Former Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder David Lopez revealed that his first season at the club was among the best of his career, in an exclusive interview with Seagulls TV.
The midfielder was part of the Albion squad that reached the play-offs in back-to-back seasons, and explained that his free kick in the 3-0 win over Crystal Palace was the stand-out moment.
He said, “The first season I had here was one of my best seasons as a footballer. We reached a great level as a team but, as an individual, I made the best of my own qualities. I scored lots of goals and assists and we had a great year.
“The goal against Palace was my best moment. It’s my goal which people best remember from my time here. Especially for me, on a personal level, it was a very special goal.
“You see that from the pictures. It was a very intense derby - and at that moment everything went perfectly. It was a nice goal, the crowd were with me, and I was with them. It was my best moment with Brighton.
“I have to say it was all thanks to the group, to the team, to the coaching staff and the club, who were very committed to us having a good season. It was a great year.”
Lopez explained how the number of Spanish players helped him to adjust into the squad, with Bruno, Inigo Calderon, Andrea Orlandi and Vicente all with the Seagulls during the same period.
“Surrounding yourself with people from your country or with something in common with you helps you a lot.
“I spoke very little English, but afterwards it wasn’t only the Spanish players but also the rest of my team-mates who helped a lot.
“We settled in easily and everyone helped make it a fast adaptation. I also think that was down to the fact that you are performing on the pitch, which pleased my team-mates.”
The midfielder also paid tribute to the fans and expressed his gratitude to them for the famous Spanish Dave nickname.
“I loved the relationship I had with the fans, and I think they have good memories of me. I still get nice messages from them and I thank them for that. I’ve only got good words for them and would like to thank them for the support they gave me.
“I like it [the nickname]. They gave me that nickname and to have a nickname fans have given me makes me very proud and happy.”