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30 December 2017

Kit Napier, Dave Kitson and Aaron Hughes in their Albion days.

Brighton & Hove Albion take on Newcastle United in the Premier League at St James' Park on Saturday, and here are three players that have worn the blue-and-white and black-and-white stripes over the years.

Kit Napier

The forward began his football career with Lancashire rivals Blackpool and Preston North End, but the Scotsman made a name for himself at Workington after signing for the club in 1964. He scored 25 goals for the Division Three side and attracted a move to Newcastle United the following season for £18,000. After a short spell playing for the Division One club, which only saw Napier feature eight times, the forward returned to the third tier of English football, signing for Brighton & Hove Albion, who paid £8,500 for his services. Napier went on to become a key figure for the Seagulls, earning the top goalscorer award in five of his six seasons at the Goldstone Ground. Napier helped Albion to a runners-up spot in 1972, which saw the club promoted to Division Two, but the striker then moved to Blackburn Rovers where he ended his English football career.

Paul Kitson

After coming through the ranks at Leicester City and moving to East Midlands neighbours Derby County, the forward signed for Newcastle United in 1994 for £2.25 million. Kitson had Andy Cole and Peter Beardsley ahead of him in the pecking order at St James’ Park, however when Cole joined Manchester United in 1995, the striker began to play a more prominent role for the Magpies, scoring eight goals in 26 appearances in the 1994/95 Premier League season. His time in the north-east was made tougher by the arrivals of Les Ferdinand, Faustino Asprilla and Alan Shearer, and Kitson departed for West Ham United in 1997, having scored ten goals in 36 appearances for Newcastle. Kitson left Upton Park after six seasons and signed for Albion in the second tier, but his time at the Withdean Stadium was disrupted by injury. The forward scored two goals in just ten appearances for the Seagulls in the 2004/05 season, with his most memorable strike coming against Reading at the Madejski Stadium, as he scored the winning goal after Paul Brooker’s opener.


Aaron Hughes

The defender, who has made over 100 appearances for Northern Ireland, began his career with Newcastle United and went on to make over 200 appearances for the Tyneside club after progressing out of the youth system. Hughes made his debut for the Magpies against Barcelona in the Champions League, as he came off the bench at the Camp Nou in 1997. His first goal came against Sheffield Wednesday, and the defender established himself as a key member of Newcastle’s Premier League team during the opening years of the 2000s. Hughes enjoyed spells at Aston Villa, Fulham and Queens Park Rangers after departing St James’ Park, and in 2014 he signed a one-year contract at the Amex Stadium, to become Sami Hyypia’s first signing after taking charge. Hughes made ten appearances in total during his time on the south coast, making his debut against Sheffield Wednesday on the opening day of the season. The Northern Irishman struggled to hold down a place in the team after Christmas and was released during the summer.

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