The Price of Football: Is £45 for home tickets a fair price for the average fan? #bhafc

In a recent article published on the official club website, the ticket price for ‘Category A’ games was revealed. To see the Albion face the likes of Manchester City and Arsenal – fans will have to fork out at least £45 for the cheapest match day ticket. When you factor this in with the £7 pie and a pint ‘deal’ and various other expenses such as train travel, the cost of seeing Brighton play could be upwards of £55.

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Last season, adult season tickets were around £495 for 23 matches at the AMEX. This made an average cost of £21.50 per game (a fair price in my opinion) along with free travel via bus or train which is a massive bonus. This year, season ticket prices have increased by £20 to £515. Supporters will end up paying an average of £27.10 for each of the 19 Premier League home matches Brighton will play.

It seems illogical to me that the club deem it necessary to increase ticket prices. All it will do is price out families and lower-income fans.

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Sunderland received £99.9 million in broadcasting rights for finishing 20th last season.

Last season the team that finished 20th (Sunderland) received £99.9 million due to the lucrative TV rights deal funded by Sky, BT and many other broadcasters. This increase in revenue will make up a gigantic portion of the club’s revenue. In fact, it is a 100x more than the mere £980,000 Brighton earned in the entire 2016/17 season from TV money.

My question is, why can’t the club keep prices as low as possible? Revenue from match day tickets isn’t crucial anymore due to the guaranteed £100+ million the club will recieve regardless of where they finish in the 2017/18 season.

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Other clubs have rewarded fan loyalty and ensured that Premier League Football has not stopped fans from seeing the team they love.  Huddersfield Town have set adult prices at £199 (which averages at £10.50 per game). A loyalty scheme also ensures that Terrier’s fans who have had a season ticket since 2009/10 will have to pay a measly £100 for the 19 Premier League home games.

This sort of pricing is what the modern game needs. Bayern Munich charge only £12 to see their team play at the Allianz Arena. This is astonishing considering the German giants only received £40 million in TV money in the 2015/16 season.

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The price of Premier League football isn’t a necessity or major revenue stream for participating clubs. It is, in my opinion, a way of exploiting fans. Because at the end of the day, the demand for Premier League football is extremely high, so if one fan can’t afford to pay £45 for a ‘Category A’ fixture, there will always be someone who can.

I can’t wait for this upcoming season, but I would like fans to be shown more respect rather than be cashed in.

 

Home Start Could Be Key For Albion’s Survival Hopes

Starting their inaugural campaign with a home fixture would be great news for Chris Hughton’s Premier League new boys. Fans of many clubs will be highly anticipating the 9am release of the 2017/18 Premier League Fixtures tomorrow.

 

Ideally for Brighton – a home fixture to mark the first ever Premier League game in the Seagulls’ 116 year history would be fantastic. Not only will it be great motivation for the players standing in front of a packed AMEX, it could be a great foundation for a good early run of form for the Seagulls.

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Bruno will be the first ever Brighton player to captain the Seagulls in the Premier League.

Many people are hoping for a fixture against a big side like Manchester United. This would be amazing, but then again, it would almost certainly result in a loss. Personally, I would prefer a fixture at home to the likes of Swansea, Watford or Bournemouth.

Brighton were humbled 4-0 at the hands of Arsenal the last time they got promoted to the top flight back in 1979.

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The Brighton side that played in their first season in the first division in the 1979/80 season. Credit: Seagulls TV

A win against a side who are also likely to be battling against relegation would be monumental for the campaign.

Whoever Brighton are pitted up against, lets remember the hard work that has got us to the Premier League. Get behind the team win, lose or draw.

By George Carden

How Lewis Dunk has evolved into a Premiership quality centre-back

From his days as a promising but reckless youngster, to a commanding ball-playing defender. The evolution of Lewis Dunk has been simply remarkable.

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Credit: http://www.bbc.co.uk

 

Since making his debut in a 0-0 draw with MK Dons back in April 2010. Lewis has gone on to make 133 senior appearances for Brighton and Hove Albion.

When did Dunk become a pivotal player for Brighton and Hove Albion?

Most Albion fans would agree that Dunk’s real breakthrough came in the 2014/15 season. Brighton finished 20th and without Dunk’s consistency and goalscoring threat, Brighton would of certainly been banished to League 1 obscurity. In all competitions, Lewis Dunk was Albion’s top scorer with 7 goals.

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Dunk sending off versus Derby 2015/16. Photo credit: http://www.irishmirror.ie

In the past, Dunk has been branded as a quality young player, however, a player who has a reckless streak. In the last 3 years, he has accumulated 4 red cards and 24 yellow cards (113 appearances). Two of those red cards were picked up last season.

Dunk has well surpassed last seasons yellow card total. The defender has picked up 11 this season which dwarfs his 6 from last season. Brighton fans have witnessed occasional lapses in concentration from the Brighton-born defender, he got sent off for a second yellow against the 3-1 defeat against Huddersfield and 2-1 victory over Sheffield Wednesday for unnecessary tackles.

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There is no denying his quality with Shane Duffy and David Stockdale in preventing goals. In Dunk’s 29 appearances, Brighton have kept 17 clean sheets. When Dunk has been suspended, Brighton have drawn 3-3 against Brentford, lost 2-0 to Preston, and scraped a win away at Wigan.

With games coming up against Reading, Newcastle, Leeds and Derby. Every player will need to be at their best. That means no reckless challenges from Lewis Dunk!

Article by George Carden

Is Dale Stephens the central figure to Brighton’s promotion hopes?

Dale Stephens often goes unnoticed during matches, his stats on paper aren’t fantastic from an outsiders point of view either. Two goals and one solitary assist this season seems much worse than his seven goals and five assists from the 2015/16 season. However his link up play, physicality, and superb technical ability has been vital for Brighton this season.  In 22 appearances, Brighton have won 18 games, drawn 5, and lost 0 with Stephens in the team.

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Dale Stephens evades Hull’s Jake Livermore – Picture taken by: Richard Parkes

 

The 27 year old’s place at the club was shrouded in speculation in the summer. Multiple bids from Burnley, which ended with an eventual £7 million pound bid left Albion fans praying for the transfer window to slam shut as soon as possible. This ended with Stephens handing a transfer request in a last ditch attempt to force a move to Burnley and play Premier League football. The Bolton-born midfielder tweeted to Brighton fans about his desire to play in the Premier League, he also stated that he would honour his contract and do everything he could to help Brighton achieve promotion.

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Dale Stephens’ tweet composed on 01/09/16

Stephens offers technical ability superior to many Championship players. His 88% pass completion percentage and average of 46 passes per game show how crucial he is in the heart of Brighton’s midfield. According to http://www.squawka.com, 65% of Stephens’ passes have been forward passes.

The £500,000 investment for Dale in January 2014 has proved very wise of Tony Bloom and the scouting team. His current market value is £4,250,000 and is still rising from his consistently good performances (source: http://www.transfermarkt.co.uk)

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Stephens stated, “every time I’m on the pitch I’m fully committed. That’s something I will carry on doing throughout the season.”

“We want to do this together and sometimes you’ve got to be patient and wait for your chance.”

Dale Stephens should be fit enough to start Saturday’s game against Burton Albion after suffering from a recurring groin injury. He will prove vital for the must-win games against Burton and Ipswich. Win both of those, and Brighton and Hove Albion will be back on track.


Article by George Carden

Last piece of the puzzle: How Shane Duffy has made Albion’s defence the most formidable in the league

The towering centre-back has formed arguably the best defensive partnership alongside Lewis Dunk this season.

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Image courtesy of http://www.seagulls.co.uk

Duffy, signed from Blackburn for £4.5 million in the summer, has been a revelation and one of the key factors to Brighton’s run of 13 undefeated league games. During that time Brighton have only conceded 5 goals.

The Irishman has averaged 7.3 clearances per game as well as 1.1 tackles and nearly 2 interceptions per game too. Duffy boasts a pass success rate of 78% which shows his ability to help Brighton start attacks from the back.

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The defender has managed an average rating of 7.44  for Brighton this season. Only Lewis Dunk and Anthony Knockaert have played better this season (both with a 7.67 average rating).

 

The 24 year old could be compared to former skipper, Gordon Greer. An old fashioned big defender who relies on their physicality rather than pace. It may be true that Duffy lacks the acceleration of someone like Connor Goldson, however his positioning and ability to read the game and win the vast majority of aerial duels is a credit to his talent. Full credit to Hughton and the scouting team on acquiring such a brilliant player.

Which former Albion player would you compare Duffy to?

 

Article by George Carden

BREAKING: 2016/17 FIXTURES ANNOUNCED

Brighton will play away to Derby County on the opening day of the season (August 6th).

The Seagulls first home game will be against Nottingham Forest on August 13th.

Brighton host Queens Park Rangers on Boxing Day.

Brighton’s have a tricky last day fixture versus Aston Villa on Sunday 7 May.

Here is Brighton’s full list of fixtures:

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Beram Kayal will be the next captain according to BHAFC fans

Beram Kayal will take over from the departing Gordon Greer as next seasons skipper, according to a poll from BHAFC fans.

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Kayal received 35.42% of the total vote. He was closely followed by current vice-captain, Bruno Saltor, who acquired 29.17% of the vote. Liam Rosenior took third place with 16.67% of the vote. Whilst David Stockdale followed closely with 12.5%. Lewis Dunk and Connor Goldson both got 3.13% of the total vote.

Here is the full list of results:

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It is fair to say that it will certainly be between Beram Kayal and Bruno Saltor. Both are fan favourites and quality players. In my opinion, Kayal edges the debate over Bruno. He offers a longer term option as captain (being only 28) whereas Bruno’s days of leading the squad are slightly more numbered.

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