Andy Ritchie: 1982 win over Liverpool was bigger shock

Former Albion man grabbed the only goal of the game in Albion's previous win at Anfield.

By Hector Nunns • 05 February 2021

By The Argus
Andy Ritchie grabbed the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win at Anfield in March 1982.

Andy Ritchie scored the winner for Brighton in their only previous league victory over Liverpool – and still reckons that was a bigger shock. 

The Seagulls stunned Jurgen Klopp's champions on Wednesday night to give their Premier League survival hopes a huge boost and seriously damage the Reds’ title defence ambitions. 

It was incredibly only a second ever victory in the top flight for the south coast club against their illustrious opponents.

And they have had to wait 39 years since Manchester-born Ritchie grabbed his goal in front of the Kop End in another 1-0 win. 

That came against another exceptional Liverpool team, the defending European champions who would go on to win the league that season. 

And it featured such great names as Bruce Grobbelaar, Mark Lawrenson, Alan Hansen, Graeme Souness, Kenny Dalglish and Ian Rush. 

By The Argus
Ian Rush fires over against Albion.

Ritchie, 60, who also played for Manchester United, Leeds and Oldham, has fond memories of his time at Brighton, still checks their results and is a huge fan of Graham Potter's brand of football. 

He said: “I think it was an even bigger shock result than this one, as that Liverpool side were an awesome team. 

“They had won the European Cup and would win the league that year, and though it pains me to say it as a United fan, they are back to those levels. 

“Initially I couldn't recall the goal and then suddenly going to bed it all flooded back. It was a scrappy one at the Kop End, which was nice. I hadn't realised it had been quite so long. 

“I was on the floor in the end but got my foot to it. Coming back up home to Manchester to see the parents and some friends, it made for a great couple of days. 

“Brighton had a good team in that season with some great players. Sadly some of them including Mike Robinson and Tony Grealish are not with us anymore.   

“My godson is a Liverpool fan, and he has just said 'You scored against a pretty good defence there'. Mark Lawrenson moved there from Brighton after I got there. 

By The Argus
Andy Ritchie looks to take the ball off Mark Lawrenson.

“And he and Alan Hansen were the best two centre backs that I ever saw, like two Rolls Royces. 

“I like the way Graham Potter goes about it and it is similar to the way we tried to play. There is a tradition for trying to play football at Brighton. As a club they have always had that. 

“And you'd think with the win over Liverpool and the ones before against Leeds and Tottenham they should now be okay although you can never take anything for granted in the Premier League.”