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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.

New Albion goalkeeper Jason Steele pledges to put tough season at Sunderland behind him He said: "It was tough at Sunderland. The club is going through a tough period at the minute and I didn't play anywhere near as much as I wanted to. "But you don't use it for experience - in terms of football experience - you use it as a life experience and how to deal with adversity.

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.

The Roker Report talk Jason Steele More than a few eyebrows have been raised at Brighton and Hove Albion signing Jason Steele from Sunderland. What could a Premier League side want with a bloke who wasn't even first choice at a club relegated into League One?

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.

Jason Steele: Sunderland goalkeeper joins Brighton on three-year deal Brighton and Hove Albion sign goalkeeper Jason Steele from League One Sunderland on a three-year deal.

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.

Sunderland's Jason Steele completes his move to Brighton and Hove Albion Steele still had three years to run on his contract at the Stadium of Light but moved on after enduring a nightmare first season at Sunderland, in which he started the season as first-choice keeper only to lose his place after a series of high-profile mistakes, although he did end the campaign back between the sticks.

Maenpaa Eager To Play After Amazing Albion Experience Departing Brighton and Hove Albion goalkeeper Niki Maenpaa says his time at the club has been an amazing experience, but stressed a desire to play regular football as the key factor behind his decision to move on.

Albion Sign Goalkeeper Steele Brighton and Hove Albion have completed the signing of goalkeeper Jason Steele from Sunderland.The 27-year-old joins the Seagulls on a three-year deal until June 2021, and will add depth to Chris Hughton’s goalkeeping options.

One Brighton Goalkeeper Leaves - The Other Remains In Talks Brighton have confirmed today that although goalkeeper Tim Krul remains in talks with the club over a potential deal extension with his existing contract expiring this summer, Niki Maenpaa has decided to move on when his deal expires on June 30th.

Hughton Thanks Departing Maenpaa Brighton and Hove Albion goalkeeper Niki Maenpaa will depart at the end of his current contract in June.Maenpaa, who signed for Albion back in July 2015, will become a free agent when his contract ends on June 30th, ending a three-season spell on the south coast.

Albion keeper Mathew Ryan helps Australia make their point in World Cup against Denmark Ryan was on the wrong end of Christian Eriksen's finishing prowess seven minutes into the clash in Samara, just as Albion team-mate Shane Duffy had been in the play-offs when the Republic of Ireland's World Cup qualifying hopes were dashed by a hat-trick from the Spurs player.

Albion confirm departure of goalkeeper Niki Maenpaa Albion were keen to retain his services but the Finnish international sees his future elsewhere in search of more game time. Manager chris Hughton said: "Niki has always been an excellent member of the squad and, although game time has been limited, he has been a great professional.

The Peter Brackley column: Gripping stuff for Harry Kane but commentators can slip up As news spread of Clive's time-travel revelation, I had visions of shops operating on "Tyldesley time" hanging up the "closed" signs two hours early, while elsewhere whooping factory and office workers rushed for the exit before panicking managers could stop them.

Brighton weigh up move for Gyasi HITC Sport understands Brighton could rekindle interest in long-term target Gyasi. Brighton and Hove Albion are weighing up moves for Ghana winger Edwin Gyasi, HITC Sport understands from sources close to the club.

Albion keeper Mathew Ryan challenges Australia to raise game to another level to topple Denmark "Playing out from the back, if we are moving the ball quickly from the back in between the lines through our passing lanes, hopefully bringing players like Tommy Rogic into the game with balls to feet playing through the lines where he can turn and get at the defence - if it is Tomi that's playing.

Aitc Team Up With Nhs To Raise Skin Cancer Awareness Albion in the Community has teamed up with the local NHS to encourage people to check themselves for changes to moles that could point towards skin cancer.More than 2,300 a year die from skin cancer in the UK, with around 15,400 new cases identified nationwide every 12 months.

Win a World Cup Print from Art of Football With the World Cup now in full swing over in Russia and football fever gripping the nation after Harry Kane's double secured a 2-1 win for England against Tunisia, we've teamed up once again with Art of Football to give away one of their limited edition World Cup prints.

Albion target Justin Steele backed to be a success by former No.1 Steele, pictured, endured a tough time at the Stadium of Light but his former coach John Keeley says Albion are bringing in a talented keeper and an easy-going character. Keeley, the former Seagulls goalkeeper who was Steele's specialist coach at Blackburn Rovers, told The Argus: "He's a good lad.

Brighton & Hove Albion 'in talks to sign Sunderland's Jason Steele' Brighton and Hove Albion have allegedly opened talks with Sunderland about signing goalkeeper Jason Steele. The Seagulls are seeking a new stopper as Tim Krul and Niki Maenpaa are likely to leave the club this summer in search of first-team football, reports Sky Sports News.

Albion Confirmed In Efl Trophy For 2018/19 Season A Brighton and Hove Albion under-21 side will once again compete in the Checkatrade Trophy next season, as the club enter the competition for a third year in succession.

Albion keeper Mathew Ryan leaning on World Cup experience to avoid another early exit with Australia "At the time I wanted to be as ready as I could be but, looking back now, and what I've experienced since then, four years ago I was a younger and less experienced goalkeeper. "It was the biggest learning curve in my career until now. The error in the Holland game was a difficult one to take.

Wolves defender wanted by Sunderland, Brighton and Norwich City this transfer window - reports Brighton and Hove Albion, Sunderland and Norwich City all want to sign the centre-back, 18, according to HITC Sport. John, who can play in the middle or on the left-hand side of defence, impressed for Scott Sellars' Under-23s last term but his path to the first team is blocked by plenty of competition for places.

Albion World Cup trio in danger of early exits Goalkeeper Mathew Ryan and defender Leon Balogun had already lost their opening group games with Australia and Nigeria respectively. All three need results in their second matches of three to keep alive hopes of progressing through to the last 16.

World Cup Round-up: Opening Games Despite Brighton and Hove Albion’s representatives all featuring for their respective countries in the opening round of games at the FIFA World Cup - Mathew Ryan, Leon Balogun and Jose Izquierdo all found themselves on the losing side.

Hughton Looking For Steele Ahead Of Brighton's 2018/19 Campaign Brighton manager Chris Hughton continues to be linked with a move for Sunderland goalkeeper Jason Steele.

2017/18 Player Focus: Solly March Solly March lined up on the flank for Brighton and Hove Albion’s opening eight games of the Premier League season, as he went on to make 36 appearances for the Seagulls in the top flight.

Albion on verge of reinforcing goalkeeper options with Jason Steele Albion are on the lookout for two keepers as back-up for established No.1 Mathew Ryan, as Tim Krul and Niki Maenpaa are both leaving in search of more regular game time.

Seasonal Parking For 2018/19 Campaign Available Tomorrow Brighton and Hove Albion season-ticket holders will be able to purchase seasonal parking for the 2018/19 season from 9am on Wednesday 20th June. Seasonal car parking is available at £250 for the league season.

Customer Service Executive Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club are now offering a rare and exciting opportunity for a Customer Service Executive to join our dynamic Supporter Services team.

Disappointment for Albion World Cup winger Jose Izquierdo as Colombia are beaten Japan scored their second half winner shortly after Izquierdo had been substituted by Argentinian coach Jose Pekerman. Izquierdo, who played no part in Colombia's qualification, started on the left at the Mordavia Arena following a promising first season in the Premier League with Albion.

Former Oldham loanee attracting interest from Brighton & Hove Albion Kean Bryan, who is aged 21, was named Young Player of the Year by Oldham Athletic after impressing hugely despite the club's eventual relegation to League Two. Kean Bryan managed to make 32 appearances in League One for Oldham Athletic last season and a further five appearances in cup competitions, gaining him much needed experience.

Jose Izquierdo starts for Colombia in World Cup Bu the Colombians have had to leave talisman James Rodriguez, who has been suffering from muscle fatigue, out of their XI. Izquierdo will play on the left of a 4-2-3-1 set-up. He goes into the game with five caps and one international goal to his name.

Albion interested in Sunderland keeper Jason Steele Albion are in the market for two goalkeepers to support No.1 Mathew Ryan, with Tim Krul and Niki Maenpaa both leaving. Their interest in Sunderland's versatile midfielder Paddy McNair has cooled after the Black Cats accepted a bid of around £5 million from Middlesbrough for the Northern Ireland international.

Invited U23 Teams For 2018/19 EFL Trophy Now Confirmed The EFL confirmed the invited Premier League and Championship Under 23 sides that will take part in this season's EFL Trophy - or Checkatrade Trophy - on Monday.

Albion Talking Point: Tim Krul a hard act to follow as second-choice keeper When Tim Krul linked back up with manager Chris Hughton last August, the long-serving former Newcastle No.1 would have regarded himself as a strong challenger for Ryan's spot. Krul hardly got a look-in, because of Ryan's form.

Opposition In Focus: Manchester City Our rundown of Brighton and Hove Albion’s Premier League opposition for the 2018/19 campaign continues with Manchester City.

Bike Ride Raises £35,000 For Aitc A bike ride between Brussels and Cologne has raised more than £35,000 for Albion in the Community.

Albion under 23 defender Ben Hall joins Notts County on loan Brighton and Hove Albion under 23 defender Ben Hall has moved to Notts County on a season long loan. Hall spent the second half of last season with the League Two outfit who are managed by professional twat Kevin Nolan, playing 11 times as County reached the League Two play offs.

Notts County Fans Delighted With Returning Brighton Youngster Yesterday evening, Brighton and Hove Albion confirmed that Under 23 youngster Ben Hall had now completed a move to Meadow Lane and Notts County to aid his development further in 2018/19.

2017/18 Player Focus: Jose Izquierdo After arriving from Club Brugge in the summer transfer window, Jose Izquierdo added pace, trickery and an eye for goal to Chris Hughton’s options on the flanks - as he became the club’s record signing at the time.

Albion face losing keeper Mathew Ryan for much of January Ryan, who made an outstanding contribution to Albion's Premier League safety in all 38 matches last season, plays against Denmark on Thursday, a game crucial to Australia's hopes of progressing from the group following Saturday's unfortunate opening defeat by France.

Ben Hall: Brighton loan defender to Notts County for the season Brighton and Hove Albion re-loan defender Ben Hall to Notts County for the season after last term's successful spell.

Hall Returns To Notts County On Loan Brighton and Hove Albion under-23 defender Ben Hall has completed a season-long loan move to League Two club Notts County.

Albion defender Ben Hall returns to Notts County on loan Albion under-23s coach Simon Rusk said: "Ben's move to Notts County last season proved to be a successful one for all parties concerned, so this renewed loan made sense. "It was great to see Ben getting some first-team football under his belt, as he became more accustomed to the physical demands of senior football in England.

Albion stand firm on valuation of Sunderland target Paddy McNair amid reports of accepted £5 million bid by Middlesbrough Albion have cooled their interest in Sunderland's Paddy McNair.

Revealed, why Connor chose Glasgow Rangers and not the Championship The surprising aspect of his departure is heading to Scotland, rather than back into the English Championship.

Opposition In Focus: Liverpool Our rundown of Brighton and Hove Albion’s Premier League opposition for the 2018/19 campaign continues with Liverpool.

Albion's Nigerian World Cup defender Leon Balogun racially abused growing up in Germany "I never supported the German national team, mostly because I thought they were arrogant and their football was boring to watch. "Even in 2006, when Germany hosted and the whole country had World Cup mania - I secretly cheered for them to lose. Because I was a kid and I was rebellious.

Goldson Reflects On Roller Coaster Ride Former Brighton and Hove Albion defender Connor Goldson reflected on a frustrating yet enjoyable three years with the club, following his move to Scottish Premiership club Rangers last week.

Green Excited To Begin Albion Journey New Brighton and Hove Albion signing Kayleigh Green admitted her excitement to get started with her new team-mates, and believes the Seagulls should thrive on the prospect of playing in the top division for the very-first time.

Connor Goldson wishes he could have done more at Albion "I always wanted to do more but at the same time what the club has done for me, taking me from Shrewsbury when we had just got up from League One into the Championship, to going on to losing in the play-offs, then getting promoted and staying in the Premier League - it's been unbelievable.

Albion and Fulham could swap No.2 keepers The Argus revealed last week that Krul and Niki Maenpaa are both expected to leave while Button is among the replacement candidates as cover and competition for first choice Mathew Ryan.

Colombia urged to start Albion winger Jose Izquierdo at the World Cup "If he plays three in midfield, if he puts Aguilar with Mateus Uribe and Sanchez, that ends the Izquierdo option, simple as that. "If he plays three in midfield, up front you'll have Cuadrado, you'll have James, you'll have Falcao. I want to find a way for Izquierdo to play.

Fixture Focus: The Final Countdown Brighton and Hove Albion have seven matches after the March international break, and here’s who Chris Hughton’s side will come up against during next season’s Premier League run-in.

Talented Brighton Youngster Hoping For EFL Debut On Friday evening Brighton and Hove Albion confirmed that talented young goalkeeper Robert Sanchez had headed out on loan in the hopes of securing his EFL debut and getting regular professional level first team football.

Hughton Reflects On Premier League Fixtures Brighton and Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton is satisfied that the Seagulls will finish their 2018/19 Premier League campaign on home soil.

We're Not Playing Five A Side Are We - Brighton Fans Confused By Friendly Announcement On Friday afternoon Brighton and Hove Albion confirmed the Amex Stadium based friendly for the home faithful in the build-up to the 2018/19 Premier League season. We face Portuguese side Sporting CP on home soil on Friday, August 3 and the game will kick off at 7.45pm.

2018/19 Player Focus: Connor Goldson The departing central defender, who has signed for Scottish Premiership side Glasgow Rangers, found himself as Brighton and Hove Albion’s third-choice centre-back last season, due to the impressive form of Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy.

Defeat for Albion defender Leon Balogun on World Cup debut for Nigeria He defended soundly, looked comfortable in possession and could not be blamed for either of the goals, although Nigeria proved vulnerable from corners again after conceding via the same route in a pre-World Cup friendly against England at Wembley.

Mathew Ryan and Australia test France - but suffer World Cup defeat Ryan had been hoping to keep the Socceroos' first World Cup clean sheet since a game against Chile in 1974. Ryan had three saves to make in the first six minutes of the game. The first was the most demanding as he got down sharply to deny Kylian Mbappe at his near post after just 90 seconds.

Albion Sign Wales International Brighton and Hove Albion have completed the signing of Kayleigh Green on a one-year contract. The 30-year-old, who was out of contract at Yeovil Town, becomes Albion’s first signing of the summer, and will join up with the Seagulls ahead of their first season in the restructured Women’s Super League.

Albion boss Hughton concerned about hangover for his World Cup players Albion also have Australian goalkeeper Mathew Ryan and Colombian left-winger Jose Izquierdo at the World Cup. Ryan is in action against France today, while Izquierdo's first match with Colombia is against Japan on Tuesday.

Opposition In Focus: Leicester City Our rundown of Brighton and Hove Albion’s Premier League opposition for the 2018/19 campaign continues with Leicester City.

Paul Barber has a role in big decisions - including Wembey sale They voted for him at the expense of long-serving Chelsea secretary David Barnard at the annual meeting in Harrogate. Barber joins Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis, Tottenham's director of football operations Rebecca Caplehorn and Bournemouth chairman Jeff Mostyn, who were all re-elected.

Mathew Ryan ready to go - as ex-Albion man Alexis Bertin tips France for semis Ryan has had an eye on Atleti's defensive shape as part of preparations for tomorrow's group opener against France in Kazan. These have been times of change for the Socceroos since the exit of boss Ange Postecoglu. His replacement Bert van Marwijk has been working to keep things organised.

Forest Green Rovers sign Spanish goalkeeper on loan from Brighton and Hove Albion I went to the club to meet the coaches and they were brilliant, they're the reason I wanted to join." Sanchez joins fellow goalkeeper James Montgomery through the doors at FGR this summer and is looking forward to the challenge of claiming a starting place.

Brighton & Hove Albion loan Robert Sanchez to Forest Green Rovers Last season, seven points from their final five matches ensured that Forest Green remained in League Two, a year after gaining promotion from the National League. The Gloucestershire-based club are now moving to strengthen ahead of the new campaign and that has resulted in 20-year-old Sanchez being given the chance to impress at The New Lawn.

Albion Fixtures Subject To Changes Brighton and Hove Albion’s 2018/19 Premier League fixture list was released on Thursday morning, but the schedule is still liable to change due to broadcast selections, operational reasons or opponents’ European commitments.

Sanchez Joins Forest Green On Loan Brighton and Hove Albion under-23 goalkeeper Robert Sanchez will join League Two side Forest Green Rovers on a season-long loan deal for the 2018/19 campaign.

Albion goalkeeper Robert Sanchez loaned out to Forest Green Rovers for the season "We wish him the best of luck during his time with Forest Green and we will certainly keep track of his progress throughout the upcoming season." Sanchez, awarded a new three-year contract in April, will join Rovers from July 1 until the end of June next year.

Sporting Lisbon to visit the Amex in "glamour friendly" Brighton and Hove Albion have announced that their "glamour friendly" at the Amex before the start of the 2018-19 Premier League season will be against Sporting Lisbon.

Albion To Face Portuguese Giants In Final Friendly Brighton have confirmed the opppsitoon for their final pre-season friendly this summer. Portuguese giants Sporting Lisbon will face Chris Hughton's side at the Amex on Friday 3rd August at 7:45pm. The Seagulls begin their 2018-19 Premier League campaign a week later when they travel to Watford on the weekend of August 11-12.

Portuguese Giants Set For Amex Date Brighton and Hove Albion have confirmed their home pre-season friendly on the evening of Friday 3rd August will be against Portuguese giants Sporting Lisbon.The match at the Amex will kick-off at 7.45pm and fans are being urged to book their tickets early to secure the best seats at the best price.

Sporting Lisbon unveiled as Albion opponents for showpiece Amex friendly Lisbon are the latest in a line of top class European opposition for the only friendly at the Amex. Atletico Madrid were the visitors a year ago en route to winning the Europa League again. Albion right-back Ezequiel Schelotto joined Albion from Lisbon last August.

Matchday Family Stand Assistants Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club is now recruiting for fun and energetic Matchday Family Stand Assistants to join the marketing team for the 2018/19 season. To read the role description and person specification please click here.

The route to safety and 40 points again for Albion in the Premier League The traditional safety target has been downgraded in recent seasons. The mid to high thirties usually gets the job done. Thirty-four would have been enough last season, so as it transpired Albion were actually safe after beating Arsenal at the Amex in early March.

Fixture Focus: Capital Ventures Brighton and Hove Albion’s 2018/19 Premier League schedule was confirmed on Thursday morning, and here’s a look at when the side and supporters will be making their six trips to the capital to face the London sides.

Daunting start but Albion boss Chris Hughton hopes to catch rivals cold "When we played Man City first game last season we were all concerned, because they had a really good pre-season, that we were catching them at the wrong time. "But as the season progressed and seeing how good they were, we probably caught them at not such a bad time.

2017/18 Player Focus: Glenn Murray Glenn Murray finished the 2017/18 season as Brighton and Hove Albion’s top goalscorer, as he found the back of the net on 14 occasions in all competitions.

Chivers: Away Opener Takes Pressure Off Former Brighton and Hove Albion defender Gary Chivers believes opening the 2018/19 Premier League campaign away from home will help ease the pressure on Chris Hughton’s team, as they face Watford at Vicarage Road.

Albion defender Leon Balogun suffers World Cup injury scare again Albion defender Leon Balogun has been hit by another World Cup injury blow.

Albion renew interest in Iran winger Alireza Jahanbakhsh but he won't come cheap The Seagulls had a long-term interest in Thomas Delaney before the Danish midfielder's recent move to Borussia Dortmund from Werder Bremen for a big fee and big wages. Napoli are among several other clubs linked with Jahanbakhsh, who lines up for Iran in their first World Cup group game against Morocco in St Petersburg today.

The Peter Brackley column: England will do well but they won't Trump big guns! Nevertheless, at the risk of upsetting whoever's calling the shots, I'm sticking my neck out to predict England will actually do quite well at the World Cup.

Brighton & Hove Albion open to offers for out-of-favour former Bristol City striker Brighton and Hove Albion expect Sam Baldock to be subject to offers this summer. The Argus report that the former Bristol City striker has been linked with an approach from Reading, who are attempting to rebuild after last season's flirtation with relegation.

Albion Trio Set For World Cup Action Three Brighton players will be hoping to play their part for their countries this summer as the 2018 World Cup gets underway this afternoon. Hosts Russia get the tournament underway against Saudi Arabia at 4pm BST this afternoon, with Albion's trio and their respective nations beginning their campaigns in the group stage over the next few weeks.

Report: Brighton negotiate £22m Alireza Jahanbakhsh move; three years after he snubbed Seagulls Premier League club Brighton and Hove Albion could reportedly splash the cash with AZ Alkmaar winger Alireza Jahanbakhsh in demand. Back in the summer of 2015, Brighton and Hove Albion were close to signing a little-known Iranian winger by the name of Alireza Jahanbakhsh.

Brighton to face the top four in first seven games as 2018-19 fixtures announced It's a ridiculously tough start to the 2018-19 Premier League season as Brighton and Hove Albion face last seasons top four in their first seven games of the campaign.

Brighton and Hove Albion fixtures: Premier League 2018/19 Brighton and Hove Albion will begin their 2018/19 Premier League season with a trip to Watford on August 11. The Seagulls will travel to Vicarage Road to take on Javi Gracia's side in their first game of the campaign, with their first home game against Manchester United at the Amex Stadium a week later.

Albion Visit Watford On Opening Day Of The Season Brighton and Hove Albion will face Watford at Vicarage Road on the opening day of the 2018/19 Premier League season.

Premier League fixtures: Watford host Brighton & Hove Albion on opening Day Watford will start their Premier League campaign at home against Brighton on Saturday, August 11. The clash is one of four home games in the first five outings of the season for the Hornets, who travel away to Burnley on the second weekend.

Premier League fixtures 2018-19: Man City visit Arsenal on opening weekend Champions Manchester City will travel to Arsenal on the opening day of the new Premier League season.

Albion Begin 2018-19 Season On The Road Brighton and Hove Albion's fixtures for the 2018-19 season have been unveiled. The Seagulls begin their second year in the top flight of English football at Watford on the weekend of August 11-12.

Brighton Open The 2018/19 Campaign Against Watford As We Go Into Our Second Year In The Premier League It's been a fresh and busy morning for Brighton fans as they not only juggle their normal lives but also tentatively watch out for any and all news related to the all-important fixture release day. That day is, of course, today and the Premier League released all the fixtures for the coming campaign at approximately 9am.

Albion back in for Iranian World Cup winger Albion are back on the trail of Iranian World Cup winger Alireza Jahanbakhsh.

Premier League fixtures 2018-19: Manchester City start at Arsenal Manchester City will begin their Premier League title defence at the Emirates in Unai Emery’s first competitive match as Arsenal manager.

Tough start for Albion begins at Watford The French winger was the victim of a horror tackle by red carded Miguel Britos in a 0-0 draw last August, Albion's first point in the Premier League. The visit to Vicarage Road on August 11 kicks off a tough start to the 2018-19 campaign for Chris Hughton's side.

Brighton & Hove Albion 2018/19 fixtures: Manchester United and Liverpool loom after Watford opener Brighton and Hove Albion's fixtures for the 2018/19 Premier League season have been revealed. The home and away playing schedule for all 20 clubs was announced on Thursday morning. Chris Hughton's men will be looking for a repeat of last season's success after maintaining their Premier League status.

2017/18 Player Focus: Leonardo Ulloa Leonardo Ulloa made his return to Brighton and Hove Albion in January 2018, as he signed for the Seagulls on a loan deal from Leicester City until the end of the season.

Opposition In Focus: Huddersfield Town Our rundown of Brighton and Hove Albion’s Premier League opposition for the 2018/19 campaign continues with Huddersfield Town.

New Restaurant To Open At The Amex Brighton and Hove Albion will open a brand new hospitality restaurant - Mullery’s - at the Amex Stadium, named after former manager and current club ambassador Alan Mullery.

Jose Izquierdo turns up the pace with Colombia in World Cup quest Izquierdo is believed to be battling it out with Sevilla forward Luis Muriel for a berth wide on the left when his side meet Japan in their opening fixture on Tuesday. Muriel is better known as a central striker but he can also operate out wide. The Seagulls star said: "Muriel is a born goalscorer.

Find out Albion's Premier League fixtures on The Argus website And a less demanding finish after the Seagulls sealed survival last month by beating Manchester United at the Amex before trips to neighbours City and Liverpool. When will Albion face Arsenal under Arsene Wenger's successor Unai Emery? What about Hughton's old club Spurs, Chelsea, and promoted trio Wolves, Cardiff and Fulham?

Goldson's Albion Journey Connor Goldson signed for Brighton and Hove Albion in August 2015 from Shrewsbury Town, as Chris Hughton made a number of signings ahead of the 2015/16 Sky Bet Championship season.

Goldson Moves To Rangers Connor Goldson is leaving Brighton and Hove Albion to join Scottish Premiership side Glasgow Rangers. The 25-year-old central defender becomes one of Steven Gerrard's first signings, and makes the move to Ibrox almost three years after joining Albion from Shrewsbury Town.

Centre Half Completes Expected Rangers Move & Brighton Fans Wish Him Well Within the last hour, Brighton have confirmed the speculated transfer of Connor Goldson to Scottish side Rangers. The 25-year-old centre-half makes the switch north to Ibrox after almost three years at Brighton following his transfer from Shrewsbury Town.

Connor Goldson completes Rangers move for £3.5m One of the most drawn out transfers of the summer so far has been completed, with Connor Goldson leaving Brighton and Hove Albion for Rangers in a deal reckoned to be worth around £3.5m.

Connor Goldson: Rangers sign defender from Brighton Rangers sign central defender Connor Goldson from Brighton on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

Albion Defender Joins Scottish Giants Rangers After much speculation in recent weeks, Connor Goldson has left Brighton and Hove Albion for Glasgow Rangers. The 25-year old links up with the Scottish side, managed by former Liverpool and England midfielder Steven Gerrard, on a four-year deal.

Connor Goldson's move from Brighton and Hove Albion to Rangers confirmed "Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy were exceptional last season, and very consistent in the central defensive positions, which left Connor with very limited opportunities, and I totally understand his position and desire to want to play regular football.

Popular bookmaker sign up offers ahead of the World Cup While some offer a competitive sign up offer, others provide one-off novelty incentives which make it more worth betting with them ahead of all others. Whatever the case, there's always a tempting opportunity to get involved with some of the UK's best bookmakers, and some are worth looking into before they expire.

Bookmakers expect another tough season for Brighton despite reinforcements A summer recruitment drive is expected to help the former Spurs defender achieve that but he has started by tying down one of the better players already on the books - Pascal Gross. : Source: Sky Sports News via Twitter.

The Argus guide to Albion's World Cup trio Mathew Ryan, Leon Balogun and Jose Izquierdo He will be up against former Albion midfield target Thomas Delaney, who recently swapped Werder Bremen for Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund. The following afternoon, Friday June 22, Balogun and Nigeria meet Iceland. Wonder if Roy Hodgson will be watching the clash at the Volgograd Arena in Volgograd.

Tickets Remaining For Tomorrow's Fixture Release Breakfast There are still tickets remaining for tomorrow morning’s fixture release breakfast at the Amex Stadium.

2017/18 Player Focus: Pascal Gross Pascal Gross delivered a stunning debut season for Brighton and Hove Albion after arriving from FC Ingolstadt at the beginning of the campaign, as he went on to win the club’s Player of the Season award.

Brighton Strike Gold With Defender Deal - Announcement Imminent Speculation linking Brighton defender Connor Goldson with a switch to Scottish side Rangers isn't exactly new, but it appears that it's almost a foregone conclusion at this stage. Not only do we now have a potentially telling Instagram post from Anthony Knockaert - Click Here.

Opposition In Focus: Fulham Our rundown of Brighton and Hove Albion’s Premier League opposition for the 2018/19 campaign continues with newly-promoted Fulham.

Albion chase two goalkeepers as back-up for Mathew Ryan The Dutchman is out of contract and, although Albion have made it clear they are interested in retaining his services, he is keen to pursue the possibility of re-establishing himself as a first choice elsewhere. The Seagulls have an option to keep Maenpaa but are reluctant to stand in the Finn's way after one league start in three seasons.

Book Now For This Summer's Albion Soccer Schools Brighton and Hove Albion Soccer Schools are taking place across Sussex this summer and online bookings are now open for the July and August dates. More than 250 children aged between four and 13 took part in one of the soccer schools during the recent May half-term.

Healthy profit for Albion as Connor Goldson closes in on move to Glasgow Rangers They regard the deal as good business all-round for a player unproven in the Premier League who is desperate for more game time to further his career. There is little prospect of Goldson, 25, shifting Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy from the centre-back berths at the Amex.

John Shepherd 1932-2018 Brighton and Hove Albion is saddened by the news that former striker John Shepherd has passed away at the age of 86.Shepherd, who signed for the Seagulls in 1958 and was well known within Sussex football, passed away on Monday.

World Cup means it's quiet out there. But Brighton and Hove Albion are up to speed But the lack of pre-World Cup activity in the top tier at the time of writing is pointing towards a flurry of action towards the new transfer deadline of August 9. There will be 24 days between the World Cup final and the last day for signings by top-tier clubs in this country.

Barber Appointed To The Fa Council As Premier League Representative Brighton and Hove Albion chief executive Paul Barber has been appointed to The FA Council as one of the Premier League’s representatives.

World Cup Viewing Parties At The Amex Yet to make plans for England’s opening two fixtures at the 2018 FIFA World Cup? There’s still time to secure your seat for the World Cup viewing parties at the Amex Stadium.The first event takes place on Monday 18th June for England’s opening game against Tunisia, kick-off 7pm.

Albion's 2017/18 Campaign In Pictures Brighton and Hove Albion secured their place in the Premier League for the 2018/19 season, after finishing 15th in their debut season - and all the action was captured throughout the campaign by the club’s matchday photographers.

Under-23 Season In Numbers Brighton and Hove Albion’s under-23s enjoyed a successful season as they gained promotion to the Premier League 2 Division 1 and won the Parafix Sussex Senior Cup, and here’s a breakdown of the 2017/18 campaign in numbers.

2017/18 Player Focus: Niki Maenpaa Brighton and Hove Albion goalkeeper Niki Maenpaa found his chances limited throughout the 2017/18 season, due to the impressive form of number one Mathew Ryan.

Albion tracking award-winning striker Percy Tau But, while no bid has been made, Albion remain interested in the South Africa international who also scooped players' player of the year honours recently in the top flight. The pacey Tau finished the club season with 13 goals and 17 assists from 38 appearances across all competitions.

Premier League deal over TV overseas cash hits right note for Albion chief "That is something we have evaluated very carefully, looking at the factors and numbers in our own position. "In the end, the Premier League led by Richard Scudamore on this one, got the vote through. "We feel very satisfied that the issue that has been bubbling around for quite some time now is done.

Carabao Cup Rule Changes A number of rule changes have been made ahead of next season’s Carabao Cup competition, following this summer’s EFL Summer Conference.There will be no extra time played in matches finishing all square after 90 minutes - the games will instead go straight to a penalty shootout.

Fixture Release Breakfast Returns This Thursday Brighton and Hove Albion supporters are encouraged to secure their place for the fixture release breakfast at the Amex Stadium this week.The fixture release breakfast returns to the Amex this year on Thursday 14th June.

Brighton & Hove Albion 'to rival Crystal Palace for Stuart Armstrong' According to the Daily Record, it may be a straight battle between Albion and Palace as both side are looking for a new creative midfielder. Separate reports indicate that Southampton maintain a long-running interest, however, and West Bromwich Albion may also be in contention for his signature.

Molineux Revisited Wolverhampton Wanderers charged towards the Sky Bet Championship league title last season, which means Brighton and Hove Albion will visit Molineux in the Premier League during the 2018/19 campaign.

2017/18 Player Focus: Anthony Knockaert Brighton and Hove Albion winger Anthony Knockaert recovered from an injury in pre-season to make his Premier League debut against Manchester City as a second-half substitute on the opening day of the season.

Albion proposals sit well with clubs at Premier League summit ALBION will be at the forefront of changes in the way some Premier League fans watch their football. Chief executive Paul Barber has reported a positive response from other clubs for his views on standing and sitting in away sections. The Seagulls will help the Premier League put changes into place in time for the coming campaign.

"Boca, River - they call me." But Ezequiel Schelotto sees long-term future in Europe Ezequiel Schelotto has revealed he will stay in Europe long term - despite offers from back home. Albion's right-back says he has been sounded out by major clubs in his native Argentina. But he believes his baby daughter will receive a better education in Europe.

The Peter Brackley Column: How Big Ron gave me a World Cup gee-up It was late evening when the phone rang in my sweaty Mexican hotel room in Guadalajara on the eve of the 1986 World Cup semi-finals. "It's me," chirped a familiar voice. "Big Ron.

2017/18 Player Focus: Tomer Hemed Brighton and Hove Albion striker Tomer Hemed was the club’s second goalscorer in the Premier League, as he notched his first top-flight goal against West Bromwich Albion at the Amex Stadium.

Opposition In Focus: Everton Our rundown of Brighton and Hove Albion’s Premier League opposition for the 2018/19 campaign continues with Everton.

Fans Offer Well Wishes For Departing Brighton Players Manager Chris Hughton's plans for the season of 2018/19 are now well in motion with news of Brighton's retained and released list for this summer. With confirmation now in, some of the decisions aren't exactly a surprise as full-back Liam Rosenior and midfielder Steve Sidwell had already announced their intentions to move on this summer.

Midfielders Extension Isn't Gross News To Brighton Fans Ears Earlier this week Brighton confirmed that midfielder Pascal Gross had now agreed an extension to his deal at the Amex Stadium. The 26-year-old German has extended his contract with us until the summer of 2022 having had a good impact in manager Chris Hughton's side following his arrival from Ingolstadt in the summer of 2017.

Paul Barber says Premier League chief Richard Scudamore will be big loss to football Paul Barber believes Richard Scudamore will be a big loss to football. Albion's chief executive has told of his respect for the man who is stepping down from the top job at the Premier League. Barber believes Scudamore's involvement in all areas of football is not fully appreciated.

New deals offered to Krul and Maenpaa - and why Brighton need them to sign Brighton and Hove Albion have offered new deals to backup goalkeepers Tim Krul and Niki Maenpaa, both of whom are out of contract this summer.

Rohan Ince released by Brighton and Hove Albion Rohan Ince has become the fourth and final out of contract Brighton and Hove Albion player to be released by the club at the end of the 2017-18 season.

Leeds United and Celtic handed midfielder transfer boost; Fulham and Brighton eye Norwich City star Leeds United and Celtic have been handed a transfer boost for Hibs midfielder John McGinn. The 23-year-old is a wanted man this summer with Leeds and Celtic just two of the clubs reportedly keeping tabs on his situation. Rangers and Sunderland have also been linked with the impressive midfield man.

Record-Breaking Year For Albion Attendances In Top Flight Brighton and Hove Albion's first season in the Premier League saw them record their highest ever average home crowd figures. Over half a million spectators flocked to see the Seagulls at home in their first season in the top flight for 35 years.

Record-breaking Year For Premier League Attendances The Premier League has announced that the 2017/18 campaign was a record-breaking year for overall attendances. The season saw a new record for overall attendance, with the total available stadium capacity figure at 801,913, compared to 742,402 in the 2016/17 season.

Albion Confirm Midfielder's Departure From Club Rohan Ince is to leave Brighton and Hove Albion this summer after they chose not to renew his contract. The 25-year old joined the Seagulls in 2013 and was named the club's Young Player of the Year the following year, however he has rarely featured for Albion since Chris Hughton took over in late 2014.

Rosenior's Praise For Supportive Albion Staff Departing Brighton and Hove Albion defender Liam Rosenior, who is keen to one day move into football management, thanked the club’s coaching staff for their support during his spell on the south coast.

2017/18 Player Focus: Sam Baldock Similar to team-mate Beram Kayal, Sam Baldock’s introduction to Premier League football was dealt a blow as he missed the opening months of the season through injury, before making his debut in January 2018.

Craven Cottage Revisited Fulham secured promotion to the Premier League through the play-offs, which means Brighton and Hove Albion will visit Craven Cottage in the top flight next season.

Waiting game for Albion as work continues on Connor Goldson Albion were last night assessing their centre-back options as work continued on Connor Goldson's expected move to Glasgow Rangers. But the Argus understands Aston Villa centre-back James Chester is not currently one of them. Work on the details of what is a complex deal to potentially take Goldson to Ibrox will continue over the weekend.

Hughton Thanks Departing Four Brighton and Hove Albion are to offer goalkeeper Niki Maenpaa a new contract, while four of the squad will leave at the end of their current contracts this June.

Chris Hughton thanks departing four as Albion confirm Rohan Ince can go Chris Hughton has thanked four departing Albion players for their efforts after the club confirmed Rohan Ince is being let go. The out-of-contract midfielder, who spent last season on loan at Bury, joins Steve Sidwell, Liam Rosenior and Uwe Huenemeier in leaving the Amex.

Mid-season Premier League Break Announced The Football Association and Premier League have announced a new annual mid-season player break, which could see Brighton and Hove Albion have a free weekend in February, starting from the 2019/20 season.

Rosenior Backs Albion To Survive Toughest Season Departing Brighton and Hove Albion defender Liam Rosenior identified the club’s upcoming second season in the Premier League as their toughest challenge, but believes Chris Hughton’s team have the capability to avoid relegation and grow further.

Report: Aston Villa turn down Brighton bid for James Chester Aston Villa defender James Chester is reportedly wanted by Brighton and Hove Albion in the summer transfer window. Aston Villa have turned down a bid from Brighton and Hove Albion for James Chester, according to The Telegraph.

2017/18 Player Focus: Jiri Skalak Despite making 31 league appearances in Brighton and Hove Albion’s promotion-winning campaign in 2016/17, the Czech winger was unable to force his way into Chris Hughton’s team in the Premier League.

Albion eye goalkeeper targets to push Mathew Ryan ALBION are eyeing goalkeeping targets as they seek competition for first choice Mathew Ryan. The Seagulls have been linked with a £4 million move for Fulham's David Button. Tim Krul, their regular back-up last season, is out of contract and expected to move in the hunt for regular first team football.

2017/18 Player Focus: Beram Kayal The central midfielder’s introduction to the Premier League took longer than expected after sustaining a broken fibula in Brighton and Hove Albion’s final pre-season friendly against Atletico Madrid at the Amex Stadium.

Aitc's European Cycle Challenge Takes Place This Weekend Albion in the Community’s fifth European cycle challenge takes place this weekend, with cyclists raising money to help fund AITC’s football sessions for people with a disability.

Summer Sizzler Conference Offer At The Amex Sodexo are inviting businesses to take advantage of their summer sizzler offer for meetings at the Amex Stadium.Conferences booked between May and August are priced at just £29.99 + VAT per person, with a minimum number of 15 delegates required per booking.

Rosenior: Watching Team-mates Succeed Was Special Departing Brighton and Hove Albion defender Liam Rosenior pinpointed the success of his team-mates as his standout highlight from his time at the club - a journey which saw the 33-year-old help the Seagulls reach the Premier League and stay there.

Brighton & Hove Albion's 2017/18 Premier League season stats What could be more fun for Seagulls fans than their beloved Brighton and Hove Albion combined with a trumps-style card game? Data specialist CDO Partners, based at the Sussex Innovation Centre in Falmer, has been analysing the performance of Brighton players during their maiden Premier League season.

Pascal Gross says it's not all about the stats as he prepares for bigger things Pascal Gross is all about the stats, isn't he? Goals scored, assists provided, miles run, percentage of goals in which he was involved. Key passes during his final Bundesliga season with struggling Ingolstadt. Not forgetting that bargain transfer fee.

Steve Sidwell plans to stay in the game after admitting playing days could be over Steve Sidwell has admitted his playing days might be over - and revealed he could move into coaching. Sidwell missed Albion's 2017-18 campaign with back and ankle problems having scored against Atletico Madrid in pre-season and is leaving the club this month.

Brighton & Hove Albion want David Button? Brighton and Hove Albion boss Chris Hughton is allegedly interested in bringing Fulham goalkeeper David Button to the club. The Sun reports that Button, who is out of favour in West London, could be tempted by a fresh start with the Seagulls.

Report claims Brighton are set to sign Sunderland's Paddy McNair in £7m deal Brighton and Hove Albion are said to have made multiple offers for the Sunderland midfielder. Brighton and Hove Albion are set to sign Sunderland midfielder Paddy McNair in a deal that could be worth £7 million, according to the Sun.

Pascal Gross vows to work harder than ever after signing new Albion deal PASCAL GROSS has vowed to work harder than ever after signing a new Albion deal. The German playmaker agreed terms taking him through to the summer of 2022. He has been rewarded for a stellar first Premier League campaign after arriving for a bargain £3.5million on an initial four-year contract last summer.

Pascal Gross: Brighton midfielder signs contract extension Brighton midfielder Pascal Gross has signed a contract extension with the club until the summer of 2022.

Pascal Gross signs new Brighton contract Pascal Gross has signed a new contract with Brighton and Hove Albion, tying him to the club until the summer of 2022.

New Deal For Midfielder Brighton and Hove Albion's Player of the Season Pascal Gross has agreed an extended contract, following an impressive first season in England.The 26-year-old German playmaker today signed a new deal with the club until June 2022.

Gross: It's A Special Day For Me Brighton and Hove Albion midfielder Pascal Gross was delighted to commit his future to the club, having put pen to paper on a new deal until June 2022.

Pascal Gross signs new deal at Brighton and Hove Albion Albion player of the season Pascal Gross has signed a new deal. The 26-year-old German playmaker is now committed to the club until June, 2022. Gross scored seven goals and added eight assists in the Premier League last term after arriving from Ingolstadt on a four-year deal.

Rangers 'agree fee for Brighton & Hove Albion's Connor Goldson' Rangers have reportedly agreed to pay Brighton and Hove Albion £3m for the services of defender Connor Goldson. The centre-back is now undergoing a medical with the Scottish giants, according to Sky Sports News.

Women's And Girls' Lead Goalkeeping Coach Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club are now offering a rare and exciting opportunity for a Lead Goalkeeping Coach to join our women’s and girls’ coaching team.

Albion chiefs discuss TV cash amid key issues at Premier League power meeting Albion have discovered and helped prove there are very few easy games in the Premier League. Now they wait to see whether the status quo is maintained in terms of television payments when top men from the 20 top-flight clubs get together.

Summer Party At The Amex A first-ever Summer Party event will be hosted at the Amex Stadium next month, with a live performance from ‘The Sundaes’, who appeared on the BBC One Saturday night entertainment show ‘All Together Now’.

Opposition In Focus: Chelsea Our rundown of Brighton and Hove Albion’s Premier League opposition for the 2018/19 campaign continues with Chelsea.

Ezequiel Schelotto reveals he was on Argentina's World Cup radar EZEQUIEL SCHELOTTO has revealed he could have been a FOURTH Albion player at this month's World Cup. The right-back says he was contacted by coaching staff with Argentina in March. But he was unable to break into Jorge Sampaoli's squad and ultimately lost his spot in the Seagulls' first choice XI as they secured safety.

Connor Goldson move to Glasgow Rangers edges closer - but Brighton and Hove Albion will drive a hard bargain Albion are closing in on a deal with Glasgow Rangers for defender Connor Goldson. But they will insist they get full value for their highly-regarded centre-back.

2017/18 Player Focus: Dale Stephens The central midfielder missed just two Premier League matches for Brighton and Hove Albion during the 2017/18 campaign, as he played the full 90 minutes in each of his 36 top-flight appearances for the Seagulls.

Uwe Huenemeier backs Leon Balogun to make swift transition from German top-flight UWE HUENEMEIER has revealed why Leon Balogun can make a swift transition from Bundesliga to Premier League. The former Seagulls centre-back believes his successor has the pace and experience to adapt to the English game.

Treat Your Dad To Father’s Day Lunch At The Amex With Father’s Day rapidly approaching - Sunday 17th June - don’t miss out on the chance to spoil your dad with a delicious three-course lunch at the Amex Stadium.

Should West Brom consider Baldock or Hemed if they leave Brighton? Sam Baldock and Tomer Hemed may both reportedly leave Brighton, so could at least one of them be a good option for West Bromwich Albion? Both Sam Baldock and Tomer Hemed could leave Brighton and Hove Albion this summer with The Argus reporting they are frustrated with their lack of game time.

Albion Looking For Young Supporter Feedback Brighton and Hove Albion are keen to ensure all young supporters have the best possible experience every matchday at the Amex Stadium. For this reason, if you are under 18 years of age, we would like feedback on your experience when travelling to watch football.

Brighton & Hove Albion to increase Paddy McNair bid to £5m? Brighton and Hove Albion will reportedly table an increased offer of £5m to lure Sunderland midfielder Paddy McNair away from the Stadium of Light. The Seagulls had a £3.5m bid turned down by the Black Cats, but according to the Northern Echo, Chris Hughton's side will raise their bid to tempt McNair back to the Premier League.

Rusk: First-team Involvement Was Encouraging Brighton and Hove Albion under-23 coach Simon Rusk was delighted to see a number of players from his squad have involvement in Chris Hughton’s first-team group throughout the 2017/18 season.

2017/18 Player Focus: Lewis Dunk Lewis Dunk was one of only five outfield players to play every single minute of Premier League football for his team during the 2017/18 season - a total of 3,420 minutes.

League One gossip: Oxford United midfielder wanted by Blackburn, Brighton to make £5m bid for Sunderland attacker A bid of £3.5m for McNair from the Seagulls has already been turned down by the Black Cats who are holding out for more for the 23-year-old Northern Ireland international. Rennes set to miss out on Sunderland forward.

Opposition In Focus: Cardiff City Our rundown of Brighton and Hove Albion’s Premier League opposition for the 2018/19 campaign continues with newly-promoted Cardiff City.

Report: One last hurdle for Brighton to overcome to seal transfer coup of Moussa Sissako from Paris Saint-Germain Brighton and Hove Albion boss Chris Hughton is busy plotting another survival mission in the Premier League next season. Brighton were one of the stories of the season as they tasted Premier League football for the first time in their history finishing 15th on the magic 40 points.

Three Seagulls Flying To The World Cup With Brighton Fans Delight With news of winger Jose Izquierdo being confirmed in Colombia's final 23 man squad for this summer's World Cup in Russia, it means that Brighton will have three players out on display at the tournament.

Albion braced for bids for out-of-favour frontmen ALBION are braced for bids for their two out-of-favour strikers. Sam Baldock and Tomer Hemed are expected to attract considerable interest from ambitious Championship outfits this summer. Baldock has been linked with an approach from Reading as they rebuild after last term's relegation near miss.

Izquierdo Named In Colombia's World Cup Squad Brighton and Hove Albion winger Jose Izquierdo has been confirmed in Colombia’s 23-man squad that travels to this summer’s 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Balogun: Super Eagles Must Learn From Mistakes Brighton and Hove Albion defender Leon Balogun believes that Nigeria’s defeat to England at Wembley Stadium on Saturday highlighted the areas where the Super Eagles need to improve ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

International Round-up: World Cup Warm-up A host of Brighton and Hove Albion players have been in action for their respective nations over the past week, and here’s a look at how they faired ahead of this summer’s FIFA World Cup in Russia.

2017/18 Player Focus: Uwe Huenemeier The defender made six appearances for Brighton and Hove Albion during the 2017/18 campaign, and played a pivotal role in helping Chris Hughton’s team reach the quarter-finals of the Emirates FA Cup.

Jose Izquierdo eager to show Albion form in Russia after supersub display JOSE IZQUIERDO wants to take his Albion form to the World Cup after emerging as a potential Colombia supersub. The Seagulls winger will be named in his nation's final 23 for Russia today. He will follow Mathew Ryan and Leon Balogun, whose places were confirmed by Australia and Nigeria respectively over the weekend.

Brighton to increase Paddy McNair bid as Sunderland duo warned they won't be sold on the cheap Brighton and Hove Albion are set to up their offer for Paddy McNair this week, with Sunderland facing an increasing battle to hold on to their star midfielder. Premier League Seagulls have had two bids rejected so far, the latest for £3.5million, while an unnamed London-based club has seen an offer of £3.75million knocked back.

Brighton & Hove Albion make improved bid for Liam Moore? Brighton and Hove Albion have reportedly made a second offer for Reading defender Liam Moore. The Seagulls' opening bid is understood to have been rejected earlier this week, as the Royals are keen to keep hold of the 25-year-old unless a large sum is offered.

Opposition In Focus: Burnley Our rundown of Brighton and Hove Albion’s Premier League opposition for the 2018/19 campaign continues with Burnley.

2017/18 Player Focus: Gaetan Bong Gaetan Bong played an integral role in helping the Seagulls preserve their top-flight status during the 2017/18 campaign, making 28 appearances across all competitions and keeping six clean sheets in the process.

Season Review: December December was Brighton and Hove Albion’s busiest month of the season, as Chris Hughton’s team had seven Premier League matches before 2018 got underway.

Brighton and Hove Albion make a bid for English defender Liam Moore Brighton and Hove Albion managed to keep their Premier League status intact in what was a roller-coaster season for their fans and the players. Under the tutelage of Chris Hughton, they secured 40 points in the recently concluded league campaign and finished at the 15th spot in the Premier League standings.

Leicester City forward Leonardo Ulloa unlikely to return to Brighton & Hove Albion? Brighton and Hove Albion have reportedly decided not to re-sign Leicester City forward Leonardo Ulloa on a permanent deal. In January, Brighton brought in Ulloa on loan and the Argentine - who had previously spent 18 months with the Seagulls between January 2013 and July 2014 - contributed one goal from 10 outings in the Premier League.

No third stint expected at Albion for Leo Ulloa It was a fitting way for it to end. Leo Ulloa headed Albion briefly back into contention in their penultimate match of the season at champions Manchester City. The Argentinian's 24th league goal for the club, spread across two spells, came on his 60th and almost certainly valedictory appearance.

Albion boss Chris Hughton climbs into top ten longest serving managers Albion Boss Chris Hughton has moved into the top ten of the longest-serving managers in English football after Paul Tisdale's departure from Exeter. Tisdale led the list until yesterday, when he left the League Two club following a near-12-year reign.

Albion keeper Mathew Ryan cements Australia No.1 spot ALBION keeper Mathew Ryan has cemented his place as Australia's No.1 for the World Cup. And he looks set to remain first choice after the finals in Russia. Ryan kept an assured clean sheet in yesterday's 4-0 friendly win for the Socceroos against the Czech Republic in Austria.

2017/18 Player Focus: Bruno The Spaniard captained Brighton and Hove Albion in the club’s first-ever Premier League match against Manchester City, en route to making 26 appearances for the Seagulls throughout the season.

Opposition In Focus: Arsenal With Brighton and Hove Albion’s Premier League opposition now confirmed for the 2018/19 campaign, we continue our rundown profiling next year’s sides in the top flight.

Albion remain hot on trail of midfielder ALBION are still hot on the trail of Sunderland transfer target Paddy McNair, who wants a return to the Premier League. Talks continue with the club relegated to League One, although the Seagulls have yet to formally make an improved offer for the 23-year-old Northern Ireland international midfielder.

Sunderland 'reject second Brighton & Hove Albion bid for Paddy McNair' Brighton and Hove Albion have reportedly had a second bid for Paddy McNair rejected by Sunderland. The Black Cats are said to have rebuffed the Premier League side's initial offer of £2m and, according to Sky Sports News, have now turned down an improved bid of £3.5m.

Sodexo Success At Stadium Events & Hospitality Awards Brighton and Hove Albion’s catering partner Sodexo celebrated more success at the 2018 Stadium Events and Hospitality Awards, hosted at the American Express Community Stadium last night.

With Video: Clean sheet for Albion keeper Mathew Ryan in easy win for Australia Albion keeper Mathew Ryan kept a clean sheet for Australia today in a convincing World Cup warm-up win. The Socceroos beat the Czech Republic 4-0 in Austria in their penultimate friendly before the finals in Russia later this month. Ryan was brought into action at the start and finish of the match at the NV Arena.

2017/18 Player Focus: Mathew Ryan After arriving from Valencia at the beginning of the season, Mathew Ryan quickly established himself as Brighton and Hove Albion’s first-choice goalkeeper for the club's debut Premier League season.

The wide options for Albion in the Premier League next season In terms of numbers, Albion had five wingers in their squad when they kicked off in the Premier League, four in the second half of the season. In reality now, they have three. It is unlikely that Jiri Skalak will occupy one of the 25 places next time around.

Albion Win Regional Powerchair League Brighton and Hove Albion Powerchair FC have won the South East Powerchair League for the third consecutive season.The side secured the title at the weekend with victories against Portsmouth PFC and Muscle Warriors.

Balogun Looking Forward To England Test New Brighton and Hove Albion defender Leon Balogun is looking forward to facing England at Wembley Stadium on Saturday, as the Super Eagles step up their preparations for this summer’s FIFA World Cup.

Brighton transfer news: Five most likely signings this summer – Benfica and Celtic targets Brighton exceeded all expectations with a wonderful first season in the Premier League, comfortably securing survival with a 15th-place finish. Manager Chris Houghton is unlikely to have a huge transfer warchest to spend this summer, although shrewd acquisitions will help strengthen the squad ahead of next season.

The Romanian view on Florin Andone Aside from some impressive YouTube videos, not many Brighton and Hove Albion fans know much about Romanian striker Florin Andone, who the Albion had been trying to sign from Deportivo La Coruna for over a year before his £5.25m transfer last week.

Season Review: November Brighton and Hove Albion continued their good form from October into November, as the Premier League campaign entered its fourth month of the 2017/18 campaign.

The extra World Cup incentive for Albion defender Leon Balogun as he prepares to face England Playing in the World Cup will be extra special for Albion defender Leon Balogun. The Seagulls' new signing missed out in Brazil four years ago following a freak injury on his debut for Nigeria.

Opposition In Focus: Afc Bournemouth Our rundown of Brighton and Hove Albion’s Premier League opposition for the 2018/19 campaign begins with fellow south coast side AFC Bournemouth.

Albion Trio Step Up World Cup Preparation Brighton and Hove Albion trio Jose Izquierdo, Leon Balogun and Mathew Ryan will continue their preparations for the FIFA World Cup in the coming days.Izquierdo will be looking to impress coach Jose Pekerman when Colombia face Egypt in Bergamo tomorrow evening, kick-off 8.15pm.

Midfield options a priority for Albion manager Chris Hughton One of the main priorities for Albion manager Chris Hughton in the summer transfer window is widening his midfield options. For a period in their first season in the Premier League, the Seagulls were treading on thin ice. Steve Sidwell was sidelined at the start by back surgery.

Brackley Snatches Bhafc Fantasy League Crown After 38 gameweeks in the BHAFC Fantasy League - a feature in the matchday programme - a winner was crowned on the final day of the season, as Peter Brackley’s ‘Brack Of The Net’ came from behind to snatch the title.

Remember any of these? Albion signing Florin Andone will not be the first Romanian to play in the Premier League Florin Andone will join a select band of Romanians when he makes his debut for Albion in the Premier League. Thirteen of the Seagulls' new striker's fellow countrymen have played in England's top flight. The last was goalkeeping giant Costel Pantilimon for Watford against Middlesbrough in January 2017.

Aitc Looking For Premier League Primary Stars Participants Albion in the Community is looking for local schools to take part in a Premier League programme that uses the appeal of football to inspire young people to learn, be active and develop important life skills.