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GOLDSTONE DEFEAT SPARKED LIVERPOOL’S TREBLE CHARGE

29 November 2017

Former Brighton & Hove Albion and Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson has told Seagulls TV that the shock 2-0 FA Cup defeat to Albion in 1984 was the catalyst for the Reds’s eventual treble-winning season.
 
Albion, who were in the second division at the time, repeated the feat of the previous season by knocking the dominant Merseysiders out of the FA Cup again, and Lawrenson explained how the 2-0 loss at the Goldstone Ground sparked an impromptu meeting on the way home.
 
He told Seagulls.TV, “We came in the dressing room thinking we were going to get torn apart but Joe Fagan just said to get in the shower.
 
“We then got on the bus, and there was no M25 in those days, so we drove through the middle of London, and he stopped the bus outside a hotel. He stood on the steps and said, ‘Right, in we go.’
 
“We went in, he took us into the bar, bought us all a drink and he just said to us, ‘Promise me that will never, ever happen again,’ and we all said, ‘No boss, it won’t’. ‘Great’ he said, then it was back on the bus.”
 
Fagan’s pit-stop in London certainly did the trick, as in his first season as manager he led Liverpool to a historic treble as Lawrenson and co won the league, League Cup and European Cup.
 
The shock loss in Sussex was Liverpool’s sixth of the 1983/84 campaign, but the Reds lost only two more games on their way to a trophy-laden season.
 
For the Seagulls, the Liverpool win was a particular highlight that year as there was to be no repeat of the 1983 cup run to Wembley - Watford knocked Albion out in the next round - while Chris Cattlin’s men ended the league campaign in mid-table of Division 2.


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