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17 August 2018

Linton Rogers
Albion face Manchester United at the Amex Stadium on Sunday.

Brighton & Hove Albion welcome Manchester United to the Amex Stadium this Sunday, as Chris Hughton’s team open their 2018/19 Premier League home account.

The Seagulls were beaten 2-0 at Watford last weekend, but last season’s final visitors to the Amex will be this season’s first, as Hughton’s side take on the Red Devils in front of the Sky Sports cameras.

Jose Mourinho’s team were last at the Amex in May, and it proved a memorable evening for the Seagulls, as Pascal Gross headed the winning goal to secure the club’s Premier League status.

Sunday’s game is the first of four matches in six games against clubs that finished in the top six of the Premier League last season - Albion take on Liverpool at Anfield six days later.


Hughton confirmed that Bruno will miss Sunday's home fixture, after the Spaniard came off against Watford with a hamstring injury last weekend.

The Albion boss hopes that Spaniard will be back in training towards the end of next week.

Jason Steele, Jose Izquierdo and Florin Andone will also be absent, as the trio continue their recoveries from injury.

For Manchester United, Jesse Lingard and Phil Jones are both in contention to feature, after the pair missed their team’s opening match of the season.

Diago Dalot, Nemanja Matic, Ander Herrera and Antonio Valencia are all expected to miss out through injury.


The Seagulls opened the 2018/19 Premier League season with a disappointing 2-0 loss against Watford at Vicarage Road last Saturday.

Roberto Pereyra’s goals either side of half-time secured all three points for the Hornets, as Hughton’s side struggled to find any rhythm during their season opener.

Bernardo came in at left-back for his league debut, but Albion were forced into an early change as Bruno came off injured, meaning the Brazilian shifted to right-back and Gaetan Bong was introduced.

The Red Devils got the Premier League season underway on Friday evening against Leicester City at Old Trafford, and it was Mourinho’s men that claimed a 2-1 victory.

Paul Pogba converted from the penalty spot to give United the lead, before Luke Shaw scored his first-ever senior goal to make it 2-0.

Jamie Vardy pulled a goal back for the Foxes in stoppage time, but Mourinho’s team were able to hold on for maximum points in their opening game of the campaign.


Pereyra 35, 54


Albion line-up: Ryan; Bruno (Bong 26), Dunk, Duffy, Bernardo; Knockaert, Stephens, Propper, March (Jahanbakhsh 71); Gross (Bissouma 60); Murray.

Subs not used: Button (GK), Balogun, Kayal, Locadia.


Pogba 3 (pen), Shaw 83

Vardy 90+2

Manchester United line-up: De Gea; Darmian, Bailly, Lindelof, Shaw; Fred (McTominay 76), Pereira, Pogba (Fellaini 84); Mata, Rashford (Lukaku 67), Sanchez.

Subs not used: Grant (GK), Smalling, Young, Martial.


Albion knew three points against Manchester United would guarantee their place in the Premier League for the 2018/19 season, and with Manchester City and Liverpool next up - survival was in the balance.

Hughton’s side made a confident start against the Red Devils - who had already beaten Albion twice during the season - but neither side managed to break the deadlock before the break.

But Pascal Gross was the hero 12 minutes after the break, as he attacked Jose Izquierdo’s cross, and despite Chris Smalling’s efforts to block the German’s header, the ball crossed the line to make it 1-0.

United applied pressure in the closing stages, but Albion survived a tense finish to seal victory and guarantee their place in England’s top flight for another season.

Paul Pogba

The energetic midfielder enjoyed a successful summer at the FIFA World Cup, as he claimed a winners’ medal with France after a number of impressive performances for Didier Deschamps’ side.

Pogba found the back of the net in the World Cup Final against Croatia, and picked up where he left off for Manchester United last weekend, as he scored the first goal of the 2018/19 Premier League season.

The 25-year-old scored six goals and claimed ten assists for the Red Devils last season, as he featured 27 times in the Premier League, helping Mourinho’s men to a second-placed finish.

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Match Reports


19 August 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Pascal Gross celebrates after scoring from the penalty spot.
  • Albion beat Manchester United 3-2 at the Amex Stadium
  • Glenn Murray, Shane Duffy and Pascal Gross on target for the Seagull
  • Romelu Lukaku and Paul Pogba strike for United
  • Martin Montoya makes his Albion debut

Brighton & Hove Albion recorded their first Premier League win of the season with an entertaining 3-2 victory over Manchester United at the Amex Stadium.
A goal each from Glenn Murray and Shane Duffy along with a Pascal Gross penalty, was enough to secure another memorable win over the Red Devils, who scored through Romelu Lukaku and Paul Pogba.
Anthony Knockaert worked Albion’s first opening of the game when he was allowed to weave inside from the right flank and send a teasing cross to Gross, who backheeled the pass, but no one in a Seagulls shirt could latch onto the ball.
Duffy was then called into action down the other end to block Anthony Martial’s effort, after the Frenchman broke forward into the box.
The visitors nearly took advantage of a lapse in concentration in the Albion defence, as Pogba took hold of a loose ball and threaded a pass towards Lukaku, but the latter fired wide from close range.
The Seagulls were forced into an early change with 20 minutes played, as Lewis Dunk came off injured and was replaced by Leon Balogun for his Premier League debut.
Despite the setback, Albion were next to venture forward when Dale Stephens threaded an excellent ball into the path of Knockaert, but the winger dragged his angled attempt wide of the far post.
The deadlock was broken just moments later thanks to Murray, who provided the deftest of finishes from Solly March’s ball across the box to give Albion the lead with 25 minutes on the clock.
The lead was doubled just two minutes later when Gross played the ball back across the box, and Duffy was there inside the penalty area to connect with a powerful finish past David De Gea.

But United halved the deficit courtesy of Lukaku, as Luke Shaw played a ball back into the area after Albion failed to deal with a corner, allowing the Belgian to make it 2-1 in the 34th minute.
Knockaert had a chance to restore Brighton’s two-goal advantage with a set piece in a promising position, but the Frenchman fired the resulting free-kick over the bar.
Albion did make it 3-1 with two minutes of the first half remaining, after Gross was brought down inside the area by Eric Bailly, and the German’s resulting penalty clipped in off De Gea’s trailing leg to send the Amex crowd into raptures.
Chances were few and far between in a cagey start to the second period, with Paul Pogba’s off-target header from Anthony Martial’s corner the only chance of note in the opening 15 minutes of the half.

The Seagulls had less of the ball in the second half but remained solid in defence and looked to catch their opponents on the break.

The visitors were awarded a penalty deep into stoppage time, after Duffy tripped Marouane Fellaini inside the box - Pogba converted from 12 yards but it was too late for a comeback, as the Seagulls claimed victory.
ALBION: Ryan; Montoya, Duffy, Dunk (Balogun 20), Bong; Knockaert, Stephens, Propper, March; Gross (Kayal 89); Murray (Locadia 90+1).
SUBS NOT USED: Button (GK), Bernardo, Bissouma, Jahanbakhsh.
1ST PRIZE  £1000 163372
2ND PRIZE        161029
3RD PRIZE        166069
4TH PRIZE        163961
5TH PRIZE        162079

1ST £550 4502
2ND £50  1081
3RD £25  3628


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Ticket News


17 August 2018

Linton Rogers
The Albion v Manchester United pre-match brief brought to you by Albion in the Community
Brighton & Hove Albion welcome Manchester United to the Amex in the Premier League in their opening home game on Sunday, 19th August, kick-off 4pm.
The last time Albion faced United, back in May, they secured Premier League safety with a 1-0 win in front of a packed crowd at the Amex.
Trains: Southern Rail have informed the club that they will be operating a full match-day service from Brighton & Lewes; however, please note that due to engineering works on the line between Seaford and Lewes, there will be a bus replacement service in operation. Fans are advised to check Southern’s website before travelling.
Park & Rides: Due to building work, the park & ride at the University of Brighton, Lewes Road, will be temporarily closed until January 2019; however, we have increased the number of buses at Brighton Racecourse, with extra parking spaces available.
We have also increased the number of buses operating at our most popular park & ride site, Mill Road, which fills up very quickly. Both locations, at Brighton Racecourse & Mill Road, will be open from 1pm.
Brighton Racecourse is holding an event on the day, so on arrival please follow stewards’ instructions.
Car Parks: The Bridge (Car Park B) and Sussex University (Car Park C) have now completely sold out, and there will be no cash sales on the day. Supporters are therefore advised to use public transport wherever possible.
All vehicles accredited to park at Sussex University must enter via Stanmer Park, as there will be no entry at Falmer or Knights Gate.
Village Way will be extremely busy and congested, and supporters are advised to avoid this area both pre- and post-match, unless they have pre-booked parking.
Parking: We have no local street parking available to football supporters, as all areas have a residents’ parking scheme in operation, and enforcement officers will be on patrol.
Seagull Travel: Seagull Travel will be running their usual matchday services from various locations, and spaces are available to pre-book via their website.
Drop-offs & Pick-ups: There will be no pick-ups or drop-offs along Village Way, or at the Woollard Way (entrance to the Bridge car park).
Car Park 5 at the University of Sussex, located by the Sports Hall, is being utilised to enable fans to be dropped off and picked up before and after the match.
This drop-off/pick-up point is a short walk through the underpass to the Amex Stadium. There is also a free shuttle bus in operation.
All supporters are asked to head to the stadium as early as possible regardless of how they are travelling.
Opening and Closing Times
The Club Superstore will be open from 11am and close at 7pm after the game. The shop is also closed during the match.
The ticket office will open from 11am until half-time. The ticket office will be closed during the second half.
Dick’s Bar is open from 1pm until kick-off and then after the match until 8.30pm. Please note this bar is only open to over-18s.
All concourses will open at 2pm. Post-match, East, South and West concourses will close at 7.30pm. The North will close at 8.30pm.
The 1901 Club lounges will open at 1.30pm with HB’s Restaurant and The Goldstone Restaurant also opening at this time.
Ticket Office
Please note, this fixture has sold out. 
Fans are strongly advised to arrive as early as possible to take their seats for the match.  
Season ticket holders who remain in the same seats as last season, and also remain in the same age price band, are reminded to use last season’s same season card for the 2018/19 Premier League season.
This applies for Sunday’s fixture. Please click here for more information, and here to view the correct 1901 Club card for the new season.
Supporters with the incorrect card risk being delayed as the ticket office is expected to be busier than normal. 



Upon arrival, fans will be greeted by Hot Damn on the bandstand until 3pm.

The outside bar and food outlets will be open from 1.30pm. The outside bar will close at 3pm.

In the 1901 Club lounges, Dick’s Bar and concourses, Manchester City v Huddersfield will be available to watch on the TV screens before the match. Post-match, Sky Sports News will be available to watch.

Match Programme

It’s been a busy summer in the transfer market for the Albion and, as a result, we have in-depth interviews with our new signings in Sunday’s bumper 108-page matchday magazine.

Elsewhere, Pascal Gross, who scored in our win against Manchester United at the Amex last season, previews the return of Jose Mourinho’s side likewise his own personal ambitions for the campaign ahead.

Staying on a United theme, we look back at the birth of an icon – David Beckham’s professional debut against the Seagulls – while we also speak to Matthew Edwards, who scored against the Red Devils that night.

We have two now columnists this season, with Gordon Smith comparing Albion’s second season in the top-flight to his own experiences at the club, while another ex-Seagull Agustin Battipiedi – who now combines playing with a successful media career in Argentina – tells us what he’s been up to since he left the Amex.

This season we open the Albion Scrapbook, with Craig Mackail-Smith taking a look back at his time with the club, while captain Bruno lifts the lid on his life away from the football pitch.

We also catch up with Elliott Hasler, the UK’s youngest film director who happens to be an Albion fan, while Tim Carder opens the doors to the Albion Museum in the first of a new series.

If that wasn’t enough, we have a new-look Young Seagulls pull-out, full of quizzes and fun facts, then flip it over to reveal the first giant Albion player poster of the season – ideal for every bedroom wall or workplace.

For this and much, much more, make sure you pick up Albion’s matchday magazine, available in and around the Amex on Sunday, priced £3.50.

Club Superstore
The two external retail outlets are situated at the south-east approach T-junction, and north-west corner, stocking a range of souvenirs.
In the Superstore, supporters will get the opportunity to take home a free ‘We’re on our Way’ book if  more than £100 is spent.
Supporters wishing to get shirts printed are advised that this is best done post-match to avoid long waiting times. 
1901 Club Lounge Dress Code
We would like to take this opportunity to remind members that the dress code for the 1901 Club is smart business attire for all guests, male and female.
Acceptable attire includes smart jeans, smart boots, clean trainers and canvas shoes. Please note that ripped jeans, shorts and flip-flops are not permitted. Hospitality guests dining in either restaurant will still be required to wear shoes; trainers will not be permitted in dining areas.
Men must wear a collared shirt or polo shirt. Football shirts, polo-neck and turtleneck sweaters are not acceptable.
Only guests aged under 14 may wear Brighton & Hove Albion replica shirts. Away-team colours or shirts are not permitted under any circumstances. Please ensure your guests are aware of and adhere to the dress code as entry will not be permitted if they are not dressed accordingly.
Unfortunately, we will be unable to re-seat 1901 Club members or their guests in general admission areas of the stadium if refused admission to the 1901 Club.

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