Regular readers of this site will by now be fully aware of the fact that our Match Of The Past series has now finished with the Premier League and is now ploughing its way through the Football League Championship, and those of you that have been keeping tabs on this series may well scroll down this page with a little surprise to find that we have seven videos rather than the usual six this morning. We’ve added a match to the usual selection because, well, there is so much archive footage of Brighton & Hove Albion out there, and this seems like as good a time as any to those that have turned YouTube into such a marvellous archive of football. In the case on Brighton & Hove Albion, the quite magnificent Seagulls.tv is to thank for providing us all with such a magnificent selection of matches from the past. Without the diligence of people such as those behind this site, much of the footage available to us would be sitting in archives, forgotten about by all bar a few.
Moving on, this evening we have six matches plus one compilation from the years between 1972 and 1991. Our first match sees Brighton travel to The Den to play Millwall in November 1972, and we have two more matches from the 1970s to follow this. The first sees Blackpool travel to The Goldstone Ground for Brightons last home match of the 1977/78 season with Brighton needing a win and for results elsewhere for the club to be able to win promotion to the top division of English football for the first time in its history. Events conspired them against that day, but a year later they were in with a chance of promotion again on the last day of the season, and this time things turned out rather differently. Brighton travelled north on the last day of the season to play Newcastle United and, you’ll note, the commentary comes from Kenneth Wolstenholme in what was his last commentary for Tyne-Tees Television before entering into semi-retirement.
The early 1980s were both golden years and the end of an era for the club. In the 1982/83 season, the club was relegated back from the First Division but almost won the FA Cup. From that season, we have a home league match against Tottenham Hotspur and a compilation of the clubs run to Wembley to play Manchester United that year. Finally, we have two matches from the end of the 1980s and start of the 1990s. First up is a home Second Division match against Manchester City from April 1989, and finally a Second Division play-off semi-final match at The Goldstone Ground against Millwall.
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