THIS weekend sees another chapter in the story of one of the fiercest rivalries in English football.

Brighton and Hove Albion have a long history with Crystal Palace and the two teams meet again on Saturday at Selhurst Park.

Now one young Palace fan has become a social media sensation for trying to educate people about the background to the rivalry.

The feud dates back to the Sixties and Seventies, when Brighton changed their nickname from Dolphins to Seagulls – to rival the Crystal Palace chants of “Eagles”.

During this time the two sides were close in the football pyramid, often battling out for promotion and away from relegation together.

But the rivalry came to a head in 1976 during an FA Cup match between the two sides.

Palace, at the time, were managed by Terry Venables, and Albion by Alan Mullery.

The two had been rivals in their own right and following the game, which Palace controversially won 1-0, Mullery flicked two fingers up to the Crystal Palace fans who had been launching a tirade of abuse to him during the match.

Mullery has since said that it was the competition between the two sides that sparked the flames for the rivalry.

Twitter user Callum O’Connell, a college student from Croydon, took to the social media site to detail this rivalry – from the early days right up until December 2018 when Brighton beat Palace 3-1 at the Amex.

Seventeen-year-old Callum’s tweet went viral, with fans from both sides taking the time to read it ahead of Saturday’s crunch match.

The student wanted to educate others about the history of the friction and said the story did not get the respect it deserved.

He said: “I had a lot of people asking me what it was about, and every time the game comes around I see things like ‘it’s not a real rivalry’, so I felt it would be helpful in general to write a proper explanation of what it’s all about.

“Pundits always talk about derbies like Manchester United and Liverpool, and Arsenal vs Spurs, but I’ve not even seen this weekend’s game mentioned on the likes of Sky Sports News – especially not to the level they build up to others.”

He hopes Palace win at the weekend and that the Eagles finish above Brighton come the end of the season.

But said he hopes both sides maintain their Premier League status so the rivalry can continue next season.

Brighton face Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday, 12.30 kick-off, and the game will be shown live on Sky Sports.

You can read Callum’s full thread on the rivalry on his Twitter page @CPFC_Cal.