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Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club
Withdean Stadium
Tongdean Lane
Brighton
BN1 5JD | map
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Brighton and Hove Albion F.C. were founded in 1901 and joined the Football League in 1920. Prior to this they had played in the Southern League. During this time they won the FA Charity Shield in 1910 by defeating Football League champions Aston Villa in the final. The club had to wait until 1979 before reaching the top tier of the League. A 4-0 home defeat by Arsenal provided a rather unpleasant welcome to the top flight for Brighton but they managed to rally the season later on and finished safely. They hung on for four years before finally succumbing to relegation. Much of the clubs recent history has been dogged by Stadium troubles. With the club struggling to stay on in the Football League in 1996-97, a 1-1 draw against Hereford was just enough to consign Hereford to relegation instead of Brighton on goals scored. This was the last season at the Goldstone Ground. The Directors made the decision to sell the ground, leaving the club homeless and forcing them to ground share with Gillingham in Kent. This lasted for two years, before the team moved to Withdean Stadium. A major campaign continues with the fans to provide a new purpose built stadium at Falmer.


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