Brian Horton can see Albion are enjoying their football under Graham Potter.

And he hopes that helps serve up a fitting spectacle at the Amex tomorrow evening.

Horton, who skippered the Seagulls and managed both clubs, is in town for the Manchester City game.

He will be signing copies of his book Two Thousand Games at City Books in Hove tomorrow lunchtime.

“It’s a book of my whole footballing life from when I was nine or ten,” he said. “It goes right to the end. My career - over 2,000 games, which I’m very proud of.”

Then it is on to a game to which he is looking forward enormously.

Horton is a huge admirer of the football City are playing under Pep Guardiola with their false No.9 and their clever passing and movement.

But he is also enjoying what Potter, who played for him as a wing-back at Macclesfield, is doing with Albion.

He says the key is both sets of players can relish what they do within the systems they are playing.

Horton told The Argus: “Graham has got them enjoying it.

“They like the system and, when that comes together, that is a good mix.

“He has got the likes of Pep saying he is one of the best English coaches.

“He is getting linked with jobs but I think he has got a great job there.

“A fantastic job with Tony Bloom and the directors and Paul Barber and people like that really backing him.”

As Potter pointed out in his press conference yesterday, winning points in the Premier League is not a beauty pageant.

Horton agrees it is not all about playing an attractive style.

But it certainly helps if you are a player hoping to enjoy what your are doing.

He said: “Liverpool and Atletico Madrid have just had a spat between the managers about the way they play.

“What’s right or wrong? There’s no right or wrong, is there?

“Do you play long ball? Do you go over the top? Do you turn people around?

“Do you play in front of them? Do you keep the ball?

“Players like to play, don’t they?

“I go back to my time with Alan Mullery at Brighton and David Pleat at Luton. They wanted us to play.

“We never set out defensively with either manager.

“We always went in to win the game, whether we were playing the big boys or whatever.

“We never sat ten people behind the ball and maybe get a corner and score from that.

“That’s where the enjoyment comes, when you get a bit of freedom from your coach to play good football.”

Albion and City go into the weekend in the top four.

It is a far cry from the end of the 1982-83 season.

City won at the Goldstone in the penultimate fixture to relegate Albion. Then Luton did likewise at Maine Road to send City down and save themselves.

Horton captained a Hatters side who won with a famous late goal from Radomir Antic.

Pleat went galloping on to the pitch in his flares in celebration.

Horton said: “The Man City fans were always appreciative of the football I tried to play as manager there and the attacking formation.

“But that game always crops up. It’s bound to, isn’t it?

“But the 20 months I had at City were fantastic.


“It was the pinnacle of my managerial career, managing Manchester City in the Premier League.”

Horton will be signing copies of his autobiography, Two Thousand Games, City Books in Hove at noon tomorrow.

Albion’s store also will have signed copies available at the Amex from Saturday.