Look back on three previous encounters between Albion and Wolves.
Brighton 2-3 Wolves, 1969/70, League Cup
League Cup fever gripped Sussex with a massive attendance of 32,539, most of whom were hoping to see Freddie Goodwin’s Third Division Brighton provide a giant killing. As Argus reporter John Vinicombe wrote: “Albion should have beaten Wolves out of sight at the Goldstone last night. For close on 70 minutes they were Wolves’ masters and thoroughly deserved a 2-1 lead with Hugh Curran, the player Albion tried hardest to subdue, won the game with a two-goals-in-eight-minutes burst.” Allan Gulliver had given Brighton a 19th-minute lead, squeezing the ball in at the far post from a kit Napier corner. Despite David Woodfield’s equaliser 12 minutes later, another Kit Napier set-piece on the stroke of half-time restored Brighton’s lead. From a free-kick Eddie Spearritt guided a header just under the cross bar. With an upset on the cards, Curran responded with a late double for the visitors. Even so, Goodwin had cause to feel proud of his team, who played splendidly for long spells.
Wolves 1-3 Brighton, 1979/80, Division One
After a bore draw with Stoke City at the Goldstone on Saturday 15th December 1979, Brighton travelled to Molineux the following Friday 21st, one place from bottom position in the First Division. They came back to Sussex after a golden performance against Wolves that kick-started a sublime run of five convincing victories in six matches. Grabbing the headlines was Peter Ward who hit his first hat-trick in two seasons. He latched on to a long pass from Brian Horton in the 36th minute and rifled home. A minute from the break, he scored a rare headed goal. In the second half, Ward latched on to a Peter Sullivan pass and showed great composure to run and finish confidently past the advancing Paul Bradshaw.
Brighton 2-0 Wolves, 1980/81, Division One
Alan Mullery bought Michael Robinson to provide the power and determination of the old fashioned centre-forward to the Seagulls team. In this opener to the 1980/81 season, he showed these qualities to help Brighton get off to a flyer. On 68 minutes, he also showed great intelligence, heading a cross from the left for fellow debutant Gordon Smith to apply a close range finish to give the Albion the lead in the Saturday afternoon sunshine at the Goldstone. Five minutes from time, Robbo supplied John Gregory who hit a beautiful right-footed shot past Bradshaw to seal the points for the Albion.