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15 December 2017

Steve Penney, Kurt Nogan and Gifton Noel-Williams.

Ahead of Brighton & Hove Albion’s Premier League game against Burnley at the Amex on Saturday, here are three players who played for both clubs in years gone by.

Steve Penney

After starting his career with Ballymena United in Northern Ireland, the winger moved to Albion in 1983, before the start of their first season back in the second tier after reaching the FA Cup Final but being relegated in the same season. His first goal for the Seagulls came in a 3-0 victory over Derby County at the Baseball Ground. Penney’s eight years on the south coast were disrupted with injuries, but the winger still managed to record 138 league appearances and also played two games for his country at the 1986 World Cup. Following a brief spell at Hearts, a move to Burnley came about in 1992, but after two years and only 11 appearances, which included three goals, the winger retired at the early age of 29 due to injury.

Kurt Nogan

The striker arrived at the Goldstone Ground from Peterborough United in 1992, and he first found the back of the net in a 2-1 victory over Plymouth Argyle before bagging a brace when Burnley visited the south coast a week later. Nogan scored 21 goals in Albion’s final 31 games of the 1992/93 campaign, and his impressive tally in front of goal continued the following season, as he added another 26 goals to his Albion account. Nogan’s fine form attracted interested from elsewhere, and the striker moved to Turf Moor in 1995. He continued to find the back of the net for the Clarets but controversially moved to Lancashire rivals Preston North End after just two years.

Gifton Noel-Williams

The forward made over 50 appearances for the Clarets between 2005 and 2007, but he joined the Seagulls for a seven-game loan spell towards the end of the 2005/06 Championship season. With Mark McGhee’s team fighting for survival in the second tier, Noel-Williams struck with a debut goal against Luton Town at the Withdean Stadium, before scoring his second Albion goal in a 2-1 victory over Ipswich Town at Portman Road. The striker returned to Turf Moor and scored his first professional hat-trick against Barnsley, but a move to Spain followed as Real Murcia secured his services.

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