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A selection of the latest BHAFC news and blog posts.
Gary Lineker is doing a great job, says TV legend. But there is one thing missing from his game "I hear him asking someone about a striker's role when there is no one better to speak about that than Gary Lineker himself." Lynam put Lineker on the spot at the end of the 1986 finals. The newly crowned Golden Boot winner, just back from Mexico, was on a panel with Terry Venables, the manager who was set to sign him for Barcelona from Everton.
Des Lynam on his World Cup memories - from Pavarotti to Paris via a tricky night in Naples Instead, his own reading of Rudyard Kipling's poem, If, over strong images including the young Michael Owen, brought down the curtain. "It was my idea to do it. We had always used a piece of music but it's one of my favourite poems. "It occurred to me that it was appropriate because of the Owen goal and David Beckham's little kick.
Opposition In Focus: Manchester United Our rundown of Brighton and Hove Albion’s Premier League opposition for the 2018/19 campaign continues with Manchester United.
Walton On Wigan Return Brighton and Hove Albion goalkeeper Christian Walton expressed his joy at re-joining Wigan Athletic on a season-long loan, and is looking forward to testing himself in the Sky Bet Championship.
Leon Balogun has made an impact - but can he make life tough for Argentina? "I'm well pleased for Nigeria." Former Nigeria star Sunday Oliseh tweeted: "Particularly impressed with Musa, Ndidi, Uzoho and Balogun." Balogun played 54 passes, more than any of his colleagues bar Jon Obi Mikel and Wilfred Ndidi. No Nigeria player made more than Balogun's three interceptions.
Young Brighton Talent Returns To Former Club - Is This The Answer To January Concerns Earlier this afternoon speculation surfaced that young goalkeeper Christian Walton could be destined for a return to Wigan Athletic for another season-long loan spell.
Brighton and Hove Albion new boy Leon Balogun shines as Nigeria beat Iceland Between the goals, Albion's new signing showed his aerial ability at both ends. Balogun made a super headed clearance from a cross whipped in from Iceland's left as Nigeria protected a 1-0 lead. Iceland blew their best chance to get back into the contest in the closing stages when Gylfi Sigurdsson sent a penalty over the bar.
Albion Keeper Returning To Wigan Next Season Brighton's Christian Walton is rejoining Championship side Wigan Athletic on a season-long loan. The 22-year-old returns to the Latics on a contract that runs until 30th June 2019 after successful loan spell last season.
Christian Walton: Wigan Athletic re-sign Brighton goalkeeper on loan Championship newcomers Wigan Athletic re-sign Brighton goalkeeper Christian Walton on a season-long loan deal.
Walton Re-joins Wigan On Loan Brighton and Hove Albion goalkeeper Christian Walton has re-joined Wigan Athletic on a season-long loan deal.
Christian Walton set for the Championship with Wigan Athletic "It allows Christian to return to a club he knows well and he will be able to gain regular game time in a very competitive Championship division. "Once Wigan confirmed their interest in re-signing Christian on loan again, we felt it was the most logical step for his continued development."
Albion Score Highly In Visit Football Assessments Brighton and Hove Albion achieved more recognition for providing an exceptional matchday fan experience, after claiming third place in Visit Football’s independent assessments for Premier League clubs.
Brighton and Hove Albion: The Premier League's smartest recruiting club? A glance at Brighton and Hove Albion's 25-man first squad shows the diversity and range of their recruitment policy in recent times. 17 different nationalities are represented among Chris Hughton's ranks, including two Israelis, an Austrian, a Finn and a Romanian.
'Really Trying My Patience Today' - Why Did Brighton Let This Player Leave With the reaction to the signing of Jason Steele, a number of Brighton fans felt that that the announcement of Henrik Bjordal's permanent switch to Belgium side SV Zulte Waregem was the final straw for Thursday. The 21-year-old heads for the Jupiler Pro League after two and a half seasons with us.
Sunderland Fans Thank Brighton For Taking 'Worst Goalkeeper Ever' Manager Chris Hughton continues tweaking his Brighton squad ahead of another season in the English Premier League in the season of 2018/19.
Albion face fresh competition from Championship club for Paddy McNair He is thought to prefer a move back to the Premier League, although he could be enticed by the wages Stoke are capable of offering. Donald said: "Has Paddy McNair put a transfer request in? No. Has his agent told us he would never ever play for the club again?
Jason Steele in, Niki Maenpaa out and Mathew Ryan still in with a shout at World Cup He will provide back-up and cover for Ryan along with another probable new addition to the goalkeeping ranks, although Albion have not entirely given up hope that last season's No.2 Tim Krul will stay. A vacancy remains with Maenpaa's exit and Christian Walton lined up for a loan return to Wigan.
Bjordal Departs For Belgium Brighton and Hove Albion under-23 striker Henrik Bjordal has completed a permanent move to Belgium club SV Zulte Waregem.The Norwegian joins the Jupiler Pro League outfit after spending two-and-a-half seasons with the Seagulls, where he featured more than 50 times for Simon Rusk’s team.
Done deal: Albion complete signing of Sunderland goalkeeper Jason Steele Steele, who has considerable Championship experience with Sunderland, Blackburn and Middlesbrough as well as representing England at under-21 level, will compete with the other newcomer to play in the Premier League in January, when Ryan heads off with Australia to the Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates.
Brighton and Hove Albion forward Henrik Bjordal signs for Zulte Waregem "It's a move that Henrik deserves after his hard work at Brighton and we wish him all the best for the future." Bjordal had senior league experience last year when he went on loan to Swedish top-flight outfit IFK Gothenburg.
Maenpaa Announces Departure From Albion Brighton goalkeeper Niki Maenpaa will leave the club at the end of this month. The Finland international's time with the Seagulls will come to an end when his contract expires on 30th June. The 33-year-old made 11 appearances in his three seasons at the Amex Stadium, which included promotion to the Premier League.
Steele Attracted By Albion's Upward Curve New Brighton and Hove Albion goalkeeper Jason Steele highlighted the club’s progression over recent years as an attractive factor behind his move from Sunderland.
Steele arrives from Sunderland as Maenpaa turns down new deal It's one out, one in for Brighton and Hove Albion when it comes to goalkeepers as Niki Maenpaa confirms his departure from the club in order to seek first team football on the same day Jason Steele arrives from Sunderland.
Niki Maenpaa explains his decision to leave Brighton and Hove Albion He said: "When I arrived at the club, of course I hoped it would have gone a little bit differently and would have played more games, but overall it's been three amazing years here.
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