Promotion crucial for Seagulls
Securing promotion is particularly important for Brighton and Hove Albion this season otherwise they may fall foul of financial fair play rules. Championship clubs are allowed to lose £39m over three seasons, but the Seagulls made a £25.9m loss in 2015-16. The allowance is much more generous for Premier League Clubs or even for yo-yo clubs, plus revenues in the top flight are so much higher.
The Seagulls have also been hit by the prolonged Southern Trains dispute which they estimate has cost them half a million pounds in lost revenues and extra costs. One reason they chose their stadium site was because it was next to a station.