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PARALLEL LINES: NEWCASTLE

27 August 2016

The connections between Albion and the Magpies.


The kit
It was a Bukta fashion parade when Brighton travelled to Newcastle in May 1979 seeking a result to take the Seagulls to the top flight for the first time in their history. Bukta, a sports clothing brand from Stockport, supplied the trademark black-and-white striped kit of the Magpies and the all-yellow change strip of the Albion.

The FA Cup
Newcastle have won the FA Cup six times, in 1910, 1924, 1932, 1951, 1952 and 1955. They even beat the Albion 3-0 in the competition in 1930. However, in recent times, it is Brighton that have had the upper hand. Famously, a Peter Ward goal in a replay at St James’ Park in January 1983 set the Seagulls on the way to a glorious cup run that took Jimmy Melia’s side to Wembley. Three years later, in January 1986, the Seagulls won 2-0 at St James’ Park in the FA Cup thanks to goals from Eric Young and Dean Saunders. Then, at the Amex Stadium, Gus Poyet’s side defeated Newcastle two years running in 2012 and 2013.

The farewell
Kevin Keegan’s last competitive match came against Brighton in May 1984. ‘Mighty Mouse’ even scored in a 3-1 win for the Magpies. His final game came a few days later in a friendly with Liverpool. Taking a cue from the same means of transport the Seagulls took to arrive at Wembley in 1983, Keegan took flight after the match via helicopter. It landed in the centre-circle after the game, escorting him out of St James’ Park, while watched by an adoring public. 

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The Clarkes
Ray and Jeff Clarke (no relation) played for both the Seagulls and the Magpies in the 1980s. Ray was a wily ex-Sparta Rotterdam, Ajax and Bruges striker who signed for Alan Mullery’s Brighton side in October 1979. He proved the perfect foil for Peter Ward, bringing in the star striker into the game with his unselfish play. He was sold to Newcastle in July 1980, but made just 14 appearances for the Magpies. Jeff was a former Manchester City and Sunderland defender who featured at Newcastle from 1982 to 1987. He had a successful loan spell with the Seagulls in 1984, playing five matches.

The bosses
Joe Kinnear was an ex-Brighton defender who served as Newcastle boss from 2008 to 2009, and then as Director of Football from 2013 to 2014. Brighton manager Chris Hughton has also been in charge of the Magpies, first as caretaker manager in 2008, and again in 2009 which eventually resulted in a permanent appointment. Hughton led the Magpies back to the Premier League as champions in 2010.

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