Archive for the ‘Flair’ Category

Welcome to Sussex, Oscar

June 26, 2013

Oscar has landed at Falmer

So, after an epic drama worthy of Tolstoy himself, here we are now, Poyet has been seen off (with the far more sympathetic figure of Mauricio Taricco leaving in his wake) and Brighton have appointed Óscar García Junyent, fresh from winning the Israeli domestic league with Maccabi Tel Aviv.

I’m reasonably happy with how things have panned out, after missing such a horrible end to last season, and the embarrassment of Poyet’s drawn out sacking, it really feels like a new page has been turned in the Albion history book. Tony Bloom has come out of this a lot stronger in the eyes of most Stripes fans, but what of the éminence grise, the shadowy figure of Paul Barber? The jury is still very much out for me, and the more I learn about this guy, the more I can’t but think “Garry Cook, Manchester City”. Enjoy 2013-14, if you’re an Albionite you’ve earned yourself a good season.

Still muggy

June 13, 2013


Just so’s you know I’m still alive innit. Been having a lot of life changes lately, no time for blogging. But I’m still about and I’m still buying stuff. Here’s a very funny tea mug from those top boys at Casual Connoisseur. Tea tastes great in this you melts.

I’ve still got my season ticket for Falmer, and I’m kind of glad we didn’t go up a division with Poyet still in charge, the muggy cunt. Should be blogging proper again soon, ciao ragazzi.

Turin: Part One

January 5, 2013


Starting our second full day in Turin this morning, so much to do and see in this beautiful Italian city. I’ve taken loads of phots on both my normal camera and the iPhone, so many I thought I’d better start uploading them to here early doors; I know I won’t be arsed when I get home.


Picked the match tickets up for Juve v Samp yesterday, and got seen off for €50 apiece, remember tickets for Samp at home cost €21 each. Juventus are the biggest fish in Serie A, so I guess we were always going to get charged more. The bastards.


Expecting Samp to take a bit of a beating, but with the new manager apparently happy to return the combative fans’ favourite Angelo Palombo to the playing field, it might be a tighter game than predicted. Stay tuned for more updates.






September 19, 2012

The bags are packed, the wallet is full of Euros (for those delicious Genovese pesto dishes), the tickets are ready to pick up from Sampdoria Point on Sunday before the match. All I have to do now is brush up on my pidgin Italian and get my (and the Doris’s) arse up to Gatwick tomorrow morning to fly to Genova.

We’ll be taking in the sights of this beautiful old Mediterranean port city and of course I’ll be photographing everything, especially match day at the Marassi. This is a trip I’ve been meaning to do for years now, and it’s finally happening.

Phots will go up here when I get back next week, and expect two different write-ups (with aforementioned phots) in both @tslr and @standamf

Ci vediamo

Bienvenido Bruno

June 25, 2012

I just got an email through from the club, not to me personally but to all season ticket holders I presume, telling me that the club has signed another player from Valencia, Bruno Saltor. Now, I don’t think they’ve done this before – tell us by email they’ve landed someone new; and as I’ve never heard of the bloke I’m guessing they’ve made this effort because he’s a) very good, and b) Vicente Rodriguez must be on his way back, as another face from his old club would help him settle in more in Sussex.

So far we’ve picked up Tomasz Kuszczak from Man United and that’s it. There were grumblings among fans, and “wait and see” statements from Falmer in response, over our apparent lack of movement on the transfer market. I hope Bruno is good, and I hope we have a couple more signings to be announced before 2012-13 kicks off.

Here’s part of that email:

Dear ——–
Albion are delighted to announce the signing of Catalonian right-back Bruno Saltor on a free transfer from Valencia.
The 31-year-old has agreed a two-year deal at the Amex and brings further top-flight experienced to Gus Poyet’s side.
Poyet said, “Bruno has a great amount of top-level experience in La Liga, the Champions League and the Europa League, and to bring a player of his quality is a coup for us.”

On late Christmas presents

January 3, 2012

Happy New Year friends. 2011 spluttered down like an old street drunk falling over into his own spew, December was particularly painful, like watching the Albion of old. There were even faint rumblings of dissatisfaction with Gus Poyet. But what a change a day makes. 3-0 at home against The Gopher-faced Physio and his team of cheating cunts. Bliss.

After the strangely uplifting defeat against Burnley on 17th December, yesterday rung the new year in with the most satisfying 90 mins I’ve yet to witness at Falmer. Fat Lambert walking on a straight red, and Dan Harding being tore a new arsehole by a resurgent Will Buckley, so much so that the gopher subbed him after 40 minutes. This game will live long in the memory. Man of the Match was Matty Sparrow, his second a thunderous effort that summed up the match. Notable performances from Jake Forster-Caskey on his full home debut, and LuaLua terrorised when needed. Great show.

That’s one late Chrimbo present. The other is this – the much-heralded sequel to Build a Bonfire, We Want Falmer. Steve North and Paul Hodson come up with the goods again, chronicling the struggle after the Goldstone fiasco, the wilderness years at Priestfield, then Withdean; The fight against those blue-rinsed bastards on Lewes Council, and finally, arriving at our lob-sided home on the Edge of the Downs – Falmer. It will be of no interest to non-Albionites, but it’s essential reading for all stripes fans. I read it in two days and feel much the better for it. In fact, it made that tonking of Nadkins et al all the more sweeter, knowing how much of a war it caused to be able to sit in the East Stand at Falmer and watch us stuff the Championship leaders.

A prosperous 2012 to you all.

Cardiff 1 – 3 Albion

August 18, 2011

A properly head-staggering start to this 2011-12 Championship campaign. Form, reputation, status, home advantage, they all mean nothing so far. After Southampton hit 5 at Ipswich on Tuesday night we had  big boots to fill, and fill them we did.

I didn’t make the long trip to Wales, and listened in on BBC Radio FiveLive, it’s not often Brighton & Hove Albion are featured on there, to say the least. But people are starting to sit up and take notice of this Gus Poyet side, even Steve Claridge had to admit we totally out-thought and out-played a team that last season narrowly missed out on promotion to the biggest league of them all. It’s a mad football world in the second tier of the English game.

I’ve added this video of last night’s goals, check out Ash Barnes’s first goal, a beaut, both he and CMS sounded as if they were on fire on the radio, and the away support drowned out the Taffs. Thanks to NSC poster Brighton4Cambridge3 for capturing it off his telly. Roll on Saturday, the momentum we have carried over from being Champions of League One will run out of steam sometime, but let’s enjoy it while it lasts.

Npower Championship table
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 21:59 UK
1 Southampton 3 6 9
2 Brighton 3 4 9

3 Derby 3 3 9
4 Middlesbrough 3 3 7
5 West Ham 3 4 6
6 Crystal Palace 3 2 6

7 Cardiff 3 1 6
8 Blackpool 3 1 6
9 Millwall 3 2 5
10 Reading 3 1 4
11 Peterborough 3 0 4
12 Portsmouth 3 0 4
13 Nott’m Forest 3 -1 4
14 Leeds 3 0 3
15 Birmingham 2 0 3
16 Ipswich 3 -1 3
17 Leicester 3 -2 3
18 Hull 3 -3 3
19 Bristol City 3 -4 3
20 Burnley 2 -2 1
21 Barnsley 3 -3 1

22 Watford 3 -5 1
23 Coventry 3 -3 0
24 Doncaster 3 -3 0

A great end…

May 8, 2011

…to a fantastic season. But that’s enough of me gassing, here’s the photos from yesterday’s 1-1 draw up at a very accommodating Notts County and the Gus Bus victory parade down on Brighton & Hove seafront today. Enjoy your summer and full speed to Falmer in August. Cheers!

Charlton 0 – 4 Albion

October 17, 2010

Hot, hot, hot. My hangovers are unremitting, but this run we are on at the moment makes me want to celebrate every weekend until my offended liver drops out of me. The reason for my barfly act yesterday was the best away performance the team has turned in since we battered the scummers last season over at St Mary’s, 4-0 was the fairest result from this game.

A multitude of fans left a breezy Sussex, and from 12 o’clock onwards it seemed they swamped every pub from North Greenwich to Woolwich, it was an impressive sight. Last season we took 1800 up there, yesterday it was 3500-ish, and it was a tight squeeze. My ‘restricted view’ was the only pillar inside the Valley, but it didn’t hamper my view of the onslaught.

Many of you reading this were probably there yourselves so I’ll just mention a couple of the players and be done with it. Ankergren – a vastly improved player from his bumpy start back in August, immense at the end of the first half when Charlton mounted their only period of goal threat. Greer slotted in seemlessly and he and Bomber had an easy afternoon. LuaLua crowned his customary cameo with what is becoming his signature goal – free kick passed to him to dribble at high speed and firing home – brilliant.

But my man of the match was a tough choice, the whole team played well, so I’ve given it to two men – Gary Dicker for his drag-back turns and generally fizzy football, the second is Glenn Murray, his goal was funny and cool at the same time, a class act again.

We headed off back to the pubs justifiably believing we are the best team in this division, and hoping that we are going straight up this time before the curtain raises at Falmer. I just hope my liver lasts that long.

The Hovian’s Team performance :  9 out 10

The Hovian’s Man of the Match : Glenn Murray & Gary Dicker

Npower League One table

Sunday, 17 October 2010 00:00 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
Full Npower League One table
1 Brighton 12 11 25
2 Peterborough 12 6 22
3 Bournemouth 12 12 21
4 Sheff Wed 12 9 20
5 Huddersfield 12 6 20
6 Carlisle 12 7 19
7 Exeter 12 -1 19
8 Oldham 12 3 18
9 Bristol R 12 -2 18
10 Colchester 12 1 17
11 MK Dons 12 -1 17
12 Rochdale 12 4 16
13 Notts County 12 -2 16
14 Charlton 12 -3 16
15 Southampton 12 1 15
16 Swindon 12 -1 15
17 Hartlepool 12 -6 15
18 Yeovil 12 -8 14
19 Plymouth 12 -6 13
20 Leyton Orient 12 -3 12
21 Brentford 12 -4 12
22 Walsall 12 -4 11
23 Dag & Red 12 -8 11
24 Tranmere 12 -11 10

Just in case you missed it….

September 24, 2010

It’s a grainy recorded-off-the-mobile-from-the-telly video, but it still shows a bit of the special talent that is the Albion talisman, Kazenga LuaLua. His goal and celebration happen so fast that even the TV cameraman struggles to keep up with it.

And here’s one LuaLua made earlier in his short career, to give you a better idea of what this kid can do


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