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Championship Preview: Brighton And Hove Albion

6 July 2015

PNE’s 14th Championship preview is Brighton and Hove Albion, North End’s longest away trip this season.

Preston’s contingent will take the 281 mile journey to East Sussex on Saturday 24th October, with the corresponding fixture coming in March.

It was a season to forget for the Seagulls last time out - having finished in the top six in the two seasons before, last campaign the Albion narrowly avoided relegation, eventually finishing in 20th position.

That led to former boss Sami Hyppia leaving the club at the end of the calendar year, leaving Chris Hughton to steady the Albion ship.

Although he couldn’t steer Brightom up the league ladder when he took over in December, he did ensure Championship football for the club next season, with Brighton finishing six points above the relegation spots.

Head to Head

Preston: 12   
Draw: 9
Brighton: 7

Since Brighton joined Preston in English football in 1901, the pair have only crossed paths 28 times in their history.

Two of those came in the 2004/05 season. After Brighton won the early fixture against the two in August, North End were looking to avenge that 1-0 defeat when they welcomed the Seagulls to Deepdale in April.

There was even more of an incentive with the game landing on Sir Tom Finney’s 83rd birthday - and they went the right way to send Sir Tom home happy when Brighton’s Gary Hart was sent off for fouling
Graham Alexander in the box, with Grezza stepping up to convert the spot-kick after just half an hour.

Richard Cresswell made it two on the stroke of half-time, and in the second-half David Nugent added a third to wrap up the victory and make it a very happy birthday for the Preston Plumber.

The Stadium

Saturday 24th October will mark the first time Preston North End will visit the Amex stadium with the ground opening in 2011.

Situated near the village of Falmer in Brighton and Hove, in-between the Lilywhites’ visit to Sussex, the stadium will also host matches for the 2015 Rugby Union World Cup.

With a capacity of 30,000, Albion recorded their highest attendance at the arena when they hosted Arsenal in the FA Cup in January 2015.

 

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