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BLAST FROM THE PAST: BRENTFORD

5 February 2017

Look back at two past matches between the sides.


It was three wins out of three for Barry Lloyd’s resurgent Seagulls side over the Bees in 1987/88.

They overcame a half-time deficit in the Division Three match at the Goldstone in October. Roger Stanislaus had given the visitors the lead before victory was gained via second-half goals from Alan Curbishley and Kevin Bremner.

A month later, a Garry Nelson double put Brentford out of the FA Cup. As well as a penalty, Nelson’s goals included a 68th minute solo run where he outsmarted five defenders, before beating keeper Gary Phillips at the near post.

Then, in late March, a Steve Penney goal for Brighton was cancelled out by former Spurs and Chelsea defender Colin Lee. The Albion ended the season in runners-up position with promotion secured while Steve Perryman’s Brentford side had to be content with 12th spot.

1987/88  season’s highs and lows

August: Newly-relegated Brighton made a welcome return to blue and white stripes after an absence of seven years. Garry Nelson scores the winner on the opening day in a 1-0 win over York, but the Seagulls crash out of the League Cup on penalties against Gillingham.

September: A 4-1 away win at Aldershot and a 3-1 defeat of eventual champions Sunderland sees Brighton rise to fourth. 

October: The Albion are undefeated in the month where they recorded a 6-1 away victory over Fulham in the Associate Members Cup.

November: The Seagulls stretch their unbeaten run in all competitions to 13 matches.

December: Brighton crash to a 5-2 defeat to Bristol City at Ashton Gate, bringing an end to a streak of 17 matches undefeated.

January: A bumper crowd of 26,467 sees Garry Nelson’s acrobatic volley stun Arsenal with an equaliser in the FA Cup but the Gunners score a second half winner via Perry Groves.

February: Nelson hits seven goals in the six matches during February including a double against Bristol City as Albion avenge the heavy defeat in December.

March: Doug Rougvie sensationally loses his place at the heart of defence to Robert Isaac. Meanwhile, a 5-1 defeat to Notts County in the Associate Members Cup is Brighton’s heaviest home defeat since 1973.

April: The Seagulls win all six matches to mount an unexpected automatic promotion bid, reaching third by the end of the month.

May: The Seagulls have done it! Bremner scores his first goal since January and Nelson grabs his 32nd in all competitions as Brighton beat Bristol Rovers 2-1 on the final day to seal the second spot.

Little known fact

On 2nd May, Brighton drew 2-2 at Chester thanks to two Dean Wilkins goals. It was also the day Beram Kayal was born.

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