FULHAM (0) 0
ALBION (0) 1
Division Two, 24 February 1979
Brighton & Hove Albion went into the match having never gained a single league point at Craven Cottage in five visits. Even so, the team were on top of the Second Division table and fancied their chances against the Lilywhites.
This game was watched by Peruvian World Cup stars Juan Carlos Oblitas and Percy Rojas, who the Seagulls were attempting to sign. This match pitted boss Brighton boss Alan Mullery, assistant Ken Craggs and record signing Teddy Maybank against their former club. In the end, it took a second-half goal from substitute Paul Clark to settle the encounter.
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Gerry Peyton- Goalkeeper who would have been ever-present for the second successive season, had he not missed the last two matches of the 1978/79 season.
Ray Evans- Club captain known for his attacking runs. Posed Fulham’s main danger with some penetrating crosses.
Les Strong- The Lilywhites’ longest-serving player, and converted from a winger to a full-back.
Terry Bullivant- A highly competitive midfielder who joined Fulham in 1972 as an apprentice.
Richard Money- Signed from Scunthorpe for £50,000 two years previously and partnered Tony Gale at the heart of defence
Tony Gale- Equally capable in defence and midfield. This promising player made his first-team debut aged 16. Amassed 36 League appearances in 1978/79.
John Margerrison- This midfielder was released by Spurs and made his Fulham debut at the end of the 1975/76 season. Booked early on in the match.
John Beck- A £80,000 signing from Coventry, Beck played 32 times in Division Two over the course of the campaign.
Chris Guthrie- A big and strong striker who led the Fulham scoring charts with 13 goals in Division Two that season. But his aerial danger was continually snuffed out by Andy Rollings.
Peter Kitchen - A debutant, having just completed a £150,000 move from Leyton Orient, where he was a high-scoring striker. But it was a quiet start as Mark Lawrenson had the clear upper hand in their duel.
Peter Marinello- Former Arsenal attacker who failed to live up to the hype following his move from Hibernian. Signed from Motherwell for £35,000 just before Christmas, but offered little in this match.
Eric Steele- Albion’s keeper gave a superb commanding performance including a wonderful stop from John Beck in the second half
Chris Cattlin- Cattlin’s recall to the side in November considerably strengthened the defence and laid the foundation to Albion’s rise up the table in the New Year.
Gary Williams- Had the tricky job of containing Ray Evans’s attacking prowess.
Brian Horton- Brighton’s captain was quick to leap to his team’s defence, especially after the heavy treatment meted out to Peter Ward.
Andy Rollings- Received a booking early on in the match. Nevertheless, he gave a superb individual performance to keep Chris Guthrie at bay.
Mark Lawrenson- Another classy performance that underlined his importance to the Brighton promotion push. Barely gave Peter Kitchen a kick.
Gerry Ryan- Was involved in the goal, making a good run and supplying Paul Clark
Peter Ward- Played his first full game since December and was in scintillating form, giving the Fulham defence the runaround with his speed and trickery. Had to cope with some rough tackling.
Teddy Maybank- Scored against his former side Fulham in the fixture last season, but could not do the trick here. Nevertheless, John Vinicombe of the Argus was full of praise for Ted who ‘covered every inch of ground in yet another show of tremendous endeavour.’
Peter Sayer- Unfortunately, Sayer was withdrawn after just fifteen minutes due to a very cynical foul.
Peter O’Sullivan- This season ended in promotion, the third of Sully’s career with the Albion.
Sub: Paul Clark (for Sayer 15 minutes)- This young midfielder earned a recall to the England under-21 squad in the week. He scored the only goal of this game, after latching onto the ball following Maybank’s decoy run.
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