Posts Tagged ‘Brighton & Hove Albion’

Albion 1 – 2 Derby

August 11, 2013

Falmer Panoramic 10/08/13

Not going to say much apart from its good to be back at Falmer and seeing old mates again for a beer on a football Saturday. Shit start on the pitch, but far from panic stations as we’re still only 6 points from automatic promotion, ok kids?

Cheers

New Season Preoccupations

August 2, 2013

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It’s back, the football season. Oscar Garcia’s squad are in Leeds tomorrow, at the very start of a new campaign. I won’t be there, I am in the UK, but I do have other preoccupations (see above).

His name is Bowzer, and he’s already more fun than six awaydays together, with free booze. Expect phots of him and your author in all kinds of tricks and sport scrapes, but in old clothes, his teeth are like a mini-Great White’s and my garbs are the mainstay of his puppy diet.

I will, work allowing, be at Falmer next Saturday. Hoping for the same as last season up to the play-offs and something verrrry different afterwards, if we do make them. I still haven’t digested the Palace fiasco to this day. Enjoy your season wherever you are.

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.

Turin: Part Two

January 18, 2013

The River Po

Well, I’m back to work again, just as the Albion have hit form again; Derby was my last live game until April. Here’s the best of the rest of my photos from Turin, as promised. I’ll be pretty quiet on here until April, and then it’s seeing the end of the Championship season in, and another game over in Italy, Sampdoria v Fiorentina. I fancy Albion to sneak the last play-off place, and Samp to stay in Serie A now they have master tactician and player puncher Delio Rossi in charge. Cheers.

The Basilica di Superga, the site of the Grande Torino air disaster in 1949

A shady cove on the banks of the Po

The memorial to Il Grande Torino on the back wall of the Superga Basilica, a very poignant place

Il Grande Torino

Great views from Superga

Result of the shopping in Turin, a nice bit of shiny Moncler, the stylish Torinese are mostly covered in this stuff at this time of year.

La Mole Antonelliana, as seen from the street

The church of the Gran Madre di Dio (one of the sets for the 1969 movie The Italian Job)

The view from the church over the Po and central Turin

The Piazza Castello

Albion 1 – 3 Watford

December 31, 2012

Nice to see the seats already in the South West corner

To say this match was a bit of an anti-climax, after waiting 3 months to see an Albion game, would be an understatement. It was great to be traipsing through the Christmas rain up to Falmer to see the stripes again. That is until the match actually started.

I don’t know what’s happening with the team, and yes Watford are a good side with another young football-as-it-should-be-played manager steering them, but Gus Poyet’s side now have no fight in them it seems. Toothless up front, slow to the point of being embarassing at the back (“Bomber” El-Abd needs a new nickname, that was painful), and a midfield without the fantastic Liam Bridcutt doesn’t bear thinking about. If Albion let him go this upcoming tranfer window, as is rumoured, then we’re fucked, it’s as simple as that. So, Man of the Match to the player I always have thought as the best we have – our midfield ball winner – Liam Bridcutt.

And going into the North West corner

However, you don’t need me to tell you that football is a harsh mistress, and if you look at Brighton & Hove Albion over a 5 year timescale and not just this season, we’ve come a long way, and it’s still a huge success story. I do like the way the corners of the ground are getting filled in, and in a way that’s not going to turn the place into another soulless indentikit bowl, I just wish we could fill the huge gaps in the footballing side at the minute.

The Watford lot – noisy, with a lot to be noisy about

Happy New Year to you, wherever you find yourself, I’m missing the Newcastle FA Cup game as, guess what, I’ll be in Turin watching Juventus v Sampdoria on 6th January. Match/holiday report to follow soon after. Cheers.

TSLR 42

October 19, 2012

The Seagull Love Review #42 is for sale at Falmer tomorrow at the Middlesbrough game. Still a pound a copy, still the only BHAFC fanzine around, and still going strong. Lots of places to buy a mag around the concourse before the match, just keep your eyes peeled in the 25000 strong crowd (still gets me that, 25K to see the Albion? Not me personally though, I’m abroad once more).

The fanzine will also be available to Albionites everywhere else around the globe via the TSLR website, where you can buy subscriptions, back issues, Build a Bonfire, and other bits and bobs of BHAFC fan culture. Check it out.

UP THE ALBION

TSLR 41

September 11, 2012

The last issue of The Seagull Love Review SOLD OUT. That’s right, not a copy was left in the basement at TSLR Towers. I think that’s a first; I could be wrong and I’m not arsed enough to ask Sam & Stef if it is, but even if it isn’t – thanks to all Albionites who dug out a Great British Pound for their own copy of our (and it seems your) favourite fanzine.

Issue number 41 is at the printers now and will be on sale at home to Sheffield Wednesday on Friday night at Falmer. Grab hold of one of the snot-nosed little pocket dippers who are doing such a good job of firstly giving TSLR a more prominent profile around the ground, and secondly selling it. It keeps them from twocking cars and robbing houses, everyone’s a winner.

As the fanzine is becoming more established (in a synchronous relationship with the club itself), TSLR HQ have decided to introduce MERCHANDISE to the 20,000 of you who now fill the stands at our magnificent new home. Check the TSLR online shoppe and their excellent blog for more details.

I’m still contributing to the fanzine, which is increasingly harder to do as I haven’t been home for a competitive game since April; but I will be around later this month and next, and will be able to fully rate my new seat view from the East Stand Upper. Oh, and I’m off to Genoa in two weeks to watch Sampdoria v Torino in Serie A, so that will get a write up for issue 42, God willing.

Thanks to everyone who continues to buy The Seagull Love Review, give yourselves a great big group hug.

The Seagull Love Review in 64 seconds

August 18, 2012

This made me laugh a wee bit

Remember to buy it, it’s on sale at Hull today and at Falmer Tuesday night

TSLR 40

August 13, 2012

Buy a fanzine from our new sales team

It’s the season to be hopeful. Some exciting summer signings, the return of the Dagger of Benicalap, and of course The Seagull Love Review is out once more, and best of all – yours truly has come out of semi-retirement to write a column again.

This season the boys have changed printers, and – gasp – the magazine will be in technicolour, that’s right, there are coloured pages being prepared as we speak.

A common gripe among Albionites has been “I want to buy the fanzine, but fucked if I can find a seller at Falmer”. Well, this year TSLR have trained up an army of little council estate urchins to help sell the mag in more areas around the ground than ever before, and they will be paid with a thick ear and enough loose change to buy a bag of boiled sweets, so everyone’s a winner.

Issue 40 (Yes, FORTY) will be for sale away at Swindon in the cup game Tuesday night, Hull away on Saturday 18th, and again at home from an urchin on Tuesday 21st at the Cardiff match. The fanzine goes from strength to strength, but it needs your support as Albion fans to keep it going – fanzines are everything to football that Soccer AM, Russian Billionaires, Oil Sheikhs and 200K a week dickhead footballers aren’t, support your local FANzine – The Seagull Love Review.

Crofts returns

August 2, 2012

I’m delighted that the rumours that dragged on for weeks were actually true this time – Andrew Crofts has come in from the cold at Norwich and come back to the Albion on a three year deal.

He was our best player back in 2009-10 and I thought the move up into the Premier League with an already exciting Norwich side was a move too soon. Sometimes it’s nice to be proved right.

Are we going to be contenders this coming season? The signs are there definitely, it’s going to be a belting adventure whatever the league table looks like come May 2013.


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