Against Charlton Athletic
Brighton & Hove Albion succumbed to a heavy 5-3 defeat at the Goldstone Ground in the Second Division, with Alan Curbishley scoring twice for the visitors. Despite goals from Dean Saunders, Martin Keown and a Danny Wilson penalty, the leaky Seagulls defence shipped four second-half goals to hamper Albion’s promotion prospects. Although Charlton had to leave The Valley just after the 1985/86 campaign kicked off, it didn’t stop Lennie Lawrence’s team from clinching the runners-up spot by the end. That season, the Addicks squad included Steve Gritt, John Humphrey and Tony Towner. In the return fixture at Selhurst Park in February 1986, goals by Steve Penney and Dean Saunders secured Brighton a creditable draw. Albion eventually finished 11th.
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Season’s highs and lows
August: A superb pre-season programme sees Arsenal, Liverpool and Nottingham Forest all visit the Goldstone, culminating in Chris Cattlin’s team defeating First Division Forest 5-2.
September: After three successive victories in Division Two, Danny Wilson hits a hat-trick in the first leg of Brighton’s 5-2 Milk Cup win over Bradford City.
October: A miserable spell sees Brighton concede 13 goals in three defeats, including a 4-0 loss to Liverpool at Anfield
December: The Seagulls draw 1-1 with the eventual Division Two champions, Norwich City.
January: Peter Beardsley and Paul Gascoigne cannot stop Brighton from beating First Division Newcastle United at St James’ Park in the FA Cup third round.
February: Freezing supporters enjoy a memorable snow-filled 2-2 draw at Peterborough in the FA Cup fourth round.
March: Disappointment as the Seagulls are comfortably beaten 2-0 by Southampton at the Goldstone in an FA Cup quarter-final.
April: Just one win in the month sees Brighton’s promotion chase peters out and Chris Cattlin leaves the club.
May: George Petchey takes temporary charge of the final match, a 2-0 defeat at Hull City.
Chris O’Grady was born on 25th January 1986….
The day Brighton beat Hull City 3-2 in the FA Cup fourth round at Boothferry Park.