HULL (1) 2
ALBION (2) 3
FA Cup fourth round, 25th Jan 1986
The Seagulls went into this match in optimistic mood having humbled First Division Newcastle United 2-0 at St James’ Park; Peter Beardsley and Paul Gascoigne could not stop Chris Cattlin’s side gaining a shock FA Cup third round victory.
In the following round against Hull on a frosty pitch, the Seagulls took the initiative, once more racing to a 2-0 lead. Even so, it was no cakewalk as the Tigers’ player-boss Brian Horton rolled back the years, tussling with Brighton’s Dennis Mortimer and Danny Wilson in a tough midfield battle. In the end, though, the sharp-shooting of Terry Connor proved decisive.
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1. Tony Norman- Solid, reliable keeper who was ever-present in 1985/86.
2. Richard Jobson- A bargain £50,000 buy from Watford in March 1985. Richard played UEFA Cup football with the Hornets.
3. Gary Swann- Former Hull apprentice back in 1978.
4. Bobby Doyle- The Dumbarton-born midfielder had joined the Tigers earlier on in the season. Appeared to foul Danny Wilson in the build up to Hull’s first goal.
5. Peter Skipper-A Hull-born defender in his second spell with the club, having rejoined from Darlington in 1982.
6. Stan McEwan- Made no mistake from the spot to make it 2-2 after 58 minutes.
7. Brian Horton- Appointed player-manager in May 1984 and made 22 league appearances in the Third Division promotion winning side of 1984/85.
8. Frankie Bunn- Top scorer in the league with 14 goals in Division Two in 1985/86.
9. Andy Flounders- A goal threat with ten league goals during the season. Famously hit six goals for Oldham against Scarborough in the League Cup in 1989.
10 Billy Askew- This midfielder joined after a trial period in 1982. Made 32 league appearances in 1985/86.
11 Garreth Roberts- Club captain who scored Hull City’s first in the match, a left-footed curler past Perry Digweed.
1. Perry Digweed- Back in first-team action after missing the whole of the previous season due to the form of Moseley.
2. Chris Hutchings- The Seagulls defender had scored the only goal in the previous season’s FA Cup encounter with Hull.
3. Graham Pearce- Former Barnet left-back. The only survivor from the FA Cup Final team of 1983.
4. Danny Wilson- Industrious, influential midfielder who joined the Albion from Nottingham Forest in January 1984.
5. Eric Young- Tall central defender with aerial prowess who joined Brighton from Slough, making excellent progress.
6. Gary O’Reilly- Former Tottenham defender who joined Brighton in 1984, making his debut against Notts County at the Goldstone in August that year.
7. Dean Saunders- The Welshman made the breakthrough on 19 minutes, scoring off keeper Tony Norman to grab his twelfth goal of the season.
8. Steve Penney- Involved in the first goal with a long throw, and then supplied Connor with a great cross for the second.
9. Justin Fashanu- Conceded a penalty for handball although to Albion fans it looked like he may have been pushed.
10. Terry Connor- Grabbed two goals including the winner, as he headed in Dennis Mortimer’s cross for a narrow victory.
11. Dennis Mortimer- Showed his persistence, whipping in a second cross after the first one had been blocked for Connor’s winner.
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