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Brighton v NUFC – Seagull Perspective

10 years ago

Thanks to Brighton fan Lewis Scrafton for giving us an insight into the build-up to Saturday’s FA Cup match. As well as supporting the ‘Seagulls’, Lewis is also Editor of SQ Magazine, the leading youth culture magazine on the South coast.

Is this the biggest match to take place at the ‘American Express Community Stadium’ so far?

Judging how quickly tickets were snapped up, I would have to say this game has brought about one of the biggest pre-match cup atmospheres. As for being the biggest match, playing or big rivals Palace back in September probably generated the biggest buzz that the stadium has seen so far…we lost that one though so here’s hoping for a better result this time!

What do Brighton fans make of the stadium name and what do you make of the backlash from Newcastle fans at Mike Ashley ‘s decision to call call St.James’ Park the S***** D***** A****?

Having been blighted with a stadium sponsorship deal from the off, we didn’t have to suffer the pain of a rename. After dropping the horrendous term ‘arena’, which you boys have had to endure as well, ‘The Amex’ has seemingly fallen into favour with locals. On the other hand, changing the name of an existing ground, a ground with a strong heritage, is something anyone in the right mind should vilify, not to mention when the sponsorship comes from the same owner of the club! We’re just glad we’re not in the same boat as you lot.

Which Newcastle players do you see as your most dangerous opponents on Saturday?

With a weakened side, Newcastle look slightly more susceptible than before, however it would take a brave man to bet against the toon attempting to bounce back from a shocking result last weekend. In particular, we see Jonas Gutierrez as your main threat and if he plays, Ben Arfa seems in truly unstoppable form at the moment.

Will LuaLua recover from his injury in time for the match and how has he been doing?

Kaz is expected to be fit for the tie at the weekend, luckily, as he’s been a revelation for us on the wing, creating some of our best play and goals for most part of the season – he’s yet to make a mark on the scoresheet just yet, but perhaps we’ll see the trademark double backflip this Saturday…

What perception do you think Brighton fans have of Newcastle United as a club and also our supporters?

You’ve had a superb season so far and after many were dubious at the start, Pardew has come through for you. Any team in the top half of the Premiership deserves to be taken seriously but in particular the toon have an incredibly strong history of support, we’re expecting the away end to be packed out on the day and for you to enjoy our south coast sunshine!

Would some of your fans preferred an away trip and a night out in the ‘Toon’?

It’s certainly tempting having experienced the Geordie nightlife before, but I would be lying if I said we didn’t want the media attention shone onto our brand new stadium and the incredible amount of support that will turn out for us on the day.

Score prediction?

If we continue our fine form from our win against Peterborough last week and forget the struggle we had getting to Round Four, I think you’ll be surprised at just how well we can play the ball around against the top division lads. We’re not expecting to control all of the game, but we’re not ruling out a 2-1 victory for Gus’ Aces.


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