Brighton’s professional football team has been through a dramatic transformation in the last ten years. It moved into the AMEX Stadium in 2011 and has made major strides since then. Promotion to the Premier League followed in 2017, and despite many relegation battles, the Seagulls remain one of few teams to never be relegated from the top flight.
Brighton and Hove Albion has become a successful club, but there is a league further down the scale that is closer to home. The Brighton, Worthing & District League is a part-time league that has been in existence since 2014. It consists of 16 teams, but here are five of the main teams you need to know about.
This season marks a special anniversary for Lancing United, as the club celebrates its 75th birthday. It has a veterans teams and several different age groups, which are used to stabilize the future of the club.
Lancing United is very unique in terms of its legal rights and ownership. Chairman Glenn Souter secured a 25-year lease with the local council to give the club security of tenure. This will allow the club to make extensive plans for the future.
As the name might suggest, Diversity United is a team dedicated to promoting inclusion and acceptance. It claims to have “diversity with togetherness spirit” because of a mulitracial squad, with the majority of players not of British origin.
The team plays its games at Preston Park in the suburban village of Preston. It has a cafe for fans to buy food and drink for the games. Home games kick off at 2 P.M. during the season.
The View FC was founded in 1995. It is a Saturday League and Sunday League club which has two separate teams. The first team’s league games are played on Saturday, and the Division Two team plays on Sundays.
The View currently sits in a comfortable mid-table position, having obtained 13 points from nine games. The team has not found scoring to be challenging; it has scored 24 goals so far.
Being one of the youngest teams has not stopped Broadwater Athletic from winning trophies. Having played its first game in 2014, it was a double-winning team for five consecutive seasons. It won two trophies per season between 2014 and 2019.
The team now plays in the West Sussex and District Sunday Football League. It has started the season with 16 points from six games, which comes as no surprise when you look at its winning record.
Boys Brigade Old Boys
Boys Brigade Old Boys has been playing across Brighton’s grassroots leagues since 1959. It prides itself on being a respectful club that has earned the trust of the league and opponents over the years.
October proved to be a difficult month for Boys Brigade, and results were not ideal. The team managed to win one game, defeating The View 3-2. It is eleventh in the league table and will resume playing this month.