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31 October 2018

The Argus
Albion celebrate after Steve Foster's goal at the Goldstone Ground.

Only twice in Brighton & Hove Albion’s history have the team kept three consecutive clean sheets in the top flight of English football, and on Saturday afternoon the same opponents will provide the Seagulls with a chance to make it four.

During the club’s third season in the top tier back in 1982, Mike Bailey’s side recorded clean sheets against West Ham United, Arsenal and Coventry City to leave the Seagulls in seventh position.

Everton were Albion’s next opponents and despite the game taking place on the south coast, rather than this Saturday’s venue Goodison Park, Bailey’s team were able to record another victory.

Maximum points went to the Seagulls but their run of clean sheets came to a halt, as goals from Tony Grealish, Gerry Ryan and Steve Foster came alongside Adrian Heath’s effort for the Toffees.

This season’s hat-trick of shutouts also began with a 1-0 victory against the Hammers on the south coast, before wins by the same scoreline against Newcastle United and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Andy Ritchie fired winning goals in the first and third games of the 1982 run, while Glenn Murray and Beram Kayal have been the match-winners for the Seagulls over recent weeks, as Chris Hughton’s side replicated the defensive feat.

The club’s second chance to record four consecutive top-flight clean sheets will come at Goodison Park on Saturday, however Hughton’s men would no doubt be delighted with a repeat of the 3-1 scoreline in 1982.

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