BRIGHTON EYE BEST FAREWELL TO WITHDEAN

Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club aim to end their residence at the Withdean Stadium by securing automatic promotion.

The Seagulls can clinch promotion to the Championship tonight if they overcome Dagenham and Redbridge leaving coach Gus Poyet admitting he’ll be sorry to leave the club's rickety home. Next season Brighton will play at a brand new £92m 22,500-seater stadium leaving the former zoo and athletics track behind them.

The American Express Stadium will replace Withdean which has been home to Brighton for the last 10 years. It recently has become a lucky omen for the south coast side as they’ve won their last 12 home matches something they hope will add extra momentum to the game against Dagenham.

But Seagulls’ boss Poyet admits the stadium's strange lay out and bumpy surface have grown on him as he told the Mirror: "For a whole year I was blaming Withdean Stadium for all our problems. Now I feel sad that we are leaving. The place has a certain charm and it is certainly different. Other clubs do not always like playing on it.

"But best of all I like it because we have won so many games here. We know how to play on it and we have so many matches here this season.'"

Brighton will play their last game at Withdean on 30 April against Huddersfield which could be some party if the club manages to secure their place in the second tier of English football.

Posted on 12/04/2011