Brighton & Hove Albion (1) 2
Sheffield Wednesday (0) 1
FA Cup Semi-Final, Highbury, 16 April 1983.
It was a dream come true for Brighton on a glorious sunny afternoon, as Jimmy Melia’s side defeated Second Division Sheffield Wednesday.
The Seagulls put their relegation fears to the back of their minds in an exciting encounter against Jack Charlton’s team.
Jimmy Case’s amazing thunderbolt of a free-kick set Brighton on their way, before Andy Mirocevic pulled Wednesday level in the 56th minute.
However, Albion were not to be denied, as Michael Robinson seemed to take an age on the turn to deliver the coup de grace with 12 minutes to go. Wembley beckoned.
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1. Graham Moseley- Made two magnificent saves to preserve Albion’s lead late on.
2. Gary Stevens- Went on to become Man of the Match at Wembley for his performances in the FA Cup Final, earning a big move to Spurs.
3. Graham Pearce- Signed from Barnet after impressing against Brighton in the previous year. Conceded the free-kick for handball which led to the Wednesday equaliser.
4. Tony Grealish- Back-heeled the free-kick to tee up Case in the first half.
5. Steve Foster- A dominant display snuffed out Wednesday’s aerial threat. His overhead kick stopped Wednesday from taking the lead in the second half.
6. Steve Gatting- Only Albion player to play three times for the club at Wembley, as he was later involved in the 1991 Play-Off Final.
7. Jimmy Case- Devastated Wednesday with a blockbuster of a free-kick to give Albion the lead.
8. Gary Howlett- Playing in his first FA Cup tie, and showed he was not overawed by the occasion, trying an impudent shot from 40 yards in the second half.
9. Michael Robinson- A cool left-foot finish from Robbo on the turn left Albion fans ecstatic.
10. Gordon Smith- Played a neat one-two with Case before setting up Robinson for the winner.
11. Neil Smillie- Former Palace winger who was always willing to take full-backs on, which he showed to good effect at Wembley a month later.
1. Bob Bolder- 24 year old goalkeeper who signed for Wednesday from Dover in March 1977. Given no chance by Case’s free-kick.
2. Mel Sterland- Classy right-back, who scored in the FA Cup at Torquay that season. Later won the League title with Leeds United in 1992.
3. Pat Heard- A recent addition for Wednesday having signed from Aston Villa in January 1983. Along with Mills, he was accidentally left behind by the team coach when departing from the hotel.
4. Mark Smith- 23 year old defender who missed just one league game in the season.
5. Mick Lyons- Vastly experienced defender who lost his third FA Cup Semi-Final, having suffered heartache with Everton in 1977 and 1980.
6. Gary Shelton- Midfielder who was on target twice in the FA Cup Quarter Final replay win, a 5-0 victory over Burnley.
7. Gary Megson- Scored in every round of the competition until the semi-final.
8. David Mills- Attacking midfielder who was Britain’s first £500,000 transfer when he joined West Brom from Middlesbrough in January 1979.
9. Gary Bannister- Top scorer in the league with 20 goals but only one in the FA Cup that season.
10. Andy McCulloch- Sharp-shooting striker with 137 league goals in his career by the end of 1982/83. Almost scored with a header, but Foster cleared off the line.
11. Ante Mirocevic- Yugoslav who joined Wednesday from FK Buducnost for a club-record £250,000 fee in 1980. Scored Wednesday’s equaliser, capitalising on a rebound from close range.
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