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ALBION FANS' CUP FINAL MEMORIES

21 May 2015



The cherished memories of Brighton & Hove Albion fans are featured in a new book about the ten FA Cup Finals of the 1980s.

From Ricky Villa to Dave Beasant takes a journey through the decade which saw dramatic wins for West Ham, Coventry and Wimbledon and first-time appearances for ourselves, QPR and Watford.

Dozens of Albion fans responded to a call on this website from author Matt Eastley to share their memories of the club's Cup Final showdown with Manchester United, which saw us come within a hair's breadth of bringing the FA Cup to Sussex.

Wayne Richardson, who went to every game during the campaign, including the memorable victories at Newcastle and Liverpool, describes his love of the Albion dating back to the mid-1970s when he was first taken as an 11-year-old.

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Paul Waghorn, who saw his first Albion game on Good Friday 1971, describes how even a broken arm sustained days before Wembley could not prevent him missing out on the biggest day in the club's history.

And there are many more fans whose personal memories of the time guide us through a memorable time for every Albion fan.

The chapter also includes memories from Manchester United fans, while supporters from every club which competed in the FA Cup Finals of that decade also share their memories.

The book is the third and final in a series spanning FA Cup Finals of the 1960s, 70s and 80s with the two previous volumes called From Barry Stobart to Neil Young and From Ronnie Radford to Roger Osborne respectively.


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