The club's success is helping to grow the fan base.
Brighton & Hove Albion would like to thank those supporters who have taken the time to write to the club, following Monday’s superb second-leg performance against Sheffield Wednesday.
Despite the disappointing result, hundreds of fans have got in touch to express their pride in the team, after a season of tremendous progress.
Paul Barber commented, "Everyone at the club has been overwhelmed by the number of kind messages of support after the match, further illustrating the togetherness within the club, among players, staff and fans alike.
"I've never seen a response like it in my time in football, and means a huge amount to everyone at the club."
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The success of Chris Hughton and the whole squad has inspired a new generation of fans, as this letter below from supporter Cliff Etheridge to chief executive Paul Barber shows.
You have probably had many of these, but I wanted to add my thanks to other messages you will have received.
Thank you to you and the whole team at Brighton & Hove Albion for a simply brilliant season. We were close, and that hurts. But, the pain that I think we all feel now is just a reflection of the sheer joy that the team has brought every supporter over the course of the season. This is as proud as I have felt since seeing the club return to the city 16 years ago. The sheer effort, commitment, energy and dedication of every player and member of staff really shines through. Thank you.
I looked at my son during a game last week - he is 16 years old - and he never experienced the battle for the very existence of the club. I looked at him whilst we were battling for promotion and saw in his face pure unadulterated joy. You could tell he carried no baggage. I’ve dragged him along since he was a 6 year–old, when many of his friends were more interested in Chelsea shirts, and he persevered through a few bad seasons, watching football in pretty poor conditions. Now, his friends are begging him for tickets, and you can hear the pride in his voice as he tells them stories of season gone by. To him, the Amex is his second home and I thank the club for creating something so wonderful for him.
Tony Bloom, yourself and the whole management team should never under-estimate the value that has been created – I know you don’t, but it is good to have the fact corroborated. You are creating dreams and making stories that will be shared again and again. Every player should know that every supporter admires and thanks them for the effort and attitude they leave out on the pitch. Your team should also know that supporters recognise the part they play behind the scenes in creating an environment in which the club can be a success. Without that back office team, this would not come together. We are very lucky to have such a great team of people running the club and for that reason, I hope you – as well as our manager and crop of young players - will be with the Albion for many years to come.
Many thanks and very best wishes.
Next year will be the year.
Thanks to Cliff (and all those who've written in) for your kind words and we will be doing everything we can to make you right!