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23 November 2017

A third season has been added to Brighton & Hove Albion’s programme archive, with the latest covering the club’s season of two halves, as Chris Hughton’s memorable era began on the south coast.

There were 26 programmes in total throughout the campaign, with 23 of them coming in the league, one a pre-season friendly against Southampton, and the other two - cup clashes against Cheltenham Town and Arsenal.

The Seagulls began the season with Sami Hyypia at the helm. His first match in charge ended up in defeat to Sheffield Wednesday at the Amex, as Giles Coke’s goal secured a 1-0 victory for the Owls on the opening day of the campaign.

Albion quashed any early worries with back-to-back wins over Leeds United and Bolton Wanderers inside the opening month, but pressure mounted on Hyypia from there on in, as the Seagulls won just once in their next 18 league games.

The former Liverpool defender offered his resignation after a 1-1 draw against Wolverhampton Wanderers, which left Nathan Jones as caretaker manager for Albion’s next two fixtures.

Goals from Jake Forster-Caskey and Inigo Calderon cancelled out two strikes from a certain Glenn Murray when Reading visited the Amex, before Adrian Colunga and Solly March secured a 2-0 victory against Fulham at Craven Cottage.

Tony Bloom appointed Hughton as manager ahead of Albion’s FA Cup tie against Brentford, and it proved a successful debut for the new man in the hotseat, with the Seagulls winning 2-0 at Griffin Park.

Hughton’s first league victory came when Rohan Ince’s goal sealed a 1-0 win at Charlton, before Sam Baldock and Joao Teixeira (2) led Albion to a confidence-boosting 3-2 win against Ipswich Town at the Amex.

The Seagulls went on to record home successes against Birmingham City, Leeds and Derby County, which helped them move away from the relegation zone, but Hughton’s team were unable to win any of their remaining seven games of the season.

The final home programme of the season came against Watford, when Gianfranco Zola’s team won 2-0 and earned the three points that lifted them into the Premier League.

It may have been an underwhelming season for the Seagulls, but it was the start of something quite special - because two years on, Hughton’s team were the ones celebrating promotion on the south coast.

To view the 2014/15 issues in the programme archive, click here.

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