Sami calls for fans' backing in new season

Sami Hyypia

Sami Hyypia

First published in Sport by , Chief sports reporter

Albion boss Sami Hyypia wants to build a bond at the Amex between his revamped team and the fans.

Hyypia believes the Seagulls’ home form will underpin their challenge in the Championship in his first season in charge.

He hopes the supporters will be firmly on-side, especially when games are not going according to plan.

 

Albion launch the Hyypia era against Sheffield Wednesday at the Amex today.

The former Liverpool defender was accustomed to home success and a strong relationship between players and fans during a decade at Anfield.

Now he wants to capitalise with Albion on the biggest fanbase in the Championship.

Hyypia told The Argus: “It’s very important that we make a good bond with our fans, that we give them something they can be pleased and happy about. I think always when it’s going well it’s easy to be a fan of a team.

“But sometimes people don’t remember that the team will need the fans in the bad periods and bad moments more than in the good moments.

“I would hope that our fans are that good that they will support the team in the bad periods as well, maybe even more than in the good periods. Then we will be okay.”

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5:26am Sat 9 Aug 14

twonk says...

They won't get my backing until they spend some money on players.
They won't get my backing until they spend some money on players. twonk
  • Score: -51

5:33am Sat 9 Aug 14

daughter-of-manag says...

BHA fans will support their team through good and bad times - we have some of the best supporters in the country. Of course, we will have the odd moan and groan, but we are Brighton, and will yell our team on at the game, or from Spain, Indonesia, the US of A, Canada or wherever!

Come on you Seagulls!!!!
BHA fans will support their team through good and bad times - we have some of the best supporters in the country. Of course, we will have the odd moan and groan, but we are Brighton, and will yell our team on at the game, or from Spain, Indonesia, the US of A, Canada or wherever! Come on you Seagulls!!!! daughter-of-manag
  • Score: 28

5:39am Sat 9 Aug 14

JeffLomer says...

Morning, we might not have all the new players in for the start off the season, but we should all remember we're there to support the boys, let's make the Amex rock not just today but all season,
Twonk your a nugget!!
Up the Albion!!
Morning, we might not have all the new players in for the start off the season, but we should all remember we're there to support the boys, let's make the Amex rock not just today but all season, Twonk your a nugget!! Up the Albion!! JeffLomer
  • Score: 28

5:42am Sat 9 Aug 14

albionbloke says...

twonk wrote:
They won't get my backing until they spend some money on players.
Living up to your name.
[quote][p][bold]twonk[/bold] wrote: They won't get my backing until they spend some money on players.[/p][/quote]Living up to your name. albionbloke
  • Score: 20

5:52am Sat 9 Aug 14

Singing Seagull, Indonesia says...

daughter-of-manag wrote:
BHA fans will support their team through good and bad times - we have some of the best supporters in the country. Of course, we will have the odd moan and groan, but we are Brighton, and will yell our team on at the game, or from Spain, Indonesia, the US of A, Canada or wherever!

Come on you Seagulls!!!!
Yes indeed! It's match day!!

COME ON YOU SEEEEAAAAGUULLLLLLLS
SS!!!!

UTA!!!
[quote][p][bold]daughter-of-manag[/bold] wrote: BHA fans will support their team through good and bad times - we have some of the best supporters in the country. Of course, we will have the odd moan and groan, but we are Brighton, and will yell our team on at the game, or from Spain, Indonesia, the US of A, Canada or wherever! Come on you Seagulls!!!![/p][/quote]Yes indeed! It's match day!! COME ON YOU SEEEEAAAAGUULLLLLLLS SS!!!! UTA!!! Singing Seagull, Indonesia
  • Score: 18

6:02am Sat 9 Aug 14

Rhodes Seagull says...

5:00am Saturday 9th August 2014
Which of these words best sums up your feelings about Albion's propects this season?

6am Thanks for voting - this ballot is now closed
5:00am Saturday 9th August 2014 Which of these words best sums up your feelings about Albion's propects this season? 6am Thanks for voting - this ballot is now closed Rhodes Seagull
  • Score: 37

6:10am Sat 9 Aug 14

Jonathan Mouette says...

Hi, So this article with fan survey went online at...
5:00am Saturday 9th August 2014 in Sport By Andy Naylor

and at 5:55am I decide I'll take part in the vote but then read....
Thanks for voting - this ballot is now closed

In less than an hour at a rather unearthly hour, it appears that everyone has voted except me. Just as well 'cos I wanted to use a multi -choice vote... Apprehensively optimistic...
Sami, a bit of history for you - there are thousands who have followed this club through very, very dark days and we're still here - and will be whatever hash those suits make of it. The support you really need is from them - and that is why I am apprehensively optimistic. Their recent track record leaves an awful lot to be desired.

Fingers remain resolutely crossed. UTA...!!!
Hi, So this article with fan survey went online at... 5:00am Saturday 9th August 2014 in Sport By Andy Naylor and at 5:55am I decide I'll take part in the vote but then read.... Thanks for voting - this ballot is now closed In less than an hour at a rather unearthly hour, it appears that everyone has voted except me. Just as well 'cos I wanted to use a multi -choice vote... Apprehensively optimistic... Sami, a bit of history for you - there are thousands who have followed this club through very, very dark days and we're still here - and will be whatever hash those suits make of it. The support you really need is from them - and that is why I am apprehensively optimistic. Their recent track record leaves an awful lot to be desired. Fingers remain resolutely crossed. UTA...!!! Jonathan Mouette
  • Score: 24

6:46am Sat 9 Aug 14

AlfieT says...

15,000 for Blackburns opening game of the season, just hope it's not a sign of things to come!
15,000 for Blackburns opening game of the season, just hope it's not a sign of things to come! AlfieT
  • Score: 2

7:05am Sat 9 Aug 14

namgo49 says...

AlfieT wrote:
15,000 for Blackburns opening game of the season, just hope it's not a sign of things to come!
That's good for Blackburn and, of course, it was on the tele, so no big deal. We need to have a team that can show the fans how to entertain. We were woeful in our 1st home game against Derby last year, let's hope we get better entertainment this afternoon.
[quote][p][bold]AlfieT[/bold] wrote: 15,000 for Blackburns opening game of the season, just hope it's not a sign of things to come![/p][/quote]That's good for Blackburn and, of course, it was on the tele, so no big deal. We need to have a team that can show the fans how to entertain. We were woeful in our 1st home game against Derby last year, let's hope we get better entertainment this afternoon. namgo49
  • Score: 4

7:14am Sat 9 Aug 14

AlfieT says...

namgo49 wrote:
AlfieT wrote:
15,000 for Blackburns opening game of the season, just hope it's not a sign of things to come!
That's good for Blackburn and, of course, it was on the tele, so no big deal. We need to have a team that can show the fans how to entertain. We were woeful in our 1st home game against Derby last year, let's hope we get better entertainment this afternoon.
They averaged 25,000 in the premier league, and I know we are averaging a similar figure in the championship, but the early fan vibes are not good, we need a win and a performance to match.
[quote][p][bold]namgo49[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AlfieT[/bold] wrote: 15,000 for Blackburns opening game of the season, just hope it's not a sign of things to come![/p][/quote]That's good for Blackburn and, of course, it was on the tele, so no big deal. We need to have a team that can show the fans how to entertain. We were woeful in our 1st home game against Derby last year, let's hope we get better entertainment this afternoon.[/p][/quote]They averaged 25,000 in the premier league, and I know we are averaging a similar figure in the championship, but the early fan vibes are not good, we need a win and a performance to match. AlfieT
  • Score: -3

7:18am Sat 9 Aug 14

MHubbs says...

All football fans will be supporting wholeheartedly today. I would suggest his comments be redirected to the board. That's where he needs the backing in putting their money where there mouth is and getting some decent players like 'Ward' signed up before we suffer the consequences of an under strength squad.
Hoping for a ⚽️⚽️ - 0 today. UTA
All football fans will be supporting wholeheartedly today. I would suggest his comments be redirected to the board. That's where he needs the backing in putting their money where there mouth is and getting some decent players like 'Ward' signed up before we suffer the consequences of an under strength squad. Hoping for a ⚽️⚽️ - 0 today. UTA MHubbs
  • Score: 17

8:02am Sat 9 Aug 14

portugal35 says...

We will be ok today,but only if JFC,March and Dunk are not al in the starting 11.
We will be ok today,but only if JFC,March and Dunk are not al in the starting 11. portugal35
  • Score: -14

8:07am Sat 9 Aug 14

Conelli98 says...

Brighton 4- 0 Sheffield Wed. 2pints of Harvey's, 2 pies, a win on half time scratch card, time of first goal of scratch card, 50% of sea life centre on scratch card, a smile from gnome the steward in West upper, free starburst from the guys from Dorset who I sit next too and my six team acca up at William Hill is my prediction for the day!!!
...I thought about a signing or three but that would be pushing it!!!
Come on the Albion😋
Brighton 4- 0 Sheffield Wed. 2pints of Harvey's, 2 pies, a win on half time scratch card, time of first goal of scratch card, 50% of sea life centre on scratch card, a smile from gnome the steward in West upper, free starburst from the guys from Dorset who I sit next too and my six team acca up at William Hill is my prediction for the day!!! ...I thought about a signing or three but that would be pushing it!!! Come on the Albion😋 Conelli98
  • Score: 10

8:09am Sat 9 Aug 14

To baldly go says...

D-day is here, our moaning/frustration/
disappointment goes on the back burner and we look forward. The noise/atmosphere will be awesome come 1500 today. Have our men at the top (BBB) got it right? Has Sammi got the ability to mould the players into what he requires from them?
These are 2 big questions that will need answering on the pitch today!
All teams go through bad patches, no problem with that, it's when those bad patches become back to back bad games. Last season, although we got into the play offs, a large amount of the fans were frustrated at the negative play, especially at home. If we go for it and lose 2-1 or 3-2 but us fans are entertained, no one can moan, but, play not to concede and lose 0-1 will not go down well I fear.
My prediction is a 2-1 win for the Albion, everyone happy and a good confidence booster for the manager/team. UTA
D-day is here, our moaning/frustration/ disappointment goes on the back burner and we look forward. The noise/atmosphere will be awesome come 1500 today. Have our men at the top (BBB) got it right? Has Sammi got the ability to mould the players into what he requires from them? These are 2 big questions that will need answering on the pitch today! All teams go through bad patches, no problem with that, it's when those bad patches become back to back bad games. Last season, although we got into the play offs, a large amount of the fans were frustrated at the negative play, especially at home. If we go for it and lose 2-1 or 3-2 but us fans are entertained, no one can moan, but, play not to concede and lose 0-1 will not go down well I fear. My prediction is a 2-1 win for the Albion, everyone happy and a good confidence booster for the manager/team. UTA To baldly go
  • Score: 7

8:20am Sat 9 Aug 14

tug509 says...

Jonathan Mouette wrote:
Hi, So this article with fan survey went online at...
5:00am Saturday 9th August 2014 in Sport By Andy Naylor

and at 5:55am I decide I'll take part in the vote but then read....
Thanks for voting - this ballot is now closed

In less than an hour at a rather unearthly hour, it appears that everyone has voted except me. Just as well 'cos I wanted to use a multi -choice vote... Apprehensively optimistic...
Sami, a bit of history for you - there are thousands who have followed this club through very, very dark days and we're still here - and will be whatever hash those suits make of it. The support you really need is from them - and that is why I am apprehensively optimistic. Their recent track record leaves an awful lot to be desired.

Fingers remain resolutely crossed. UTA...!!!
Good morning JM Good morning all ,
My turn to complement you on an excellent summation of probably the vast majority of us Albion lovers ,the support will always be there from us ground troops but as you say the generals need to arm Sami with the weapons he needs for a decent campaign .
2-1 The Albion ,come on you Seagulls ! .
[quote][p][bold]Jonathan Mouette[/bold] wrote: Hi, So this article with fan survey went online at... 5:00am Saturday 9th August 2014 in Sport By Andy Naylor and at 5:55am I decide I'll take part in the vote but then read.... Thanks for voting - this ballot is now closed In less than an hour at a rather unearthly hour, it appears that everyone has voted except me. Just as well 'cos I wanted to use a multi -choice vote... Apprehensively optimistic... Sami, a bit of history for you - there are thousands who have followed this club through very, very dark days and we're still here - and will be whatever hash those suits make of it. The support you really need is from them - and that is why I am apprehensively optimistic. Their recent track record leaves an awful lot to be desired. Fingers remain resolutely crossed. UTA...!!![/p][/quote]Good morning JM Good morning all , My turn to complement you on an excellent summation of probably the vast majority of us Albion lovers ,the support will always be there from us ground troops but as you say the generals need to arm Sami with the weapons he needs for a decent campaign . 2-1 The Albion ,come on you Seagulls ! . tug509
  • Score: 4

8:22am Sat 9 Aug 14

JeffLomer says...

To baldly go wrote:
D-day is here, our moaning/frustration/

disappointment goes on the back burner and we look forward. The noise/atmosphere will be awesome come 1500 today. Have our men at the top (BBB) got it right? Has Sammi got the ability to mould the players into what he requires from them?
These are 2 big questions that will need answering on the pitch today!
All teams go through bad patches, no problem with that, it's when those bad patches become back to back bad games. Last season, although we got into the play offs, a large amount of the fans were frustrated at the negative play, especially at home. If we go for it and lose 2-1 or 3-2 but us fans are entertained, no one can moan, but, play not to concede and lose 0-1 will not go down well I fear.
My prediction is a 2-1 win for the Albion, everyone happy and a good confidence booster for the manager/team. UTA
Agreed!!
[quote][p][bold]To baldly go[/bold] wrote: D-day is here, our moaning/frustration/ disappointment goes on the back burner and we look forward. The noise/atmosphere will be awesome come 1500 today. Have our men at the top (BBB) got it right? Has Sammi got the ability to mould the players into what he requires from them? These are 2 big questions that will need answering on the pitch today! All teams go through bad patches, no problem with that, it's when those bad patches become back to back bad games. Last season, although we got into the play offs, a large amount of the fans were frustrated at the negative play, especially at home. If we go for it and lose 2-1 or 3-2 but us fans are entertained, no one can moan, but, play not to concede and lose 0-1 will not go down well I fear. My prediction is a 2-1 win for the Albion, everyone happy and a good confidence booster for the manager/team. UTA[/p][/quote]Agreed!! JeffLomer
  • Score: 1

8:44am Sat 9 Aug 14

mark by the sea says...

I thought last nights game was very different to the normal tippy tappy of the championship, players now getting closed down and pressured..
Today is going to be interesting, we have heard nothing about Buckley pre season? Has he been fully fit?
Today we need 3 points , I have to say other than the back 5 I don't have a clue about the formation , or player selection, crofts needs to hold things together with his experience.
I am looking forward to today, firstly it's the new season, secondly we can discuss football on this forum, rather than FFP and Adam Virgo insight into the squad..
Let the season begin!
Uta
I thought last nights game was very different to the normal tippy tappy of the championship, players now getting closed down and pressured.. Today is going to be interesting, we have heard nothing about Buckley pre season? Has he been fully fit? Today we need 3 points , I have to say other than the back 5 I don't have a clue about the formation , or player selection, crofts needs to hold things together with his experience. I am looking forward to today, firstly it's the new season, secondly we can discuss football on this forum, rather than FFP and Adam Virgo insight into the squad.. Let the season begin! Uta mark by the sea
  • Score: 5

8:49am Sat 9 Aug 14

AlanDuffy says...

I don't think you can overstress the importance of getting a result this afternoon. There is a lot of discontent and frustration amongst supporters and a defeat in the opening game would be damaging. I think we'll see good support, but this could easily slip away if the game doesn't go our way. I think Sami knows this, hence this appeal. He shouldn't have to do this, real supporters get behind the team in all situations. Sadly I think we have a significant element of fickle "supporters" who demand success and will vent their frustration if it's not forthcoming. I'd say I'm "apprehensive".
I don't think you can overstress the importance of getting a result this afternoon. There is a lot of discontent and frustration amongst supporters and a defeat in the opening game would be damaging. I think we'll see good support, but this could easily slip away if the game doesn't go our way. I think Sami knows this, hence this appeal. He shouldn't have to do this, real supporters get behind the team in all situations. Sadly I think we have a significant element of fickle "supporters" who demand success and will vent their frustration if it's not forthcoming. I'd say I'm "apprehensive". AlanDuffy
  • Score: 5

9:47am Sat 9 Aug 14

Jaguar_uk says...

I'm more than disappointed with the efforts of David Burke, who is obviously not up the job he's supposed to be doing.
However now is the time to forget his incompetence, get behind the team and pray Sami is the kind of inspirational manager than gets the best out of what we have left.
I'm more than disappointed with the efforts of David Burke, who is obviously not up the job he's supposed to be doing. However now is the time to forget his incompetence, get behind the team and pray Sami is the kind of inspirational manager than gets the best out of what we have left. Jaguar_uk
  • Score: -3

10:19am Sat 9 Aug 14

JeffLomer says...

Conelli98 wrote:
Brighton 4- 0 Sheffield Wed. 2pints of Harvey's, 2 pies, a win on half time scratch card, time of first goal of scratch card, 50% of sea life centre on scratch card, a smile from gnome the steward in West upper, free starburst from the guys from Dorset who I sit next too and my six team acca up at William Hill is my prediction for the day!!!
...I thought about a signing or three but that would be pushing it!!!
Come on the Albion😋
Good luck with your predictions conelli,
3 points and a smile from gnome should be enough!!
Up the Albion!!
[quote][p][bold]Conelli98[/bold] wrote: Brighton 4- 0 Sheffield Wed. 2pints of Harvey's, 2 pies, a win on half time scratch card, time of first goal of scratch card, 50% of sea life centre on scratch card, a smile from gnome the steward in West upper, free starburst from the guys from Dorset who I sit next too and my six team acca up at William Hill is my prediction for the day!!! ...I thought about a signing or three but that would be pushing it!!! Come on the Albion😋[/p][/quote]Good luck with your predictions conelli, 3 points and a smile from gnome should be enough!! Up the Albion!! JeffLomer
  • Score: 2

11:05am Sat 9 Aug 14

pjwilk says...

I will back the Albion,but since the end of last season the Blue Bros have alienated the fans in every way and have made us feel we are only here to be cash cows to their folly.It will take a lot to feel close to the management team again.Sami is excepted from criticism ,this will wait and see how he does and how he stands up to the suits.This will be the lowest key start to a season that i can remember.Bournmouth are ahead of us in the promotion ratings,we are already also runs.
I will back the Albion,but since the end of last season the Blue Bros have alienated the fans in every way and have made us feel we are only here to be cash cows to their folly.It will take a lot to feel close to the management team again.Sami is excepted from criticism ,this will wait and see how he does and how he stands up to the suits.This will be the lowest key start to a season that i can remember.Bournmouth are ahead of us in the promotion ratings,we are already also runs. pjwilk
  • Score: -2

11:40am Sat 9 Aug 14

Conelli98 says...

JeffLomer wrote:
Conelli98 wrote:
Brighton 4- 0 Sheffield Wed. 2pints of Harvey's, 2 pies, a win on half time scratch card, time of first goal of scratch card, 50% of sea life centre on scratch card, a smile from gnome the steward in West upper, free starburst from the guys from Dorset who I sit next too and my six team acca up at William Hill is my prediction for the day!!!
...I thought about a signing or three but that would be pushing it!!!
Come on the Albion😋
Good luck with your predictions conelli,
3 points and a smile from gnome should be enough!!
Up the Albion!!
Cheers Jeff!
[quote][p][bold]JeffLomer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Conelli98[/bold] wrote: Brighton 4- 0 Sheffield Wed. 2pints of Harvey's, 2 pies, a win on half time scratch card, time of first goal of scratch card, 50% of sea life centre on scratch card, a smile from gnome the steward in West upper, free starburst from the guys from Dorset who I sit next too and my six team acca up at William Hill is my prediction for the day!!! ...I thought about a signing or three but that would be pushing it!!! Come on the Albion😋[/p][/quote]Good luck with your predictions conelli, 3 points and a smile from gnome should be enough!! Up the Albion!![/p][/quote]Cheers Jeff! Conelli98
  • Score: 1

9:46am Sun 10 Aug 14

Captain Haddock says...

twonk wrote:
They won't get my backing until they spend some money on players.
Don't worry. They won't notice!
[quote][p][bold]twonk[/bold] wrote: They won't get my backing until they spend some money on players.[/p][/quote]Don't worry. They won't notice! Captain Haddock
  • Score: 1

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