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OPENING DAY MEMORY: ADAM HINSHELWOOD

12 June 2015



Brighton & Hove Albion will find out who they will face on the opening day of the 2015/16 season when the fixtures are announced on Wednesday.

With that in mind, the club’s media team took the opportunity to interview Albion players past and present on their opening day memories.
 
First up is Adam Hinshelwood, who made his first-team debut at the age of 17 in a 3-1 win at Burnley on 10th August 2002.
 
He told seagulls.co.uk, “I remember being called up by my uncle [Martin Hinshelwood] before training just to say that Danny Cullip had been taken ill and he was going to start me in the game on Saturday.
 
“I thought that I might be involved in the squad, but I didn’t think I’d be starting the game. I knew it was going to be a big occasion anyway because it was my uncle’s first game as manager, but it was a double whammy because I played in my first game as well.”

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Hinshelwood put in a commanding performance at the heart of Albion’s defence alongside Robbie Pethwick and spoke about the challenges of facing a powerful Clarets forward line.
 
“We got off to a good start and had players like Bobby Zamora, Steve Melton and Paul Brooker who could get you goals.
 
“Gareth Taylor was a big striker and stronger than anyone I’d come against before and their players were difficult to mark from set pieces as well.
 
"The noise which the home fans made was not something that I had been used to, but it gave me more of an incentive to do well.
 
“We took a few fans away with us as well and to have them cheering us on was something that spurred me on and gave us that extra push.”
 
Hinshelwood was widely praised in the media following his debut, with several publications naming him as their man of the match, but the former defender admitted that all 11 players contributed to a memorable win.
 
“It was an unbelievable day and the icing on the cake was picking up the papers the next day and seeing them give me the man of the match accolade; that was quite special.
 
“Anyone on the day could’ve been given man of the match because to go there and win was a massive achievement, as many people fancied them to do well in the league.
 
“The whole experience was great and it is something that will always stay with me.”



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