate Members) Sat 26 DecBrighton & HA0 - 0Southend Utd.Third Division Wed 25 NovBrighton & HA3 - 2Southend Utd.(Associate Members) Sat 26 SepSouthend Utd.2 - 1Brighton & HAThird Division 1976/1977Tue 17 AugBrighton & HA2 - 1Southend Utd.League Cup Brighton & Hove Albion won 3-2 on aggregateSat 14 AugSouthend Utd.1 - 1Brighton & HALeague Cup 1975/1976Tue 17 FebSouthend Utd.4 - 0Brighton & HAThird Division Sat 03 JanSouthend Utd.2 - 1Brighton & HAF.A. Cup Sat 08 NovBrighton & HA2 - 0Southend Utd.Third Division 1974/1975Sat 11 JanSouthend Utd.1 - 0Brighton & HAThird Division Sat 07 DecBrighton & HA2 - 0Southend Utd.Third Division 1973/1974Mon 15 AprBrighton & HA0 - 2Southend Utd.Third Division Fri 12 AprSouthend Utd.0 - 2Brighton & HAThird Division 1967/1968Wed 13 DecBrighton & HA1 - 0Southend Utd.F.A. Cup 1965/1966Fri 22 AprSouthend Utd.0 - 0Brighton & HAThird Division Sat 27 NovBrighton & HA9 - 1Southend Utd.Third Division 1962/1963Sat 23 MarSouthend Utd.1 - 1Brighton & HAThird Division Sat 26 JanBrighton & HA0 - 0Southend Utd.Third Division Sat 03 NovSouthend Utd.2 - 1Brighton & HAF.A. Cup 1957/1958Sat 18 JanSouthend Utd.0 - 2Brighton & HAThird Division (South) Sat 14 SepBrighton & HA3 - 1Southend Utd.Third Division (South) 1956/1957Sat 09 FebBrighton & HA1 - 1Southend Utd.Third Division (South) Sat 29 SepSouthend Utd.3 - 1Brighton & HAThird Division (South) 1955/1956Sat 17 MarSouthend Utd.1 - 2Brighton & HAThird Division (South) Sat 05 NovBrighton & HA4 - 0Southend Utd.Third Division (South) 1954/1955Sat 12 MarBrighton & HA2 - 1Southend Utd.Third Division (South) Sat 23 OctSouthend Utd.4 - 0Brighton & HAThird Division (South) 1953/1954Tue 15 SepSouthend Utd.2 - 0Brighton & HAThird Division (South) Wed 09 SepBrighton & HA3 - 2Southend Utd.Third Division (South) 1952/1953Wed 17 SepBrighton & HA2 - 2Southend Utd.Third Division (South) Tue 09 SepSouthend Utd.1 - 2Brighton & HAThird Division (South) 1951/1952Sat 05 JanBrighton & HA5 - 0Southend Utd.Third Division (South) Sat 08 SepSouthend Utd.2 - 0Brighton & HAThird Division (South) 1950/1951Sat 24 MarSouthend Utd.3 - 1Brighton & HAThird Division (South) Sat 04 NovBrighton & HA2 - 1Southend Utd.Third Division (South) 1949/1950Sat 04 MarBrighton & HA2 - 1Southend Utd.Third Division (South) Sat 15 OctSouthend Utd.3 - 2Brighton & HAThird Division (South) 1948/1949Sat 26 FebBrighton & HA1 - 0Southend Utd.Third Division (South) Sat 02 OctSouthend Utd.0 - 0Brighton & HAThird Division (South) 1947/1948Sat 17 AprSouthend Utd.2 - 2Brighton & HAThird Division (South) Wed 07 AprBrighton & HA1 - 0Southend Utd.Third Division (South) 1946/1947Sat 05 AprSouthend Utd.0 - 0Brighton & HAThird Division (South) Wed 15 JanBrighton & HA2 - 1Southend Utd.Third Division (South) 1938/1939Wed 08 FebBrighton & HA3 - 0Southend Utd.Third Division (South) Sat 17 SepSouthend Utd.1 - 1Brighton & HAThird Division (South) 1937/1938Wed 08 SepSouthend Utd.2 - 1Brighton & HAThird Division (South) Wed 01 SepBrighton & HA3 - 1Southend Utd.Third Division (South) 1936/1937Mon 29 MarSouthend Utd.2 - 1Brighton & HAThird Division (South) Fri 26 MarBrighton & HA1 - 0Southend Utd.Third Division (South) 1935/1936Sat 21 MarBrighton & HA1 - 3Southend Utd.Third Division (South) Sat 16 NovSouthend Utd.0 - 0Brighton & HAThird Division (South) 1934/1935Mon 22 AprSouthend Utd.3 - 2Brighton & HAThird Division (South) Fri 19 AprBrighton & HA2 - 2Southend Utd.Third Division (South) 1933/1934Sat 10 MarBrighton & HA1 - 0Southend Utd.Third Division (South) Sat 28 OctSouthend Utd.0 - 0Brighton & HAThird Division (South) 1932/1933Mon 17 AprSouthend Utd.2 - 1Brighton & HAThird Division (South) Fri 14 AprBrighton & HA1 - 2Southend Utd.Third Division (South) 1931/1932Sat 12 MarBrighton & HA1 - 2Southend Utd.Third Division (South) Sat 31 OctSouthend Utd.2 - 0Brighton & HAThird Division (South) 1930/1931Sat 02 MaySouthend Utd.0 - 2Brighton & HAThird Division (South) Wed 03 SepBrighton & HA1 - 2Southend Utd.Third Division (South) 1929/1930Sat 22 MarBrighton & HA1 - 0Southend Utd.Third Division (South) Sat 16 NovSouthend Utd.0 - 0Brighton & HAThird Division (South) 1928/1929Sat 23 FebBrighton & HA2 - 1Southend Utd.Third Division (South) Sat 13 OctSouthend Utd.1 - 1Brighton & HAThird Division (South) 1927/1928Mon 09 AprSouthend Utd.0 - 1Brighton & HAThird Division (South) Fri 06 AprBrighton & HA1 - 0Southend Utd.Third Division (South) 1926/1927Sat 26 FebBrighton & HA2 - 1Southend Utd.Third Division (South) Sat 09 OctSouthend Utd.0 - 1Brighton & HAThird Division (South) 1925/1926Wed 21 AprBrighton & HA3 - 2Southend Utd.Third Division (South) Sat 10 OctSouthend Utd.4 - 0Brighton & HAThird Division (South) 1924/1925Sat 28 FebBrighton & HA2 - 1Southend Utd.Third Division (South) Sat 25 OctSouthend Utd.2 - 0Brighton & HAThird Division (South) 1923/1924Mon 21 AprSouthend Utd.1 - 0Brighton & HAThird Division (South) Fri 18 AprBrighton & HA2 - 0Southend Utd.Third Division (South) 1922/1923Sat 21 AprBrighton & HA0 - 1Southend Utd.Third Division (South) Sat 14 AprSouthend Utd.0 - 0Brighton & HAThird Division (South) 1921/1922Sat 03 SepSouthend Utd.1 - 2Brighton & HAThird Division (South) Sat 27 AugBrighton & HA0 - 0Southend Utd.Third Division (South) 1920/1921Sat 04 SepBrighton & HA1 - 0Southend Utd.Third Division Sat 28 AugSouthend Utd.2 - 0Brighton & HAThird Division REFThe man in the middle is Simon Hooper from Staffordshire. He gives an interview here: www.refworld.com/referee/185/1/simon-hooper FIXTURESFriday, 16 April 2010: Huddersfield v Millwall, 19:45. Saturday, April 17th: (all kick-offs 15.00); Bristol Rovers v Brentford, Carlisle v Oldham, Charlton v Norwich, Gillingham v Leeds, Hartlepool v Colchester, Leyton Orient v Stockport, MK Dons v Wycombe, Southend v Brighton, Swindon v Walsall, Tranmere v Exeter, Yeovil v Southampton. BETTo Win:Southend (to win) - 6/4, Draw - 5/2, Brighton (to win) - 2. For all the footy odds go here: www.oddschecker.com/football/english/league-oneHISTORY he team are nicknamed 'Seagulls', partly due to the city's seaside location and partly as a response to the similar sounding nickname 'Eagles' of their main rivals Crystal Palace. Prior to this nickname they were known as 'the Dolphins' or 'the Shrimps'. The team have historically played in blue and white stripes, though this changed to all white briefly in the 1970s (in the Freddie Goodwin era) and again to plain blue during the club's most successful spell in the 1980s.Founded in 1901, Brighton played their early professional football in the Southern League. They were elected to the Football League in 1920. Between 1979 and 1983 they were in the old First Division. In 1983 they reached the final of the FA Cup, which they drew 2-2, but lost 4-0 in a replay to Manchester United. They were relegated from the First Division in the same season. Over the next decade or so, financial problems dragged the Seagulls down the league and in 1997 they narrowly avoided relegation to the Conference. A boardroom takeover saved Brighton from going out of business, and by 2001 they reached The Championship. A second successive promotion was achieved, but they were relegated after one season. Promotion was gained at the first attempt, but the Seagulls went down again two years later.For many years Brighton and Hove Albion were based at the Goldstone Ground in Hove, until the board of directors decided to sell the stadium. For two years, from 1997-99, the club shared the ground of Gillingham, but have since returned to Brighton, where they now play at Withdean Stadium. This is not predominantly a football ground, having been used for athletics most of its history, and previously as a zoo!The sale of the Goldstone Ground, implemented by majority shareholder Bill Archer and his chief executive David Bellotti, proved controversial, and the move provoked widespread protests against the board. The club received little if any money from this sale.In their last season at the Goldstone, 1996-97, the Seagulls were in danger of relegation from the Football League. They won their final game at the Goldstone against Doncaster Rovers, setting up a winner-takes-all relegation game at Hereford United, who were level on points with the Seagulls. The Seagulls drew 1-1, and Hereford were relegated to the Football Conference on goals scored.Because of the cost of the public enquiry, rent on Withdean Stadium, fees paid to use Gillingham's Priestfield Stadium, and a general running deficit due to the low ticket sales inherent with a small ground, the club had an accumulated deficit of £9.5 million in 2004. The board of directors paid £7 million of this; the other £2.5 million had to be raised from the operations of the club. In an effort to achieve this, a fundraising appeal known as the Alive and Kicking Fund was started, with everything from nude Christmas Cards featuring the players to a CD single being released to raise cash. On 9 January 2005 this fundraising single 'Tom Hark (We Want Falmer)' went straight in at number 17 in the UK chart, gaining it national airplay on Radio 1.Unlike most clubs carrying a large debt, the club has never considered entering administration, as it was a previous period of administration that led to Archer gaining control of the club.On 28 October 2005, the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister announced that the application for Falmer had been successful, much to the joy and relief of all the fans. However, Lewes District Council contested John Prescott's decision to approve planning permission for Falmer forcing a judicial review. This was based on a minor error in Prescott's original approval which neglected to state that some car parking for the stadium is in the Lewes district as opposed to the Brighton & Hove unitary authority. This caused further delay. Once the judicial review ruled in favour of the stadium, Lewes District Council said that they would not launch further appeals.The football club's board said in 2008 that although the stadium will be ready in 2010, it will not be ready for the start of the 2010-11 season. As such, the target date for opening is August 2011.Building of the Falmer Stadium started in December 2008.After what many fans and pundits deemed a very good 2007-08 season for Brighton and Dean Wilkins, it was announced on the 8 May 2008 that Wilkins had been sacked from his position of manager and offered the role of first-team coach at the club, which he subsequently declined. It was then revealed that Micky Adams would be returning to the club to take over the duties of being manager and that reserve team coach Ian Chapman had left the club. The 2008-09 season began strongly, albeit with poor home form. An early highlight was a penalty win against the pompous Manchester City in the second round of the Football League Cup which shocked the city fans and their new owner, the royalty of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan. After being defeated by Luton on penalties in the Football League Trophy, Adams left the club by mutual consent.After 3 weeks of managerless football, Brighton appointed ex Yeovil Manager Russell Slade as their manager, until the end of the season. But the start of his stint wasn't as successful as he hoped, losing his 1st two games against Leyton Orient and Southend, until thrashing his old club Yeovil 5-0.As normal the relegation dogfight came down to the last game of the season, and Slade pulled off what the fans believed to be a miracle, by winning 5 of their last 7 games, keeping the Seagulls in League One by 3 points, eventually finishing 16th place.After 12 years in the seat, Dick Knight made way for Brighton fan and professional poker player Tony Bloom to take over the club, Bloom also invested £93m towards building of the new stadium.There's an even more comprehensive history of the club available here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Brighton_%26_Hove_Albion_F.C.
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