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PAST ENCOUNTERS: HUDDERSFIELD

2 February 2017

Look back at three previous matches between Albion and the Terriers.


1950s

Huddersfield 2-0 Brighton, 1959/60, Division Two.
According to the Huddersfield Daily Examiner, this is the day that Brighton lost their stripes. Writer Doug Thomson explains that this August encounter kicked off at 6.30pm at a time before floodlights had been installed at the ground: “With both sides wearing stripes, Town their famous blue and white and Brighton their alternative red and white, referee Kevin Howley, the players and the spectators had problems differentiating the shirts. Things got so bad that 10 minutes before half time, Brighton were told to change into Town’s white away shirts.” By that point, the Terriers were already two goals up, with Kevin McHale and Peter Hinsdale on the scoresheet.

1960s

Brighton 2-1 Huddersfield, 1960/61, Division Two.
Forward Tony Nicholas signed for Albion in November 1960 in a £15,000 deal from Chelsea and was in prolific form in April 1961, hitting six goals for Brighton in the final four matches to become top scorer with 13, overtaking Adrian Thorne on 12. This included the penultimate match of the season where Huddersfield Town held a half-time lead through Michael O’Grady’s opener before a crowd of 13,002 at the Goldstone. However, a second-half double from Nicholas ensured Billy Lane’s Brighton side maintained their Second Division status.

1970s

Huddersfield 0-2 Brighton, 1972/73, Division Two.
Goals from Eddie Spearritt and new boy Barry Bridges gave Pat Saward’s men their only away victory in an otherwise disastrous Second Division campaign. The game at Leeds Road in October 1972 was the Sussex side’s only victory in all competitions in a run of 23 matches. At the time, the club were 18th and out of the relegation zone, but a run of 13 consecutive defeats put paid to hopes of survival. Even so, Brighton won the reverse fixture, 2-1 at the Goldstone in March 1973.

1980s
 
Brighton 2-0 Huddersfield, 1981/82, League Cup.
A single goal from Terry Austin in the second round first leg looked set to take the Terriers into the next stage of the competition. However, late goals from Andy Ritchie and Tony Grealish in the second leg meant it was the Seagulls, managed by Mike Bailey, that progressed. That 1981/82 season was notable for Brighton’s 13th-place finish in Division One, but also for the cup clashes against lower league and non-league competition.

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