Gully’s Girls out, street dancers in

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They have been described as “integral” to the Brighton and Hove Albion match experience.

But now Gully’s Girls – the Seagulls’ home game support troupe – have been scrapped and the club is looking for a new name for its dance outfit.

Albion has decided to make the much-loved cheerleaders, who have been a constant presence at first Withdean and now the American Express Community Stadium since its opening, a mixed dance troupe.

They trialled their first “street dance” routine in front of a packed stadium on Saturday for the match against Bolton.

While some supporters admitted the new dancers were talented, some argue they missed the old Gully’s Girls, famed for fire-eating, high-tempo cheerleading and short skirts.

A club spokesman said: “The club's dance group has been revamped to something more contemporary.

“We have integrated male dancers and the new-look group opted for a modern street dance pre-match routine ahead of the Bolton match on Saturday, November 24.

Broaden engagement

“We also want to broaden the group’s overall engagement with supporters before, during and after the match, with activities all around the stadium and on the external concourse, as well as expanding their role outside of the matches and generally making them a bigger part of the club.

“They’ll continue to mix things up in the coming weeks, but having recruited some additional male members to the original Gully’s Girls group, we are now looking for a new name – and we would welcome all suggestions from our fans.”

Supporters took to the Gully’s Girls’ Facebook page to call for their return.

Keith Meredith said: “Pease, please, please, please, Gully’s Girls I’m begging on my knees to get rid of those boys.”

Michael Goldsmith added: “I say, bring back Gully’s Girls – it starts here.”

But others were more complimentary.

Alison Evans said: “Loved the new routine. We must be the first club to have a street dance group.”

Mark Hewitt added: “I thought they were really good.”

Talking point: To what extent have Gully's Girls captured the hearts of Brighton and Hove Albion fans? Could a new street dance group do the same?

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1:57pm Mon 26 Nov 12

bluemonday says...

whats going on at the albion,caterers gone,new dancers,gus must be getting worried
whats going on at the albion,caterers gone,new dancers,gus must be getting worried bluemonday

2:21pm Mon 26 Nov 12

Neillo says...

Male dancers...nobody's going to ridicule that are they....
Male dancers...nobody's going to ridicule that are they.... Neillo

2:29pm Mon 26 Nov 12

JollyRoger says...

One things for sure "Gully's Group" is not the right name!
One things for sure "Gully's Group" is not the right name! JollyRoger

2:33pm Mon 26 Nov 12

Crystal Ball says...

Next thing you know they will be selling off the ground and moving to a temporary home at a local sports stadium.

Oh...
Next thing you know they will be selling off the ground and moving to a temporary home at a local sports stadium. Oh... Crystal Ball

2:47pm Mon 26 Nov 12

davenachfan says...

Why do people going to a football match need to have girls dressed up in ridiculous outfits and dancing as cheerleaders?
Why do people going to a football match need to have girls dressed up in ridiculous outfits and dancing as cheerleaders? davenachfan

2:48pm Mon 26 Nov 12

Jimmy Stewart's Imaginary Rabbit says...

Haven't seen the new group so can't comment on their skills, but I'm pleased that the old-style cheerleaders have gone. I'm not a fan of cheerleaders in football full stop, but also Gullys Girls were a bit of a reminder of the old amateur Withdean era.

Onwards and upwards.
Haven't seen the new group so can't comment on their skills, but I'm pleased that the old-style cheerleaders have gone. I'm not a fan of cheerleaders in football full stop, but also Gullys Girls were a bit of a reminder of the old amateur Withdean era. Onwards and upwards. Jimmy Stewart's Imaginary Rabbit

3:31pm Mon 26 Nov 12

Tedious Pedant says...

Why have I only got a choice of 'Yes' or 'No' in that vote?
Why have I only got a choice of 'Yes' or 'No' in that vote? Tedious Pedant

3:51pm Mon 26 Nov 12

Sarah Booker Lewis says...

Tedious Pedant wrote:
Why have I only got a choice of 'Yes' or 'No' in that vote?
The poll is a closed question that requires a 'yes' or 'no' answer. If you have a different response or wish to suggest another question, feel free to do so.
[quote][p][bold]Tedious Pedant[/bold] wrote: Why have I only got a choice of 'Yes' or 'No' in that vote?[/p][/quote]The poll is a closed question that requires a 'yes' or 'no' answer. If you have a different response or wish to suggest another question, feel free to do so. Sarah Booker Lewis

4:21pm Mon 26 Nov 12

Jimmy Stewart's Imaginary Rabbit says...

Tedious Pedant wrote:
Why have I only got a choice of 'Yes' or 'No' in that vote?
I'm intrigued as to what other answer you'd like?

Love the username btw!
[quote][p][bold]Tedious Pedant[/bold] wrote: Why have I only got a choice of 'Yes' or 'No' in that vote?[/p][/quote]I'm intrigued as to what other answer you'd like? Love the username btw! Jimmy Stewart's Imaginary Rabbit

5:45pm Mon 26 Nov 12

sussexram40 says...

A mixed dance troupe won't be as good. The men would much rather watch girls in short skirts than blokes with rippling muscles. It's all about eye candy. How about recruiting a few more stunners (plenty of young ladies who work in lap dancing clubs who might be keen) and renaming the group the Seagulls Stunners? Just keep it clean for the family audience but something for the majority male crowd to enjoy. A bit like Pans People on top of the pops.
A mixed dance troupe won't be as good. The men would much rather watch girls in short skirts than blokes with rippling muscles. It's all about eye candy. How about recruiting a few more stunners (plenty of young ladies who work in lap dancing clubs who might be keen) and renaming the group the Seagulls Stunners? Just keep it clean for the family audience but something for the majority male crowd to enjoy. A bit like Pans People on top of the pops. sussexram40

5:49pm Mon 26 Nov 12

Fight_Back says...

Awful decision by Paul Barber - he's obviously been brainwashed by Simon Cowell. Tell you what Paul, stop watching BGT and bring back Gully's Girls - my kids loved them.
Awful decision by Paul Barber - he's obviously been brainwashed by Simon Cowell. Tell you what Paul, stop watching BGT and bring back Gully's Girls - my kids loved them. Fight_Back

7:27pm Mon 26 Nov 12

Martha Gunn says...

Can any of the new recruits take a penalty? Or run a catering outlet?
Can any of the new recruits take a penalty? Or run a catering outlet? Martha Gunn

7:51pm Mon 26 Nov 12

Freeloaders says...

Martha Gunn wrote:
Can any of the new recruits take a penalty? Or run a catering outlet?
Now that did put a smile on my face.
[quote][p][bold]Martha Gunn[/bold] wrote: Can any of the new recruits take a penalty? Or run a catering outlet?[/p][/quote]Now that did put a smile on my face. Freeloaders

7:54pm Mon 26 Nov 12

Freeloaders says...

Neillo wrote:
Male dancers...nobody's going to ridicule that are they....
Have to admit Neillo you have this spot on.Some away teams will have a field day with this.Bring back those beautiful Gully girls i say.
[quote][p][bold]Neillo[/bold] wrote: Male dancers...nobody's going to ridicule that are they....[/p][/quote]Have to admit Neillo you have this spot on.Some away teams will have a field day with this.Bring back those beautiful Gully girls i say. Freeloaders

8:18pm Mon 26 Nov 12

Seagull Dave says...

Personally I think its a great idea! Given the demographic of our attendances I and many others are sure to lap up this addition to the match day experience. Once again the Albion are proving they are a great forward thinking club!
Personally I think its a great idea! Given the demographic of our attendances I and many others are sure to lap up this addition to the match day experience. Once again the Albion are proving they are a great forward thinking club! Seagull Dave

8:44pm Mon 26 Nov 12

Tony the tiger eastbourne says...

Who's idea was it to change Gully's girls!!! What a Prat!!!! Bring back the girls NOW!!!!
Who's idea was it to change Gully's girls!!! What a Prat!!!! Bring back the girls NOW!!!! Tony the tiger eastbourne

11:19pm Mon 26 Nov 12

Capt. Sensiblé says...

Jimmy Stewart's Imaginary Rabbit wrote:
Haven't seen the new group so can't comment on their skills, but I'm pleased that the old-style cheerleaders have gone. I'm not a fan of cheerleaders in football full stop, but also Gullys Girls were a bit of a reminder of the old amateur Withdean era.

Onwards and upwards.
agree, it was so embarrassing to watch them up at Withdean, it was almost ironic
[quote][p][bold]Jimmy Stewart's Imaginary Rabbit[/bold] wrote: Haven't seen the new group so can't comment on their skills, but I'm pleased that the old-style cheerleaders have gone. I'm not a fan of cheerleaders in football full stop, but also Gullys Girls were a bit of a reminder of the old amateur Withdean era. Onwards and upwards.[/p][/quote]agree, it was so embarrassing to watch them up at Withdean, it was almost ironic Capt. Sensiblé

11:32pm Mon 26 Nov 12

Maxwell's Ghost says...

I'm surprised the Greens have allowed women dancing. Is this what becomes of girls when they are allowed to ride pink bikes?
I'm surprised the Greens have allowed women dancing. Is this what becomes of girls when they are allowed to ride pink bikes? Maxwell's Ghost

7:20am Tue 27 Nov 12

magoo says...

No one cares.
No one cares. magoo

7:53am Tue 27 Nov 12

Freeloaders says...

Seagull Dave wrote:
Personally I think its a great idea! Given the demographic of our attendances I and many others are sure to lap up this addition to the match day experience. Once again the Albion are proving they are a great forward thinking club!
Think its safe to say you are gay then my friend.Ok you lot win yet again even on this.Yet another thing you have taken away from me.If this stands i will never watch the club again.I know i will never have to put up with this at Chelsea,Millwall,Wes
t Ham,or even Palace with the beautiful Crystal girls.
[quote][p][bold]Seagull Dave[/bold] wrote: Personally I think its a great idea! Given the demographic of our attendances I and many others are sure to lap up this addition to the match day experience. Once again the Albion are proving they are a great forward thinking club![/p][/quote]Think its safe to say you are gay then my friend.Ok you lot win yet again even on this.Yet another thing you have taken away from me.If this stands i will never watch the club again.I know i will never have to put up with this at Chelsea,Millwall,Wes t Ham,or even Palace with the beautiful Crystal girls. Freeloaders

8:48am Tue 27 Nov 12

Seagull Dave says...

You're quite correct Freeloader and as are a large number of our supporters. Stop living in the dark ages with your archaic views, if you want cheap tarts then go to Smellhurst then. I'm more happy watching the boys at the Amex :)
You're quite correct Freeloader and as are a large number of our supporters. Stop living in the dark ages with your archaic views, if you want cheap tarts then go to Smellhurst then. I'm more happy watching the boys at the Amex :) Seagull Dave

9:59am Tue 27 Nov 12

Fairfax Sakes says...

Turn the hoses on them I say. Quickly!
Turn the hoses on them I say. Quickly! Fairfax Sakes

10:14am Tue 27 Nov 12

clairel says...

About time, they were an embarrassment and so outdated. And why do some men think it's all about them?!! Wake up, its the 21st century, women watch football too.
About time, they were an embarrassment and so outdated. And why do some men think it's all about them?!! Wake up, its the 21st century, women watch football too. clairel

10:52am Tue 27 Nov 12

mustaphaLeeko says...

I agree, cr*p American rubbish, keep it in the USA where it came from.

Football is family entertainment these days, it's not page 3 of The Sun!
I agree, cr*p American rubbish, keep it in the USA where it came from. Football is family entertainment these days, it's not page 3 of The Sun! mustaphaLeeko

1:25pm Tue 27 Nov 12

Smartbloke says...

Maxwell's Ghost wrote:
I'm surprised the Greens have allowed women dancing. Is this what becomes of girls when they are allowed to ride pink bikes?
Brilliant! Only a brain-dead, scum-crusted car crash of an individual could make a causal link between cheerleaders and the Green Party.

Please - get yourself a one-way ticket to Switzerland. And hurry up about it - even your mother thinks you were a ghastly mistake.

Maxwell's Ghost's Ghost - it has a ring to it.
[quote][p][bold]Maxwell's Ghost[/bold] wrote: I'm surprised the Greens have allowed women dancing. Is this what becomes of girls when they are allowed to ride pink bikes?[/p][/quote]Brilliant! Only a brain-dead, scum-crusted car crash of an individual could make a causal link between cheerleaders and the Green Party. Please - get yourself a one-way ticket to Switzerland. And hurry up about it - even your mother thinks you were a ghastly mistake. Maxwell's Ghost's Ghost - it has a ring to it. Smartbloke

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