This scene from 1912 is a far cry from the scenes of joy as Albion clinched the Division Two championship last Saturday.

Ninety years ago, following a 3-0 victory against Bristol City, the response was somewhat muted.

Fans - almost exclusively male - wearing boaters, flats caps and bowlers stand in regimented rows in this historic postcard printed to mark the win.

You can almost hear the polite applause as the team leave the field at Hove's Goldstone ground.

They had just seen the young Jimmy Smith, the Bobby Zamora of his day, lead his team to victory.

Smith, who scored 25 goals in 29 games in the 1911/12 season, died in action on the Western Front six years later.

The scene is a far cry from the wave of euphoria which burst from the stands when the Seagulls held Swindon to a 0-0 draw securing the championship title.

The post-Edwardian suits and ties have been replaced by blue and white tops, the subdued smiles by chants and shouts of joy.

The team's historic feat brought back memories for pensioner Vera Spratt, 84, whose father William Lodge, a superintendent for Brighton Police, is pictured among the crowd.

She said: "My father was a real fan of the Albion and I am too.

"I always listen to the results on the radio and they're doing as well now as they have ever done.

"I've kept this photo for years and thought people might like to see it."