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PAST ENCOUNTER: ROBINSON'S WHITE HART LANE WINNER

13 December 2017

The Argus
Action shot from Albion's 1981 visit to White Hart Lane.

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton will be standing in the dugout for this evening’s game at Wembley Stadium - but some 36 years ago at White Hart Lane, he found himself on the losing side when the Seagulls travelled to north London.

Under the management of Mike Bailey, Albion made their third top-flight visit to Tottenham Hotspur in October 1981, having lost and drawn on their previous two trips to the Lane.

Lining up at left-back against the Seagulls was a 22-year-old Hughton, alongside the likes of Ray Clemence, Ossie Ardiles and Glenn Hoddle.

But in front of 37,294 supporters in the capital city, Michael Robinson fired the winning goal of the game to record Albion’s first-ever away victory against Spurs - something which has yet to be repeated.

Hughton played in seven of the eight Division One clashes between 1979 and 1983, and found the back of the net against the Seagulls three days after Christmas at White Hart Lane in 1982.

However, almost 35 years after scoring in a 2-0 win for Spurs, Hughton will be looking to make his contribution from the sideline, in search of an impressive victory over this former side at Wembley.


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