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20 February 2018

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Albion in FA Cup quarter-final action against Southampton in 1986.

Brighton & Hove Albion booked their place in an FA Cup quarter-final for the first time in 32 years on Saturday, when they beat Coventry City 3-1 at the Amex Stadium. 

The Seagulls will face Manchester United at Old Trafford next month in the last eight of the historic competition for the first time since facing Southampton in March 1986, and we’ve profiled some other events of note from that calendar year.

Diana Ross sat top of the charts with Chain Reaction and Argentina won the World Cup in Mexico having defeated West Germany 3-2 in the final, captained by Diego Maradona – they of course, defeated Bobby Robson’s England side on their way to lifting the trophy.

Current Albion boss Chris Hughton was plying his trade for Tottenham Hotspur alongside the likes of Neil Ruddock, Chris Waddle and Glenn Hoddle, and Liverpool would complete a league and cup double.

Ian Rush would score twice in a 3-1 win for the Reds over Merseyside rivals Everton, and it completed only the third league and cup double of the 20th century. 

The Seagulls saw striker Dean Saunders enjoy a successful first season on the south-coast as the Welshman notched 19 goals for the campaign, while Phoenix Brewery was emblazoned on the front of the club’s strip, as Chris Cattlin’s side would finish the Second Division season in 11th place. 

Away from the football pitch it was a case of planes, trains and automobiles, as both Britain and France announced plans to construct the Channel Tunnel, while Margaret Thatcher opened the M25. The blockbuster film Top Gun was released in theatres in the United States.

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