Sky Blues On The Road - Brighton & Hove Albion
Feature by Covsupport News Service
Updated Friday, 25th November 2011
First ever visit by City to the Amec Community Stadium
BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION V COVENTRY CITY
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 26TH AT 3PM
AT AMERICAN EXPRESS COMMUNITY STADIUM, VILLAGE WAY, FALMER, BRIGHTON, BN1 9BL
Kick off at 3pm.
Club coach costs £21 and leaves the Ricoh Arena Car Park C at 10.30am.
M40, M25, M23. At the end of the M23, continue onto the A23, heading towards Brighton. At the roundabout which is the junction with the A27, take the A27 towards Lewes. After around four miles you will se the stadium on your right hand side. Leave at the A27 and take the slip road sign posted Falmer (B2123). At the top of the slip road turn right crossing back over the A27 and the entrance to the stadium is down on the right.
There is no parking at the stadium for away fans (although coaches minibuses will be allowed to park providing that they have been pre-booked with the Club) and there is a large no parking zone in force around the area of the stadium on matchdays.
Some Sat-Navs are not recognising the stadium post code of BN1 9BL. You can try instead BN1 9SD which takes you to nearby Falmer Railway Station instead.
Private Coach or Minibus
The best way for away fans to get to the stadium is by organised coach or minibus. These will be allowed to park at the stadium, without charge, and will have direct access into the away end so that you can use the facilities. If you are travelling by coach or minibus, the organiser should telephone Brighton's transport manager on 01273 878288 (email firstname.lastname@example.org ) who will make sure that a parking space is available for you.
If you are staying in Brighton or arrive early and visit the town, there are a wide range of buses that serve the area of the stadium with a number 25 bus every 10 minutes to right outside the stadium and specials available on match days.
Falmer railway station is directly outside the stadium and only a couple of minutes' walk to the away stand. There are frequent trains and specials on match days from both Brighton and Lewes.
Park & Rides
If you have no option other than to travel by car, to take advantage of the club-subsidised Football Park Ride scheme you will need a book of club travel vouchers.
There are Football Park Ride sites for your use situated at: Mill Road, third exit off A23/A27 roundabout. Postcode BN1 8ZF
Mithras House and Cockroft House, Lewes Road - Postcode BN2 4AT
Brighton Racecourse -Postcode BN2 9XZ
Please note the Mill Road site can only be accessed from the A23/A27 turn-off at Patcham and by driving west up Mill Road. You will not be allowed to enter Mill Road from the Hove turn-off from the A27. At all sites, stewards will show you where to park.
Disabled drivers will be directed to spaces next to the Park & Ride bus pick-up points.
The Park & Ride buses will run from 12 noon on a Saturday and 5.30pm for evening matches, and run for 90 minutes after the match.
Please note all cars must be removed from the Mill Road car park no later than two hours after the match.
After the match there will inevitably be a queue for your return journey whether you are using the train or the bus. It is taking us roughly 50mins to clear the queues.
To make your journey home more comfortable travel information will be provided in the stadium concourse areas, enabling you to wait inside and enjoy the excellent hospitality facilities we have on offer. Bars will be open for a period of time after each game. So if you don't have to rush off stay and take your time.
Near site parking
The only parking near the stadium is controlled by the Club and can only be used if it is pre-booked. Most of these have already been sold to home supporters and there are no spaces for away supporters. There are no uncontrolled parking areas on either of the Universities or at the Brighton Aldridge Academy and entry to these premises is controlled by stewards.
Disabled car parking, There is disabled car parking at the stadium. This is allocated to people according to their disability. If you believe that you are entitled to disabled parking, please contact the Club with details of your disability and your parking requirements.
More info http://www.footballgroundguide.com/brighton_and_hove_albion/#How%20To%20Get%20There%20And%20Where%20To%20Park
According to West Midlands Police, there is no pay on the day for this fixture.
THE LAST TIME
This is the 56th game between the two sides. City have won 15 of those matches and drawn 19 scoring 70 goals compared to Brighton's 83.
The corresponding fixture at Withdean in September 2005 produced a 2-2 draw. A Paul McShane own goal gave City a 38th minute lead. Leon Knight levelled in the 49th minute, only for Claus Jorgensen to go up the other end and put City back in front. The lead lasted for only four minutes as Kazim-Richards levelled just after coming on as a substitute.
The teams that day were:
City Bywater,Whing,Hall,Page,Hughes (Osbourne 82),Duffy (Watson 63), Doyle,Adebola, McSheffrey (Morrell 75), Scowcroft, Jorgensen Subs Ince,Flood
Brighton Blayney, Reid, Knight, Hart, Hammond, Carpenter, Butters, Carole (Frutos 87), Jarrett, Robinson (Kazim-Richards 52), McShane Subs Ottway, Elphick, Chaigneau.
The referee currently appointed to take charge of Coventry City's next game, the trip to Brighton, will be Gavin Ward from Surrey.
The 29 year old got into refereeing through his step dad and is in his third season on the referees list after spending five years as an assistant referee.
He has had seventeen games so far this season. and has shown 54 yellow cards and five red. One of his three Championship matches was Brighton's 2-0 win over Peterborough.
His last City game was the 4-1 home defeat to Bristol City back in March and his only other City game was the 1-1 draw with Preston on April 17th 2010.
His assistants will be Ian Crouch from Kent and John Magill from Essex. The fourth official will be Robert Whitton from Essex.
Coventry grabbed a morale boosting point from their midweek clash with Cardiff City but the Sky Blues remain five points away from safety.
On Saturday they face a trip to the south coast to take on an out of form Brighton side who in no way deserve to be 19/25 ‘odds on’ favourites (12Bet) after picking up just one win in 12 outings.
The Sky Blues are priced at 9/2 (Paddy Power) to take the three points, something they haven’t done away from home all season and haven’t done at Brighton since 1981.
Recommended betting tip: Draw @ 11/4
We were off the mark with our midweek tip but last week we landed over 2.5 goals as West Ham visited the Ricoh so hopefully we’ll be back to winning ways here.
As we’ve mentioned above Brighton are horribly out of form so shouldn’t be anything for Coventry to fear, especially after they matched fourth place Cardiff blow for blow and grabbed a point on Tuesday night.
At 1.82 Brighton could be worth laying (backing not to win) considering they’ve only won three from eight at home but the draw certainly offers the best value.
For more information, please click on http://www.easyodds.com/sports-betting/tips-previews/coventry-city-tips/news-25051.html