Look back on four past matches through the decades between Albion and Derby.
Derby County 0-1 Brighton, 1959/60, Division Two
Despite being a regular in the Albion side, it took Scottish inside forward Ian McNeill until the end of February against Liverpool to notch his first goal of the campaign. However, he experienced a goal rush in April, hitting four goals in just five games. One of these was his second-half winner in the 1-0 victory at the Baseball Ground. This gave Billy Lane’s side a 100% record via a fourth successive league victory over the Rams. Earlier on in the campaign, Bill Curry and Adrian Thorne had scored second-half goals in Brighton’s 2-0 win over Derby at the Goldstone. The season ended with the Albion in 14th, four places above County, although only separated by one point.
Brighton 1-1 Derby County, 1976/77, League Cup
Having defeated Ipswich and West Bromwich Albion in the previous rounds, Third Division Brighton awaited this cup encounter with the Rams, a team that had won the Football League in 1975. In front of an attendance of 33,500 inside the Goldstone, Peter Ward gave Albion the lead after just 37 seconds as he fired past Graham Moseley. However, Leighton James equalised before the break. In the replay, Alan Mullery’s players lost 2-1 with Colin Todd and Kevin Hector giving Derby an unassailable lead before Brighton striker Ian Mellor reduced the deficit.
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Brighton 1-0 Derby County, 1983/84, Division Two
A single Gordon Smith penalty was enough to end a run of three defeats at the start of the Division Two campaign as the Seagulls struggled to get to grips with life outside the top flight. If there were fears that Brighton could slide back to the Third Division, they were allayed with Chris Cattlin’s appointment as manager later on in the season. For Peter Taylor, ex-Brighton boss, it was an unhappy time, and when he saw his Rams side lose at the Baseball Ground 3-0 in the return fixture in March, it helped to condemn his side to the drop at the end of the season.
Brighton 2-0 Derby County, 2014/15, The Championship.
Chris Hughton’s side recorded a third successive home victory. It also ended a bleak run of five successive defeats against the Rams. It is fair to say that the win against the league leaders came completely against the run of play, with Derby constantly on the attack but failing the make the most of it against a Brighton side that refused to surrender. Dale Stephens shocked the Rams by sweeping in the loose ball from his own header on 69 minutes before Kazenga LuaLua finished off Chris O’Grady’s pass eight minutes later.