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WITHDEAN YEARS: 2000/01 SEASON ON SEAGULLS TV

13 November 2017

Brighton & Hove Albion supporters can relive the club’s championship-winning season from 2000/01 on Seagulls TV, when Micky Adams and his team won promotion to Division Two, in the club’s second season at the Withdean Stadium.

After successful loan spells with the Seagulls the previous season, Bobby Zamora signed a four-year contract from Bristol Rovers at just 19 years of age, while Michel Kuipers, Nathan Jones and Lee Steele also arrived on the south coast.

Zamora, who joined for £100,000, scored 31 goals in all competitions, starting with two goals in Albion’s 2-1 victory over Rochdale at Withdean, but the Seagulls struggled early on, losing three of their opening four matches.

Sitting 20th by the end of August, a 6-2 victory over Torquay United proved the turning point for Adams’s men, as they won seven of their next nine matches, which included a five-match winning streak.

Assistant manager Alan Cork was replaced by Bob Booker during the season, but this didn’t stop Albion’s progress, as Zamora continued to fire the goals, leaving the club sitting second in the division on New Year’s Day.

A disappointing 2-1 defeat to Scunthorpe United prompted another positive reaction from Albion’s players, as they pulled together a 12-game unbeaten run towards the end of the campaign.

Promotion was sealed against Plymouth Argyle at Home Park with six games remaining, before Albion beat promotion-rivals Chesterfield to clinch the league title on a jubilant night at Withdean.

An open-top bus parade followed at the end of the season, as thousands of Albion supporters took to the streets and congratulated the team on their achievements.

The likes of Gary Hart, Nathan Jones and Richard Carpenter feature on this Seagulls TV feature, while there are also interviews with Lloyd Owusu, Darren Currie and Albion supporter Norman Cook.

Albion's management team from this historic season will be speaking to supporters at a special Q&A event at the Amex on Friday, and you can still buy tickets here.


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