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12 January 2018

Tony Grealish, Paul McShane and Sebastien Pocognoli during their Albion days.

Ahead of Brighton & Hove Albion's Premier League fixture against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday afternoon, here are three players that have played for both Albions over the years.

Tony Grealish

After beginning his career at Leyton Orient, where he made over 170 appearances, the midfielder spent a few seasons playing for Luton Town before arriving at the Goldstone Ground in 1981. The Irishman’s first goal came in the League Cup against Huddersfield Town, during his first full season at the club, as he helped the Seagulls to a 13th-placed finish in England’s top division. He won over Albion’s supporters with a number of gritty performances during his time on the south coast, and after Steve Foster was suspended for the 1983 FA Cup Final against Manchester United, the midfielder captained the side for the 2-2 draw at Wembley Stadium. Grealish departed Albion in March 1984 for West Bromwich Albion in a deal worth £95,000, and the Republic of Ireland international went on to make 65 appearances for the Baggies during his two seasons at the Hawthorns.

Paul McShane

After coming through Manchester United’s youth system, McShane was loaned to the Seagulls for the 2005/06 Championship season. The central defender made his debut in Albion’s 1-1 draw on the opening day of the season against Derby County at Pride Park. He scored four times during his 38 appearances for the Seagulls, with his first coming against Burnley at Turf Moor. But McShane is fondly remembered for his winning goal against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, in a game which saw Albion wear an all-white strip for the match against their rivals. McShane was unable to help the Seagulls beat the drop, as they were relegated that season, but his impressive form earned him a permanent move to West Bromwich Albion in 2006. The Republic of Ireland international made 35 league appearances for the Baggies during his only season at the club, including three play-off games, which included a 1-0 defeat to Derby County at Wembley Stadium. McShane departed for Premier League side Sunderland at the end of the season.

Sebastien Pocognoli

The full-back joined West Bromwich Albion in 2014 from German outfit Hannover 96 for £1.5 million. He made his Premier League debut on the opening day of the 2014/15 season against Sunderland and went on to make 15 appearances for the Baggies that season. His opportunities were few and far between during the following season, which prompted a loan move to the Seagulls for their 2016/17 Championship campaign. The Belgian made his first start in Albion’s 0-0 draw against Ipswich Town at Portman Road, and featured another 19 times in the league, as he helped the club win promotion to the Premier League. Pocognoli will be remembered most for his stunning free-kick against Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road, which secured a vital three points for Chris Hughton’s side in the promotion run-in. The goal was also voted ‘Albion’s Goal of 2017’ in a vote by fans on Twitter.

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