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WITHDEAN YEARS: 2007/08 SEASON ON SEAGULLS TV

4 January 2018

Brighton & Hove Albion’s 2007/08 League One campaign is now available to relive on Seagulls TV - a season that almost saw Dean Wilkins guide his young side to a play-off position after contrasting segments of form throughout the season.

The campaign got off to the best possible start off the pitch, with the club receiving news that the government had granted permission for Albion’s move to Falmer - a decision that went unchallenged by Lewes District Council.

On the pitch, Nicky Forster arrived at the club in a £75,000 move from Hull City, while Andrew Whing, who had enjoyed a loan spell previously, signed permanently from Coventry City.

Wilkins took his side to Crewe Alexandra on the opening day of the season, but after Dean Cox gave the Seagulls a 1-0 lead, the hosts hit back twice to win the game 2-1 at Gresty Road.

Albion won their first three home games of the season, beating Northampton Town and Millwall either side of a dramatic 3-2 victory against Southend United, with captain Dean Hammond scoring a stoppage-time winner.

Another late winner came against Hartlepool United at Victoria Park in October, and it Bas Savage’s low finish after a mazy run from the halfway line that sealed a 2-1 win on the road.

Forster consistently found the back of the net during the opening half of the season, and Albion were left just outside the play-off positions in mid-December after 20 games.

But a poor run of form followed and a number of key players departed in January, including Hammond, Savage and striker Alex Revell.

Heading in the other direction was Steve Thomson - a central midfielder from Falkirk - and also arriving at the Withdean Stadium was Rochdale’s Glenn Murray, a £300,000 striker.

Murray hit the ground running with two goals on his debut against Crewe, which triggered an upturn in form for the Seagulls, as they began to climb the league table again.

March ended with impressive back-to-back 0-0 draws against Nottingham Forest and Leeds United away from home, two sides that were favourites to win promotion from League One that season.

But a disappointing 3-2 home defeat to Port Vale followed and Albion’s chances of reaching the League One play-offs looked slim, as they followed up the result with a 2-1 loss at Southend.

The Seagulls ended the campaign with three victories in their last four games, but it wasn’t enough to finish inside the top six, as they finished just outside, trailing Southend by seven points.

Wilkins was then asked to step down from his duties as manager and revert to being Albion’s first-team coach, but he turned down the opportunity and departed after a season that saw his team come so close.

To relive Albion’s 2007/08 season on Seagulls TV, click here.


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