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ALBION SCORE HIGH FOR AWAY-DAY EXPERIENCE

4 June 2015



Brighton & Hove Albion have been marked as the fourth best away-day experience in the top two divisions of English football.
 
Hull City topped the Premier League chart but the Tigers were beaten by Championship sides Wigan Athletic and Derby County, with the Seagulls narrowly behind in fourth place.
 
Albion’s top-four finish overall, and third place in the Championship, is high commendation for the efforts made off the field to provide away supporters with the best-possible experience when visiting the Amex - the Seagulls are the highest-placed side in the survey that have not been in the Premier League.

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Head of marketing Tom Gorringe told seagulls.co.uk, “Here at Brighton we try to make the day more than just about the game. Obviously the football is the main attraction, but we continue to try and give both sets of fans more entertainment in and around the actual match.
 
“The video of Norwich and Brighton fans doing the conga around one of our concourses after the game in April is a prime example of the friendly atmosphere that is encouraged at the Amex, and how much away fans are welcomed.
 
“We are delighted to see that visiting fans have recognised our efforts, but now we need to find out what we are missing to make sure we not only top the Championship table, but the Premier League one as well.
 
“There are numerous new initiatives we are looking at bringing in over the summer for both home and away fans and we look forward to continuing to make the Amex experience one of the best in the country."

Almost 4000 fans from across all four leagues took part in the Football Supporters' Federation survey and they were asked to rate transport links, turnstiles, stadium layout, food and drink, view of the pitch and security.
 
Albion have improved their score from last year by 0.30 marks and also finished three places higher in the survey.
 
Click here to read Tom Gorringe’s article on the importance of away fans.

Ratings – out of ten (from BBC Sport)

Premier League: 1. Hull City 7.79, 2. Southampton 7.23, 3. Stoke City 6.94, 4. Sunderland 6.93, 5. Leicester City 6.84, 6. Arsenal 6.84, 7. Swansea City 6.72, 8. Newcastle United 6.68, 9. WBA 6.63, 10. Manchester City 6.53, 11. Spurs 6.11, 12. Everton 5.80, 13. Burnley 5.76, 14. Aston Villa 5.69, 15. West Ham United 5.58, 16. Chelsea 5.52, 17. Manchester United 5.40, 18. Liverpool 5.32, 19. Crystal Palace 4.94, 20. QPR 3.58

Championship: 1. Wigan Athletic 7.83, 2. Derby County 7.82, 3. Brighton & HA 7.69, 4. Rotherham United 7.55, 5. Cardiff City 7.40, 6. Huddersfield Town 7.32, 7. Reading 7.23, 8. Fulham 6.86, 9. Watford 6.86, 10. Middlesbrough 6.74, 11. Charlton Athletic 6.65, 12. AFC Bournemouth 6.63, 13. Blackburn Rovers 6.51, 14. Millwall 6.50, 15. Birmingham City 6.48, 16. Nottingham Forest 6.35, 17. Brentford 6.32, 18. Bolton Wanderers 6.31, 19. Ipswich Town 6.08, 20. Wolves 5.70, 21. Leeds United 5.28, 22. Sheffield Wednesday 5.26, 23. Norwich City 5.09, 24. Blackpool 5.00

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