2015–16 Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. season

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Brighton & Hove Albion
2015–16 season
ChairmanTony Bloom
ManagerChris Hughton
StadiumFalmer Stadium
Championship3rd
FA CupThird round
League CupSecond round
Top goalscorerLeague: Tomer Hemed (17)
All: Tomer Hemed (17)

The 2015–16 season is Brighton & Hove Albion 114th year in existence and fifth consecutive season in the Championship.[1] Along with competing in the Championship, the club will also participate in the FA Cup and League Cup. The season covers the period from 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016.

Brighton enjoyed a much improved season after narrowly avoiding relegation the season prior, finishing an impressive 3rd place in the Championship table below Middlesbrough only on an inferior goal difference of two goals. Brighton only lost five games throughout the entire season, a feat matched by champions Burnley who only finished with four more points than Brighton.

The season began in spectacular fashion for Brighton, where they embarked on a 21 game unbeaten run that saw them occupy an automatic promotion place for much of the first half of the season. However, they would then lose four out of their five following games, dropping out of the top two and only sporadically occupying second place throughout the season, fighting a fierce contest with promotion rivals Hull City, Derby County, Middlesbrough and Burnley. After this mid-season dip in form, Brighton would only lose one more game throughout the rest of the season, and went into the final game of the Championship season away at second-placed Middlesbrough level on points with them but behind them on goal difference, knowing only a win would secure automatic promotion. The two teams drew 1–1, and Brighton finished the season in a play-off position instead.

A third play-off campaign for the Seagulls in four seasons ensued, however it would again end in defeat at the semi-final stage for a third time, as Brighton lost 3–1 on aggregate over two legs against Sheffield Wednesday.

Squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Finland GK Niki Mäenpää
2 Spain DF Bruno
3 Scotland DF Gordon Greer (captain)
4 Germany DF Uwe Hünemeier
5 England DF Lewis Dunk
6 England MF Dale Stephens
7 Israel MF Beram Kayal
8 Wales MF Andrew Crofts
9 England FW Sam Baldock
10 Israel FW Tomer Hemed
12 Cameroon DF Gaëtan Bong
13 England GK David Stockdale
14 Spain DF Iñigo Calderón (vice captain)
15 Scotland MF Jamie Murphy
16 Denmark GK Casper Ankergren
17 England DF Connor Goldson
No. Position Player
19 Netherlands MF Elvis Manu
20 England MF Solly March
21 England FW James Wilson
22 Netherlands MF Danny Holla
23 England DF Liam Rosenior
24 England MF Rohan Ince
25 England FW Bobby Zamora
26 Republic of Ireland DF Glen Rea
27 France MF Anthony Knockaert
28 England DF Adam Chicksen
29 Republic of Ireland MF Richie Towell
30 Democratic Republic of the Congo MF Kazenga LuaLua
33 England DF Liam Ridgewell
36 England MF Steve Sidwell
38 Czech Republic MF Jiri Skalak

Development squad and youth team[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
31 England GK Christian Walton
Republic of Ireland GK Harry Doherty
Spain GK Robert Sanchez
England GK Josh Smith
England DF Ben Barclay
England DF Dylan Barnett
England DF Tom Dallison
England DF Rob Hunt
England MF Will Collar
Republic of Ireland MF Dessie Hutchinson
England MF Connor Pring
England MF Jesse Starkey[2]
No. Position Player
Wales MF Connor Tighe
England MF Joe Ward [3]
England FW Daniel Akindayini
England FW Jason Davis
Scotland FW Jack Harper
Finland FW Vahid Hambo
Wales FW Chike Kandi
England FW James Tilley
England FW Robin Deen
Iceland FW Ragnar Mar Larusson
Norway FW Henrik Rørvik Bjørdal
England FW Jonah Ayunga

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
11 England FW Chris O'Grady (on loan at Nottingham Forest)
18 England MF Jake Forster-Caskey (on loan at Milton Keynes Dons)

Transfers[edit]

Transfers in[edit]

Date from Position Nationality Name From Fee Ref.
1 July 2015 CF Israel Tomer Hemed Almería £1,000,000 [4][5]
1 July 2015 RB England Liam Rosenior Hull City Free transfer [6]
1 July 2015 LW England Joe Ward Chelmsford City Undisclosed [7]
2 July 2015 CF Nigeria Daniel Akindayini Tottenham Hotspur Free transfer [8]
2 July 2015 LB Cameroon Gaëtan Bong Wigan Athletic Free transfer [9]
6 July 2015 GK Finland Niki Mäenpää VVV-Venlo Free transfer [10]
22 July 2015 CF Finland Vahid Hambo Inter Turku Undisclosed [11]
23 July 2015 CF Scotland Jack Harper Real Madrid Undisclosed [12]
3 August 2015 CF England Bobby Zamora Queens Park Rangers Free transfer [13]
12 August 2015 CB Germany Uwe Hünemeier SC Paderborn £1,750,000 [14][15]
14 August 2015 LW Scotland Jamie Murphy Sheffield United £1,500,000 [16][17]
19 August 2015 RB England Connor Goldson Shrewsbury Town Undisclosed [18]
29 August 2015 LW Netherlands Elvis Manu Feyenoord £1,500,000 [19]
2 January 2016 AM Republic of Ireland Richie Towell Dundalk Undisclosed [20]
11 January 2016 RW France Anthony Knockaert Standard Liège Undisclosed [21]
27 January 2016 RW Norway Henrik Rørvik Bjørdal Aalesund Undisclosed [22]
1 February 2016 CF England Jonah Ayunga Dorchester Town Undisclosed [23]
1 February 2016 CF Czech Republic Jiří Skalák Mladá Boleslav Undisclosed [24]

Total outgoing: Decrease £5,750,000

Transfers out[edit]

Date from Position Nationality Name To Fee Ref.
1 July 2015 CM England Bradley Barry Swindon Town Free transfer [25]
1 July 2015 AM England George Cole Free Agent Released [25]
1 July 2015 CF Republic of Ireland Shamir Fenelon Crawley Town [a] Free transfer [25]
1 July 2015 LW Northern Ireland Paddy McCourt Luton Town Free transfer [27]
1 July 2015 CF England Jimmy Muitt Free Agent Released [25]
1 July 2015 CB Ghana Daniel Pappoe Free Agent Released [25]
1 July 2015 CF England Cameron Wiltshire Free Agent Released [25]
1 August 2015 CF Scotland Craig Mackail-Smith Luton Town Free transfer [28]
19 January 2016 RM England Jeffrey Monakana FC Voluntari Free transfer [29]
  1. ^ Following Fenelon's release he joined Crawley Town.[26]

Loans in[edit]

Date from Position Nationality Name From Date until Ref.
26 November 2015 RW Netherlands Rajiv van La Parra Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 January 2016 [30]
26 November 2015 CF England James Wilson Manchester United End of season [31]
2 January 2016 CB England Liam Ridgewell Portland Timbers 13 February 2016 [32]
25 January 2016 CM England Steve Sidwell Stoke City End of season [33]

Loans out[edit]

Date from Position Nationality Name To Date until Ref.
21 July 2015 GK England Christian Walton Bury 1 September 2015[a] [35]
4 August 2015 RM England Jeffrey Monakana Bristol Rovers 1 September 2015 [36]
19 August 2015 CB England Tom Dallison Braintree Town 19 September 2015 [37]
28 August 2015 MF England Charlie Harris Aldershot Town 26 September 2015 [38]
28 August 2015 CB Republic of Ireland Glen Rea Southend United 2 January 2016 [39]
1 September 2015 CF England Chris O'Grady Nottingham Forest End of season [40]
22 September 2015 CM England Jake Forster-Caskey Milton Keynes Dons 24 October 2015 [41]
24 September 2015 CF England Robin Deen Lewes 22 October 2015 [42]
2 October 2015 LB England Adam Chicksen Leyton Orient 6 November 2015 [43]
19 November 2015 GK England Christian Walton Plymouth Argyle 3 January 2016 [44]
8 January 2016 CM England Jake Forster-Caskey Milton Keynes Dons End of season [45]
27 January 2016 LB England Adam Chicksen Gillingham 23 February 2016 [46]
1 February 2016 DM England Rohan Ince Fulham End of season [47]
1 February 2016 LW Netherlands Elvis Manu Huddersfield Town 2 May 2016 [48]
  1. ^ On 1 September 2015, Walton returned from his loan spell due to injury.[34]

Pre-season[edit]

Friendlies[edit]

On 5 May 2015, Brighton & Hove Albion announced four pre-season friendlies, Away to Lewes on 18 July 2015, Away to Crawley Town on 22 July 2015, Away to Aberdeen on 26 July 2015 and Away to Gillingham on 29 July 2015.[49] On 25 May 2015, Brighton & Hove Albion announced they will face 2015 Europa League finalists Sevilla at home on 2 August 2015.[50] On 23 June 2015, Brighton & Hove albion announced Swiss opposition for 11 July 2015.[51]

Competitions[edit]

Championship[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion, qualification or relegation
1 Burnley (C, P) 46 26 15 5 72 35 +37 93 Promotion to the Premier League
2 Middlesbrough (P) 46 26 11 9 63 31 +32 89
3 Brighton & Hove Albion 46 24 17 5 72 42 +30 89 Qualification for the Championship play-offs[a]
4 Hull City (O, P) 46 24 11 11 69 35 +34 83
5 Derby County 46 21 15 10 66 43 +23 78
Updated to match(es) played on 7 May 2016. Source: BBC Sport
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (P) Promoted.
Notes:
  1. ^ Four teams play for one spot and promotion to the Premier League.

Results summary[edit]

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
46 24 17 5 72 42  +30 89 15 5 3 40 18  +22 9 12 2 32 24  +8

Last updated: 7 May 2016.
Source:[citation needed]

Results round by round[edit]

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GroundHAAHAHHAAHAHHAAHAHHAAHAHHAAHHHAAAHAHHAHAAHHHHA
ResultWWDWWWWDDDWWDDDWDWWDDLDLLLWWWWDLWWDDWWDWWWWWDD
Position1122111111111132211123444653343344442233323333
Updated to match(es) played on 7 May 2016. Source:[citation needed]
A = Away; H = Home; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss

Matches[edit]

On 17 June 2015, the fixtures for the forthcoming season were announced.[52]

Play-Offs[edit]

FA Cup[edit]

Brighton & Hove Albion entered the FA Cup in the third round, which was drawn on 7 December 2015. Brighton were drawn away against Hull City.[54]

League Cup[edit]

On 16 June 2015, the first round draw was made, Brighton & Hove Albion were drawn away against Southend United.[55] In the second round, Brighton were drawn away to Walsall.[56]

Statistics[edit]

Goalscorers[edit]

As of 7 May 2016
Rank No. Pos. Name Championship FA Cup League Cup Total
1 10 FW Tomer Hemed 17 0 0 17
2 25 FW Bobby Zamora 7 0 0 7
6 MF Dale Stephens 7 0 0 7
4 15 MF Jamie Murphy 6 0 0 6
5 21 FW James Wilson 5 0 0 5
27 MF Anthony Knockaert 5 0 0 5
7 9 FW Sam Baldock 4 0 0 4
30 MF Kazenga LuaLua 3 0 1 4
9 20 MF Solly March 3 0 0 3
5 DF Lewis Dunk 3 0 0 3
11 7 MF Beram Kayal 2 0 0 2
27 MF Rajiv van La Parra 2 0 0 2
38 MF Jiri Skalak 2 0 0 2
17 DF Connor Goldson 2 0 0 2
15 36 MF Steve Sidwell 1 0 0 1
2 DF Bruno 1 0 0 1
18 MF Jake Forster-Caskey 0 0 1 1
Own goals 2 0 0 2
Total 72 0 2 74

Disciplinary Record[edit]

As of 7 May 2016
No. Pos. Name Championship FA Cup League Cup Total
Yellow card Red card Yellow card Red card Yellow card Red card Yellow card Red card
6 MF Dale Stephens 10 1 0 0 0 0 10 1
7 MF Beram Kayal 9 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
5 DF Lewis Dunk 7 2 1 0 1 0 9 2
30 MF Kazenga LuaLua 7 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
2 DF Bruno 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
3 DF Gordon Greer 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
13 GK David Stockdale 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
20 MF Solly March 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
12 DF Gaëtan Bong 3 0 0 0 1 0 4 0
10 FW Tomer Hemed 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
23 DF Liam Rosenior 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
14 DF Iñigo Calderón 2 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
17 DF Connor Goldson 2 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
9 FW Sam Baldock 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
25 FW Bobby Zamora 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
27 MF Anthony Knockaert 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
38 MF Jiri Skalak 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
4 DF Uwe Hünemeier 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
8 MF Andrew Crofts 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
33 DF Liam Ridgewell 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
15 MF Jamie Murphy 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
18 MF Jake Forster-Caskey 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
24 MF Rohan Ince 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Totals 77 4 3 0 4 0 84 4

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