Burnley (0) 1
Brighton & Hove Albion (0) 3
Maybank, Ward 2
League Cup 3rd Round, 3 October 1978.
Brighton reached the League Cup Quarter-Final in 1978/79, the furthest they have ever been in the competition. After beating Millwall narrowly in the previous round, courtesy of a 25-yard shot from Peter O’Sullivan, Alan Mullery’s men won 3-1 to easily beat the Clarets.
It was easily one of the best, more fluent Albion performances in the autumn months of the campaign. However, there was a sting in the tail: eighteen days later there was a rematch at Turf Moor in the Second Division.
This time, the Clarets ran out 3-0 victors. Even so, by the end of the campaign Brighton sat in runners-up spot while Burnley stood in 13th spot.
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1.Alan Stevenson- Talented keeper who made a big money move to Turf Moor in 1972. Proved his reflexes with a point-blank save from Maybank in the second half.
2.Derek Scott- Signed for Burnley in 1975 and made his debut in Division One.
3.Ian Brennan- This left-back started his professional career as a forward, and he demonstrated his sharp-shooting with a 25-yard blockbuster in the 64th minute that reduced the deficit to 2-1.
4.Peter Noble- Midfielder who was formerly with Newcastle and Swindon. Appointed club skipper in 1976.
5.Jimmy Thomson- Centre-back who played for Chelsea before switching to Burnley.
6.Billy Rodaway- Powerfully built centre-back who signed for Burnley in September 1971.
7.Terry Cochrane- Northern Ireland winger who was playing his last cup match for the Clarets before a £233,333 transfer to Middlesbrough later that month.
8.Billy Ingham- Very versatile midfielder, who was denied by Eric Steele with an excellent save.
9.Paul Fletcher- A hard-working centre-forward blessed with ability in the air.
10.Steve Kindon- Powerful front runner who began with Burnley before moving to Wolves in 1972. Returned to Turf Moor five years later.
11.Leighton James- Welsh international who had equalised for Derby against Brighton in the League Cup in 1976. No such feat on this day.
1.Eric Steele- ‘Groucho’ made a superb stop from Billy Ingham in the second half.
2.Chris Cattlin- Seasoned ex-Coventry defender. Supplied the cross for Andy Rollings, who had a great chance with barely two minutes gone on the clock.
3.Gary Williams- Reliable left-back who was ever-present during the season.
4.Brian Horton- Albion’s captain who led by example and motivation. His long and probing cross found Maybank to give the Seagulls a richly deserved early lead.
5.Andy Rollings- Commanding centre-back who made life difficult for the Clarets. His superb header hit the bar after just two minutes.
6.Mark Lawrenson- Accomplished defender in his second season with the Albion. Played his part by clearing off the line when Burnley might have scored.
7.Peter Sayer- Supplied the corner from the right wing which was flicked on by Teddy Maybank for Peter Ward to score his first. Also involved in the last goal, this time from the left.
8.Peter Ward- Scored a rare headed goal after a minute of the restart. Then finished the game with a clincher 14 minutes from time, with a first time left-footed volley.
9.Teddy Maybank- Gave Brighton the lead with a sweet volley after just four minutes and 20 seconds. Then provided assists for both of Ward’s goals.
10.Paul Clark- The ‘Tank’ gave a great all-round performance, clearing off his own goal line as well as going close with a menacing drive.
11.Peter O’Sullivan- Was involved in the early stages of both of Ward’s goals by supplying Sayer down the wing.
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