Brighton & Hove Albion (1)
Queens Park Rangers (0) 0
League Championship, 26 December 2005.
The Seagulls gained only their fourth league win of the campaign in this Monday Boxing Day encounter at Withdean.
Following on from the recent 2-1 victory over Hull City ten days earlier, a Guy Butters winner gave Albion fans real hope that they could turn around a poor start to the campaign.
Unfortunately, the next three matches were lost. In the end, Mark McGhee’s shoestring side finished bottom. Despite their own financial and boardroom difficulties, Ian Holloway’s QPR looked on course for a mid-table finish. However, a late slump under new boss Gary Waddock (appointed in February 2006) meant Rangers escaped the drop by one place.
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Michel Kuipers- Popular Dutch keeper who joined the Seagulls in June 2000 and quickly established himself with his quick reflexes.
Paul Reid- Australian who played at right-back despite preferring a central midfield role. Signed from Bradford in 2003.
Guy Butters- Slotted his second goal of the campaign, latching onto Richard Carpenter’s free-kick.
Adam El-Abd- Brighton-born lad who played for 11 years in the Albion first team before switching to Bristol City in 2014.
Paul McShane- Scored a memorable winner for Brighton at Crystal Palace in October 2005.
Gary Hart- Popular wholehearted player who famously signed from Stansted for £1,000 and a set of tracksuits.
Charlie Oatway- Albion’s captain was substituted after just four minutes with a suspected broken ankle.
Dean Hammond- Hastings-born midfielder who had two spells with the Seagulls.
Alexandre Frutos- Left-footed French winger who joined Brighton in 2005, making 36 appearances in this 2005/06 campaign.
Leon Knight- Talented pint-sized striker who joined Swansea City during the campaign. Previously on loan from Chelsea to QPR.
Colin Karim-Richards- Turkish striker dubbed The Coca-Cola Kid. He was signed by the Seagulls after a fan won a competition run by Coca-Cola.
Sub: Richard Carpenter (for Oatway 4 mins)
Sub: Kerry Mayo (for Frutos 62)
Sub: Mark McCammon (for Knight 61 mins)
Jake Cole- Hammersmith-born keeper who faced fierce competition from Simon Royce and Paul Jones in the fight to be first-choice goalie.
Marcus Bignot- Scored an own goal for Brighton in the return fixture, a 1-1 draw at Loftus Road in March.
Ian Evatt- Former Derby defender who joined QPR in June 2005. Currently in his second spell at Chesterfield.
Danny Shittu- Nigerian centre-back who made his debut for the Hoops as a loanee in 2001. QPR player of the season in 2005/06.
Marcus Bean- His tackle from behind led to Oatway, a QPR supporter, being stretchered off.
Gareth Ainsworth- Second behind Shittu in the player of the season award at Loftus Road. Later a player-coach and caretaker boss at QPR.
Martin Rowlands- His excellent displays in 2003/04 for QPR earned him a spell in the Republic of Ireland team.
Lloyd Dyer- An exciting and pacey player. A loanee from West Brom in September 2005.
Richard Langley- Was in his second spell at QPR from August 2005, having played for Cardiff City in between.
Stefan Moore- Former Aston Villa apprentice. Signed for QPR in 2005 and made 39 appearances up to 2008 when he joined Walsall.
Paul Furlong- An ex-Coventry and Chelsea striker. In his third spell at QPR having previously been on loan twice. Father of current QPR defender Darnell Furlong.
Sub: Lee Cook (for Bean 61)
Sub: Marc Bircham (for Ainsworth 75)
Sub: Marc Nygaard (for Moore 60)
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