The 2011/12 season was perhaps the most exciting thing to happen to Brighton & Hove Albion in the last few years, aside from being granted the funds and planning for the American Express Community Stadium (AMEX) itself. Withdean Stadium was at it’s natural end by the time the AMEX was finished and the pitch invasion at the last ever game at the athletic ground will be permanently engraved into supporters minds forever. However, the club hadn’t had a permanent stadium since the abysmal selling of Goldstone in 1997 so the introductory season at the AMEX was a welcome return to a solid home ground.
The new Seagulls TV production, runs for over 100 minutes and takes a match-by-match look at Albion’s first and semi-successful season at the AMEX under old manager Gus Poyet. It includes match footage, analysis, audio commentary and interviews with some of the most coveted faces of the club. The opening game of this season was against Doncaster Rovers, the same team who Brighton had defeated at their final Goldstone game. Will Buckley, and the AMEX’s, league debut has gone down in club history and this new production opens up with a special feature telling the story of how ‘Poyet’s men fared throughout the club’s first season back in England’s second tier’.
There was initial success in this first season with Albion finding themselves at the top of the league table until a difficult run of games in November reminded them of the differences and difficulties of the Championship. The new film documents the club as they go through trials, tribulations and success throughout their first season in the stadium. It includes detailed analysis of the hat-trick of wins at the end of 2011, their downfall of four successive defeats and their impressive FA Cup run which saw them get an unexpected 1-0 victory over Newcastle United.
They had a somewhat underwhelming end to what started out as such a positive season but with 12 of their 17 league victories on home turf, it set up a good energy for the seasons that followed. As we know now they climbed through the ranks and fought their way to the Premier League, where they currently sit at 12th position. Watch this 100-minutes of Brighton glory online with a subscription on Seagulls TV.