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30 December 2017

Former Brighton & Hove Albion manager Alan Mullery spoke to Seagulls TV about the club’s promotion-clinching game against Newcastle United at St James’ Park in 1979.

The Seagulls take on the Magpies in the Premier League this afternoon, but the most memorable visit to St James’ Park came some 38 years ago when Albion secured victory on the final day of the season to reach Division One.

With Crystal Palace sealing their promotion to the top tier, Mullery’s team needed all three points to guarantee their promotion, with Newcastle’s bitter rivals Sunderland hoping to snatch a place in the top three.

Goals from Brian Horton, Peter Ward and Gerry Ryan eased Albion’s nerves to head in 3-0 up at the break, and despite a consolation goal from the hosts, Mullery’s side comfortably held on to give the 10,000-plus Albion supporters a reason to celebrate.

The former Albion boss speaks about the lead up to the important game at St James’ Park, having the support of Newcastle’s supporters - because of Sunderland’s involvement - and spoke fondly about the celebrations that followed in Sussex and on the train home.

To watch the feature with Mullery, Albion supporters must subscribe to Seagulls TV - click here for more information.

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