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1 November 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Albion pathway development manager David Weir.

Brighton & Hove Albion pathway development manager David Weir, who played more than 250 matches for this weekend’s opponents Everton, positively highlighted the emotional attachment both chairmen have towards their respective football clubs.

Just one point separates the teams ahead of Saturday’s meeting at Goodison Park, and Weir identified the similarities between Bill Kenwright and Tony Bloom, who were born in Merseyside and Sussex respectively.

He said, “Bill Kenwright, who’s chairman at Everton now and has been the majority shareholder and held various roles at the club, is local to Everton and has a great feeling towards the club.

“I think Brighton have exactly the same in terms of our owner [Tony Bloom]. He’s got an affinity with the club and is obviously a successful business man as well, but the club is run from the heart.

“Everton have the same and I think there’s a big similarity there. That’s part of the success of both football clubs. It’s not purely a business, there is emotion involved and I think that’s important.”

The Seagulls will be looking to record their first-ever victory at Goodison Park, which would also extend their winning streak to four matches, and Weir believes Albion have the momentum to achieve another positive result.

“Brighton are on a good run, winning three in a row, and they’ll take great confidence from that. They’ve already beaten Manchester United this season and it’s been a great start.

“Everton is undoubtedly a difficult place to go to and win, but the team is full of confidence now and Chris Hughton is a great manager.

“He’s got a specific way of playing and the lads are well drilled. It’s not guaranteed that you’ll pick up three points against Brighton, there is an association now that you’ve got to play really well to beat them.”

Weir also commented on the intense atmosphere created by the confined setting at Goodison Park, while also speaking fondly about his playing days with the Toffees.

“I still keep in touch with people at Everton, I had eight years of my career there, so I’ve got a strong affinity with the club. I loved my time there and still get back now and again to watch.

“Goodison Park is one of the few remaining old fashioned, traditional football grounds. Tottenham was another one, but they’ve obviously changed now — so I think Everton is one of very few at the top level.

“It has that old-school feel about it with that closeness to the pitch. It’s an intimidating atmosphere and the crowd are really part of the game. They try to influence the match.

“It’s a really special place — the fans are very local in terms of where they come from and they’ve got a great feeling and enthusiasm for the club.

“The closeness to the playing surface replicates the closeness they feel towards the football club. It’s a really enjoyable place to play and watch football.”

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