Look back at four matches over the years between Albion and Nottingham Forest.
Brighton 2-2 Nottingham Forest, 1949/50, Division Three (South).
On the opening day of the 1949/50 season, a bumper crowd of 21,625 saw a thriller at the Goldstone. From 2-0 down at half-time, Eric Lancelotte and Ken Davies scored in an Albion fight-back in the second half. The result gave Don Welsh’s men hope for the season, but it took until mid-September for Brighton to win a game at home. Nevertheless, the side proved winners again at the City Ground in the return fixture, with Fred Leamon scoring the only goal. For Forest, it was a disappointing season, finishing fourth and watching rivals Notts County win the only promotion place in the division.
Nottingham Forest 0-1 Brighton, 1979/80, Division One.
In November 1979, Brighton and Hove Albion travelled up to the City Ground more in hope than expectation. Alan Mullery’s side were in 21st position in their first-ever campaign in the top flight, facing the European Cup holders. With a side strengthened by the debut of Peter Suddaby, the recent acquisition of Ray Clarke and the return of Mark Lawrenson, the Seagulls gained a remarkable victory, giving Forest their only home defeat of the Division One season. Gerry Ryan wrong-footed Peter Shilton in the 12th minute to give the Seagulls a shock lead, and Graham Moseley saved a John Robertson penalty. The Evening Argus headline that followed was Miracles Can Still Happen.
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Brighton 5-2 Nottingham Forest, 1985/86, friendly.
Having played Liverpool and Arsenal at the Goldstone just days before, Chris Cattlin’s Albion side entertained Brian Clough’s Forest to complete a spectacular pre-season programme dubbed ‘Warm Up ’85’ in the accompanying matchday programme. Alan Biley’s header gave the Seagulls a slender 1-0 half-time lead but Steve Hodge equalised shortly after the break. Steve Jacobs crashed in Albion’s second before Nigel Clough once again restored parity. In the rest of the second half, the Seagulls ran away with it, with Dean Saunders, Danny Wilson and Gary O’Reilly adding further goals. Having failed to achieve success at Forest, Justin Fashanu gave an outstanding, powerful display upfront for the Seagulls.
Nottingham Forest 1-2 Brighton, 2013/14, The Championship.
Oscar Garcia’s Albion side came from behind to secure a place in the play-offs in the final league match of the season. The result was in jeopardy when Tomasz Kuszczak fumbled Matt Derbyshire’s weak shot to give the home side the lead in the 22nd minute. After the break, Stephen Ward’s half-volley gave the Seagulls a lifeline but the win the team needed seemed to be running away as the match entered injury time. However, Craig Mackail-Smith supplied a great cross and Leo Ulloa headed home to send Seagulls fans into ecstasy.
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