Summer Break - Brighton
It has become something of a received wisdom within the present day that the mainstream media exist as the pinnacle of what is possible in sports journalism. Whilst it is not in our interest to reject this assumption, here at A Team of John O’Sheas we believe that some of the most perceptive insight regarding the top teams in the country comes from the fans themselves. In the course of this podcast series, we will be bringing together some of the most influential fans from across the Premier League to give you the low-down on the teams that they watch week in, week out. We’ll look back over the season just gone, try to get a handle on the transfer activity that rumbles on through the summer month, and look forwards to the next season which, as always, seems to creep up on us with ever increasing speed.
In this episode, we find ourselves on the south coast of England in the footballing city of Brighton and Hove. Over the last few years, there has been somewhat of a renaissance amongst the football clubs of the south coast with Brighton joining Southampton and Bournemouth in the top flight of English football for the first time since the 1980s. A successful season in the Championship saw the Seagulls vying for promotion as early as September and, in the event, extremely unlucky to miss out on the top spot in the league. But that was then and this is now: over the Summer months, Chris Hughton and his team will be giving last season very little thought as they focus their efforts on the Premier League. Will they fare the same way as their south coast rivals and cement their place in the division? Or will they be struggling to keep their place at the top table of English football?
Joining us today are two luminaries from the world of football media. David Hartrick is the man behind Ockley Books, an author, some time writer, former IBWM editor and one of the men behind @OneBallForGazza too. He's currently working on his second book and is also going to be blogging through Brighton's first Premier League season in form or another. Jonathan Harding is a German football expert who has lived in Germany for nearly enough years to swap a soon-to-be-unhelpful English passport for a German one. He is a writer, broadcaster and long-time Seagull fan.