The connections between Albion and Cardiff City.
Cardiff’s current all-blue Adidas kit echoes Brighton’s kit by the same manufacturers from 1980 to 1983 in the First Division days. The club colours have been blue and white, except for an extraordinary break with history from August 2012 to December 2014 when red became the dominant colour. Brighton have a fairly long history of deploying red as a main colour for their kit, such as in AC Milan style designs in the early 1970s and in the dawn of the 21st century, to the all-red kit of the mid-1980s. However, these have been change colours from our blue and white designs.
Famously, Cardiff City are the only team to take the FA Cup out of England. The Welsh side beat Arsenal 1-0 in 1927 with a goal from Hughie Ferguson that slipped fortuitously under keeper Dan Lewis’s body. Fast forward 77 years, to 2004, and Brighton were at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, beating Bristol City 1-0 to win the Division Two Play-Off Final. Leon Knight’s penalty was enough to seal the Seagulls’ passage back to the second tier.
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The wing wizards
Peter Sayer remains Albion’s most prominent purchase from the Bluebirds. He scored the only goal for the Welsh side in a shock 1-0 defeat of Spurs in the FA Cup in January 1977. Nine months later he put in a sparkling display against Brighton at the Goldstone, despite his side’s 4-0 defeat. He signed for the Seagulls in February 1978 for £100,000. Just before he left to join Preston North End, he hit the second goal as Brighton beat Israeli side Maccabi Nathanya 2-0 to lift the Jewish Chronicle Cup in July 1980. Like Sayer, Craig Noone is another winger who helped the Seagulls to promotion, this time from League One in 2010/11. He joined Cardiff in August 2012.
The 33rd year anniversary
On this day, on 3rd December 1983, Brighton defeated Cardiff City 3-1 at the Goldstone Ground thanks to a double by Danny Wilson and a goal from Terry Connor. The game was watched by 9,924 supporters. In the return match in May 1984, Wilson was on target again, alongside Chris Hutchings as the Seagulls travelled back to Sussex with a creditable 2-2 draw.
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