On Boxing Day 1958, Brighton & Hove Albion lost 3-1 to Fulham at Craven Cottage in the Second Division. Television coverage was rather primitive at the time. However, you can see Albion keeper Eric Gill kicking the ball out of his goal after Fulham scored.
A day later, a Tommy Dixon double and an Adrian Thorne effort avenged the defeat, as 36,747 fans roared Billy Lane’s Brighton to a 3-0 victory over the Lilywhites at the Goldstone. It remains Albion’s highest-ever home attendance. You can read the matchday programme here.
The two clubs next met over a decade later, in the 1969/70 season. Goal! magazine published a nice shot of Albion’s Eddie Spearritt tussling with Fulham’s Stan Brown in Brighton’s 4-1 reverse at Craven Cottage in April 1970.
Fulham went up from Division Three in 1971, while Brighton followed the year after. Spearritt and Brown became team-mates in the 1972/73 season, when the latter, born and bred in Lewes, joined a relegation-bound Albion on loan. In that troubled season, Pat Saward’s Brighton side were routed 5-1 by Fulham in January 1973. It was a game when Lilywhites midfielder Alan Mullery thumped his teammate Jimmy Dunne for not listening to instructions. The recall of that incident in his sleep eventually led to Albion chairman Mike Bamber appointing Mullery as Brighton boss in 1976.
In that article, you can see a photo of a young-looking Perry Digweed, years before he signed for Brighton in a £150,000 deal.
Indeed, there was quite an ex-Fulham contingent at the Goldstone in those glory years of the late 1970s and early 1980s. These included assistant manager Ken Craggs and reserve players Tommy Mason and Mike Kerslake. Here’s a brief look at Kerslake’s short career.
The biggest signing was undoubtedly Teddy Maybank, who joined the Seagulls from the London side in a £238,000 deal. Teddy scored against the Lilywhites in December 1977, but it was a rocky ride at his new club, according to his interview with Shoot! magazine.
The following season, Brighton ran riot, thrashing Fulham 3-0 at the Goldstone with a vintage display in October 1978, capped by two goals from new boy Gerry Ryan. Here’s a match report.
Earlier on in the 1970s, Barry Lloyd supplied the pass for Alan Mullery for a wonder strike for Fulham.
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Something to ponder as you watch the teams come out this Saturday!
By the mid-1990s, Albion’s fortunes had turned for the worse as the club left the Goldstone in 1997, and they could have been playing their home matches at Craven Cottage.
of Lloyd’s career and Brighton’s surprise push towards promotion in 1990/91. Here is a progress reportHowever, a decade later, in January 1987, Barry was appointed as Mullery’s successor in the Goldstone hotseat.