Look back four classic games between the two clubs.
Newcastle 1-3 Brighton, 1978/79, Division Two.
The Seagulls clinched promotion to the top flight with a splendid victory at St James’ Park. Brian Horton headed in Gary Williams’ corner to open the scoring before Peter Ward and Gerry Ryan put the Albion in an unassailable 3-0 lead by the interval. What is often forgotten is that David Barton and Peter Withe both hit the crossbar in the first half. Barton also inadvertently blocked a goalbound shot on the line! Nevertheless, it was a very dominant display from Brighton. Although Newcastle pulled a goal back in the second half through Alan Shoulder, the Seagulls achieved their aim of reaching what was then the summit of English football, Division One.
Brighton 1-1 Newcastle, 1982/83, FA Cup.
This is the ‘forgotten match’ of the famous run in the FA Cup, in the third round where Andy Ritchie opened the scoring on 56 minutes, mis-hitting his shot from Giles Stille’s deflected cross. When Terry McDermott equalised in the 77th minute, after a smart dummy from Kevin Keegan, the Seagulls faced a formidable replay at St James Park. So much so that Argus reporter John Vinicombe was moved to ask: “Can anyone seriously imagine them winning it, or even reaching the final?” Well, Brighton did reach the final, and it took a clinical finish from loan striker Peter Ward to set them on the way in the replay.
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Brighton 4-2 Newcastle, 1990/91, Division Two.
In January 1991, Bryan Wade made his home debut against Newcastle, having scored at Wolves the week before. He added his second for the club to break the deadlock against the Magpies just before half-time, showing confidence to smartly control the ball, beat a defender and slot past keeper John Burridge. In the second half, Micky Quinn’s header equalised for Newcastle before his lay-off set up Kevin Brock for a drive past Perry Digweed. While 2-1 down, Wade responded by rounding Burridge for an ice-cool finish. His looping header then completed his hat-trick to turn the game on its head. With Newcastle chasing a late equalizer, Robert Codner set up Wade who slid in his fourth goal in a famous night for the Albion.
Brighton 2-0 Newcastle, 2012/13, FA Cup.
The Seagulls knocked the Magpies out of the FA Cup for a second successive year at the Amex. Andrea Orlandi opened the scoring with an exquisite flick and shot from Gordon Greer’s 50-yard pass. It was a lead Gus Poyet’s men richly deserved, serving up wave after wave of stylish attacking play that left their Premier League opponents bewildered. Shola Amoebi was sent off for a second yellow card for a foul on David Lopez. With Alan Pardew’s men facing defeat, the Brighton substitute made sure of the outcome, converting Lopez’s delightful through ball for an emphatic victory.
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