A look back at two previous matches between the sides in 1977/78.
Brighton & Hove Albion boss Alan Mullery returned to his old club Fulham in November to sign striker Teddy Maybank in a £238,000 deal. A month later, both were back at Craven Cottage for a Second Division fixture.
It was an unhappy Wedneday evening, as the Lilywhites surged to a 2-0 lead at half-time thanks to goals from Richard Money and John Margerrison. Maybank pulled one back for the Seagulls after the break, but to no avail. In the return fixture in March, Peter O’Sullivan and Paul Clark scored either side of the interval in a 2-0 win at the Goldstone to keep the Seagulls in fourth position. Mullery’s side finished in that position, while Bobby Campbell’s Fulham team ended the season in 10th spot.
1977/78 season’s highs and lows
September: Peter Ward proves himself to be a class act with four goals in three games towards the end of the month. Gerry Fell’s two goals in a 3-2 win over Luton takes Brighton to second place in the Second Division.
October: Ward’s deadly goal poacher’s goal seals a 2-0 win at Sunderland, taking Brighton to the top of the Second Division for the first time. In the next match, the Seagulls lose 4-3 at Charlton, having fought back from 2-0 down to lead 3-2.
November: 48,613 cram into White Hart Lane and see Brighton match Spurs in a 0-0 stalemate. It is the highest-ever attendance for an Albion league game.
December: Indifferent form sees the Seagulls drop down to fifth, with Ward completing a second month without scoring.
January: Ward returns to goalscoring ways, with five goals in three matches, including a hat-trick in a 5-1 win over Mansfield in the FA Cup.
February: Winger Eric Potts writes his name into Albion folklore with two late goals against Sunderland, as Brighton overcome a 1-0 deficit at the Goldstone.
March: Brighton draw 1-1 at eventual champions Bolton Wanderers, with Brian Horton’s penalty helping the Seagulls to keep the promotion campaign alive.
April: The Seagulls win six of their eight matches in this month including a famous 3-1 victory over Spurs and a 2-1 win over Blackpool on the last day. The team are bettered by Spurs by mere goal difference, but the fourth-placed finish in the Second Division is Brighton’s best in their history at the time.
Little known fact
While Peter Ward was banging a hat-trick for England’s Under-21s at the Goldstone Ground in late 1977, Perry Digweed was in England’s youth team for an equivalent match against Norway’s youth side. Digweed later moved from Fulham to Brighton in 1981.