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OPENING DAY MEMORY: CASPER ANKERGREN

13 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.
 
Next up is Casper Ankergren, who made his Albion debut in a 2-1 win away at Swindon Town on 7th August 2010.
 
He told seagulls.co.uk, “I signed late on Thursday evening, had one training session on the Friday and that was basically it before the game.
 
“I remember the manager asking me if I really wanted to play because I hadn’t had a pre-season with any team.
 
“I kept myself fit over the summer but didn’t have a proper pre-season; obviously I wanted to play and was very thankful that I did in the end.
 
“Your debut is something that you will always remember and so I remember all of my debuts from the various clubs that I’ve played for.
 
“It’s very important to get off to a good start to get the supporters behind you and just in general for the whole team morale and confidence. I’ve never lost a debut game and I was very happy on that day.”

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Ankergren admitted that the County Ground has not always been the happiest of venues during his career after experiencing a heavy defeat to the Robins during his time at Leeds, meaning the victory felt even more significant.
 
“I remember losing 3-0 at Swindon the previous season just after we drew 2-2 away at Spurs in the FA Cup, so I knew it was going to be tough.
 
“But Matt Sparrow scored both goals and we picked up a good win. I remember that their goal was a free-kick which I parried and we took too long to clear it, but we came through and it was a great start to the season.”
 
The Dane is now looking forward to seeing who Albion will face on the opening day of the new campaign and will keep track of the developments next Wednesday.
 
“I’ll keep an eye on things and see who we’re playing first and our chances of getting off to a good start. It’s definitely something I will follow.
 
“You also tend to look at the games you have around Christmas and whether you’re playing at home or away. All games in the Championship are winnable, but you can also lose all of them if you’re not performing at the top level every time. It’s a really tough league.”



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