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POWERCHAIR TEAM WIN THE TITLE

26 May 2016

Albion had a record-breaking campaign.


Brighton & Hove Albion Powerchair FC ended their best-ever season by clinching the South East Powerchair Football League title following an unbeaten campaign.

The team won 11 of its 12 league games, finishing an impressive 11 points clear of the second place side.

The squad also secured its highest-ever finish in the WFA National League Premiership – the top powerchair league in the country.

The Brighton side finished 5th having won 13 or their 22 WFA National League Premiership games. A top-three finish would have secured a Champions League place and the players are already looking to improve on their league position next season – with European qualification the target.

Lewis Hammans and Greg Baxter were joint top scorers for Brighton in their Premiership games with 25 goals apiece, while Matt Francis led the way with seven goals in the South East Powerchair Football League.

Francis, who captains the side, has also seen his good form rewarded with a regular place in the England squad at recent training camps and is on course to represent his country at the next World Cup.

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Brighton & Hove Albion also have a powerchair team which competes in the South East Powerchair Football League Division 2.

That team, Brighton & Hove Seagulls, finished second-bottom of the seven-team table, but enjoyed an encouraging season which saw them twice beat rivals Crystal Palace and record an impressive 2-0 win against third-placed Invicta PFC.

Both Albion powerchair teams are run and coached by the club’s official charity, Albion in the Community (AITC), and are always on the look-out for new players.

Anyone who would like to try powerchair football should contact AITC by emailing disability@albioninthecommunity.org.uk.


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