Look back at a memorable game between Albion and Sheffield Wednesday.
Brighton & Hove Albion drew 0-0 at Hillsborough in January 1977, a result that kept the Seagulls in top spot in Division Three.
By the time of the return fixture, in May, Alan Mullery’s side knew victory would secure promotion. Before a crowd of 30,756 at the Goldstone, David Rushbury stunned Brighton with the opening goal early on.
It stayed 1-0 to the Owls until the second half when Peter Ward had a chance from a penalty. Unfortunately, he missed. However, he did equalise in the 57th minute. Ward then won another penalty in the 57th minute, and this time, skipper Brian Horton gave Albion the lead.
Steve Piper slammed home a third goal four minutes from time, which made Ian Nimmo’s late goal for Wednesday immaterial. The final score was 3-2 to Albion and promotion had been achieved. But one point from the last two games meant Mansfield ended up as champions. As for Wednesday, they finished in eighth position.
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1976/77 season’s highs and lows
August: An unbeaten start to Alan Mullery’s managerial career and included a highly-creditable 0-0 draw at First Division Ipswich in the League Cup.
September: One of the most exciting months in Albion’s history, as Ipswich are beaten 2-1, before a 7-2 hammering of York City. Then, the Seagulls go to the Hawthorns and beat top-flight West Brom 2-0 in the League Cup, courtesy of two Peter Ward goals.
October: In Division Three, Walsall are thrashed 7-0 through seven second-half goals at the Goldstone. Albion drew 1-1 with First Division Derby County in the League Cup.
November: The Seagulls lost narrowly 2-1 at the Baseball Ground against Derby, while two FA Cup games with Crystal Palace end all square.
December: Brighton lost 1-0 to Crystal Palace in a controversial FA Cup first round second replay at Stamford Bridge.
January: Albion score nine goals at home without reply in three home games this month to stay top of Division Three.
February: The good form continues, as Brighton go through February without conceding a goal, with wins over Preston, Grimsby and York.
March: After losing 3-1 at Crystal Palace in the league, the Seagulls respond with an emphatic 4-0 win over Shrewsbury.
April: Brighton defeat their south coast rivals, Portsmouth 4-0.
May: The 3-2 win over Sheffield Wednesday clinches promotion to Division Two.
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