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PARALLEL LINES: FULHAM

26 November 2016

The similarites between Albion and Fulham.


The record attendances
Fulham’s record attendance for a home match is 49,335, who came to see a match against Millwall Athletic in October 1938. In December 1958, Brighton and Hove Albion enjoyed their highest-ever home crowd, when 36,747 fans crammed into the Goldstone Ground to see Fulham defeated 3-0. Two goals from Tommy Dixon and one from Adrian Thorne saw Billy Lane’s side avenge a 3-1 defeat at Craven Cottage the previous afternoon, on Boxing Day.

The managers
In December 1977, the Fulham v Brighton matchday programme asked which ex-Lilywhites players had gone on to manage the Albion. The answers then were Archie Macaulay and Alan Mullery. An updated version of this quiz would also include Barry Lloyd and Micky Adams. Memorably, it was Barry Lloyd that supplied the pass for Alan Mullery’s blockbusting volley against Leicester that won the Match of the Day goal of the season competition in 1974. Two years later, when there was a managerial vacancy at the Goldstone Ground, Brighton chairman Mike Bamber recalled an encounter in 1973 between Brighton and Fulham when Mullery struck one of his own team-mates. ‘He must be a winner’, Bamber concluded. The Seagulls boss returned to Craven Cottage to sign Teddy Maybank in 1977 and Perry Digweed in 1981.

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The protest marches
Brighton’s two matches against Fulham in 1996/97 are memorable for the protest marches that preceded them. In October 1996, Fulham supporters joined forces with their Seagulls counterparts to march through the town centre in protest at how Bill Archer and David Bellotti were running the club. The match ended scoreless. A month later, a large group of supporters met at Victoria Station to march to Lancaster Gate to hand a letter to the Football Association before watching the 2-0 win to the Lilywhites at Craven Cottage.

The biggest wins
Both clubs’ record victory is 10-1. Fulham recorded this emphatic scoreline on Boxing Day in 1963. It remains the last time a side has racked up double figures in a top-flight match in England. Almost two years later, it was Brighton’s turn to go on a goalscoring rampage. Albion’s triumphed 10-1 against Wisbech Town in the FA Cup first round in November 1965, helped by Charlie Livesey’s hat-trick.

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