14 years of hurt comes to a welcome end
Walking off Falmer station amongst a swarming crowd of Brighton fans it felt as if we had reached the play off finals again rather than a pre season friendly. On the average journey to Withdean over the years you would almost be surprised to find out a football match is actually happening in the area.
Albion fans no longer have to feel embarrassed by association with the club and our old ram shackled home. To those not in the know Brighton must have seemed like a joke club playing in front of 6,000 fans in a ground more suited to hammer throwing than Championship football.
That potential that us die hard Brighton fans have been harping on about for years is finally there for all to see. 18,000 season ticket sales will guarantee the Amex is rammed for the coming season and under the guidance of Gus Poyet things are looking very good on the pitch.
“Little Brightonand Hove Albion” are finally back to where they belong.
Having attended the Sussex senior cup final a few weeks previous the contrast between the 2 occasions was massive. A near full stadium created the sort of atmosphere which had the hairs on the back of your neck standing up. I can only imagine what it will be like when the result on the pitch actually matters when things get underway next Saturday against Doncaster Rovers.
Pre season friendlies are often boring affairs and I presume most Spurs fans would have felt that way about this game. The Albion put in an impressive performance in the first half and apart from a shocking last few minutes they had passed a Premiership side off the park. Ok maybe Spurs didn’t even get out of second gear but it’s hard to not get a little bit carried away about our prospects in the Championship next year.
Our flowing passing football will light up the vast Amex pitch in the weeks ahead and with the summer arrivals of Kazenga Lua Lua and Craig Mackail-Smith it has just underlined the club’s ambitions to not just make up the numbers next season.
Defensive cock ups have been a bit of a theme in pre season and all 3 Spurs goals had a comedy element to them. No more so than the 3rd which was handed on a plate to Jake Livermore by Albion’s 2nd choice keeper Peter Brezovan. Let’s hope we have got them out of the way now before the real stuff begins.
The excitement in the build up to Saturday’s game was more than justified by the day itself. I’m counting down the days until Saturday’s league opener when for the first time a capacity 22,500 crowd will descend on our brilliant new home. This week can’t go fast enough as far as I’m concerned!