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Will Miles: A View from the Stands

Will Miles: A View from the Stands
Cavan Halley

This week we caught up with Brighton fanatic Will Miles, he’s been chatting all things Brighton and having his say on how he reckons the Seagulls will fair this season. Will is not only an Albion supporter but is also a semi-professional footballer himself. During his youth playing-career he has represented various squads throughout Sussex and Brighton which has led him to now represent the Burgess Hill first-team as Vice-Captain.

How did you come to be a Seagulls supporter and how long have you supported the Albion?

I’ve supported Brighton ever since I can remember to be honest, I’ve always lived right next to the Withdean (their old ground) so have been brought up watching the Seagulls.

Will was in attendance back in 2011 when Albion secured promotion back into the Championship.

Will was in attendance back in 2011 when Albion secured promotion back into the Championship.

What do you do to keep yourself busy aside from watching the Albion?

At the minute I’m playing for Burgess Hill which is great but means I miss a lot of the Albion’s matches as I play on Saturdays too. That’s been the only shame about playing at this level is that the two do tend to clash. I do try to get to as many games as possible where I can, I’ve still managed a lot of midweek games and always make sure I catch at least the highlights on tv when I get back in from playing myself on a Saturday.

So what are your hopes for your season with Burgess Hill?

I think after last season the aim first and foremost has got to be be staying in the league. However, I do think we’ve got the ability to push on and achieve a top half finish.

Will (fourth right) lines up ahead of the Hillian's 4-2 thumping of Folkestone Invicta in the Rymand Premier League on Bank Holiday Monday.

Will (fourth right) lines up ahead of the Hillian’s 4-2 thumping of Folkestone Invicta in the Rymand Premier League on Bank Holiday Monday.

What do you make of the Albion’s start?

Yeah it’s been great. After the disappointing end to last season it was important we put that disappointment behind us, which to be fair it looks like they have! It’s now important we kick on and establish ourselves as promotion candidates.

Do you think they can sustain a promotion challenge?

I’m confident yes. You only have to look at the quality of the players we have in depth to give you hope! Injuries are inevitable for all clubs, but, I do think Brighton are one of few teams who have cover in most positions. The depth in the squad should see the Albion sustain their promotion challenge. 

The four goal League Cup thumping over Colchester earlier this season saw Hughton change his entire side from the opening day draw at Derby.

The four goal League Cup thumping over Colchester earlier this season saw Hughton change his entire side from the opening day draw at Derby.

Which game are you most looking forward to this season and why?

It was Newcastle away and to be honest I was slightly disappointed. I think games like Saturday have been a reoccurring problem with the Albion. When it comes to the big games we don’t tend to have enough which I think is down to a mental weakness. When we have the ambition to reach the Premier League it’s imperative to do more than just compete, it’s in these games you really need to put down a marker of your promotion credentials. 

Which away day would you recommend to other Seagulls fans?

There’s plenty of great stadiums in the league and the fans are brilliant everywhere you go. Again Newcastle would of been a good one to tick off the list. Villa was brilliant when we went there a few years ago and would recommend to any supporter to go there.

A trip to Villa Park is very much recommended by Will.

A trip to Villa Park is very much recommended by Will.

Who are Albion’s key men gonna be this year?

Gaining promotion is all about a huge group effort. This year every individual is going to have to play a part and that’s all down to Hughton who has done brilliantly in getting places in the squad and in the team so competitive.

If you had to call it now where will the Seagulls finish?

My heart is telling me automatic is doable but realistically I think the play-offs beckon once more. Anything outside of that I think everyone will be disappointed. 

Will it be more play-off heartache for the Albion?

Will it be more play-off heartache for the Albion?

Who else do you fancy to do well in the Championship?

Spending 45m Newcastle are strong contenders, especially if they keep performing like they did on Saturday. Out the rest of the bunch Villa are also going to be strong. It’s going to be an interesting season because as we all know in the Championship every game is a tough one and anyone can beat anyone. 

With just a day until the transfer window shuts what’s Chris Hughton’s biggest priority?

Personally I won’t be disappointed if he doesn’t bring anyone in. I think the squad is strong enough to be very competitive and I’m quite happy with it at the minute.

We would like to thank Will for his time and to wish him and all at both Burgess Hill and the Albion the best of luck for the season ahead!

If just watching the Seagulls isn’t enough for you why not pop down to Leylands Park home of Burgess Hill Football Club to see Will and the lads in action. Tickets are available on the door for all games and are usually £10 or less, if you really wanna get involved with the club you can also purchase a supporters membership or take advantage of their very reasonably priced season tickets which are available for only £139.99 for the season for adults.

Burgess Hill after they knocked Aldershot Town out of the FA Trophy.

Burgess Hill after they knocked Aldershot Town out of the FA Trophy.

The Hillians kick off their FA Cup Qualifying campaign this Saturday at home to Ashford United in a 3pm KO.  It only takes 15 mins from Brighton station via train to get to Burgess Hill so why not take full advantage of the Seagulls week off by going to see the other club on your doorstep. Up the Hillians!

The Albion are next in action on Saturday 10 September at home to Brentwood in a 3pm KO. Do you agree with Will over his thoughts on the Albion’s season ahead?

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