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13 November 2017

Joining Brighton & Hove Albion’s promotion-winning season in the programme archive is the agonising campaign that came beforehand, as Chris Hughton’s team so nearly reached the Premier League.

The programme was an 84-page issue and was ‘perfect bound’, which meant it had a solid spine and opened like a book, rather than a magazine.

In addition, the spine carried a partial image, which created the club’s badge as the issues stacked up throughout the season - meaning supporters would need every issue to reveal the bigger picture.

Following a pre-season victory over Sevilla, it all started with a narrow 1-0 win against Nottingham Forest at the Amex on the opening day, when Kazenga LuaLua’s winning goal sent Albion top of the league on a Friday evening.

The Seagulls won their opening four league games by a solitary goal, and went on a 21-game unbeaten streak before losing 3-0 to Middlesbrough at the Amex shortly before Christmas.

Hughton’s side recovered from a difficult festive period to finish the season strongly, winning nine of their 13 fixtures leading into a final-day showdown with Boro at the Riverside Stadium.

With Albion needing to claim all three points, Dale Stephens’s equalising goal wasn’t enough, as a 1-1 draw in the north east sent Boro into the Premier League and set up a play-off date with Sheffield Wednesday.

The 1-1 second-leg defeat at the Amex proved to be the final programme of the season, as the Seagulls missed out on the Championship play-off final, despite a spirited display on the south coast.

The programme collection also included a special tribute to Jacob Schilt and Matthew Grimstone, who died in the Shoreham Airshow tragedy, as Albion also recorded a 1-0 victory over Hull City on a commemorative day at the Amex.

Click here to view the programme archive.

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