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My Albion memories: Paul Arnold

Paul, an Albion fan since 1993, tells us about his special memories following the club.

By BHAFC • 14 May 2020

By Evening Argus
Andy Kennedy celebrates his goal against Hartlepool at the Goldstone in August, 1993.

What was your first Albion game and what do you remember about it?

My first game was 21st August 1993 and it was Brighton 1 Hartlepool 1. Attendance: 5,230. I remember standing in the North stand with my mates. This was all new to me. When Andy Kennedy scored the crowd surged forward and I was addicted.

Who was you first Albion idol?

Bobby Zamora. He scored 63 goals in our back to back 2000/01 and 2001/02 title-winning seasons and some of the goals, especially Bury away, were outstanding. These were fantastic times.

What is your favourite Albion game?

This is tough, but I would say the first league home game at our new home against Doncaster Rovers in 2011. After a decade at Withdean and the years of campaigning by great people we were home. Not only that but what a finish to the game!

What has been your favourite season following the Seagulls?

Personally, it was winning promotion to the top flight for the first time since 1983 so I would say the 2016/17 season. Other mentions would be the 2003/04 play-off season and the back to back 2000/02 titles.

Winning the League One title in 2010/11 was also special as we said goodbye to Withdean. I also presented the match ball on the pitch to Liam Bridcutt which made my day.

Favourite home and away shirts?

I love the 2001 home centenary shirt and the red and black Skint one from the same season.

What is your all-time Albion XI?

Kuipers, Cullip, Dunk, El-Abd, Mayo, Knockaert, Carpenter, Oatway, Vicente, Murray, Zamora.

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