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)
The South Stand was a former terrace that was made all-seated in 1980.
The North Terrace was given a new roof in 1985.
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.
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
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.
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. Although there is an information sign about the Goldstone Ground over the road at the parkland entrance.
Looking Towards Where The East Terrace Would Have Been
Looking Towards Where The Centre Of The Pitch Would Have Been
Special thanks to Gavin Newell for providing the photos above.
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.
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: [email protected].