Goldstone Ground

Brighton & Hove Albion

West Stand
West Stand
North Terrace
North Terrace
South Stand
South Stand
East Terrace
East Terrace
East Terrace
East Terrace
West Stand External View
West Stand External View
Last Match At The Goldstone Ground

Ground Opened: 1902 
Ground Closed: 1997
Number of years at ground: 95 
Last Competitive Game Played:
Brighton & Hove Albion 1 Doncaster Rovers 0, Division Three, 26th April 1997
Record Attendance: 36,747 v Fulham, Division Two, December 1958 
Floodlights first used: 10th April 1961, Friendly Match v Frem (Denmark)
Club moved to: Priestfield Stadium Gillingham (groundshare) in 1997 
Distance of the site of the Goldstone Ground from the current Amex Stadium: 6 Miles

The West Stand was built in 1957 after the Club gained promotion to the then Division Two. In 1979 a separate temporary covered stand with a capacity of almost 1,000 seats, was erected to the side of the existing West Stand. Nicknamed the 'Lego Stand' by Brighton fans it was dismantled in 1985.

West Stand (without the extension)

West Stand

The South Stand was a former terrace that was made all-seated in 1980.

South Stand

The North Terrace was given a new roof in 1985.

North Stand External View

 

North Terrace

Looking Across The North Terrace

 

This large bank of terracing was overlooked by private houses that were situated above and behind it. The terrace was partly used to house away fans, and you can see from the photos below that a number of terraced sections had been fenced off, that could be used dependent on the number of visiting fans.

Close Up View Of The East Terrace

 

East Terrace External View

The Goldstone Ground was named after the large "Goldstone" that is located in nearby Hove Park. The large stone, as well as a number of smaller stones, have been a popular draw for visitors for many years, as it is believed that they were an ancient Druid place of worship. The stones are still there to be seen today.

Ticket Office Entrance

Ticket Office Entrance

The last match to be played at the Goldstone Ground, was more emotive than most final matches played at other stadiums. Not only had the Club sold the Goldstone Ground to try and clear its debts. But the team with only two matches left remaining of the season, found themselves bottom of the Football League and facing the prospect of losing league status. A crowd of 11,314 (the ground capacity at the time was 11,500) saw a single Stuart Storer goal, for the home side gain a precious win over Doncaster Rovers. A draw away in the final game at Hereford United, saw Brighton avoid relegation. Bizarrely the Club then for the following two seasons groundshared with Gillingham, a mere 70 miles away from Brighton, before returning to their home town and the Withdean Stadium in 1999.

Relive some of the passion of that last goal with this video published
by LukeBHAFC and made publicly available on YouTube.

The video below, shows the then Arsenal team training at the Goldstone Ground (before going for a round of golf) in 1938. It contains some good shots of the ground:

The above film was produced by British Pathé and made publicly available via YouTube.

On the area of the ground is a small retail park, called the Goldstone Retail Park, that has a number of shops, plus a Burger King outlet. As far as I am aware then apart from the name there no other traces of the old Goldstone ground, or anything marking say for example where the pitch centre spot was previously located.

If you possess photos of the old Goldstone Ground, which you would be happy to share with others via this website, or if you have any general feedback about this page, then please e-mail me at: duncan@footballgroundguide.com.

Special thanks to Dave Couseins, David Forsyth (1989) and Han van Eijden (1997) for providing the Goldstone Ground Brighton photos for this page.

The 'Last Match At Burnden Park' is made publicly available by MattyBoy1987 via YouTube.

Updated 23rd December 2016

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