Footage of a memorable strike against Forest.
(29 March 1980, Division One, Goldstone Ground)
Brighton 1-0 Nottingham Forest
Left-back Gary Williams joined Brighton from Preston in the summer of 1977, in a deal that took Harry Wilson and Graham Cross in the opposite direction. He played every game in the promotion season of 1978/79 and then in the first-ever Albion campaign in the top flight in 1979/80.
In the 86th minute, Peter O’Sullivan cut in from the left wing, passing to Peter Ward who worked to try to find some space on the edge of the penalty area. The ball was laid off neatly to Williams, who unleashed a left-foot shot into the top corner, past Peter Shilton, who was given no chance.
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Why this goal mattered
It meant Brighton had done the league double over the then European Champions. It also gave the Seagulls a first league victory in 11 games and much-deserved breathing space in the bid for First Division survival.
Williams went on to join Crystal Palace in 1982 in exchange for winger Neil Smillie. After his professional playing career ended, he returned to Sussex, playing for Whitehawk and started a TV and video shop in George Street, Hove. Today, Gary works for Blakes Wholesale and Catering Butchers.