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Ex-boss Wilkins still keeps close eye on Albion

The Argus: Dean Wilkins is at the Amex today with Reading Dean Wilkins is at the Amex today with Reading

Dean Wilkins admits Albion’s result is still the first he looks for after a Reading game.

The former Seagulls boss returns to the Amex today in his role as coach to Nigel Adkins with the Royals.

Wilkins teamed up again with Adkins, for whom he also worked at Southampton.

But he admits he still has a soft spot for the Seagulls, where he starred as a playmaking midfielder before moving into coaching.

Asked if Albion’s score was the first he looked for, he said: “I suppose it is. I would be lying if I said it wasn’t.

“It’s a large part of my life, you never lose that sort of affinity that you have.

“It’s still very close to my heart but once you’re playing against them on a match day, everything obviously goes out the window.

“The club has changed enormously. I spent almost half my life there, 20 years as a player, coach, manager.

“To see the transformation in the place now since Tony Bloom went in and they got planning for the new stadium, it’s taken off.

“The Amex is wonderful. As a home crowd they really get behind their team. It’s great to see.

“They’ve managed to adjust the squad year on year. They are getting to that stage now where they are almost ready to make that next jump.

“Obviously we hope it’s not going to be this year because we want that to be us. But you can see the progress they are making both on and off the pitch.”

The teams drew 0-0 at Reading in the Championship and Albion won 1-0 at the Amex in the FA Cup.

Wilkins said: “We’ll certainly be hoping to have a better performance than the cup game, especially the way we started the game.”

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9:26am Sat 8 Mar 14

judewri says...

My favourite all time albion legend .....the lovely dean Wilkins !!!!! I wish him well but not today of course .
My favourite all time albion legend .....the lovely dean Wilkins !!!!! I wish him well but not today of course . judewri
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9:43am Sat 8 Mar 14

To baldly go says...

We will let you have 1 goal Dean, but today is the day Albion hit the ground running and score 3 and set the tone for the rest if he season. UTA
We will let you have 1 goal Dean, but today is the day Albion hit the ground running and score 3 and set the tone for the rest if he season. UTA To baldly go
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10:02am Sat 8 Mar 14

brightonaire says...

Wilkins was an asset to the club... shame there's no role for him here
Wilkins was an asset to the club... shame there's no role for him here brightonaire
  • Score: 5

7:22pm Sat 8 Mar 14

tinker111 says...

To baldly go wrote:
We will let you have 1 goal Dean, but today is the day Albion hit the ground running and score 3 and set the tone for the rest if he season. UTA
Well all done and dusted now ! each, Have to say disgusted at some ALBION fans ( A LOT) who Booooed the Reading player who was body checked by Captain Greer for his second Yellow Ref not that great but got this correct. the fans GO BACK TO Planet ZOG or learn what football is about
[quote][p][bold]To baldly go[/bold] wrote: We will let you have 1 goal Dean, but today is the day Albion hit the ground running and score 3 and set the tone for the rest if he season. UTA[/p][/quote]Well all done and dusted now ! each, Have to say disgusted at some ALBION fans ( A LOT) who Booooed the Reading player who was body checked by Captain Greer for his second Yellow Ref not that great but got this correct. the fans GO BACK TO Planet ZOG or learn what football is about tinker111
  • Score: -3

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