Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Solly March believes that both he and the side have a unique and special connection with the Albion supporters.
The Sussex-born wide man, who hails from nearby Eastbourne, revealed that his upbringing in close proximity to the club gives his relationship with the Seagulls’ fans an extra special feeling.
He said, “The team has an amazing connection with the fans and they’re particularly fond of me, because I’m a local lad and from the area.
“When the crowd chant my name, it does lift you – it’s hard to explain but it gives you energy. If you’re feeling tired it does give you a lift and makes you want to work harder and keep going.
“Supporters give you an edge regardless – but it’s the same with Lewis [Dunk] – they love that and want to see more of that.”
“I’ve always been local – my time at Lewes was good and grounded me. Sometimes you can get too much too soon, so it does make me appreciate what I have now, and it makes me want to stay at this level.”
Chris Hughton’s side have picked up wins against Manchester United, West Ham United and Wolves in front of the Amex crowd so far this term – March reflected on the influences the Albion supporters have on the team and cited it as being one the strengths of their time in the Premier League so far.
“At home there’s an energy from the crowd that’s unique, once we get going and get them behind us, we keep pushing forward.
“They’ve been a 12th man for us and it’s always a nice stadium for us to play in, we’ve thrived there and hopefully we can keep that going.
“We’ve had big results against the league’s top teams on home soil which clearly helps, if you look back at where this football has come from, its massive."