Archive for the ‘New Signings’ Category

Welcome to Sussex, Oscar

June 26, 2013

Oscar has landed at Falmer

So, after an epic drama worthy of Tolstoy himself, here we are now, Poyet has been seen off (with the far more sympathetic figure of Mauricio Taricco leaving in his wake) and Brighton have appointed Óscar García Junyent, fresh from winning the Israeli domestic league with Maccabi Tel Aviv.

I’m reasonably happy with how things have panned out, after missing such a horrible end to last season, and the embarrassment of Poyet’s drawn out sacking, it really feels like a new page has been turned in the Albion history book. Tony Bloom has come out of this a lot stronger in the eyes of most Stripes fans, but what of the éminence grise, the shadowy figure of Paul Barber? The jury is still very much out for me, and the more I learn about this guy, the more I can’t but think “Garry Cook, Manchester City”. Enjoy 2013-14, if you’re an Albionite you’ve earned yourself a good season.

Crofts returns

August 2, 2012

I’m delighted that the rumours that dragged on for weeks were actually true this time – Andrew Crofts has come in from the cold at Norwich and come back to the Albion on a three year deal.

He was our best player back in 2009-10 and I thought the move up into the Premier League with an already exciting Norwich side was a move too soon. Sometimes it’s nice to be proved right.

Are we going to be contenders this coming season? The signs are there definitely, it’s going to be a belting adventure whatever the league table looks like come May 2013.

Bienvenido Bruno

June 25, 2012

I just got an email through from the club, not to me personally but to all season ticket holders I presume, telling me that the club has signed another player from Valencia, Bruno Saltor. Now, I don’t think they’ve done this before – tell us by email they’ve landed someone new; and as I’ve never heard of the bloke I’m guessing they’ve made this effort because he’s a) very good, and b) Vicente Rodriguez must be on his way back, as another face from his old club would help him settle in more in Sussex.

So far we’ve picked up Tomasz Kuszczak from Man United and that’s it. There were grumblings among fans, and “wait and see” statements from Falmer in response, over our apparent lack of movement on the transfer market. I hope Bruno is good, and I hope we have a couple more signings to be announced before 2012-13 kicks off.

Here’s part of that email:

Dear ——–
Albion are delighted to announce the signing of Catalonian right-back Bruno Saltor on a free transfer from Valencia.
The 31-year-old has agreed a two-year deal at the Amex and brings further top-flight experienced to Gus Poyet’s side.
Poyet said, “Bruno has a great amount of top-level experience in La Liga, the Champions League and the Europa League, and to bring a player of his quality is a coup for us.”

Will he? Won’t he? Episode 2375

May 18, 2012

Even I’m getting bored with this crap now. He keeps saying he won’t play in the Championship, but he might not have that choice come the end of the close season if one of the Premier League also-rans hasn’t picked him up. The bookies aren’t buying his “No Championship” line, or they weren’t last night. If the right money was offered I reckon he’d be all over it and on his way to Falmer. But I’m not sure if he’d be any use to be honest, his injury proneness has got worse during his spell at Man United.

This one will run for a while either way, and will keep us checking the internet for news, at least until Euro 2012 kicks off anyway.

The Great Michael Owen Mystery

January 23, 2012

Coming to Brighton?

It’s right up there alongside Death On The Nile, Murder On The Orient Express, and other mysteries. Is Michael Owen coming to Falmer? Rumours have been rife before regarding the one-time England wonderkid, but this time it feels different.

I was tipped off by an aquaintance who’s MUFC yesterday, now it’s all over the news today and even on the back page of The Scum tomorrow (Apologies for even mentioning that particular bumwiper here, but them covering it just shows how much this story is growing).

Could he do a job? Fuck knows, but it would bring a lot of publicity down to Sussex, and might lighten the mood after Vicente has turned out to be permanently missing in action. Of course, having TWO supremely gifted but aging crocks sat in the stands isn’t what anyone wants.

But before all that, let’s just see if it turns out to be true, or more pie in the sky, like it was last summer.

Albion 2 – 1 Doncaster

August 7, 2011

If this is what a typical football day out with the Albion is going to be like then I will be frazzled come April 2012. This opening ‘proper’ game had just about everything. A 20,000 plus gate, wall to wall fan noise and colour, reckless tackles, a manager getting sent off, weird bookings, and two pieces of footballing genius that would grace any level of the game.

If you haven’t set your freeview box to tape The Football league Show series, you’re doing yourself an injustice, failing that watch the fucker live late on Saturday nights, last night’s was a cracker.

Yesterday downtown pre-match was again a pain in the arse, pubs were letting one-in-one-out at one point. The trains pulling out en-route to Falmer were so rammed with Albion fans (and the odd Rovers fan), that it felt like a railway scene from Gandhi. The expectation was everywhere in and around the stadium. We took our seats and it was like cup final day, check out these phone photos. It was so tense in there that I think it rattled both teams on the park.

Donny dominated the first half possession, and if this is a team – long injury list notwithstanding – tipped for the drop to League One, then the Albion will have a fight on every single game. The referee also seemed rattled, and he wasn’t doing either team any favours. His booking of LuaLua for diving in the box was laughable, and I didn’t need to reaffirm that opinion watching the TV replay this morning. Poyet dropped an egg after that and foolishly pegged down the line miles from his technical area to abuse the officials – off he went. Doncaster opened the scoring after Gary Dicker gave the ball away cheaply in the centre circle and Billy Sharp slotted it luckily under the diving Ankergren.  Hefty challenges were going in, but although the one that rather upsettingly has left Rovers’ top striker Sharp with three separate fractures wasn’t the worst looking, it was still a nasty, clumsy tackle from Lewis Dunk anyway you want to look at it, and I feel really sorry for Sharp, rotten luck.

Second half and Albion started to dominate slowly, although I would have settled for a draw at this point. Step up the terrible twins – Craig Noone and Will Buckley. When these two came on they totally outran and out-foxed a quickly tiring visiting side. Buckley’s low drive for the first was only bettered by a fucking beautiful bit of skill from Nooney to put Buckley through for his second, the time on the clock was 90+ minutes, but there was no ‘Fergie Time’ involved here, injuries and slow medical responses were the only really annoying thing about the whole game, instead of the seven given it could easily have been ten minutes added on. I noticed that around me in the East Stand – already marked out as the ‘quiet stand’ – old boys and kids were dancing around like loons, it really was that good an atmosphere. Gillingham on Tuesday night will be an anti-climax compared to this one, I’ll not forget this game for a long time. Cheers.

The Hovian’s Team performance : 8 out 10

The Hovian’s Man of the Match : Will Buckley

Attendance: 20,219

Npower Championship table
Saturday, 6 August 2011 19:20 UK
1 Ipswich 1 3 3
2 Southampton 1 2 3

3 Brighton 1 1 3
4 Derby 1 1 3
5 Peterborough 1 1 3
6 Blackpool 1 1 3

7 Leicester 1 1 3
8 Burnley 1 0 1
9 Middlesbrough 1 0 1
10 Millwall 1 0 1
11 Portsmouth 1 0 1
12 Reading 1 0 1
13 Watford 1 0 1
14 Barnsley 1 0 1
15 Nott’m Forest 1 0 1
16 Cardiff 0 0 0
17 West Ham 0 0 0
18 Birmingham 1 -1 0
19 Crystal Palace 1 -1 0
20 Doncaster 1 -1 0
21 Coventry 1 -1 0

22 Hull 1 -1 0
23 Leeds 1 -2 0
24 Bristol City 1 -3 0

Albion 4 – 1 Hartlepool

February 13, 2011

"Eey up, we was shiyte down that there Brighton"

This was my first league game this year, and it was a great one. Work has me away lots now, so I’m missing some great performances. How Hartlepool beat us up at theirs I don’t know, for they are the poorest team I’ve seen at Withdean for a long time. Their consolation goal flattered them, and I felt sorry for the cold, quiet, army of 129 monkey hangers sat forlornly on the ridiculous west stand.

No Albion player had a bad game. Ankergren spent most of the final half hour ripping the piss out of the exhausted ‘pool lone striker, running about his penalty area with the ball at his feet, only to pick it up or pass it out to the back four once the big Hartlepool lump had yet again run in at him to hurry him up. Funny as fuck it was. That Craig Noone is alright isn’t he? First time I’ve seen him play, his pace is phenomenal, and he makes opposition players look slow and dopey by comparison. He looks like a good buy.

But, my man of the match is Glenn Murray. Big Muzza is on fire at the minute, from winning his trademark soft free-kicks by going to ground, erm, a bit easily, to winning headers by timing his jumps to perfection and hanging in the air like Magic Johnson. He should have added to his brace yesterday, but he was still at his laconic best even so.

I’ve got a ticket for Stoke this weekend, but I’m 90% sure I’ll be away at work before then, and this time I could be out of the country for two months. I can’t complain really, but I am missing out on all the fun. I fully expect Poyet’s side to get something at the Britannia, maybe a second bite at the kick and rush kings back at Withers. Cheers.

The Hovian’s Team performance : 9 out 10

The Hovian’s Man of the Match : Glenn Murray

Attendance : 7296 (129  Monkey Hangers)

Npower League One table snapshot

As it stood on 12 Feb 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Brighton 28 30 56
2 Bournemouth 30 22 53
3 Huddersfield 29 15 50
4 Southampton 28 23 48
5 Charlton 27 9 47
6 Oldham 29 6 45
7 MK Dons 30 -2 45
8 Rochdale 29 8 44
9 Peterborough 28 4 43
10 Colchester 28 -1 41
11 Leyton Orient 28 8 40
12 Exeter 29 -8 38
13 Hartlepool 28 -14 37
14 Sheff Wed 28 5 36
15 Brentford 29 -5 36
16 Carlisle 27 5 35
17 Tranmere 27 -6 34
18 Yeovil 29 -13 33
19 Plymouth 31 -15 33
20 Notts County 26 -2 32
21 Swindon 31 -12 31
22 Dag & Red 27 -11 28
23 Walsall 30 -17 27
24 Bristol R 30 -29 27

Albion 2 – 0 MK Dons

September 11, 2010

Ignore the dull photos in this post, this was a bright, entertaining game (I was experimenting tweeting and taking photos with my new HTC phone, it’s awesome BTW). The incessant drizzle in BN1 couldn’t distract from the sunny mood among everyone associated with BHAFC this afternoon.

If you’re an Albion fan reading this, you’ll hardly need telling who the star of the show was. Kazenga LuaLua is simply a higher class of footballer than most of his team mates and definitely superior to the poor opposing right backs that have to face him in this division. Even on a greasy pitch, even when he seemingly loses control, he still takes on and beats people with ease, his initial burst of speed devastates his markers.

MK Dons started strongly, and for the first twenty minutes a superannuated Didi Hamann was orchestrating a highly dangerous team display from them. Albion gradually edged back in, and when the ball went out to LuaLua, everyone was up out of their seats in Block H expecting the sublime, and he delivered nearly every time. When he scored a wonder goal in the second half, LuaLua finally got to perform his double back flick celebration, but then went on to enjoy his first competitive goal with a youthful exhuberance that lasted a further minute. It was a joy to witness. I might sound like I’m getting carried away, so what? anything is possible with LuaLua on the pitch, if and when Newcastle come back for him in January Gus Poyet needs to hide him in a box under Palace Pier.

Albion’s second was a cheeky lob from LuaLua, that was going in even as Glenn Murray helped it on its way with a glancing header. We’re now 7th in the league, and if we were to win our game in hand we’d be top of the pile. Enjoy it, it’s a great feeling.

The Hovian’s Team performance :  8 out 10

The Hovian’s Man of the Match :  Kazenga LuaLua

Attendance : 6683 (274 Franchise lovers)

Npower League One table

Saturday, 11 September 2010 18:15 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
Full Npower League One table
1 Peterborough 6 6 12
2 Carlisle 6 6 12
3 Bournemouth 6 9 11
4 Huddersfield 6 4 11
5 Rochdale 6 4 11
6 Sheff Wed 6 6 10
7 Brighton 5 3 10
8 Colchester 6 2 10
9 Charlton 6 1 10
10 Oldham 6 1 9
11 MK Dons 5 -2 9
12 Exeter 5 -1 8
13 Notts County 6 -2 7
14 Yeovil 6 -4 7
15 Swindon 6 -1 6
16 Walsall 6 -2 6
17 Bristol R 6 -6 6
18 Plymouth 5 -3 5
19 Brentford 6 -4 5
20 Hartlepool 6 -5 5
21 Tranmere 6 -5 5
22 Southampton 5 0 4
23 Leyton Orient 6 -3 4
24 Dag & Red 5 -4 4

Bish Bash Ash Barnes

July 9, 2010

On his bike to Sussex - Ash 'The Bash' Barnes

Great news – Ashley Barnes has put pen to paper and signed a two year deal with the Albion. 20 year old Ash was easily our most exciting player for the latter part of last season, netting four good goals for us in eight appearances (remember that beauty against Saints at Withdean in April?).

He shoots on sight and fearlessly throws himself around the box, thats why I had him as our best newcomer, and definitely one to watch this campaign.

After a slow start Gus Poyet has made some flair, if risky, signings this summer. But for me the fact he’s opting for youth is a sign he’s trying to build a side that can take this club forward, but he’s looking at long term, not a quick fix. It all augurs well for a great season ahead, but before I get too carried away I realise that probably every football fan in the country thinks ‘this is the season’ then watches wretchedly from the stands as his July heroes turn into November sad sacks. We shall see. (p.s. nine more days til Albufeira!)

Argy Bargy! Twice over

June 28, 2010


The Albion have just signed two young Argentianian midfielders on a Bosman. Exciting stuff, and with Poyet, Taricco, and slippery old Calderon already at the club, it’s looking like a Spanish/Latin tilt at promotion may not be such a pipe dream this season after all. It should be a flair-filled campaign either way. Tengo gusto!