Archive for October, 2009

Back in Blighty

October 31, 2009
Death or Glory for big Russ?

Death or Glory time for Big Russ?

I’m back in damp old Hove and all set for Withdean this afternoon for the visit of the Monkey Hangers. Anything less than a win and I think we’ll see the Russell Slade era come to an end. So, let’s get behind the team and get them firing. I’ll post a full match report either Sunday or Monday, as I’ve lots of stuff to do and people to see now I’m home for three weeks.

I’ve also tried on my gorilla suit for my Brighton Marathon REMF run. I was sweating my tits off after just putting the bloody thing on! It’s going to be a tough, tough run next April. I’ve now raised £381 for the charity though, so it will be worth it. I see ex-Leeds and England player Danny Mills will be completing the marathon in a wheelchair, so I’m hoping to beat his time!

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A casual buy No. 3

October 28, 2009

Lyle and Scott Navy Windbreaker KL927

I’m coming home again this Friday, so I’ll be in South Stand Block G for the Hartlepool game, and will be travelling to St Mary’s for the Southampton awayday (cannot fooking WAIT for that one!!).

Little Ron looking good in Lyle & Scott knitwear

Little Ron looking good in Lyle & Scott knitwear

As the UK is in the grip of another rather mild but wet Autumn, what should the well dressed aesthete be wearing to a miserable and uncovered Withdean Stadium? Easy, a Lyle & Scott Navy Windbreaker. You can buy one of these gorgeous garments here.

The Lyle & Scott brand was immortalised by that unlikely icon of the football terraces – one Ronald Balfour “Ronnie” Corbett. But, their knitwear and outer clothing are classy British (Scottish actually) branded menswear, so you cannot look bad in any item they manufacture. Go forth and let your inner Ronnie out.

2010 FA Cup 1st Round Draw

October 25, 2009

Away at Wycombe for the Seagulls in the FA Cup on Saturday 7th November. At least we won’t suffer the ignominy of getting knocked out by some non-league outfit.

I’m starting my Level 1 FA coaching course that same day at Falmer High School, so I won’t be there.  The FA Cup is an irrelevance this season, we need league points, and sharpish.

Albion 0 – 2 Oldham

October 24, 2009

Adam El-Abd returns to the back four to cover for the eternally unlucky Jim McNulty, and hopefully Nicky Forster will start after his little niggle – we miss him badly. Alan Navarro starting in midfield, mmmm, not sure about that. First chance on 20 minutes, Forster wins a corner, Bennett delivers and Elphick nearly gets in at the back post. Kuipers makes a great save and Oldham have their first chance, boring game this.

Crofts puts a header just over, should have scored. Bennett again our brightest player this half, what a find this kid is. Bit better from the Seagulls at the end of the half – every time Bennett gets the ball to his feet. Half-time, all Albion for me although the Latics had the best chance.

First chance in second half, deflected past Kuipers, 0-1. Here we go again. Nicky Forster almost equalises straightaway. Cox on for Navarro, why didn’t Coxy start? Slade is getting this all wrong again. My patience is running out with his team selections. Forster going close again, COME ON!!!!! Gary Hart on for Dickinson on 76 minutes, another poor, soft, diving display from a player who promised so much in August. Toothless we are.

Dicker having a good second half, but we’re not supplying Bennett enough. Free kick for Oldham, they have a man unmarked 4 yards out, he scores, 2-0. Absolute fucking rubbish. Crofts hits the crossbar, too little, too late. One…two…three…and we’re back in the relegation zone. The only consolation today is that Millwall beat Leeds, woeful eh? Is Russell Slade really our man this season? I really don’t think he is, and it pains me to say that, it really does.

I’m back in the UK next Friday and will be in South Stand Block G at Fortress Withdean for the Hartlepool game, I can hardly wait. I wonder if Slade will be there on the home bench?

The Hovian’s Albion Team Performance :  3 out of 10

The Hovian’s Albion Man of the Match : Elliott Bennett

Albion Team (goalscorers in bold):

(4-4-2) Kuipers; Hoyte, Virgo, Elphick, El-Abd; Bennett, Crofts, Dicker, Navarro (Cox 60); Dickinson (Hart 76), Forster

Subs: Smith, Hart, Thornhill, Cox, Tunnicliffe, Davies, McLeod

League One Table

24 Oct 2009 17:09 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
Full League One table
1 Leeds United 13 13 30
2 Charlton 14 11 29
3 Colchester 14 14 28
4 MK Dons 14 4 26
5 Norwich 14 6 22
6 Bristol Rovers 13 2 22
7 Huddersfield 14 12 21
8 Millwall 14 9 21
9 Oldham 14 -1 20
10 Hartlepool 14 1 19
11 Swindon 14 -4 19
12 Yeovil 14 2 18
13 Southend 14 1 17
14 Walsall 14 -2 17
15 Brentford 14 -2 17
16 Gillingham 14 -3 15
17 Leyton Orient 14 -11 15
18 Carlisle 14 -5 14
19 Exeter 14 -9 14
20 Stockport 14 -9 14
21 Brighton 14 -9 13
22 Southampton 14 7 11
23 Tranmere 14 -18 10
24 Wycombe 14 -9 8

A tribute to Liam Maher

October 21, 2009
Flowered Up with Liam Maher (centre)

Flowered Up with Liam Maher (centre)

Very sad news announced today, Liam Maher, the charismatic lead singer of the spectacularly self-destructive baggy/acid house band Flowered Up has died suddenly. The band made one legendary album then imploded in a haze of drugs, booze and unfulfilled potential. But before they disappeared they left the world this anthem which describes, better than anything else since or before it, the mad, crazy phenomenon that was the early nineties acid house/rave scene – “weekender”.

“Weekender, whatever you do, make sure what you do makes you happy” – Liam Maher

RIP

A casual buy No. 2

October 18, 2009

Fila Matchday Cardigan Navy

From the effortlessly cool Fila brand comes the retro-styled Matchday Cardigan in Navy with red and cream trim. Only one item can help set this look off – a pristine (as in never worn) plain white tee from M & S, never Primark, or “Primani” as my missus calls it as she visits the Western Road branch every week.

Don’t even think about wearing it with nothing on underneath.

Some types will wear the cardy with a white or navy Fila rollneck – too much label folks, and marks you out more as wannabe, i.e. a muggy bonehead, and definitely not football cool. Casual means understated, not bling.

Tranmere 2 – 1 Albion

October 17, 2009

Nicky Forster will sit this one out injured, allowing for a probable start for Glenn Murray up front with Liam Dickinson. Managerless Rovers are up for the taking, they’re having a torrid season. Hang back – Gary Hart getting the nod over Dickinson, 4-5-1?

Murray’s started brightly, two chances in ten minutes. First excellent chance falls to Rovers, Kuipers saves well and Hoyte puts it out. McNulty’s been clattered about three times and is going off, and Jake Wright is replacing him, Macca is one the unluckiest footballers I can remember. Snap shot from Bennett, tipped over. 1-0 to Tranmere, the whole defence look to the lino, not given. Bollocks. Murray booked for fuck all. This referee is yet another ass-clown. Now Bennett’s been booked! Half-time, not good, Slade needs to make changes for the second period.

More of the same early second half, Kuipers saves brilliantly again to keep us in it. I can’t believe we’re in danger of losing to this muggy team. Hart booked now, time for a red ref? You know you want to. Cox replaced Thornhill at H-T, I didn’t even know Thornhill was playing he was so invisible first half. Murray misses a sitter, it’s going to be one of those games folks – I’m not feeling the love here, I think they borrowed this ref from the Wirral under-12 league.

Rovers 2 Albion 0, game fucking over, wankers. Tranmere had lost 10 out of 12 games before this, I can see this one ending 3-0. Bennett still trying, winning and delivering corners – straight to Rovers’ first man, every time. Dicko getting ready, TOO FUCKING LATE SLADE. PENALTY – Murray brought down, keeper should be off, and he only books him? Eh? Murray scores the spot kick – game on again. And within 2 minutes Murray picks up his second yellow and the Seagulls have their SIXTH sending off of the season. Dicko now on and Hart makes way. Virgo charges up to partner Dicko for the last few minutes. 4 minutes of extra-time, like it will make any difference. Game over, beaten by the League One whipping boys, an embarassment.

The Hovian’s Albion Team Performance : 4 out of 10

The Hovian’s Albion Man of the Match : Michel Kuipers

Albion Team (goalscorers in bold):

(4-4-2) Kuipers; Hoyte, Virgo, Elphick, McNulty (Wright 28); Bennett, Crofts, Dicker, Thornhill (Cox 45) ; Murray, Hart (Dickinson 80)

Subs: Smith, Tunnicliffe, Wright, Navarro, A Davies, Dickinson, Cox

League One table

Saturday, 17 October 2009 17:07 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
Full League One table
1 Charlton 13 11 28
2 Leeds United 11 13 27
3 MK Dons 13 6 26
4 Colchester 13 13 25
5 Bristol Rovers 12 3 22
6 Norwich 12 6 19
7 Swindon 13 -3 19
8 Huddersfield 13 8 18
9 Millwall 13 8 18
10 Southend 13 2 17
11 Walsall 13 -1 17
12 Oldham 13 -3 17
13 Hartlepool 13 0 16
14 Yeovil 13 1 15
15 Leyton Orient 13 -7 15
16 Gillingham 13 -3 14
17 Brentford 13 -4 14
18 Stockport 13 -7 14
19 Brighton 13 -7 13
20 Exeter 13 -9 13
21 Carlisle 13 -6 11
22 Tranmere 13 -17 10
23 Southampton 13 5 8
24 Wycombe 13 -9 7

Poll: Where will the Seagulls finish this season?

October 14, 2009

Now that we have that all-important second home win under our belts and I’m suffering from vertigo looking at our new league position, it’s time for another poll.

League One table

Wednesday, 14 October 2009 00:00 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
Full League One table
1 Leeds United 11 13 27
2 Charlton 12 10 25
3 Colchester 12 13 24
4 MK Dons 12 4 23
5 Bristol Rovers 11 4 22
6 Norwich 12 6 19
7 Swindon 12 -1 19
8 Huddersfield 12 9 18
9 Oldham 12 -1 17
10 Millwall 12 4 15
11 Southend 12 1 14
12 Gillingham 12 -1 14
13 Stockport 12 -3 14
14 Brentford 12 -3 14
15 Walsall 12 -4 14
16 Hartlepool 12 -2 13
17 Brighton 12 -6 13
18 Exeter 12 -6 13
19 Yeovil 12 -1 12
20 Leyton Orient 12 -8 12
21 Carlisle 12 -4 11
22 Tranmere 12 -18 7
23 Wycombe 12 -9 6
24 Southampton 12 3 5

Albion 2 – 0 Gillingham

October 13, 2009

Simple maths tonight – win this one and we start moving up to somewhere where a great many of our fans still think we should be – mid-table – or draw/lose and stay where we are. League positions don’t lie. It’s a score draw for me. Murray AND McNulty starting – GAME ON!!

Elphick clatters into a Gills forward inside 30 seconds and should have been booked, here we fucking go. Bennett skinning them, we’re gradually getting on top of this game. Bennett gets brought down in the D, gets up, settles himself, takes the resulting set piece – WALLLLOP!!!!!!!! 1-0, beautiful! Bennett is taking Gills apart here. Need another goal from this pressure. COME ON!!!

Thornhill doing well, we’ve heard so much good stuff about this kid, this is his big chance to shine. Half-time.

Dickinson on for Forster second half, should be interesting with both Dicko and Murray playing up front together. Making hard work of this half, shades of Yeovil? Gary Hart on for Murray. Thornhill plays in Dickinson, saved! Crofts follows up! Saved again!! That’s more like it. Hart has a go, corner. Dicker shoots – corner. Bennett delivers, Elphick header at near post – BANG!!!!! 2-0. Goals are coming from around the team now, surely game over now?

As expected we’re wobbly at the back with 9 minutes to go. If we hang on here we’re up to the heady heights of 17th on goal difference. The season begins now then? Let’s hope so. Bright lights – Bennett obviously, Thornhill, Dicker and another hard tackling display from Croftsy making up a very impressive midfield performance all round. I’ve got to hand it to Russell Slade, he made the four changes and it’s worked perfectly for him. Full-time, great stuff. Nighty night campers.

Albion goalscorer Tommy Elphick

The Hovian’s Albion Team Performance : 8 out of 10

The Hovian’s Albion Man of the Match : Elliott Bennett

Albion Team (goalscorers in bold):

(4-4-2) Kuipers; Hoyte, Virgo, Elphick, McNulty; Bennett, Dicker, Crofts, Thornhill; Forster (Dickinson 45), Murray (Hart 65)

Subs: Smith, Cox, Tunnicliffe, Hart, Dickinson, Wright, Davies

Yeovil 2 – 2 Albion

October 10, 2009

Expecting a win today, we’re ok away and are due giving someone a good hiding, why not Russell Slade’s old team? Adam Virgo on the bench, maybe he’s struggling a bit with fitness?

5 minutes, cross from Fozzy, reaches Crofts – ONE-NIL!!!! ALBION!!!! Crofts playing really well, we’re well on top here. Five minutes to half-time, Forster lays it on for Dickinson – right peg………….2-0!!!!! Forster nearly makes it three, keeper saves. Murdering them. Oops! in extra-time the farmers nick one. Game on, half-time. 

Albion goalscorer Andrew CroftsSecond half, no changes in the line ups. Scrappy, bad tempered game, some right gobby old farmers drowning out the Player commentary. Yeovil going for it. Murray is warming up for Dickinson, who’s limping, and he’s on at 55 minutes. We have lost our shape completely second half, Gary Dicker is getting stuck in, everyone else like headless chickens. Cox on for Davies, more attacking look to the Albion now, we need this win badly.

Albion goalscorer Liam DickinsonPenalty for Yeovil. Fuck sake. 2-2. Come on ALBION!!!

4 minutes of extra-time, plenty of time to gift these idiots another goal. What a load of utter shite. I was for giving Gary Dicker my Man of the Match, but really none of them deserve it, Dicker did have a good second half when everyone else gave up though. Just not good enough. Yeovil are awful, but we’re just as bad if not worse. No, we ARE fucking worse, they have more points than us.

How long do we give Slade? We went up to 17th at 2-0, now we’re back where we firmly belong – in the relegation places. Utter pants.

 

The Hovian’s Albion Team Performance : 5 out of 10

The Hovian’s Albion Man of the Match : Gary Dicker

Albion Team (goalscorers in bold):

(4-4-2) Kuipers; Hoyte, Tunnicliffe, Elphick, Wright; Bennett, Crofts, Dicker, Davies (Cox 72); Forster, Dickinson (Murray 55)

Subs: McNulty, Cox, Hart, Murray, Thornhill, Smith, Virgo.

League One table

Saturday, 10 October 2009 17:03 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
Full League One table
1 Leeds United 11 13 27
2 Charlton 12 10 25
3 Colchester 12 13 24
4 MK Dons 12 4 23
5 Bristol Rovers 11 4 22
6 Norwich 12 6 19
7 Swindon 12 -1 19
8 Huddersfield 12 9 18
9 Oldham 12 -1 17
10 Millwall 12 4 15
11 Gillingham 11 1 14
12 Southend 12 1 14
13 Brentford 12 -3 14
14 Walsall 12 -4 14
15 Hartlepool 12 -2 13
16 Exeter 12 -6 13
17 Yeovil 12 -1 12
18 Leyton Orient 12 -8 12
19 Carlisle 12 -4 11
20 Stockport 11 -4 11
21 Brighton 11 -8 10
22 Tranmere 11 -17 7
23 Wycombe 12 -9 6
24 Southampton 12 3 5