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A TALE OF TWO STADIUMS

WE GOT FALMER!.....THE AMEX COMMUNITY STADIUM.

My football team Brighton & Hove Albion's fabulous new stadium since last season, after 15 years with no proper home!
In 1997 the Seagulls were robbed of the Goldstone, our ground for over a century. We had to gratefully ground-share with Gillingham FC in Kent about 70 miles away, for a year or two, and then the picturesque but very inadequate Withdean Stadium, a converted athletics track, was our temporary home for 13 years (see PAD 19 Nov 2006). For most of this time until until late 2007 the club and all its supporters were fighting hard for permission to build a proper, much needed new ground at Falmer, on the outskirts of Brighton. Finally...work started on the new stadium site in January 2009 with plans to move into it by August 2011.
August 2011.......STADIUM COMPLETE! We were newly promoted back up to the Championship League and the first home match in this league was in the new Amex Stadium...what an occasion!
UPDATE OCT.2014....... We are still there in the challenging Championship League. Been in the play-offs for the almighty Premier League for the last 2 seasons, but then just missed promotion each time. Will it be 3rd time lucky this year? We now have a huge, new state-of-the-art training complex and academy at nearby Lancing. It is said to be one of the best in the country.
WITHDEAN - THE PREVIOUS TEMPORARY HOME . 1
WITHDEAN - THE PREVIOUS TEMPORARY HOME . 1
FAN ZONE TIME
FAN ZONE TIME
BRASS BAND PLAYING BEFORE FIRST LEAGUE MATCH AT THE AMEX
BRASS BAND PLAYING BEFORE FIRST LEAGUE MATCH AT THE AMEX
THE EAST STAND
THE EAST STAND
THE SEAGULLS WALK OF FAME
THE SEAGULLS WALK OF FAME
BRING IT ON!
BRING IT ON!
UP THE ALBION!
UP THE ALBION!
THE NORTH STAND
THE NORTH STAND
ROOF CLOSE-UP
ROOF CLOSE-UP
WITHDEAN - THE PREVIOUS TEMPORARY HOME
WITHDEAN - THE PREVIOUS TEMPORARY HOME
THE TEAMS COME OUT
THE TEAMS COME OUT
CELEBRATING A FAMOUS GOAL
CELEBRATING A FAMOUS GOAL
THE CO-ORDINATED FLAG DISPLAY
THE CO-ORDINATED FLAG DISPLAY
APPROACHING THE WEST STAND ENTRANCES
APPROACHING THE WEST STAND ENTRANCES
THE SOUTH STAND
THE SOUTH STAND
NEARLY KICK OFF TIME
NEARLY KICK OFF TIME
AMEX AFTER THE MATCH
AMEX AFTER THE MATCH
COMING OUT FOR 2ND HALF
COMING OUT FOR 2ND HALF
ME IN THE WEST STAND
ME IN THE WEST STAND
APPROACHING THE AMEX
APPROACHING THE AMEX
WHOSE FOR A PIE & PINT?
WHOSE FOR A PIE & PINT?
GULLY'S GIRLS  PERFORMING AT WITHDEAN
GULLY'S GIRLS PERFORMING AT WITHDEAN
THE SHAKE HANDS RITUAL
THE SHAKE HANDS RITUAL
WITHDEAN - THE PREVIOUS TEMPORARY HOME . 2
WITHDEAN - THE PREVIOUS TEMPORARY HOME . 2
THE NORTH STAND . 1
THE NORTH STAND . 1
CROWD POURING IN FROM THE SOUTH
CROWD POURING IN FROM THE SOUTH
WE'RE HAPPY!
WE'RE HAPPY!
APPROACHING THE WEST STAND ENTRANCES . 1
APPROACHING THE WEST STAND ENTRANCES . 1