Brighton completed a home and away double over the European Cup holders with this 1-0 victory at The Goldstone.
The day before, Forest boss Brian Clough paid tribute to the Seagulls: ‘Brighton have succeeded. To reach the First Division is a badge of success. The town should be grateful for Mike Bamber and I’m pleased for him’.
However, four minutes from the end, Gary Williams struck a 30- yard thunderbolt past Peter Shilton. It drew a sour response from the outspoken manager who described it as a ‘fluke, absolute fluke’. The 1-0 victory was Alan Mullery’s side’s first win in 11 First Division matches.
Graham Moseley- It was a surprisingly quiet game as Albion’s all-round team play limited the threat from Forest’s star strikers.
John Gregory- A £250,000 signing from Aston Villa who did splendidly to contain winger John Robertson.
Gary Williams- Fired a cracking shot into the top corner of Shilton’s goal for a shock winner on 86 minutes.
Brian Horton- A great day for ‘Nobby’, who led the team with a characteristically dogged display.
Steve Foster- According to John Vinicombe, ‘he gave Garry Birtles nothing’ and impressed the watching England manager Ron Greenwood.
Gerry Ryan- Almost followed up his winner at the City Ground earlier in the season with another goal, but his low drive was saved by Shilton.
Neil McNab-This Scot’s skilful performance in midfield caught the eye, after his move from Bolton a month before.
Peter Ward- The Seagulls’ star man had a very lively match, giving Kenny Burns plenty of problems and setting up the winner.
Ray Clarke- Caused many problems in the Forest defence with his height and intelligent lay-offs. Hit the bar in the second half.
Mark Lawrenson- The Ireland international played much of the second-half of the season in midfield but returned to defensive duties to shackle the threat of Trevor Francis.
Peter O’Sullivan- ‘Sully’s dribble towards the left wing helped create the space that led to Williams’ winner.
Sub-Gary Stevens On the day before his 18th birthday, this young defender came on for Gerry Ryan in the second half.
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Peter Shilton- The winner was a second blow for Shilton, after a muddle with David Needham gifted Wolves the League Cup earlier in the month.
Viv Anderson- England’s first black player to win a full cap. Won his third cap in the 2-0 win over Bulgaria earlier that 1979/80 season.
Frankie Gray- This Scot was almost given a great chance in the first half as Brighton’s defence opened up. However, Lawrenson’s timely interception snuffed it out.
John McGovern- Went on to hold aloft the European Cup for the second successive season after victory over Hamburg.
Larry Lloyd- Hard-as-nails defender who enjoyed European success with both Shankly’s Liverpool and Clough’s Forest. Nevertheless, he found it hard to shackle the combined threat of Ward and Clarke.
Kenny Burns- Tough central defender who was booked for some persistent fouling.
Martin O’Neill- An intelligent midfielder who made 28 League appearances for Forest that season.
Stan Bowles- Flamboyant ball player who effectively ruled himself out of the European Cup Final after he was not selected for John Robertson’s testimonial match.
Garry Birtles- The young striker had scored against the Seagulls in the League Cup the previous season, but Foster proved a sterner challenge.
Trevor Francis- Forest’s £1 million signing was limited to just a few half-chances.
John Robertson- A quiet game at the Goldstone, but went on to win the European Cup with a splendid run and shot against SV Hamburg later in the season.
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