The sale of the Goldstone Ground means that Brighton are currently homeless; however, the board announced in January 2004 that they had acquired the ground on Falmer where the university campus is located, and would be using this as a temporary home for several years. The club still plans to establish a new stadium on the site, and submitted plans on 19 December 2005 but these were rejected by the council following significant local opposition.
After this, the board proposed a move to Moulsecoomb housing estate (which already had planning permission), but this too was rejected, Brighton Town Press (brightontownpress.co.uk). The club used the funds to construct a new stadium, with a 28,000 capacity, at the Withdean Athletics Stadium. The hope was that Brighton could sell Withdean as a planning area and get back the money for the Goldstone Ground, but when this failed to happen co-owner Dick Knight decided to scale back with redevelopment plans.
The sale of the Goldstone Ground was a tipping point for Brighton to build a new stadium. In August 2002, Albion announced plans to build a new 20,000 seater stadium at Falmer, and in April 2004 construction work began. The first game at the Amex Stadium was against Cardiff City on 20 August 2011 which ended in a 1–1 draw. The brakes and gearing are reliable and although there are more sporty options out there, the poppy makes a great commuter for gentle riding around town in clothes that wont get splashed by mucky puddles.
Move To New Stadium And Promotion Under Hughton (20112017)
Brighton's highest attendance for a league game at the Falmer Stadium came on Saturday 20 March 2013, when 34,309 spectators saw Brighton beat Leeds United in the season's FA Cup 5th Round tie. This surpassed the previous highest league attendance of 31,617 set on Monday 18 February 2013 for Brighton's home match against Leicester City. The Albion finished 6th in 201213 and 13th in 201314. Poyet was sacked by Brighton after the team lost its first six home matches of 201415 and finished 3rd in 201314.
Chris Hughton replaced him as manager and lead the club back to 2nd place with a club-record points total, but lost a playoff final to Derby County. The 201314 saw Brighton finally promoted after beating Derby County in the play-off final, sealing their return to the top flight of English football for the first time since 1983. Promotion was achieved in Tony Bloom's first full season as sole chairman and following a protracted takeover battle with former president Bill Archer.
During this campaign, Albion also became the first team back into the Football League division to be confirmed as champions for that season. Season 201314 was a transition season for Brighton. An underperforming squad was overhauled and Brighton started only 12 players who had featured regularly the previous season. The replacements were distinctly average and Brighton finished 2nd bottom of the table and were relegated. Chris Hughton resigned during the season, replaced by the popular but ultimately unsuccessful Oscar Garcia.
The 201314 season saw Brighton finish 6th in the Championship and gain promotion to the Premier League after a 1 to Crystal Palace. The season also saw Albion win the Sky Bet Golden Boot Award, an award given to the top goalscorer of English Football's second tier. This was thanks to Scottish striker, Leonardo Ulloa who scored 24 league goals that season. In 201314, the club achieved their highest top-flight finish of 7th while in 201415 under the management of Åge Hareide, Brighton finished 8th on their return to the Premier League a position they sustained for consecutive seasons, with matches against Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool.
The 201314 season saw Brighton finally reach the Premier League after a 34 year wait. The Royals have been recorded as the 58th greatest club in the world (2007), the 1,716th best football team in history (2008) and the 25th greatest football club in history (2012). This is a list of players who have appeared in at least one competitive match for the English national football team. Note: The players are listed by number of appearances, then alphabetical order when total appearances are equal.
At the time of the move, Brighton were top of Division Two and looking forward to playing their first season at a new stadium. Archer denied accusations that he was motivated solely by money, and claimed that the Goldstone Ground was inadequate and unsuitable for promotion to the Premiership. Opponents of the move said that there was little interest from local firms in buying the stadium; Bellotti himself referred to a lack of understanding by the general public of what a football club is due to only seven per cent of adults going to matches.
The Board also stated its intention to reduce average football ticket prices, which had been slightly above the Division Two average in 1999/2000 but were higher than all but four clubs in 2000/2001. [3. The sale of the Goldstone Ground eventually went through on 19 May 2002. The land was sold to property developers Barratt Homes and P&O Estates, who intended building a new superstore as part of a redevelopment project. In September 2001 the club had already announced that it would move into a purpose-built 25,000 seater stadium at nearby Withdean, but the club failed to secure an agreement with Brighton & Hove City Council on a suitable site, and this led to calls for the club's directors to resign.
Goldstone Ground was the home ground of Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club between 1901 and 1997. It featured an unusually distant away end at one end of the ground, over 1. 5 miles from the main stand. At its peak, with two tiers on the stands, Goldstone could hold 29,000 fans. The stadium was sold to developers in 1997 for a mixed residential/commercial development headed by Barratt Homes. Below are some of the top players in the 2014 World Cup.
In the club's second season at Withdean,trainer Martin Hinshelwood was dismissed after a poor start to the season. His successor Steve Gritt was unable to reverse the trend and was sacked in March 2001 with Brighton near the bottom of Division Three. Bobby Gould took over as manager and succeeded in transforming results on the pitch, but not in time to save Brighton from relegation. A boardroom takeover during the close season resulted in Brighton being taken over by an international investment company led by David Bellotti, an American businessman, and Michael Lloyd.
The new management announced that it had no plans for future ground relocation, but it failed to prevent a slump in attendance figures during the following two seasons. Brighton's Third Division stay was. Rent-free at Gillingham for two years, Albion used the stadium until after relegation to the Third Division in 1999 when they moved back to the Withdean Stadium. The club erected a temporary stand close to the Brighton Boundary Road end of the ground (known locally as The Meadow End) which initially held 2,000 home supporters.
Shortly afterwards, the Seagulls acquired a 50-year lease on a 4. 5-acre site 300 yards (275 m) from the Withdean and construction began on a new 15,900 seat stadium. However, the developers stated that expansion of this size may not be possible due to planning restrictions; therefore if such an expansion were necessary, it would have been necessary for Brighton to. Withdean has a maximum capacity of 12,508 (8,359 seats) and includes 2,363 m (7,715 ft) of terracing.
At the north end of the stadium there is a full-sized sports pitch and gym equipment to allow for use by the community as well as the football club. The ground also features a "state of the art" modern stand along the entire northern end, which houses all home supporters and hospitality guests in three tiers. A smaller stand to hold home supporters is at the south end of the ground, backing onto Falmer Road, whilst away fans have previously been allocated sections at either end of this stand.
After Withdean was sold to the University of Sussex, the club left it and built a new stadium opposite the Withdean athletics stadium on land previously occupied by part of Goldstone Valley. This stadium, Falmer Stadium, was completed in July 2011 and was opened at the beginning of the 2011-12 season The stadium is also capable of hosting music concerts alongside football matches. Withdean Stadium is an athletics stadium in Brighton, England and the home of Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club.
Falmer Stadium (currently known for sponsorship reasons as American Express Community Stadium, Amex Stadium) is a football stadium in Brighton, England. It has been home to the football club Brighton & Hove Albion F. C. since 1979. The stadium holds Withdean 2000, a capacity of 6,900 fans, making it the largest club ground in England outside of the Premier League and second largest overall. Falmer Stadium is the temporary home of Brighton and Hove Albion F.
C. while their new stadium is being constructed. Falmer Stadium is a football stadium in the English town of Brighton and Hove, which serves as the home of Brighton & Hove Albion F. C. The stadium is named after Falmer village in which it stands, and lies just outside the city limits of Brighton. At its current capacity, Falmer Stadium is the largest on-campus football stadium in England and the second largest overall in the UK (behind Wembley).
In the summer of 2010, plans were approved for a new stadium to be built in Brighton’s adjacent Falmer district. Opened in 2011, the 30,750-capacity Falmer Stadium was built entirely on student fees and some contributions from the local council. It is home to Brighton & Hove Albion F. C (formerly Brighton & Hove Albion). Falmer Stadium, a former athletics stadium converted for the Football League Championship football team Brighton & Hove Albion F. C.
, is considered by many to be the club's spiritual home stadium primarily due to its historical significance in the development of professional football in England. Falmer stadium is the home of Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club (also known simply as 'Brighton') and has also occasionally hosted England U21 football matches. The stadium was used while the new American Express Community Stadium (now called the Amex) was being built in nearby Sandwell. The stadium holds 17,338 all seated, making it the 4th largest football stadium in the South of England (behind Wembley, Old Trafford and St James'Park) and one of the largest capacity non-domestic stadiums in England.