Beram Kayal’s 17-second strike against Huddersfield Town was one of the quickest goals in Brighton & Hove Albion’s history, but it is still was not the fastest.
That honour goes to Maheta Molango who spectacularly scored 12 seconds into his Albion debut at Reading on the opening day of the 2004/05 season, a strike that was three seconds faster than Wally Gould’s effort against Leyton Orient in 1968 and Howard Wilkinson’s goal against Southport a year later in 1969.
Kayal’s Huddersfield finish sits fourth in the list of Albion’s fastest ever goals, ahead of Gary Williams’s goal against Cardiff City in 1978 after 23 seconds and Gordon Smith’s finish after 27 seconds against Sunderland in 1983.
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FASTEST ALBION GOALS ON RECORD
12 secs Maheta Molango v Reading (away) 7 Aug 2004
15 secs Wally Gould v Leyton Orient (home) 3 Feb 1968
15 secs Howard Wilkinson v Southport (home) 8 Mar 1969
17 secs Beram Kayal v Huddersfield Town (away) 18 Aug 2015
23 secs Gary Williams v Cardiff City (home) 26 Dec 1978
27 secs Gordon Smith v Sunderland (away) 19 Apr 1983
However, there is testimony that Cyril Hodges scored in just 10 seconds during a wartime match with Millwall back in February 1945.
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