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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 (Pre-season friendly)
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 (Play-off semi-final second leg)



It would be easy to dismiss the 14/15 season as one to forget.

It was certainly a season of two halves, with Chris Hughton joining early in 2015. The 26 programmes were made up of 23 league games, a League Cup game against Cheltenham Town, an FA Cup 4th Round tie with Arsenal and a pre-season friendly where Southampton were the visitors.
 
The standard 84-pages included a double-page player poster in the centre and a ‘Retro’ section looking back at games, players and programmes from our history.  Arsenal warranted a standard issue but the League Cup game was a shorter, 36 pages.

Southampton (Pre-season friendly)
Sheffield Wednesday
Cheltenham Town (Capital One Cup)
Bolton Wanderers
Charlton Athletic
Blackpool
Cardiff City
Middlesbrough
Rotherham United
Wigan Athletic
Blackburn Rovers
Fulham
Millwall
Reading
Brentford
Ipswich Town
Arsenal (FA Cup)
Nottingham Forest
Birmingham City
Leeds United
Derby County
Wolverhampton Wanderers
Norwich City
Bournemouth
Huddersfield Town
Watford



Nearly an Oscar-winning season


A busy season on the programme front, with 29 home games. As well as the 23 league games, we hosted two FA Cup matches, one in the League Cup and the pre-season friendly double-issue.  The final programme was for the play-off semi-final against Derby County, where we ultimately came up short.

All programmes were the full 84-pages, apart from the League Cup match against Newport County, FA Cup tie against Reading and the pre-season issues. Among the regular features was ‘The Big Picture’, where each week a player looked at their life through the camera lens. Other features included ‘The Blaggers Guide’ to our opponents, ‘From the Vaults’ and in the centre pages, a poster of a player.

Norwich City/Villareal (Pre-season friendlies)
Newport County (League Cup)
Derby County
Burnley
Millwall
Bolton Wanderers
Sheffield Wednesday
Nottingham Forest
Watford
Blackburn Rovers
Barnsley
Leicester City
Huddersfield Town
AFC Bournemouth
Reading (FA Cup)
Birmingham City
Doncaster Rovers
Leeds United
Hull City (FA Cup)
Wigan Athletic
Reading
Queens Park Rangers
Ipswich Town
Middlesbrough
Charlton Athletic
Blackpool
Yeovil Town
Derby County (Play-off sem-final first leg)



So near and yet so far for Vicente & Co

After the euphoria of the first season at The Amex, we went into 2012/13 with optimism. Programme-wise, there were 28 issues in total. The 23 league games were joined by two in the FA Cup (Newcastle United and Arsenal), one play-off game (Crystal Palace) and two friendlies.

The first friendly was in August 2012 and was Chelsea’s first game since winning The Champions League. A 36-page programme was issued for this match. Just three days after Chelsea, Reading came to The Amex for Michel Kuipers’ Testimonial. This time, the programme was 68 pages, full of tributes to our ‘Former Dutch Marine’.

Interestingly, the programme was 84 pages for the first 8 issues, but then increased to a massive 92-page production for the rest of the season.

Chelsea (Pre-season friendly)
Reading (Michel Kuipers' Testimonial)

Cardiff City
Barnsley
Sheffield Wednesday
Birmingham City
Ipswich Town
Middlesbrough
Leeds United
Peterborough United
Bolton Wanderers
Bristol City
Nottingham Forest
Millwall
Watford
Newcastle United (FA Cup)
Derby County
Arsenal (FA Cup)
Hull City
Blackburn Rovers
Burnley
Huddersfield Town
Crystal Palace
Charlton Athletic
Leicester City
Blackpool
Wolverhampton Wanderers
Crystal Palace (play-off semi-final second leg)



At long last...the Amex era begins!


This momentous season had no less than 29 programmes. It all started with a 100-page bumper issue for the friendly against Tottenham Hotspur at the end of July. As well as being an official ‘ramp-up’ event for the new stadium, it gave the programme team a chance to show their creativity. Information included a superb timeline of the construction of the stadium.

Early season games included the visit of two Premier League teams in the League Cup (Sunderland and Liverpool), as well as the return of our rivalry with Crystal Palace. Another Premier League team visited in the 4th Round of the FA Cup (Newcastle United) and altogether, the team produced 2,308 pages over the season. Momentous in more ways than one!

Tottenham Hotspur (pre-season friendly)
Doncaster Rovers
Gillingham (League Cup)
Blackpool
Sunderland (League Cup)
Peterborough United
Liverpool (League Cup)
Leeds United
Crystal Palace
Hull City
West Ham United
Barnsley
Coventry City
Nottingham Forest
Burnley
Southampton
Wrexham (FA Cup)
Bristol City
Newcastle United (FA Cup)
Leicester City
Millwall
Ipswich Town
Cardiff City
Portsmouth
Derby County
Middlesbrough
Reading
Birmingham City
Watford



Promotion and farewell to Withdean


Another massive season for Albion on the field, that saw the League One trophy come to the Withdean Stadium. It was our last season at the ‘Theatre of Trees’ and programme-wise, we went out in style.

The season started in July with a four-page programme for the friendly against Aberdeen. It ended with a bumper 100-pager for the ‘farewell to Withdean’ special. The 23 league issues, surrounding a postponement against Notts County, were joined by one game in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy and three FA Cup programmes.

As well as a fantastic record of the last season before moving to Falmer, the programmes also covered the construction progress of Albion's new stadium, as the finishing touches were put in place.

Aberdeen
Rochdale
Walsall
Leyton Orient (Johnstone's Paint Trophy)
MK Dons
Oldham Athletic
Brentford
AFC Bournemouth
Yeovil Town
Exeter City
Woking (FA Cup)
Bristol Rovers
FC United of Manchester (FA Cup)
Notts County (postponed)
Charlton Athletic
Leyton Orient
Portsmouth (FA Cup)
Peterborough United
Colchester United
Hartlepool United
Plymouth Argyle
Carlisle United
Tranmere Rovers
Notts County
Swindon Town
Sheffield Wednesday
Dagenham & Redbridge
Southampton
Huddersfield Town



Goodbye Russell, Hola Gus


After a shaky start to the season, Russell Slade was replaced in November. This paved the way for Gus Poyet to come in and he began the process that ended with promotion the following season.

It was a fairly quiet season on the programme front, with the 23 league issues being supplemented by two FA Cup issues. The first of these, for the game against Wycombe Wanderers, coincided with Poyet’s first game. Those that remember that night at Withdean will also remember the tee-shirts given out by the club – who still has theirs?

This was the first of two seasons of a slightly smaller design to the programme and it worked really well. The 52 pages were packed with news and information, including progress articles as the new stadium at Falmer started to really take shape.

Walsall
Stockport County
Wycombe Wanderers
Southend United
MK Dons
Gillingham
Oldham Athletic
Hartlepool United
Wycombe Wanderers (FA Cup)
Leeds United
Rushden & Diamonds (FA Cup)
Charlton Athletic
Colchester United
Leyton Orient
Millwall
Huddersfield Town
Norwich City
Exeter City
Swindon Town
Brentford
Tranmere Rovers
Southampton
Carlisle United
Bristol Rovers
Yeovil Town

The return of Mickey, Russell Slade & the great escape

Pre-season 2008 saw Mickey Adams back on the training ground, in an attempt to rekindle the success of his previous spell. This was not to be and in February 2009, Russell Slade took over and Albion embarked on an impressive run which led to survival on the final day of the season.

The 23 league programmes were 68 pages, packed with a wide variety of news, features and information. Prominent in this was the start of building work at Falmer, starting with the ‘ground-breaking’ ceremony in December 2008.

In addition to the league programmes, the League Cup, Johnstone's Paint Trophy and FA Cup added six to the total, including the memorable night when Manchester City were sent packing at the Withdean Stadium.

Rounding off the programmes were two friendlies in July 2008, against Charlton Athletic (for Gary Hart’s testimonial) and Ipswich Town.

Charlton Athletic (Gary’s Hart’s testimonial)
Ipswich Town (friendly)
Barnet
Bristol Rovers
Leyton Orient
Scunthorpe United
Walsall
Manchester City (League Cup)
Cheltenham Town
Leyton Orient (JPT)
Hereford United
Leicester City
Millwall
Derby County (League Cup)
Hartlepool United (FA Cup)
Swindon Town (JPT)
Huddersfield Town
MK Dons
Colchester United
Leeds United
Luton Town (JPT)
Hartlepool United
Peterborough United
Carlisle United
Northampton Town
Crewe Alexandra
Southend United
Yeovil Town
Tranmere Rovers
Swindon Town
Oldham Athletic
Stockport County



A season with Dean


A season of consolidation for Albion, with Dean Wilkins in charge. 30 programmes were needed, starting with friendlies against Fulham and Reading in July 2007. The Reading game doubled up as a testimonial for Albion stalwart Kerry Mayo.

Cheltenham Town visited Withdean no less than three times - once in the league and again in the FA Cup and Johnstone's Paint Trophy. In League One that year were Nottingham Forest and Leeds United, both of whom were going through difficult times. Also in the same division were Swansea City, who ended up winning celebrating their promotion at the Withdean Stadium.

Another notable milestone came at the start of February in the Crewe Alexandra programme, when a young striker was pictured signing for Albion. The Seagulls paid £300,000 for Glenn Murray from Rochdale, and he proved a hit with the Albion faithful.

Fulham (Friendly)
Reading (Kerry Mayo Testimonial)
Northampton Town
Southend United
Millwall
Yeovil Town
Bristol Rovers
Barnet (JPT)
Leeds United
Luton Town
Walsall
Cheltenham Town (JPT)
Cheltenham Town (FA Cup)
Carlisle United
Nottingham Forest
Gillingham
AFC Bournemouth
Mansfield Town (FA Cup)
Huddersfield Town
Crewe Alexandra
Tranmere Rovers
Cheltenham Town
Oldham Athletic
Leyton Orient
Gillingham
Doncaster Rovers
Swindon Town
Port Vale
Hartlepool United
Swansea City



Falmer for All


With Dean Wilkins at the helm, Albion gave youth a chance, with many young players being introduced throughout the season.

The 23 league programmes were joined by two Johnstone's Paint Trophy games, a Carling Cup fixture and two in the FA Cup. Those two FA Cup matches, against Northwich Victoria and Stafford Rangers, saw very youthful Albion sides score 11 goals across the two games. No less than nine of these were scored by Albion youth products.

The other big news was the continuing fight for planning permission for the new stadium at Falmer. The programme contained superb coverage of the proceedings, including keeping fans updated with the various efforts by other parties to derail the process.

Gillingham
Brentford
Boston United (League Cup)
Crewe Alexandra
AFC Bournemouth
Leyton Orient
Chesterfield
Blackpool
Boston United (JPT)
Northampton Town
MK Dons (JPT)
Northwich Victoria (FA Cup)
Tranmere Rovers
Stafford Rangers (FA Cup)
Swansea City
Cheltenham Town
Yeovil Town
Carlisle United
Millwall
Port Vale
Rotherham United
Nottingham Forest
Bristol City
Scunthorpe United
Huddersfield Town
Doncaster Rovers
Bradford City
Oldham Athletic



Second season (un)lucky


After last-day drama the previous season, fans were hoping a second consecutive season in the Championship would bring consolidation under Mark McGhee. Unfortunately, budget constraints brought about by the continued fight for Falmer meant it was a struggle. Relegation came with a capitulation on the final day at home to Stoke City.

There were some rare highlights. A renewal with the old enemy up the M23 saw a memorable win at Selhurst Park, which was given the full treatment in the following programme. We also had a visit from Chelsea in the FA Youth Cup. Withdean hosted a large crowd for the occasion, with the Chelsea side containing a number of promising young players, including Liam Bridcutt who was to move to Albion a few years later.

Reading
Crewe Alexandra
Plymouth Argyle
Sheffield United
Coventry City
Norwich City
Cardiff City
Ipswich Town
Wolverhampton Wanderers
Crystal Palace
Derby County
Hull City
Queens Park Rangers
Millwall
Coventry City (FA Cup)
Leeds United
Burnley
Leicester City
Watford
Preston North End
Luton Town
Southampton
Sheffield Wednesday
Stoke City
Chelsea (FA Youth Cup)




2004/05 – Back in The Championship

The euphoria of the play-off final took us back to The Championship for 2004/05.

Programme-wise, we just had the 23 league games with just one extra, the early-season Carling Cup match against Bristol Rovers being the only addition.

In the FA Cup, we were knocked out in the third round at Tottenham Hotspur, but the memorable day was given the full treatment in the following programme versus Nottingham Forest.

The preliminaries in the fight for Falmer was continuing, and the first seafront march was covered in the Sheffield United programme.

It was a tense end to the season, with a last-day escape at home to Ipswich Town. The programme for that game celebrated the player of the year award, given to Adam Virgo, with a poster in the centre pages.

Plymouth Argyle
Coventry City
Bristol Rovers
Preston North End
Wolverhampton Wanderers
Queens Park Rangers
Sheffield United
Cardiff City
Leeds United
Crewe Alexandra
Burnley
Rotherham United
Stoke City
Gillingham
Watford
Nottingham Forest
Derby County
Sunderland
Millwall
Wigan Athletic
Reading
Leicester City
West Ham United
Ipswich Town