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Who are ya? Brighton & Hove Albion
Nickname: The Seagulls
Ground: Withdean Stadium
How to get there: By Car: From Gillingham, take the A229 to the M20, then take the M26 to the M25 clockwise. Exit M25 at junction 7 and take the M23. Follow this road all the way down to the A23. The park and ride – the only place to park for miles around the ground – is on the right at the big roundabout on the A23. Distance from Priestfield: 70 miles. Approximate time: 1hr 21mins
Nearest station: Preston Park.
Last five games v Gillingham:
26/12/04: Championship – Brighton (Carpenter, Virgo) 2-1 Gillingham (Crofts)
25/09/04: Championship – Gillingham 0-1 Brighton (Knight (pen))
01/03/03: Division One – Gillingham (Shaw, T Johnson (pen, Southall) 3-0 Brighton
14/09/02: Division One – Brighton (Carpenter, Hart) 2-4 Gillingham (Shaw 2, Perpetuini, James)
24/08/99: League Cup Round 1 – Gillingham (Taylor, Southall) 2-0 Brighton
All-time record v the Gills:
Gills wins: 25
Brighton wins: 38
Remember me? Defender Guy Butters is still going strong with the Seagulls, almost four years after being released by the Gills. Bought from Portsmouth for £225,000 in October 1996, Butters was an excellent servant for the Gills and was part of the side that won promotion in 2000. Among his team mates is midfielder Richard Carpenter, who began his career at Priestfield.
Man to watch: Colin Kazim-Richards. Kazim-Richards was bought by the Seagulls after they won the inaugural Coca-Cola “Win A Player” Competition in 2005 and he impressed last season even though the Seagulls were relegated and should be a real menace at League One level.
2006/07 prospects: Last year’s relegated sides all struggled and Brighton may find it tough to make the step back down. They haven’t really strengthened and Leon Knight has not been replaced, leaving them with a potential lack of goals.