Date: 7th April 2017 at 3:43pm
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Vital QPR assesses tonight’s opponents, Brighton & Hove Albion

THE LATEST

Brighton are closing in on a first promotion back to the top flight – a level they’ve yet to taste since 1983 despite reaching the FA Cup final in the same year. They and Newcastle United have had their own private battle at the summit and both look set to canter to promotion.

A couple of wobbles off late have been dispelled by a run of four wins from five as Chris Hughton’s side start to move away from the playoff places. It wasn’t truly an eventful January from Hughton’s side who made Glenn Murray’s move from Bournemouth a permanent one, but the nucleus of the squad that started the season has been consistent to the last.

The only blip on this season’s radar was the convincing cup defeat by giant-killers extraordinaire Lincoln City – but the 3-1 reverse should serve to be but a footnote in an otherwise exemplary year for Hughton’s Seagulls.

FACTS & FIGURES

Founded: 1901

Nickname: Seagulls

Ground: Amex Stadium – 30750

Manager: Chris Hughton

HONOURS & RECORDS

Honours

Second Tier

Second Division – Runners up: 1978-79
Second Division – Playoff Runners up: 1990-91

Third Tier

Third Division – Winners: 1957-58
Division Two – Winners: 2001-02,
League One – Winners: 2010-11
Third Division – Runners up: 1987-88, 1976-77, 1971-72
Third Division (South) – Winners: 1957-58
League One – Playoff Winners: 2003-04

Fourth Tier

Fourth Division – Winners: 1964-65
Division Three – Champions: 2000-01

Records

Record Attendance: 36747 v Fulham (Second Division, December 1958)

Record league victory: 9-1 v Newport County (Division Three (S), April 1951)

Record league defeat 0-9 v Middlesbrough (Second Division, August 1958)

Record Buy: £4,000,000 – Shane Duffy from Blackburn Rovers (August 2016)

Record Sale: £8,000,000 – Leonardo Ulloa to Leicester City (July 2014)

Record Appearances: Ernie Wilson – 566 (1922-1936)

Record Goals: Bert Stephens – 174 (1935-1948)

THIS SEASON – STATS

GOALS: Glenn Murray – 20, Tomer Hemed – 14, Anthony Knockaert – 13, Sam Baldock.

YELLOWS: Lewis Dunk – 13, Anthony Knockaert – 8, Glenn Murray – 7, Dale Stephens – 7.

REDS: Glenn Murray – 1, Sam Baldock – 1, Dale Stephens – 1, Gaetan Bong.

SQUAD LIST

1 – Niki Mäenpää
2 – Bruno
3 – Gaëtan Bong
4 – Uwe Hünemeier
5 – Lewis Dunk
6 – Dale Stephens
7 – Beram Kayal
8 – Jiří Skalák
9 – Sam Baldock
10 – Tomer Hemed
11 – Anthony Knockaert
12 – Sébastien Pocognoli (on loan from West Brom)
13 – David Stockdale
14 – Steve Sidwell
15 – Jamie Murphy
16 – Casper Ankergren
17 – Glenn Murray
18 – Connor Goldson
20 – Solly March
21 – Oliver Norwood
22 – Shane Duffy
23 – Liam Rosenior
28 – Chuba Akpom (on loan from Arsenal)
29 – Richie Towell

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