Brighton & Hove Albion’s 2-2 draw at Bolton Wanderers means the Seagulls have made their best start to a season since 1953/54 - and remained unbeaten in their first nine league games for the first time in the club’s history.
That will be a crumb comfort to Chris Hughton and the Seagulls squad as they journey back from Bolton tonight, as they felt a contentious refereeing decision denied them what would have been an all-time record start in either the Southern League or Football League.
LATEST NEWS FROM SEAGULLS.CO.UK
- BOLTON IN NUMBERS
- HUGHTON: AWFUL DECISION COST US
- REPORT: BOLTON 2 ALBION 2
- FORSTER-CASKEY JOINS MK DONS
- PERRY: STADIUM ETCHED INTO SPORTS HISTORY
The Seagulls kicked off the 1953/54 campaign with seven wins and one draw in their first eight matches - but lost in their ninth, and Albion have never before begun a season without defeat in the first nine matches.
In 1977/78, Albion started with six wins and two draws in their first eight league games - but lost in the ninth.
The start this season leaves Albion four points clear of second-placed Middlesbrough, who face Leeds tomorrow, and six clear of Reading in third.
Albion's Record-Breaking Run
W Beat Nottingham Forest 1-0 at the Amex
W Beat Fulham 2-1 at Craven Cottage
D Drew 1-1 with Huddersfield at the John Smith’s Stadium
W Beat Blackburn 1-0 at the Amex
W Beat Ipswich 3-2 at Portman Road
W Beat Hull 1-0 at the Amex
W Beat Rotherham 2-1 at the Amex
D Drew 0-0 with Wolves at Molineux
D Drew 2-2 with Bolton at the Macron Stadium