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PROGRAMME ARCHIVE

Over the coming months, a library of Brighton & Hove Albion programmes will build up, a season at a time, until a comprehensive record of all post-war programmes are accessible.

The PDF programmes will be viewable online, as we work back through the years, starting with last season’s historic promotion-winning campaign to the Premier League.

On 1st September 1945, the first home programme since the end of World War 2 was an eight-page programme printed on flimsy paper - a consequence of post-war rationing.

Since then, the programme has grown in size, content and quality, with the final matchday magazine from last season’s memorable campaign being a 132-page ultra-professional production, celebrating the club’s rise to England’s top flight.

With the programme changing year upon year, we hope you enjoy looking back through the club’s programme history, as you reminisce about the incredible journey from the Goldstone Ground to the Amex.

Credit must also go to Albion supporter Ian Hine, who had a big role to play in producing this archive for the club's official website.



An incredible, historic, promotion-winning season of 29 home programmes.

This included one friendly (Lazio), two EFL cup matches, one FA Cup match and one game in the Checkatrade Trophy.  In addition, a programme was produced for the game against Cardiff City, which was postponed on 30th December.
 
The league programme was a standard 84 pages although the Bristol City game was a bumper 132 pages.  This was to celebrate our promotion, as well as commemorating twenty years since we left The Goldstone Ground.
 
The league programmes all contained a large fold-out player poster.  The programmes for the EFL cup and Checkatrade Trophy were poster style programmes. Standard size, but one sheet of paper folded down.
 
This is a fantastic record of our promotion season, seen through Chris Hughton’s notes, interviews with the players and many more features.

Colchester United (EFL Cup)
Nottingham Forest
Rotherham United
Brentford
Huddersfield Town
Reading (EFL Cup)
Barnsley
Preston North End
Wolverhampton Wanderers
Norwich City
Leyton Orient (Checkatrade Trophy)
Aston Villa
Fulham
Leeds United
Queens Park Rangers
Cardiff City (Postponed)
MK Dons (FA Cup)
Sheffield Wednesday
Cardiff City
Burton Albion
Ipswich Town
Reading
Newcastle United
Derby County
Blackburn Rovers
Birmingham City
Wigan Athletic
Bristol City



A season that brought us so near and yet so far.

 
Unusually, we had no cup games so the programmes were numbered one to 25.  The extras were the Play-off semi-final against Sheffield Wednesday and the pre-season friendly against Sevilla.
 
The programme was an 84-page issue, although the Sevilla game was just eight pages.  The programmes were ‘perfect-bound’, meaning they had a proper spine and opened like a book, rather than a magazine. In addition, the spine carried a partial image, which created the club’s badge as the issues stacked up throughout the season - meaning supporters would need every issue to reveal the bigger picture. 
 
The extensive retro section provided an insight into seasons, games, players and programmes from years gone by.

Sevilla
Nottingham Forest
Blackburn Rovers
Hull City
Rotherham United
Cardiff City
Bristol City
Preston North End
MK Dons
Birmingham City
Charlton Athletic
Middlesbrough
Ipswich Town
Wolverhampton Wanderers
Huddersfield Town
Brentford
Bolton Wanderers
Leeds United
Sheffield Wednesday
Reading
Burnley
Fulham
Queens Park Rangers
Derby County
Sheffield Wednesday