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  • "It just goes to show what a fantastic fan base the Albion has. It also underlines how much the club suffered after the Goldstone was sold with the club barely surviving which was difficult without a permanent decent ground. Survive BHA did thanks largely to Dick Knight.
    Now thanks to TB we have a great stadium and a solid foundation being built with the Academy project underway.
    Hopefully the extra revenue being generated, even after allowing for all the increased costs, should feed through to the benefit of the playing squad.
    Recent comments from Poyet indicate that there should be some signings in the January window with another CB and striker top off the wish list.
    Talking of strikers on the Football Transfer Rumours website today there is a posting speculating whether we might make another approach for Genoa's Uruguayan forward Ribas whom we were interested in in the summer. Apparently his loan to Monaco (?) ends in January.
    Anyway it will be interesting to see what ' New Year's Presents'/Signings Poyet will reveal next month.
    Thoughts anyone ?"
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Albion attendances skyrocket

Albion's crowds at The Amex are averaging 25,446

Albion's crowds at The Amex are averaging 25,446

First published in Albion by , Chief sports reporter

Albion are on course for one of the biggest crowd jumps in Football League history – thanks to The Amex expansion.

If the Seagulls maintain their present average of 25,446, the increase will be almost 250% compared with 7,351 at Withdean in 2010-11.

That would be the third largest leap in attendances over a two-year period since league football started in 1888 according to Football Economy.Com, the economy of football website.

Albion’s average attendance in the Championship last season, their first at The Amex, was 20,027. The capacity has increased to around 27,500 since then and will rise further to 30,750 by March.

The biggest two-year leap in attendances was at Millwall from an average of 4,034 in the second tier in 1986-7 to 15,416 in the top division in 1988-89, a rise of 258 per cent.

Northampton's increase of 246 per cent to 6,316 over two seasons to 1986-87 is the second biggest but Albion will overtake that if they improve their current average by ten.

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