Division Two, 26th December 1978
Brighton 5 Williams, Maybank (3), Horton (pen)
Cardiff City 0
After Poskett’s hat-trick at Charlton three days before, Teddy Maybank answered his critics with three goals of his own in a comprehensive win over the Bluebirds. The 5-0 scoreline consolidated Brighton’s position in fourth spot and the result was part of a sparkling run of form over the Christmas period, in which the Seagulls scored ten goals without reply.
This golden streak gave Brighton fans optimism that promotion to Division One was just around the corner, and in the end, Mullery’s men finished second to secure a place in the top tier, while a much improved Cardiff ended the season in ninth, having narrowly avoided the drop the season before.
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1. Graham Moseley - Not much to do as the outfield players dominated the match from start to finish.
2. Chris Cattlin - Restored to the side a month before and solidified the defence with his experience.
3. Gary Williams - The left-back scored within the first 23 seconds. Ever-present in the 1978/79 promotion season.
4. Brian Horton - Showed himself a master of the long searching ball in the heavy conditions.
5. Andy Rollings – ‘Rollo’ played 37 times at centre-back during the campaign.
6. Mark Lawrenson - Impressed with his all-round play and was involved in all three of Maybank’s goals.
7. Gerry Ryan - A great Albion move led to Ryan’s searching pass for Maybank. When he was upended, Horton scored from the spot just before the interval.
8. Malcolm Poskett – Unlucky not to add to his hat-trick at Charlton. Had a shot that deflected onto the Cardiff bar and supplied Williams’ goal with a precise cross.
9. Teddy Maybank - Headed his first goal on 23 minutes, then a diving header doubled his total just after half time, before forcing another Lawrenson cross home on 62 minutes to complete a hat-trick.
10. Peter Sayer - Playing against his former side, Sayer was involved in the build-up for the second goal.
11. Peter O’Sullivan - ‘Sully’s’ cross found Maybank at the far post to make it 2-0.
Sub 12. Paul Clark (for Lawrenson) - Came on 12 minutes from time as Lawrenson developed cramp.
1. Ron Healey - The Irish international keeper did not do a lot wrong. ‘But for the courage of goalkeeper Ron Healey, City would have been taken for a cricket score,’ the Argus reported.
2. Rod Thomas - Welsh international who won the League Cup with Swindon in 1969 and then the Division One title at Derby in 1975.
3. Freddie Pethard - Glaswegian left-back previously with Celtic.
4. Alan Campbell - Midfielder signed from Birmingham in 1976. Missed just two games for the Bluebirds in 1978/79.
5. Dave Roberts - Centre-back who made 28 League appearances in the campaign. His foul on Maybank cost his side a penalty.
6. Albert Larmour - Usually cool, efficient defender, but rather overrun by Albion’s attack.
7. Brian Attley - Involved in Cardiff’s 1975/76 promotion season and went on to sign for Swansea in February 1979, playing in the top division for the Swans.
8. Gary Stevens - This striker grabbed 13 League goals in the campaign including Cardiff’s first in their 3-1 win over the Seagulls in the return fixture in April 1979.
9. Tony Evans - Also scored for Cardiff in the return fixture and later went on to play for Birmingham City in the First Division, hitting a hat-trick against Manchester City in 1981.
10. Phil Dwyer - Versatile right-back able to play at centre-back, midfield, and also up front. Ended the season with four goals.
11. John Lewis - Broke into the first team in the 1978/79 season, eventually making 16 appearances.
Sub 12. Ray Bishop (for Stevens) - Came on in the 63rd minute but could not alter the course of the match.
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