Look back at three past encounters between Albion and Reading.
Brighton 8-3 Reading, 1956/57, Division Three (South).
The Albion finished their home fixtures with a goal bonanza, but victory for Billy Lane’s side was in doubt at half time with a surprising 3-3 scoreline at the Goldstone. Reading’s tall striker Tommy Dixon scored two goals for the visitors to go with a penalty from the Biscuitmen wing-half, Maurice Evans. Brighton’s scorers were Roy Jennings via a spot kick while inside-right Albert Mundy bagged a hat-trick. Denis Foreman notched two goals while Jeff Darey and Frankie Howard completed the scoring on a busy day. In October 1958, Dixon signed for Brighton, and he scored 12 goals in 36 appearances.
Reading 4-5 Brighton, 1962/63, Division Three.
George Curtis’s team had squandered a 2-0 lead achieved in the first five minutes at the Goldstone in October 1962, going down 4-2. In another enthralling match, Brighton avenged this defeat as they came back from a 2-1 down at half-time to eke out a 5-4 victory. Trainer Joe Wilson had been put in charge of the side on a temporary basis, and two goals each from Allan Jackson and Roy Jennings, plus a rare effort from Steve Burtenshaw gave Brighton a stunning win at Elm Park. Reading’s Douglas Webb, Ron Tindall (2) and a John Walker penalty also made the scoresheet.
With the earlier matches finishing 0-0, 2-2 and 0-0, it took a third round replay to decide the outcome of this first round match. Ricky Marlowe scored twice for Peter Taylor’s Brighton side but they were undone by the legendary Robin Friday. According to the Reading Evening Post: “When [John] Murray’s shot hit the post, this time jubilant Robin Friday was there, sliding on his back to push it in the goal. When it was all over, Friday lay stretched out on the turf.” The match saw Dave Busby became the first black footballer to play for Brighton, when he came on as a substitute for Ronnie Welch.
In late December, Steve Penney’s second half goal brought parity for the Seagulls after trailing at half-time at the Goldstone. The result took Alan Mullery’s cash-strapped Brighton to a respectable 16th position. The Royals’ scorer was Kevin Bremner, who had hit both the Royals’ goals in their 2-1 win at Elm Park a month earlier. Having been a considerable thorn in the side, Bremner ended up signing for Barry Lloyd’s Seagulls in July 1987, forming a formidable partnership with Garry Nelson.