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12 December 2017

Chris Hughton after winning the FA Cup with Spurs in 1981.

One man that is guaranteed to receive a warm welcome from both sets of supporters at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday evening is Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton.

The 59-year-old, who celebrated his birthday on Monday, isn’t only appreciated by Albion supporters for his efforts in getting the club to the Premier League, but the former Tottenham Hotspur full-back also earned legendary status in north London.

Hughton made just short of 400 appearances for Spurs during his 13 years at the club between 1977 and 1990 - winning the FA Cup twice and helping Keith Burkinshaw’s team to Uefa Cup success in 1984.

The Irishman scored 19 goals for Spurs and was also a prominent figure for his national team, making over 50 appearances and playing in all three games for the Republic of Ireland at the 1988 European Championships in Germany.

After short spells at West Ham United and Brentford, Hughton retired and returned to Spurs in a coaching capacity in 1993 - a period of his career which saw him take up a number of roles over the following 14 years.

As well as a brief spell as caretaker manager in 1997, Hughton served as reserve team manager and worked his way into an assistant manager role, working with a handful of managers before his departure in 2007.

Hughton came up against his old side at White Hart Lane during his time at Newcastle United, but tomorrow evening’s match will see the Albion boss face his former team at their temporary home, Wembley Stadium.

Approaching his three-year anniversary on the south coast, Hughton’s impact at the club has been tremendous, leading the Seagulls into their first top-flight season in 34 years.

A warm reception for Hughton is expected, but a collection of points would certainly be the perfect present for Albion’s 3,000-strong travelling support at Wembley on Wednesday night.

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