Monthly Archives: February 2013

Fred Binney – in Focus

Fred Binney

Shoot! magazine’s famous ‘Focus’ feature sets its sights on goal-poacher Fred Binney. Nothing quite dates this article more than that groovy font for Fred’s name.

Biggest disappointment? ‘The performances of Brighton during 1974/75 and 1975/76.’ Interesting!

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Fancy dress party

Fancy dress party

There was certainly an air of fun and excitement around the Goldstone over the festive period, and everyone entered into the spirit of things. The players’ traditional fancy dress party took place, and most of the lads started the evening at the Lottery Draw at Brighton’s Lewes Road Inn.

Among the classic outfits were those of Steve Foster, in traditonal Tyrolean costume, Neil Smillie as an American footballer, and former Goldstone favourite, Gary Williams, who arrived dressed as a nun.

Also look out for the garb of Gary Stevens, Steve Foster, Gerry Ryan, Peter Ward and Chris Ramsey. Photo from the Brighton v Newcastle FA Cup programme of January 1983.

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Chris Rodon’s brief Albion career

And no, this is not a Bob Carolgees impersonator.

Chris Rodon

From the Brighton v Manchester City FA Cup programme of January 1983:

When striker Chris Rodon joined the Goldstone staff nine days ago, he was the subject of some good natured banter concerning the job he ‘chucked’ to join us here at the club.

While playing part-time football in the Welsh Premier League, Chris worked in the Driving Vehicle Licensing Centre in Swansea, and in view of the happenings at that establishment, it was thought to be a good place for a striker.

For anyone who has had dealings with this office it will surprise Goldstone regulars that Chris himself is a pretty fast mover… the speed with which his signing went through was indeed a great deal faster than any processing of the documents at the DVLC.

Incidentally, Chris has moved into ‘digs’ in Portslade, to allow him to settle and to find his feet in the local community, as he enjoys full-time training for the very first time.

Sadly, things did not end well for Chris. He made his debut as substitute in Albion’s last fifteen minutes of top-flight football, at Norwich in May 1983. Included in the club’s tour of USA, Belgium and Holland, the Welshman became homesick and returned to Glamorgan to play six games on loan with Cardiff. In September, his contract with the Albion was suspended, and he announced he would never play football again. Later played for Haverfordwest.

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Ron Pavey at the new Club Shop

Ron Pavey

Commercial manager Ron Pavey at the new Seagulls Shop with Sheree, one of the assistants.

In the article, taken from the programme of the Tottenham Milk Cup game from 1982/83, Ron says, ‘As far as the club shop goes, things could be a lot better. I don’t think people are geared to coming here to buy their Albion souvenirs. We’re coming up to Christmas and that’s always a busy time. I hope people remember that if they buy their presents from here, the profits go back into football.’

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The Apprentices ’83

The Apprentices 1982/83

These three full-time apprentices are Martin Lambert, a 17 year old centre-forward from Southempton, David Ellis, a 16 year old midfielder from Newcastle-under-Lyme and Gerry McTeague, 17, a centre-half from Edinburgh.

‘We all want to make it in the game,’ says Martin, the player on the right. ‘There’s nowhere we’d rather be.’

Following this photo published in the Brighton v Watford programme, 1982/83, Lambert was the only one of the three who signed professional forms with the Albion, having a baptism of fire against Leeds in August 1983.

He was released at the end of the 1984/85 season with three appearances to his name before rejoining the Goldstone playing staff under Barry Lloyd in July 1989.

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Albion wear Farah Slacks

Farah Slacks

A truly kitsch classic. The first team in 1983 are kitted out in some rather dapper new blazers and slacks from the firm with its UK base in Gatwick.

From the Townsend Thoresen Cup programme against Manchester United in August 1983, the advert claims that Farah slacks and leisurewear are ‘styled to fit the Albion naturally.’

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Jimmy Case’s cracking header – as drawn using felt-tips

Jimmy Case goal

Case’s thumping headed goal against Liverpool at the Goldstone Ground 1981/82 is celebrated at Match Magazine through a rather primitive yet charming diagram.

The goal, Brighton’s second, can be seen below:

You be the judge of whether Grobbelaar’s positioning was really as hapless as the drawing suggests!

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Welcome to this retro blog

I started the Seagulls TV website at www.seagulls.tv in 2009 to gather and share vintage videos of Brighton & Hove Albion from yesteryear. It’s been a glorious journey of unearthing hidden gems, such as the 8-2 humiliation at the hands of Bristol Rovers in 1973 to inflicting a cup shock over mighty Liverpool at Anfield in 1983.

As I gradually assemble that site, I have come across other material that doesn’t currently fit the current videos/profiles/action/stats format of that site but may be of interest to other supporters. For you perusal, I aim to post images of retro merchandise you could have bought from the Seagulls Shop back in the day, as well as articles and photos gleamed from the likes of Shoot! and Match magazine.

Whether you remember collecting Panini football stickers when Brighton were a force in the top flight or gathered some souvenirs from the final match at the Goldstone, I hope they’ll be some stuff here of interest to you.