Brighton top scorers of all time

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If you’re trying to learn more about Brighton & Hove Albion, AKA the Seagulls, you must be a fan of the Premier League. It’s not necessarily the most successful club, however, it’s one of the oldest and most dignified clubs in English football, and worth learning about.

Before we tell you who the Brighton top scorers of all time are, we should tell you a little about the club itself. The English football club Brighton & Hove Albion became a member of the Football League in 1920. The 13th place in the first division in 1982 is so far the best outcome.

They got to the FA Cup final in 1983 and lost the match to Manchester United. The team was founded in 1901, initially as Brighton & Hove United but soon after changed its name. They began to compete in Southern League that they won once in 1910. That same year they won FA Charity Shield.

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Brighton top scorers of all time and their professional stats

Do you want to know who the Brighton top scorers of all time are? Let's find out!

Glenn Murray

Surely a list of Brighton top scorers of all time should include Glenn Murray. Murray is an English pro football player who plays as a striker for EFL Championship team Watford, as a loan from Premier League team Brighton & Hove Albion. If you learn what he’s done for this club, you’ll know why he’s one of the top scorers in Brighton of all time.

Before going to Brighton for a second term in January 2017, Murray previously played in Workington Reds, Rochdale, Barrow, Wilmington Hammerheads, Crystal Palace, Reading, Carlisle United, Stockport County, and AFC Bournemouth.

One of the highest goal scorers in Brighton of all time, Murray had been moved to League One team Brighton & Hove Albion throughout the January transfer window, and eventually completed his transfer to the Withdean Stadium on 25 January 2008 for a reported £300,000.

He made his debut four days later, entering the game as a 61st-minute substitute for Nathan Elder in the 1–0 loss to Northampton Town. He began Albion's next game, on 2 February at their home stadium to Crewe Alexandra, and tallied two goals on his home debut in the 3–0 win. Murray added nine goals for Brighton throughout the 2007–08 season.

Despite suffering several injuries during the 2008–09 season, Murray, one of the Brighton highest goal scorers ever, made 28 appearances and scored 12 goals. In the team's 4–0 victory versus Barnet during the first round of the League Cup on 12 August 2008, he was off the pitch.

On 27 September, he scored two times in a 2–2 draw at Northampton Town; his second goal helped the team win during the added time before Adebayo Akinfenwa scored one back.

At this point, he was established as one of the Brighton top scorers of all time. A week later he netted another two goals in the first seven minutes and ended the match with his first hat-trick for the club in a 3–3 draw with Cheltenham Town.

On 17 October 2009, Murray won and scored a penalty for a winner in a 2–1 loss at Tranmere Rovers, but after three minutes, he was taken out of the game for another yellow card. He netted four goals in Brighton's 5–2 victory at Wycombe Wanderers on 28 December, a result that eliminated Brighton's threat of relegation.

Murray's season finished on 24 April 2010 with Brighton's 2–1 victory against Bristol Rovers to remain in the division. He was taken out ten minutes after coming in as a replacement for Chris Holroyd.

The 2010–11 season was Murray's best season so far at Brighton. He scored 22 goals and finished runner-up to Craig Mackail-Smith as League's best scorer. That included a hat-trick on 1 January 2011 in a 5–0 win against Leyton Orient. On 20 May, the team announced that Murray had extended his contract with the team, and would be a free agent when his contract ends.

On 3 July 2016, Murray, one of the Brighton top scorers of all time, returned to Brighton & Hove Albion on a season-long loan. His second term with the Sussex team happened on 6 August at Derby County, while his first goal in his second term happened at home against Nottingham Forest six days later; he netted his second in the same game as Albion won 3–0.

Brighton got the same results at Falmer Stadium four days later versus Rotherham United, and Murray was again one of the scorers. On 29 October, Murray got a hat-trick versus Norwich City at Falmer as Brighton achieved a 5–0 victory, and on 18 November he netted his 150th League goal in a 1–1 draw with Aston Villa; There is no doubt he is one of the highest goal scorers in Brighton of all time.

On 31 January 2017, Murray signed permanently with Brighton & Hove Albion and will play for them until June 2019. He had netted 15 goals in 28 games while he was loaned to the team in the first half of the season.

He scored 8 additional goals in the remainder of the season, which include the first goal in a 2–1 home victory versus Wigan Athletic on 17 April that guaranteed Brighton's promotion to the first tier for the first time in the history of the team.

Ashley Barnes

Ashley Luke Barnes is an English pro football player who plays as a striker for Premier League club Burnley and is one of the Brighton top scorers of all time. Barnes previously played for Salisbury City, Plymouth Argyle, Paulton Rovers, Torquay United, Oxford United, Eastbourne Borough, and Brighton & Hove Albion, where he became one of the top scorers in Brighton of all time.

He was signed by Austria in their youth international team and appeared in one game for their U-20 team in 2008, but his request for citizenship was denied in 2019.

Afterward, Barnes joined Brighton & Hove Albion as part of a loan till the end of the season. He netted a goal on his debut versus Tranmere Rovers two days later, ten minutes into the game in which he entered as a substitute.

On 8 July 2010, Barnes signed a two-year contract with Brighton & Hove Albion, where he became one of the Brighton highest goal scorers ever, after transferring for an undisclosed fee from Plymouth Argyle. On 12 April 2011, he netted the winning goal in a 4–3 victory at home stadium versus Dagenham & Redbridge, which secured their promotion to the Championship.

Barnes ended the season as Brighton's second-best goalscorer while trailing Glenn Murray, with 20 goals in 49 games. On 9 March 2013, Barnes got a red card in the match against Bolton Wanderers for trying to jostle the referee.

He was then suspended for seven games by the Football Association. The fans and manager Gus Poyet criticized Barnes for his behavior because it left the club with only one striker on the roster, because Will Hoskins and Craig Mackail-Smith were already injured and couldn't play for the remainder of the season.

But we still think of him as one of the Brighton top scorers of all time. Upon his return after the suspension on 20 April, Barnes scored two times in a 6–1 victory versus Blackpool and was selected as the player of the game.

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Nicky Forster

Nicholas Michael Forster, one of the All-time top goal scorers in Brighton history, is a former pro football player who most recently was the manager of Staines Town. Forster has also been a player and then a manager at Brentford and manager at Dover Athletic. He is one of the Brighton highest goal scorers ever.

In January 2007, Brighton & Hove Albion made an ineffective £100,000 offer to Forster. Nevertheless, at the end of the 2006–07 season, Forster announced he's willing to go back to southern England for personal reasons, and finally signed a three-year deal with Brighton for £75,000 in late June 2007.

Forster was selected team captain after Dean Hammond left the team in January 2008 and was officially appointed by the new manager Micky Adams for the 2008–09 season. He won the League One Player of The Month title for September 2009 as a result of scoring five goals in four games.

After losing his position on the first team due to a contract disagreement with the current manager Gus Poyet, Forster moved from Brighton to Charlton Athletic on 25 March 2010 as a temporary transfer until the end of the season. At the end of the season, Forster's contract at Brighton ended and he left the team.

Leon Knight

There are many big names among the All-time top goal scorers in Brighton history. Leon Leroy Knight is an English footballer who plays as a striker and he is one of the Brighton top scorers of all time.

Moving from team to team, Knight made appearances for fifteen different teams across five different countries; Greece, England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland.

He began his career with Chelsea and spent temporary spells in Huddersfield Town, Brighton & Hove Albion, Queens Park Rangers, and Sheffield Wednesday before moving permanently to Brighton in 2003.

Soon after joining, Knight became one of the Brighton top goal scorers ever. Knight spent three years at Brighton, scored 30 goals in 106 games. He was then moved to Swansea City in 2006 as part of a loan to Barnsley before he went to Milton Keynes Dons and afterward, to Wycombe Wanderers.

Knight joined Rushden & Diamonds in 2008, but he left the team after five months when he got fired because of misconduct. He, then moved to Greece to play for Thrasivoulos Fylis, and then Scotland to play for Queen of the South and Hamilton Academical and Northern Ireland to play for Coleraine before he joined Glentoran in January 2012.

His contract was released by Glentoran in June 2012 after one of the conditions in his contract was invoked by the team.

During his time at Huddersfield, he revived the Terriers' playoff efforts and created a unique partnership with local icon Andy Booth, and earned himself the name 'Neon Light'. He soon became one of the top scorers in Brighton of all time. Sadly, he couldn't be part of the penultimate match of the season and got suspended during the play-offs.

Even though, his transfer was free at first, if Brighton were promoted £50,000 had to be paid. Knight was the one who made Brighton's promotion happen with a penalty kick against Bristol City in the final round of play-offs at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff in 2004.

Tomer Hemed

Tomer Hemed is an Israeli football player who plays as a striker in the Israeli national team and also Brighton and Hove Albion, where he became one of the Brighton top scorers of all time.

On 24 June 2015 Hemed signed a three-year contract with the English team Brighton & Hove Albion for an unreported amount. He netted his first goal for Brighton from the penalty line in the last minutes of a match at Fulham, to bring the team a 2–1win.

Hemed, one of the Brighton top goal scorers ever, tallied only one goal between September 2015 and February 2016, which caused fans to criticize him but managed to change things to finish as the club's top scorer with 17 goals.

Hemed got 13 goals in all contests in Brighton's 2016–17 season, where he exchanged the starting position often with top-scorer Sam Baldock and Glenn Murray in a tiro that managed to get 44 goals between them.

Highlights from Hemed during the season included the last-minute equalizing goal in a 3–3 draw to Brentford, the one goal in a difficult 1–0 victory versus Cardiff City, and a penalty kick in a close 1–0 victory versus Burton Albion.

On 9 September 2017, Hemed netted his first goal in the Premier League for Brighton in a 3–1 win against West Bromwich Albion. Hemed scored another one in Brighton's next Premier League match, a 1–0 victory versus Newcastle United on 24 September.

Three days later, the Football Association stated that Hemed was banned for three matches for injuring the Newcastle defender DeAndre Yedlin, during an incident that was not seen by referee Andre Marriner. Nevertheless, to the Brighton fans, he was still one of the Brighton top scorers of all time.

On 16 November 2017, Hemed extended his contract with Brighton and stayed on the south coast till the summer of 2019.

Leonardo Ulloa

Our list of Brighton top goal scorers ever should include, Leonardo Ulloa. Jose Leonardo Ulloa Fernandez is an Argentinian football player who plays as a striker for the Spanish team Rayo Vallecano.

After he started playing in CAI, he went to San Lorenzo in 2005, and spent most of the following years in Spain with Almería and Castellón, and competed in La Liga with the with Almeria and also became Segunda Division top scorer of 2012.

Ulloa went to England in 2013, where he played for Leicester City and Brighton & Hove Albion. He accompanied Brighton to win the Premier League during the 2015–16 season. That put him among the All-time top goal scorers in Brighton history.

On 16 January 2013, Ulloa moved to Brighton & Hove Albion on a four-and-a-half-year contract, for an unreported amount which was believed to be about £2 million. Ten days later, he netted on his debut, during a 2–3 loss versus Arsenal in the FA Cup.

On 2 March 2013, Ulloa became the first footballer to get a hat-trick at Falmer Stadium, in Brighton's 4–1 victory against Huddersfield Town.

On 27 April 2013, Ulloa netted the goal that secured Brighton's spot in the Championship play-offs, with the 88th-minute winning goal to have a 2–1 victory over Leeds United. The next season, on 3 May 2014, he scored at the last minute with a header to once again get the club to the play-offs, and helped the team to win 2-1 at Nottingham Forest.

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