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  • "Dave at times I really wonder what must be going on in some people's heads.

    We got promoted as champions just a couple of seasons ago, as yet we have not even had two seasons in the Championship and some are complaining already!

    Sussexram, do you really think it fair to expect Gus to amass a team good enough
    to get promotion to the prem in less than two seasons?

    How about saying that if we hadn't left Withdene and used the 90 million it cost to build our stadium on players, we could not be in the prem, that makes just as much sense as what you are saying.

    Sir you have no concept of what it takes to make such a huge step. Instant gratification is your wish, much like those hooked on drugs. You want something and unless you get it, NOW, then people are letting you down, that is not the attitude of a Brighton fan, but sadly it is yours."
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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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