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ALBION TO COMPLETE QUARTER-FINAL HAT-TRICK

15 March 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Old Trafford.

Saturday’s Emirates FA Cup game against Manchester United will be the third time Brighton & Hove Albion have played a quarter-final match in the competition, after reaching the last eight in both 1983 and 1986.



Norwich City - Saturday 12th March 1983

The Seagulls first reached the quarter-final stage during their run to the FA Cup Final throughout the 1982/83 season, which ended with a replay defeat to Manchester United, following a 2-2 in the first game.

Albion beat Newcastle United, Manchester City and Liverpool en route to facing Norwich City in the quarters - and Jimmy Case scored the winning goal in a 1-0 victory for Jimmy Melia’s team at the Goldstone Ground.

The game was played out in front of almost 29,000 supporters on the south coast, and Case’s close-range effort, which saw the referee overrule the linesman’s offside call, booked Albion’s place in the final four.

Goals from Case and Michael Robinson secured a 2-1 victory over Sheffield Wednesday at Highbury in the semi-final, but Albion’s cup run ended at Wembley Stadium - against this weekend’s opponents.



Southampton - Saturday 8th March 1986

Albion’s second quarter-final in the FA Cup came against Southampton during the 1985/86 season, when Chris Cattlin’s team finished 11th in the old Second Division.

Another third-round victory over Newcastle United came at the start of January, before wins against Hull City and Peterborough United [replay] in the fourth and fifth round respectively.

The Saints arrived at the Goldstone Ground in March with a place in the semi-finals up for grabs, and Albion’s visitors came out on top, thanks to goals from Glenn Cockerill and Steve Moran.

Dean Saunders scored in every round for the Seagulls leading up to the quarter-final tie, but the striker was unable to extend his scoring run, as Albion were eliminated from the competition.



Manchester United - Saturday 17th March 2018

Over 32 years on, Albion will play their third quarter-final in the FA Cup against Manchester United at Old Trafford - but this time, victory for the Seagulls will secure their place at Wembley one round earlier.

Also, the game at Old Trafford, which kicks off at 7.45pm, will be decided on the night, with no replays at the quarter-final stage following a change of rules from The FA in recent years.

Jose Mourinho’s men will be keen to make up for their Champions League exit to Sevilla in midweek, with the FA Cup and a place in the Premier League’s top four still up for grabs.

Albion’s battle to avoid relegation from the Premier League continues, but with an international break immediately after Saturday’s trip to the north west, the Seagulls have a perfect chance to go all out for victory.


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