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14 March 2018

The Argus
Gary Stevens and Gordon Smith in action during the 1983 FA Cup Final.

In the lead up to Brighton & Hove Albion’s Emirates FA Cup quarter-final tie against Manchester United on Saturday evening, we’ll be sharing the thoughts of Gordon Smith and Gary Stevens, the club’s 1983 cup final goalscorers at Wembley Stadium.

The Albion pair found the back of the net on one of the most-memorable days in Albion’s history, as the Seagulls drew 2-2 against the Red Devils in front of over 90,000 supporters at England’s national stadium.

Saturday’s hosts went on to secure a 4-0 victory in the replay at Wembley five days later, but Albion’s achievements, despite dropping out of the top flight, remain fondly remembered almost 35 years on.

In recent interviews, Smith and Stevens shared their memories of the 1983 FA Cup Final, revealing what went on before the eagerly-anticipated meeting in May, as well as commenting on the electric atmosphere inside the ground.

Stevens looked back on his equalising goal in the 87th minute, while also giving his thoughts on Smith’s famous opportunity in extra time, as the Seagulls came agonisingly close to lifting the cup.

Smith discusses his surreal appearance on Top of the Pops alongside Jimmy Case, before revealing the mind games played in the tunnel before stepping out onto the Wembley surface.

Both goalscorers also looked ahead to Saturday’s quarter-final at Old Trafford, as Chris Hughton’s team look to move one step closer to another FA Cup final at Wembley.

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