There are plenty of things for the people of Brighton to do in their spare time, and many enjoy watching the local football team.
For some, that’s a journey that will have started as a kid, whilst it will have been passed from generation to generation. But, previously, it had made for tough viewing on the pitch. Stands falling down, financial issues, jumping between the lower leagues. It used to be miserable being a Brighton fan, for the most part.
However, since lifelong fan Tony Bloom took over, the club has been on an upwards trajectory. Now, they are in their fourth consecutive season as a top-flight club, something that hadn’t happened since the 80s.
Of course, competing at this level is tough. You won’t find Brighton’s name when you look for the latest Premier League top 4 odds. Instead you will find them at 14/1 to be relegated. That’s the reality of their situation.
Despite that, fans are pleased with the work that Graham Potter is doing at the Amex Stadium. That’s because he has built a classy team that reflects the values of the city.
Anyone who has been to Brighton and Hove knows that it differs from other parts of the country. With the beautiful Grade I listed Royal Pavilion building, the Brighton Marina and little shops along the sea front, this is a city that appeals to tourists. People want to come and see what Brighton is about.
Then, you have the renowned Brighton Pride, which celebrates the diversity and equality on offer in the city, with up to 450,000 people attending. All of this comes together to ensure that Brighton has a reputation as a fantastic, modern place to live.
And, in Potter, Brighton might just have the perfect man to lead the football team that represents these people. After all, there are not many managers who have instructed their players to perform the Swan Lake ballet production or put on rap concerts.
But that’s Potter. He is bold, brave and unique in an industry that used to be dominated by a certain type of character. Pleasingly for the Brighton fans, his ideas have quickly been picked up by the players. Whilst they are still battling towards the bottom of the table, the stylish football has been a joy to watch, with many observers mystified as to how this team are not close to the top half.
Even when the pressure started to build earlier in the season, the Seagulls would stick to their guns. They would still play out from the back, they would not abandon what they believed in, convinced that the results would turn, which they did.
Now, they look well-positioned to secure a fifth successive year of Premier League football, which would be an achievement for a club with the resources of Brighton. More importantly, the future looks bright, with fans enjoying the fact that they have a stylish team that does play for the badge. Even amongst the high-profile competition, this Brighton team stands out and has its own place, just like the city.
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