When Manchester City wanted some tips ahead of the Premier League restart, the defending champions turned to a team trying to avoid relegation.
As players were suddenly ordered home and stadiums emptied, Brighton became a voice of the league during the three-month coronavirus pandemic shutdown. The south-coast club’s boardroom leaders, coaches and players guided not just its own supporters but the league’s wider fan base through an unprecedented time in English footballing history.
Financial struggles for clubs even in the world’s wealthiest league. Health fears about returning to training — let alone playing — too soon. Concerns about not being allowed to play in home stadiums.
For 11 weeks out of the last 12 — on a Thursday or Friday