Brighton & Hove Albion FC is an English football club based in the coastal city of Brighton & Hove, East Sussex. They currently feature in the English Premier League after a recent ascension.


Brighton & Hove Albion FC were established in 1901 and in their early years played in the Southern League. They were elected to the Football League in 1920 and actually played First Division football in England between 1979 and 1983.

In 1983 Brighton reached the final of the FA Cup but were relegated from the English top flight that season. Subsequent financial problems saw them go into decline and the club were almost relegated to the Conference in 1997. In 2001, though, Brighton reached the Championship but after one season they were relegated. They reached the second tier of English football immediately but again after one season dropped down into League One.

Brighton play their home matches at the Falmer Stadium, which was opened in 2011, with a capacity of 31,800, having previously played at Withdean Stadium which could accommodate 8,850 spectators. They bear the nicknames “The Seagulls” and “The Albion”.

Country England England
City Brighton, East Sussex
Founded 1901
Ground Falmer Stadium
Nickname The Seagulls
Captain Lewis Dunk
Coach Roberto De Zerbi

In 2010-2011, the Seagulls won the League One title under Gustavo Poyet before moving into the Falmer Stadium, ushering in the start of a new era. Brighton were promoted to the Premier League in 2017-2018 under Chris Hughton. They’ve remained in the top flight since and reached the 2018-2019 FA Cup semi-finals. Manager Graham Potter was poached by Chelsea in September 2022, replaced by Roberto De Zerbi.


  • Third Division South/Second Division/League One champions (3): 1957–58, 2001–02, 2010–11
  • Fourth Division/Third Division champions (2): 1964–65, 2000–01
  • Southern Football League champions (1): 1909–10
  • FA Charity Shield winners (1): 1910