Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club is a professional football club from Brighton based in Falmer, East Sussex, England. They currently compete in the Premier League, the top tier of the English football league.
The club enjoyed greatest prominence between 1979 and 1983 when they played in the First Division and reached the 1983 FA Cup Final. By the late 1990s, Brighton had slipped to the fourth tier of English football and were in financial trouble. In the 2016–17 season, Brighton finished second in the EFL Championship and were thus promoted to the Premier League, ending a 34-year absence from the top flight.
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For most of Brighton's history they have played in blue & white shirts, usually striped, with different combinations of white and blue shorts and socks, though this changed to all white briefly in the 1970s and again to plain blue during the club's most successful spell in the 1980.
A round seagull crest; introduced in 2011 and is a modernized version of earlier crests.
Fans of the club consider Crystal Palace the club's main rivals, although the grounds are 40 miles apart.
Christopher William Gerard Hughton (born 11 December 1958) is an Irish former professional footballer and current manager of Brighton & Hove Albion. After making his professional debut aged 20, Hughton spent most of his playing career with Tottenham Hotspur as a left back, leaving in 1990 after 13 years. Hughton guided Brighton to an impressive third-placed finish, narrowly missing out on promotion to the Premier League through an inferior goal difference of two goals. Brighton would go one step further in the following season under Hughton's management, earning promotion to the Premier League for the first time in their history, and returning to the top flight of English football for the first time since 1983.
Thomas Edwin Reed Cook (5 January 1901 – 15 January 1950) was an English cricketer for Sussex County Cricket Club. He was also a professional footballer with Brighton & Hove Albion and Bristol Rovers, who made one appearance for England in 1925. He later became manager at Brighton.
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