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PAST ENCOUNTER: LEEDS

16 October 2015




Division One, 2nd May 1981
Attendance 27,577

Brighton & Hove Albion (1) 2
Foster, Ritchie
Leeds United (0) 0

This match marked the end of an era with Alan Mullery departing shortly afterwards, along with Brian Horton, Peter O’Sullivan, John Gregory and Mark Lawrenson. The sweet victory crowned Brighton’s magnificent finish to the 1980/81 season with the Seagulls winning their last four matches to retain their First Division status. Crystal Palace, Leicester and Sunderland were the other sides that Brighton beat as the campaign reached its climax.

Allan Clarke’s Leeds also arrived at the Goldstone in confident mood, having secured twelve out of the previous fourteen points available away from Elland Road. Leeds finished the season in a respectable ninth position, although they fell foul of the drop in the following campaign.
Brighton
1. Perry Digweed: A £150,000 buy from Fulham, playing the last 15 League matches of the season.
2. Chris Ramsey: Right-back making his home debut for the Seagulls. Very lucky not to concede a penalty in the first half, making a very rash challenge on Carl Harris, missing the ball completely,
3. Gary Williams: Had a long-range crack in the last minute, hoping to get on the scoresheet again after his last-gasp goal against Sunderland. This effort sailed over.
4. Brian Horton: Brighton’s skipper in his last match for the Seagulls, although he did not know it at the time.
5. Steve Foster: A magnificent hooked shot from a deflected free-kick gave Albion a vital lead. Some amazing ball juggling from Fozzie led to Ritchie’s goal.
6. Mark Lawrenson: Was made captain by new boss Mike Bailey in the summer, but never skippered Albion in a league match.
7. John Gregory: Deployed in midfield, hitting three goals in his last seven games for the Seagulls. Departed for QPR in the summer.
8. Andy Ritchie: Ended a four-month goal drought with an emphatic volley after Lukic had saved from Foster in the second half.
9. Michael Robinson: A typically committed display, showing his ability to shield the ball. Had a good chance but his header from a corner flashed wide.
10. Gordon Smith: Played behind the strikers Ritchie and Robinson to superb effect in the final few matches of the campaign.
11. Peter O’Sullivan: Another Seagull making his final appearance, having made his Albion debut in 1970.

Leeds
1. John Lukic: Made his debut in October 1979 against the Seagulls in a 0-0 draw and made great strides to become first choice keeper. Penalised for time-wasting in the first half, leading to Albion’s opening goal.
2. Brian Greenhoff: Versatile England international, able to play in defence or midfield. Had a long range shot in the first half that troubled Digweed.
3. Eddie Gray: Skilful veteran from the Revie era. Eddie was just two short of his 400th League appearance for Leeds at the close of the season.
4. Brian Flynn: Highly competitive Welsh international. His beautifully deft touch created an opening for Hird in the first half.
5. Neil Firm: Came into the side for the injured Paul Hart. Sent off for two bookable offences in the first half, for scything down Ritchie and then kicking Robinson in the back.
6. Trevor Cherry: Experienced England defender who reached 345 league games for Leeds by the end of the campaign.
7. Carl Harris: Leeds’ top scorer in 1980/81 with ten goals in Division One. Outpaced Ramsey down the left flank in the first half, almost winning a penalty.
8. Kevin Hird: Went on a great run early on, playing a one-two with Flynn, but his shot went wide of the far post.
9. Derek Parlane: Hit four League goals in the 1980/81 to be second in the Leeds scoring charts.
10. Bryon Stevenson: Weaved some magic in the second half to set up Arthur Graham’s chance.
11. Arthur Graham: Hit the side-netting after being put through by Stevenson
Sub 12. Terry Connor: Came on for Carl Harris in the 79th minute. Later joined the Seagulls in March 1983.

UPCOMING HOME FIXTURES

ALBION V BRISTOL CITY   

TUESDAY 20TH OCTOBER, KICK-OFF 7.45PM


ALBION V  PRESTON NORTH END   

SATURDAY 24TH OCTOBER, KICK-OFF 3PM



ALBION V MILTON KEYNES DONS  

SATURDAY 7TH NOVEMBER, KICK-OFF 3PM


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