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  • "It was definitely Atkinson who was the Man Ure manager at the Cup Final. I was there. Atkinson then went on to coin the terrible phrase 'Early doors' in an interview when he said 'Early Days' incorrectly because he had had a few. He was an idiot. A nice bloke though.
    While we're on the subject of managers saying daft things; it was Glenn Doddle (yes, I know) who first started the awful incorrect cliche of 'moment in time'.Sheer tautology as everybody knows that 'moment' means a point in time so the additional 'in time' is redundant. People say stupid things and most of the rest of footballers follow them because they are not very bright.
    Ah, that's better. Rant over."
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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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