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FOOTBALL FOCUS LIVE FROM THE AMEX

8 September 2017

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Football Focus will broadcast live from the Amex tomorrow.

Tomorrow's edition of BBC Football Focus will be broadcast live from the American Express Community Stadium, ahead of Brighton & Hove Albion's Premier League meeting with West Bromwich Albion.

It's the second time the Saturday lunchtime show will be filmed inside the stadium - the first was for the stadium's opening game in 2011 - and it will feature interviews with Chris Hughton, chief executive Paul Barber and club historian Tim Carder.

Dan Walker will also be joined by former Albion defender Matt Upson and Danny Murphy, with legendary Match of the Day commentator John Motson also sure to feature.

Barber told BrightonAndHoveAlbion.com, "We’re delighted to welcome the BBC’s Football Focus and Match of the Day teams to the Amex tomorrow.

"In particular, we will be delighted to see John Motson, someone I have worked with for close to two decades, commentating on a Brighton & Hove Albion home match for what might be the last time in an amazing 50-year career."

BBC Match of the Day and Radio 5 Live commentator Motson announced his intention to retire from the microphone at the end of the current season.

Tomorrow will be the first time he commentates on the Albion in the Premier League, but older fans will remember Motson's BBC commentary on Albion's FA Cup Final against Manchester United in 1983.

He wasn't responsible for the "And Smith must score..." line - that was BBC radio commentator Peter Jones - but he did scream the iconic line, "Gordon Smith for Brighton!" as the Scottish forward headed Albion into the lead early in the game.

In a special FATV feature, Motson remembered Albion's unique method of transport to that final as one of the quirkiest FA Cup Final moments of his time covering the competition.


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