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ALBION POWERCHAIR TEAM'S EUROPEAN DEBUT

26 October 2016

The side had a fine first European campaign.


Brighton & Hove Albion Powerchair Football Club (BHAPFC) came sixth in the Champions Cup tournament, after an impressive debut on the European stage.

The Albion team qualified for the powerchair equivalent of the Champions League after their best-ever domestic finish last season.

BHAPFC headed to Denmark full of confidence after starting their English Premiership season in fine form.

And the Seagulls, who are currently joint-top of the national league, opened their Champions Cup campaign with an impressive 3-1 victory of Danish side Aarhus Rolling Devils.

An all-English affair followed, with BHAPFC narrowly losing to West Bromwich Albion before the team returned to winning ways with a 3-0 victory over Midlands United.

Despite having won two of their three games, BHAPFC were left with the daunting task of needing to beat the French champions Auch – who had already beaten West Brom 7-1 - by four clear goals to qualify for the semi-finals.

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Albion made a flying start, with Ed Commons finishing off a flowing passing move. Auch equalised, but a double from BHAPFC captain Matt Francis saw the Seagulls retake the lead.

BHAPFC pushed forward in a bid to find the two further goals needed to secure progress from the group stage, but Auch added a second late on, effectively ending the Albion’s chances.

Brighton finished joint top of their group, but were eliminated on goal difference, leaving them with a fifth and sixth place play-off with fellow English outfit Aspire.

The Seagulls lost that final game 3-0, but ended the tournament as the only team to beat Auch, the eventual winners.

BHAPFC is one of a number of disability football teams run by Albion in the Community. The charity also runs a cerebral palsy team, a deaf team, a second powerchair team and an amputee team.

AITC’s disability football programme is being celebrated at Saturday’s Albion home game with Norwich City – with the fixture designated as an AITC takeover day.

Seagulls fans are being asked to donate to a bucket collection before and after the game – with proceeds going to AITC’s current Get us to the Match fundraising campaign and towards the overall costs of running the charity’s disability football programme.

Fans can also donate online at: http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/get-us-to-the-match.

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