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Pre-Match Brief: Albion v Palace

14 March 2013

Crystal Palace are the visitors to the Amex this weekend. We will have another record attendance of over 28,000, but there are still a small number of tickets available for the match. To purchase additional tickets, visit seagulls.co.uk or call the ticket office on 0844 327 1901.

All the latest team news, travel details and any further match information will be available at www.seagulls.co.uk, on our official Facebook page and via the club’s official twitter feed @OfficialBHAFC.

Special Arrangements
We appreciate that there is some apprehension ahead of the match. This is a fixture with a history of poor behaviour from elements of both sets of supporters. Together with the police, the club have put in place some extra measures for this match that we hope will reduce the level of risk of disorder.

•The kick-off time has been moved to 12 noon on Sunday to reduce the opportunity for unreasonable drinking. 
•There will be extra police and stewarding resources at the stadium, including stewards from Crystal Palace. 
•A special train has been provided for Crystal Palace fans leaving Falmer station for East Croydon after the end of the match, at 14.35. 

There are also three areas in which we would like your assistance to help reduce apprehension and risk.

•West side one way system - At the end of the match we will be creating a one way pedestrian system on the west side of the stadium. Fans leaving the away end, south west corner, west upper and lower concourses and west hospitality will be asked to turn right as they leave the stadium and walk to their transport in a clockwise direction. Even for those home fans in the coach park, the walk should add less than five minutes to your normal walk. Away fans wishing to access the coach park or park & ride queues are asked to wait in their concourse for approximately 15 minutes, when they will be able to access the coach park. The concourse will resume normal operations as soon as possible. 
•Stay behind – If you do not have to rush off immediately after the match, stay behind and have a drink and a snack. This will greatly reduce the numbers on the concourse and transport that stewards and police will have to deal with. All the coach companies have agreed to delay departure for at least an extra half an hour. This will give every spectator the opportunity to see what the post-match experience is like. For this match you will be permitted to go back into the bowl to watch the post-match entertainment on the big screens. 
•Don't get involved – Please don't get carried away with the atmosphere. Rivalry is fine but when it descends into violence and abuse, people are going to be arrested. At many incidents of violence at local derbies it is not hooligans that we see being dealt with it is normal fans who get caught up in the emotion of the day and end up ruining their lives. Teachers, accountants and businessmen have had their lives destroyed by a moment's madness. Make sure this is not you. Stay away from any areas of trouble. 

Special Pie!
We have a NEW special limited-edition breakfast pie from Piglet’s Pantry, so give it a try on Sunday! Remember these specials are limited – so if you wish to sample these special pies, make sure you get to the Amex early to avoid disappointment!

There will also be a special ale available on Sunday; Fullers London Pride is the guest ale in the home stands while Cronx will be available in the away end for the Crystal Palace fans.

We will also be selling Guinness in the North Stand (via N1 & 2 kiosks), West Stand lower and West Stand upper (via the mobile units on the concourse) as a special for St Patrick’s Day. Guinness will also be available in Dick’s Bar.

Get Your Copy of Seagull
We have another bumper 92-page edition and as well as your chance to win the Golden Ticket draw, Sunday's Seagull features Matthew Upson looking ahead to his latest derby challenge against Crystal Palace; Vicente recalls his Champions League days; David Lopez's kitbag secrets are revealed; George Barker looks back on his Albion debut at Barnsley; Kazenga LuaLua reveals his first-team hopes for the final nine games; Elliott Bennett shows his love for the Seagulls and chief executive Paul Barber talks about the club's new shirt sponsorship deal with American Express and the issue of standing at the Amex Stadium.

Make sure you pick up your copy en route to the Amex.

Albion Hat-Trick
Albion’s matchday lottery is a scratchcard based game, giving fans three chances to win one of hundreds of prizes. Match the goal time, to the minute, to win up to £100 cash. Get up to £600 in the lucky number draw, or win one of hundreds of Instant Win prizes (one in four is a winner). Prizes include free matchday food, drinks, meals, programmes, stadium tours and discounts offered by external companies. Supporters must be 16 years or over to enter.

Prostate Cancer UK
Prostate Cancer UK is the official Football League Charity Partner for the 2012/13 season and Sunday is Albion’s designated game. There will be pre-match coverage in the programme and on the big screens, and look out for volunteers bucket collecting at the Amex, raising monies for the charity.

Matchday Madness
Supporters can also take advantage of a large selection of hoodies at special reduced matchday prices. We have something for everyone; selected men’s and women’s adult hoodies for £20 with girls and boys children’s hoodies for £15. They will be available from the Amex Superstore and the concourse units in the North Stand, East Stand and West Stand.

Please note, the Seagulls Store in Queens Road, Brighton, will be closed on Sunday.

Travel Guide… Parking Available!
Our usual full travel service is in operation for the match, with the trains, buses and park-and-ride services included in the match-ticket package.

You can also book travel via our travel partners Seagull Travel, who pick up from points in all major Sussex towns – and even further afield.

For park-and-ride customers who will be arriving after 11am, we strongly advise you to use the Brighton Racecourse site (postcode BN2 9XZ), where we have excellent capacity and a swift service.

There is car parking available just a few minutes' walk from the Amex, on a seasonal or match-to-match basis, at the Bridge Car Park for all home matches.

Parking is available on a match-by-match basis for £13 per game - to enquire please call the Customer Services team on 0845 873 0251.

A special train service for AWAY supporters attending the match has been arranged by Southern Railways. This train will depart from Falmer station, platform 2 at 14:35, will travel non-stop to East Croydon then on to London Victoria only.

Persons wishing to travel on this service should follow the signage from the Amex Stadium to Falmer station and join a dedicated queue area situated on the platform 2 side of the railway station.

E-Cash Guide
By using your smartcard to buy food and drink within the stadium, or merchandise in the Seagulls Stores, you will receive 10% cashback - and queuing time is significantly reduced. If you've not done it before, here is how you do it:

1. Visit the online Seagulls e-cash page via the fan tab at www.seagulls.co.uk
2. Log in using your unique fan number, card number and password
3. Click top up in the My Details section, and follow the on-screen instructions

Once e-cash is loaded, you are ready to go and use your card to pay for food and drink inside the stadium, and merchandise in the stores!

NB: After topping up your card (over the counter or online) you will need to activate the cash by holding your card on one of the smartcard readers for approximately 15 seconds. E-cash can also be topped up at the concourse units in the North Stand, East Stand and West Stand.

Text in Your Vote for Man of the Match
Finally don’t forget to vote for your man of the match and you could win a shirt signed by the player. Simply text ‘BHAFC’ followed by the number of the Albion player who is your choice to 82055. You can enter anytime between half time and midnight on Tuesday.

Texts will be charged at £1 each. Watch out for further details on our big screens on Sunday and at forthcoming home matches. Winners will be notified within 48 hours of the competition closing.

*Please note that you must have the bill payer’s permission and be over 18 to enter. Votes entered after the closing date may not be counted but may still be charged. For a list of full terms and conditions please visit www.seagulls.co.uk or call our customer helpline 0845 8730251.

We hope you will have an enjoyable day, supporting your club and helping to reduce any issues at this match.

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