There are a number of connections between Albion and Forest.
Both Brighton and Hove Albion and Nottingham Forest announced their first-ever shirt sponsorship deals in time for the 1980/81 season. The Seagulls signed a three-year deal with British Caledonian Airways, while the Reds agreed to have the Panasonic logo emblazoned on their players’ shirts.
In the 1979 European Cup Final, both Nottingham Forest and Malmo were managed by men who had brief spells at Brighton. Clough, of course, had a rollercoaster nine months on the south coast in 1973/74. Bobby Houghton, boss of the Swedish side, had been a 20-year-old trialist for the Albion in February 1969, playing in the Sussex Pro Cup, in a 4-0 victory over Hastings.
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In 1978, Nottingham Forest recorded We Got The Whole World in Our Hands in collaboration with local one-hit wonders Paper Lace. The single was released just before the Reds clinched the League championship. The video features the likes of Archie Gemmill, Larry Lloyd and Kenny Burns awkwardly swaying side to side to the song.
In February that year, the video to Slade’s ‘Give Us A Goal’ was recorded at the Goldstone Ground, before the Seagulls’ 2-1 win over Burnley.
Footage of Forest’s Division One game with Brighton in September 1981 is featured in the Hollywood movie Forced Vengeance, starring Chuck Norris. It even includes Gordon Smith’s smart finish to give the Seagulls the lead.
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