Video of the Day: Brighton & Hove Albion vs Sheffield Wednesday, April 1983
Tomorrow night, Brighton & Hove Albion play Sheffield Wednesday at The Amex Community Stadium as they seek to continue a push for a Premier League place which has sparked back into life over the last couple of weeks after starting to look as if it had come of the rails. Thirty-three years ago, however, these same two clubs were meeting with a slightly different set of circumstances. The 1982/83 season had seen Jimmy Melia take over as the manager of Brighton & Hove Albion. For all of his team’s struggling in the First Division – they would be relegated before the season had reached its end, its FA Cup heroics that season still help to define the very personality of the club.
The club certainly didn’t get to the semi-finals of the competition by an easy route. In the Third Round they were taken to two replays by Newcastle United, and from then until the semi-finals it was First Division all the way for the Albion, as Manchester City, Liverpool and Norwich City were all beaten to set up this match at Highbury. Sheffield Wednesday, meanwhile, were emerging from a slump that the club had been in since the late 1960s. They were also taken to two replays in the Third Round of the competition, by Southend United but, whereas Brighton had beaten three top flight sides in a row to make the semi-finals, Wednesday – themselves a Second Divsion club at the time – didn’t face a single First Division side to get this far. Their other wins came against Torquay United, Cambridge United and Burnley. Apologies for the music at the start of this video, by the way. By the time the football actually gets started, commentary comes from Gerald Sinstadt.
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