Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club, often simply referred to as Brighton, was founded in 1901 and joined the Football League for the first time in 1920. Prior to their entry to the Football League, the club defeated Football League Champions Aston Villa in 1910 to claim the FA Charity Shield. To date, this remains the only national trophy the club has managed to win.
Legendary manager Brian Clough spent a largely forgettable spell as the team's manager in 1973-74. During the 1990s, Brighton & Hove Albion suffered from serious financial difficulties, which resulted in them selling their home stadium, the Goldstone Ground, forcing them to play their home matches at Gillingham's ground. In 1997 the club was almost relegated from the Football League, finding themselves 13 points adrift at the bottom of the league table. However, by the last day of the season, their fate was in their hands and they needed only a draw to survive. A dramatic late equaliser by Robbie Reinelt saved their league status.
Although Brighton have never won a major trophy, they were on the brink of an FA Cup victory in 1983, when they played Manchester United in the final. With the match tied at 2-2, Gordon Smith, who had already scored one of the goals, had a great chance to win the match, but his effort was saved by Gary Bailey, the United goalkeeper. Manchester United comfortably won the replay 4-0.
In terms of a local rivalry, Brighton look to the west at Southampton and Portsmouth and to the capital where south London side, Crystal Palace Football Club have become a regular foe in terms of relegation and promotion battles.
Legendary former players include Mark Lawrenson, who played over 150 games for the club and Bobby Zamora, whose 83 goals in 136 games helped the club to two successive promotions at the start of the 21st century and moved the club into the second tier of English football.
The club currently plays home matches at the American Express Community Stadium, sometimes referred to as 'The AMEX' and known locally as Falmer Stadium. The club have occupied the stadium since May 2011. The highest league attendance so far is 20,968 and the stadium has a total capacity of 27,350.
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