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Albion TV documentary slammed by Seagulls fans
11:05am Tuesday 25th September 2012 in News
Albion fans got to see their club up-close and personal when a new TV documentary on the Seagulls aired last night.
Behind-the-scenes footage followed defender Adam El-Abd , coach Charlie Oatway and super fan Grant Phillips in the build-up to a crunch game against Watford last season.
During the More4 documentary, Birds Balls and Brighton, fans got to see the Egyptian defender at home with his wife Jade while supporter Grant showed off his Seagull tattoo and explained his Albion obsession.
However, the film has not been praised by fans. One, commenting under the name Worthingite on the Channel 4 website , said: "God that was awful....just awful!!! A total bodge job of editing, a poorly conceived "plot", ending up with me losing half an hour of my life that I'll never get back!
"And to think that myself, like many others, were excited about it beforehand. What a waste of time and money."
Another, posting as Sergei's Celebration on fans forum North Stand Chat , said: "Charlie, Adam and Grant should sue over irreparable damage to their image.
"Putting my shoulder in two while skiing was more fun than that and i can not believe i am this about a documentary about my beloved club but it was appalling."
The original idea for the film come from by former City College Brighton and Hove student Alfie Harrison who spent much of the 2010/11 season filming Albion’s promotion to the Championship.
Derry-based production company Alleycats Films heard about his films and suggested it be put forward as a documentary for Channel 4’s First Cut season with director David Cairns brought in to oversee the project.
Twenty-one-year-old Alfie, of Borough Street in Brighton, played a key role in the completed film as assistant producer.
He said: “My film was about the life of a footballer who wasn’t a £200,000 Premiership player. I’m really pleased how the final film has come out.
“It was great to be around Charlie all our subjects were great.”
Ed Stobart, executive producer of Alleycats Films, said: “For First Cut, you are expected to take some risks so we wanted to do it in an artistic way and show a side of football outside of the touchline interview.”
The show is not available on 4OD, but will be screened again on Channel 4 at 2.05am on Friday.
Did you see the show? What did you think?