Look back at a memorable strike for Albion against QPR
(8th September 2001, Division Two, Withdean Stadium)
Brighton 2-1 QPR
Bobby Zamora came to the Seagulls on loan from Bristol Rovers in February 2000, immediately impressing with six goals in six games. He joined Albion in a permanent move for £100,000 that August, quickly gaining a reputation as a prolific goalscorer. His 28 league goals helped Micky Adams’s side win the Division Three title in 2001.
Brighton broke the deadlock in the 66th minute, when Paul Brooker’s pinpoint cross was emphatically headed home by Zamora.
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Why this goal mattered
The goal set Brighton on the way to an impressive 11th successive home victory, continuing their form from the previous season. Despite QPR substitute Andy Thomson equalising, Paul Watson won it at the death with a fierce free-kick. Zamora managed to equal his previous season’s tally, notching another 28 league goals, which helped the Seagulls achieve a second successive title-winning promotion.
Zamora joined Tottenham in a £1.5 million deal in July 2003. He later had spells with West Ham and Fulham, helping the latter to a famous Europa League run, reaching the final in 2010. While with the Lilywhites, he also won two England caps. In 2012, Bobby joined QPR and scored the only goal in the Play-Off Final to take the club back to the Premier League in 2014, before returning to Brighton in August 2015.
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