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BLAST FROM THE PAST: ROTHERHAM

7 March 2017

Look back on two games between Albion and the Millers in the 1975/76 season.


Despite Ward’s six goals in the final eight games, only one of these was won. Taylor resigned after Brighton finished fourth and narrowly missed out on promotion.

In the return fixture with the Millers, Peter Ward scored his second goal for Brighton, but just as against Hereford, they were pegged back to 1-1 in the second half.

After a rare home defeat, against Walsall in September, the Dolphins won their next 14 home matches, giving Albion supporters hope that promotion from the Third Division was around the corner.

In Peter Taylor’s last season in charge, the club were dubbed The Dolphins with a new badge featuring the aquatic mammal. They kicked off the season with a convincing 3-0 victory against Rotherham, with Fred Binney, Ernie Machin and Neil Martin on the scoresheet at the Goldstone.

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1975/76 season’s highs and lows

August: After the roaring start against Rotherham in the opener, Albion fail to win another match in the month and are eliminated in the League Cup by Brentford.

September: Fred Binney scores four goals in three games including two in a 6-0 thumping of Chester. Albion also defeat Crystal Palace 1-0 at Selhurst Park thanks to Barry Butlin’s goal. 

October: A 2-1 win at Shrewsbury takes Albion to third spot, while the following 1-0 win against Preston makes it four wins out of four.

November: Brighton lose 1-0 at Peterborough, but follow up with another four successive victories, including an emphatic 3-0 success at Watford in the FA Cup.

December: Eventual champions Hereford are defeated 4-2 at the Goldstone with Binney and Neil Martin both on target for the second successive match.

January: Albion crash out of the FA Cup, losing 2-1 at Southend in a third round replay. The team responds with a rare away victory, 1-0 at Cardiff, before an emphatic 6-0 success over Colchester.

February: A 1-0 win over promotion rivals Millwall takes Brighton into second spot again. Sammy Morgan’s two goals then help Brighton beat Crystal Palace 2-0 at the Goldstone. 

March: Sammy Morgan hits five goals in this month, while Peter Ward famously pops up with a goal in the opening minutes of his debut at Hereford.

April: Ward hits five goals in seven matches in April, but a crucial match with promotion rivals Millwall is lost 3-1 at the Den. Sadly, only one match is won during April, meaning Brighton are pipped to the third spot by Millwall.

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