Ken Armstrong, the Albion player that never was

Sandwiched between keepers Corrigan and Digweed, here’s 6ft 3 defender Ken Armstrong in the Brighton team photo for Shoot! Magazine in 1984/85:

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The photoshoot took place during the advanced stages of negotiation of his transfer from Southampton, where he played with future Albion stars Frank Worthington and Ian Baird. Unfortunately, the deal for Armstrong fell through and we never got to see the centre-half in action for us at the Goldstone. (Mind you, we didn’t get to watch Corrigan and Digweed either during the campaign, as Graham Moseley – strangely absent here – was ever-present and ‘Big Joe’ was given a free transfer).

It was not the last transfer shenanigans for Armstrong who later joined Walsall from Birmingham for £10,000 in February 1986, broke his ankle in his first training session, and retired from the game nine months later aged just 27.

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A restaged team photo of the one below was subsequently taken, minus Armstrong:

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