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Brighton Hove Albion FC

Brighton Hove Albion Football Club was formed in 1901 and played in the Southern League until 1920 when the team joined the Football League Division Three.

The club, which then played at the Goldstone Ground, remained in this division until the outbreak of World War II, only figuring in the title chase in two seasons 1936/37 and 1938/39 when they finished third.

Following the war Brighton were the team with the best record never to win the promotion spot until the 1958/59 season when they finally made it into Division Two, crowning the achievement with a 6-0 win over Watford.

However the club only managed to stay in the second division for three seasons before being relegated in 1961/62, and so began the biggest slide in the club’s history. By the end of the following season they were down in Division Four.

But things took a turn for the better early in 1964, when England international Bobby Smith signed for Brighton for £5,000 and at the end of that season the club won the Division Four championship.

The next decade was perhaps the most eventful time in the club's history, with Brighton winning promotion to the second division in 1971/72 after beating off tough competition from Notts County and Bournemouth to go up in second place behind Aston Villa.

However the glory didn’t last long as the club, now affectionately known as The Seagulls, was relegated back to Division Three the following season and narrowly missed out on ending up back in the fourth division in 1973/74.

During the 1974/75 season Brighton battled against Crystal Palace and Millwall to win promotion back into the second division and by the end of the decade they had won promotion again to Division One.

They stayed in the top flight for four seasons before slipping down to Division Two in 1983, although the team did manage to reach the FA Cup final for the first time that year, losing 4-0 to Manchester United in the replay.

Brighton spent most of the 80s in the second division but the dawning of the 90s brought about more despair and heartache for the club and its fans.

In 1991/92 The Seagulls were relegated to Division Three and fell into financial difficulties, which lead to the famous Goldstone Ground being sold in 1995.

For the next four years the club shared Gillingham’s ground, meaning the fans had a long drive to a home match. Then in 1996 they were relegated to bottom division.

However, in 1999 Brighton returned to their roots and started playing at the Withdean Stadium [map], where they still play today.

The club’s centenary year – 2001 – was marked with the glory of winning the third division championship followed swiftly by the second division title a year later.

Sadly the winning streak didn’t last and the club were relegated back to Division Two in 2003 before going back up the following year after winning the play-off final against Bristol City. The club now plays in the newly formed Coca Cola Championship.

The club was relegated to the Coca Cola League Division One at the end of the 2005/06 season.

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