When the sale of the ground was announced last April it prompted a pitch invasion and a near riot by local supporters, forcing the final home game of a relegation season against York to be abandoned. Although the crowd was well behaved during this 1-1 draw against Scunthorpe, they chanted abuse at the club's chief executive, David Belotti, who is held responsible for the sell-out.
If the uncertainty is affecting the loyalty of the fans, it isn't damaging team morale. "I'm not interested in all that stuff and neither are the players," the Brighton manager Jimmy Case said, after seeing his side come back bravely from a goal down to force a draw against a talented Scunthorpe side who had managed a painless move from their Old Showground to a new stadium in 1988.
They certainly looked the side with a future during the first half,as they smothered Brighton'sponderous attacks and kept a nervous home defence on edge.
By half-time, the home fans' discontent had become a chorus of boos. The mood wasn't helped when John Eyre produced a brilliant half-volley from 25 yards after 66 minutes to give Scunthorpe a deserved lead.
But slow hand-clapping and a chant of "What a load of rubbish!" were stifled by Brighton's quick response, with Ian Baird getting an ageing leg around Jason Peake's header to equalise.
Brighton, on a run of three straight defeats, might even have managed a victory had Paul McDonald been able to poke his last-minute shot the right side of a Scunthorpe post. But the draw provoked a smattering of applause from the crowd, giving them grounds for hope, if not hope for a ground.Reuse content