After agonisingly missing out on promotion the previous season, Brighton & Hove Albion returned for league action after another summer of strengthening the playing squad, with Glenn Murray’s return on a season-long loan deal from AFC Bournemouth being the stand-out signing.
Other arrivals included Oliver Norwood, who signed from Reading, and Steve Sidwell, who completed a free transfer from Stoke City after spending the second half of 2015/16 on loan with the Seagulls.
The campaign began with a hard-fought 0-0 draw with Derby County at the iPro Stadium on 6th August. Murray lined up to make his second debut for the club and had several chances to break the deadlock, but keeper Scott Carson was in fine form to keep the scores level.
Chris Hughton made a number of changes for the visit of Colchester United to the Amex in the EFL Cup three days later, but the Seagulls ran out comfortable winners thanks to Jamie Murphy’s brace and a goal each for Elvis Manu and Sam Baldock.
Arguably the stand-out game of the month came in Albion’s next fixture, as Murray marked his return to the south coast with a brace in a 3-0 victory over Nottingham Forest following Anthony Knockaert’s opening goal.
Rotherham United were comfortably despatched by the same scoreline four days later, with Murray and Knockaert on target again, while Tomer Hemed also got in on the act.
Knockaert continued his electric start to the season with another goal alongside Sam Baldock’s strike in a 2-2 draw at Reading, with Jonathan Swift and Paul McShane on target for the hosts.
The Seagulls overcame League One side Oxford United at the Kassam Stadium, with Sam Adekugbe, Manu, Kazenga LuaLua and Hemed all on target in a thrilling 4-2 win.
The month’s action ended on a sour note, after the Seagulls were beaten 2-0 by eventual champions Newcastle United at St James’ Park, in a game that saw Shane Duffy make his Albion debut after arriving from Blackburn Rovers.
Jamaal Lascelles opened the scoring for the Magpies, before Baldock saw red for a second yellow card, and Jonjo Shelvey wrapped up the points for the hosts with a brilliant free-kick.
There was still time for one last signing before the summer transfer window shut, and it was West Bromwich Albion left-back Sebastien Pocognoli who arrived on a season-long loan deal to bolster Hughton’s defensive options.