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Difficult to believe how many Brighton fans went to Barnsley

5 years ago

Chris Hughton praised the Brighton fans for their support after the game on Saturday.

The former Newcastle boss saying ‘They sang throughout the game so it was impossible not to hear them.

However, it is a world away from Hughton’s experience seven years ago when at Newcastle United.

When I saw the Chris Hughton quotes (see below), I must admit to being a little surprised as I’d seen the weekend’s highlights on Football on Five and i couldn’t quite believe how few Brighton fans there were at Oakwell.

We take for granted just how many Newcastle supporters will travel away and at Barnsley this season, we took 6,000 fans and could have sold many thousands more. It was a Tuesday night!

Yes Brighton is further away (237 miles from Barnsley) but 3pm on a Saturday afternoon, knowing you will go back to the top of the Championship and you are in the promotion run-in, plus they are playing great football.

I checked up and there were 1,396 Brighton fans at Barnsley to see their 2-0 win on Saturday…and go back top of the table.

Bit disappointed with them really because after Newcastle, I want Brighton to go up, especially with the Hughton factor.

I don’t usually go in for the we have got better fans than you kind of stuff but this looked particularly feeble.

I must admit I thought their support was a bit better than that.

Chris Hughton:

“They (Brighton fans) sang right the way through the (Barnsley) game so it was impossible not to hear them.

“Even at 0-0, when perhaps there was a little lull in the game, they were excellent.

“We will need every bit of that going through until the end of the season.”

Before the Barnsley v Newcastle match in October – Barnsley boss Paul Heckingbottom:

“It’s why we got promoted, to play in sell-out games like this.

“It will be fantastic with 6,000 Geordies singing and, hopefully, we will be outsinging them two to one.”

The Barnsley v Brighton crowd on Saturday was 12,743.

Back on that Tuesday night in October for Barnsley v Newcastle it was 18,597.

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