Fans will get the chance to quiz Albion management

Fans at last year?s forum (Photograph: Paul Hazlewood)
Fans at last year?s forum (Photograph: Paul Hazlewood)

Albion fans will get the chance to quiz new manager Sami Hyypiä at a fans' forum.

Albion fans will get the chance to quiz new manager Sami Hyypiä at a fans' forum.

The club has teamed up with BBC Sussex to organise the popular annual event for Tuesday, August 5.

And, as well as Hyypiä, supporters can also hear from Paul Barber, the club’s chief executive, and Tony Bloom, the chairman who has ploughed more than £130 million of his own money into transforming the Seagulls on and off the pitch.

The forum will start at 7pm in the Bupa Lounge at the Amex and will be broadcast live on BBC Sussex and the club’s own Seagulls Player website.

Johnny Cantor, BBC Sussex’s Albion reporter and Brighton and Hove Independent columnist, will host the evening and is inviting questions from anyone unable to attend.

Fans can suggest questions by emailing sussexsport@bbc.co.uk - or by contacting the show via Twitter @BBCSussexSport.

Questions will also be taken from the floor, although attendance is limited to 400 people.

To help the club accommodate and cater for the forum, fans wanting to attend are being asked to email supporterservices@bhafc.co.uk with Fans Forum in the subject heading. The email should contain the person’s name and fan number (if they have one).

Seats will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Albion have been widely praised by supporters in recent weeks for their expanding online coverage. The club has live-streamed a number of pre-season friendlies on its YouTube channel, including Wednesday’s draw at Crawley Town.

The Seagulls drew 1-1 with their Sussex rivals thanks to a well-taken free-kick from Kazenga Lua Lua.

And, speaking after the game - which saw Andrew Crofts return to action as a second half substitute – Hyypiä told supporters he was pleased with the effort the players have been putting in.

He said: “The players have worked hard; we’ve tried to introduce a few new things to them and they’ve picked up on them really well.

“They are not going to completely understand everything that goes on the pitch in the space of a couple of weeks, but we are in a good way and we still have time until the season starts.”