In August 2017 Albion played their first game in the Premiership against future champions Manchester City and lost 0-2.
I had feared yesterday’s game, their last home game of this season, against champions City would be marked by not just defeat but relegation.
Neither happened and we are safe for another season. It was a terrific performance with Brighton coming back from 0-1 and 1-2. When we played City four years ago I immediately noticed the quality on the visitors’ bench which cost more than our training ground at Lancing.
On that bench were Foden, Bernardo Silva, Sane and Sterling. Brighton no longer have Matt Ryan, Bruno, Duffy, Suttner, Dale Stephens, Izzy Brown and Hemed.
We held out for 70 minutes with typical Chris Hughton obduracy, when Stephens was caught in possession by de Bruyne, and in a quick exchange of passes Aguerro was put through to score.
Hughton was replaced by the more attack-minded Graham Potter. I doubt if Hughton’s stay-in-the-game philosophy would have won this game.
On the radio commentary on Talksport Danny Mills opined that, after six years in the Premiership, Brighton should be doing better.
I disagree. It’s because expectations are so low – I would say realistic – that survival is the key and Brighton have maintained their status.
Once fans start thinking, as Charton fans did with Alan Curbishley, “We have got as far as we can get:’ that relegation follows.
Brighton have a canny chairman in Tony Bloom and a progressive coach in Potter.
The squad has some talented players like Yves Bissouma and Ben White but the staple force is one club man Lewis Dunk who lays his body and soul down for the Albion.
They have no loanees.
So it’s other season in the Premiership.
I now have two seasons in the 1901 Club but sadly two of my close friends with whom I sit are now too infirm to attend.