Another winless tenth
month in 2014 made it FOUR years since Brighton and Hove
Albion last won a game in it - that Nightmare on London
Road when Peterborough United were hammered 3-0 in 2010
as Gus Poyet's side marched onto the
League One title.
then Amy Winehouse has died, Barack Obama has been
re-elected, Jimmy Saville has lost his knighthood, Prince
William and Kate Middleton have become engaged, married and
had two babies and there have been 267 managerial changes in
the Football League.
run covers 19 games with 12 draws and seven defeats during
which time we have managed to score 11 times and concede 19.
There is no real pattern to it at all, ten away games and
nine at home against opponents who have been struggling at
the foot of the table such as Yeovil Town and Sheffield
Wednesday to high flying, big spending clubs like Nottingham
Forest and Tottenham Hotspur.
is that full list of horror for what remains one of the most
remarkably baffling runs in Brighton and Hove Albion history
October 2011 - P5
W0 D3 L2 F2 A5
Saturday 01/10/11: Ipswich Town 3-1 Brighton
Vicente scored a stunning first goal for the club to
give the Albion the lead at half time, only to see
Michael Chopra net twice along with Ibrahima Sonko
in 15 second half minutes to give Paul Jewell's
Ipswich side the three points at Portman Road.
Saturday 15/10/11: Brighton 0-0 Hull City
0-0 usually suggests a bore draw but this was far
from the case as Nigel Pearson's Hull visited for a
Saturday game that was moved to an evening kick off
due to a university open day with goalkeepers Casper
Ankergren and Adrian Basso both excelling.
Tuesday 18/10/11: Millwall 1-1 Brighton
Ryan Harley could take penalties, would we even be
discussing an October curse? His terrible back pass
to David Forde in the first half at The Den meant
the Albion had to settle for a point, Jay Simpson
cancelling out Craig Noone's opener.
Monday 24/10/11: Brighton 0-1 West Ham United
Stephen Harper and Gonzalo Jara Reyes made their
Brighton debuts in front of the Sky cameras but they
could do nothing to stem the tide as Kevin Nolan's
first half goal and subsequent celebration in front
of the North Stand decided this one in West Ham's
Birmingham City 0-0 Brighton
Gus Poyet had
been chasing Billy Paynter for a number of months as
a Glenn Murray replacement (yes, that really did
happen) and he finally landed his man, giving him a
debut off the bench away at Birmingham in a 0-0 bore
October 2012 - P5
W0 D3 L2 F2 A4
Tuesday 02/10/12: Brighton 1-1 Ipswich Town
Daryl Murphy gave the Tractor Boys a first half lead
before Will Buckley popped up with his second of the
season ten minutes from time to rescue a point in a
game that the Albion dominated and yet couldn't win.
Pretty much the story of the first half of 2012/13.
Saturday 06/10/12: Derby County 0-0 Brighton
Tomasz Kuszczak continued to earn rave reviews and
show what a vital signing he had been to the Albion
cause with an absolutely sensational performance as
the Albion withstood a barrage of pressure to take a
point away at Derby.
Brighton 0-1 Middlesbrough
Another home game
in which opposition are completely outplayed,
another home game in which Brighton fail to score,
another home game in which opposition take three
points. This time it was Marvin Emnes doing the
damage as Middlesbrough made the long journey
worthwhile with a 1-0 win.
Tuesday 23/10/12: Leicester City 1-0 Brighton
Andy King grabbed the only goal for the Foxes at the
King Power Stadium as they ran out 1-0 winners.
Brighton had a great chance to snatch a point, but
Ashley Barnes missed a penalty which led to the
surreal scene of him and Kuszczak nearly having a
fight on the pitch at the end of the game.
Blackpool 1-1 Brighton
Yet another Kuszczak
masterclass as the Albion took a point away at
Blackpool. And we even managed to score a goal which
should have pleased Poyet who admitted he was
"bored", Barnes making up for that penalty miss by
opening the scoring before Elliott Grandin
October 2013 - P4
W0 D3 L1 F3 A5
Tuesday 01/10/13: Brighton 1-1 Sheffield Wednesday
Oscar Garcia was now the man at the helm but he
couldn't stop the October curse either. The writing
was on the wall when it took an 89th minute goal
from Keith Andrews to secure a point in a 1-1 draw
against struggling Sheffield Wednesday, for whom
Matty Fryatt had opened the scoring.
Saturday 05/10/13: Brighton 1-1 Nottingham Forest
Nottingham Forest were reduced to ten men for the
last half hour and still ran out 3-1 winners as
second half goals from Darius Henderson and a Henri
Lansbury brace cancelled out Andrew Crofts first
half goal. There was drama in the dugout as well
with a fight breaking out between the benches.
Yeovil Town 0-0 Brighton
against struggling opposition yielded another point,
this time the trip to glamorous Huish Park to face
relegation threatened Yeovil Town ending in a 0-0
draw despite the introduction of new loan striker
Leroy Lita from the bench for his debut.
Monday 28/10/13: Brighton 1-1 Watford
markerting department took a huge risk in branding
the Watford home game Fright Night given some of the
Amex performances up to that point in the season,
but in the end the Sky cameras were treated to a 1-1
draw. Andrew Crofts cancelling out Sean Murray's
fourth minute opener.
October 2014 - P5
W0 D3 L2 F4 A5
Watford 1-1 Brighton
Sami Hyypia's side
hadn't managed a league win since August so hopes
were understandably low about breaking the October
curse. They could have done at Watford, missing a
number of good chances towards the end in settling
for a 1-1 draw after Lewis Dunk's equaliser.
Saturday 18/10/14: Brighton 1-2 Middlesbrough
We never seem able to beat Middlesbrough at the best
of times, let alone in October. The visitors were
2-0 ahead before the hour mark through Lee Tomlin
and Albert Admoah with Gordon Greer adding a late
consolation to keep up the defences fine record of
Huddersfield Town 1-1 Brighton
took a 1-0 lead as early as the tenth minute before
top scorer Dunk grabbed another equaliser just
before half time. And that is how it stayed, with
Kazenga LuaLua managing to get himself sent off in
the last minute for good measure.
Saturday 25/10/14: Brighton 1-1 Rotherham United
Another defender opened the scoring for the Albion
with Joe Bennett on target. Former Seagull Alex
Revell cancelled that out early in the second half
and the Millers could quite easly have won the game
were it not for a superb performance from David
Stockdale in the Brighton goal.
Wednesday 29/10/14: Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Brighton
This was never going to be the game to end the run.
With no win against higher league opponents away
from home in the cup since 1994, Spurs strolled to a
2-0 victory and a place in the COCup quarter finals
through second half goals from Erik Lamela and Harry
What do you think is
behind the Albion's ridiculous October form? Can they
finally win a game in the month when the curse rolls around
into it's fifth year? What are your highlights of
October's past? Let us know with the comments form below.