Monthly Archives: September 2013

Coast to Coaster

These magnificent coaster-sized cards were leant to me by Nick from Fishersgate. I trust no-one was wasteful as to actually used them as beer mats, although that would make existing ones even rarer, pushing up their value, which might be good news for those who own some.

From the text printed on the back of four of these, it appears that they were issued by J. Baines in Bradford, at 82 Oak Lane or 15 North Parade. So proud of his status as ‘Sole Inventor and Originator of the Famous Packet of Cricket and Football Cards’, that his invention was registered at the Patent Office, with ‘Trade mark No. 197161.’ Yes, because obviously football and cricket cards did not exist before his!

In fairness, although the idea of collector cards was not due to his ‘Eureka’ moment, J Baines’ ones were cut in such extravagant shapes of which I have never seen of football cards before. Take this natty blue and beige number:


This full colour one here, my favourite, is an absolute beauty, and suggests our Argentina-style kit of the 2000s was not a wholly new idea:


Its reverse has the rather peculiar words:

Once more I wish to remind Boys who go in for my Competitions that all Prizes are given at once. Prizes for Cricket and Football are given all year round. J BAINES’ decision to be final.

Quite what the nature of these competitions were is not clear.

The next two have the abridged name ‘Bright’n&Hove’, with a goalkeeper in a chequered shirt. I wonder if an Albion keeper has really ever worn such a design:



Again, there is a special notice on the back of each:

‘If shopkeepers find any difficulty in getting our Packets, kindly write direct to Bradford, when they will get prompt attention. ESTIMATES GIVEN FOR ANY QUANTITY.’

‘Jerseys and Shirts will be sent in all cases if the instructions on Show Bills are strictly followed, as there are several competitions. Please examine your Cards before sending to prevent any disappointment.’

Despite the urgent nature of the messages, I’m still none the wiser as to what J Baines was in the business of. Where they a sports collector card company? A sportswear company? We might not ever know.

Still, the series continued with these two, finally giving the ‘Albion’ part of our club’s name a mention in the gold, vase-shaped design:



I’m not sure what decade these came out. If anyone would like to make an educated guess, please do.


Van-ity Fair!

Having your own van must have been a big deal in the 1970s. The Endeavour Motor Company of Brighton kindly provided the Albion with a transit van for the Seagull Lottery. Here you can see Commercial Manager Ron Pavey and skipper Brian Horton taking delivery of the vehicle in 1978:


A year later, Caffyns got in on the act.


As the Brighton v Cambridge match programme puts it:

During the next week or so Albion fans will have a chance to see vans in Seagulls’ colours around the area as a result of the generosity of Caffyns. Our local British Leyland dealers have supplied the club with two minivans for use by the lottery staff who cover many miles distributing tickets which help to keep finances straight.

Caffyns have also supplied cars for manager Alan Mullery and for Peter Ward and it is these two who took delivery last week of the vans at the ground.

The manager and striker are seen in the picture together in the sunshine with Caffyns Group Commercial Venture Sales Manager Steve Hoy.

Seems a little unfair, if you ask me. If you were in the Albion first team at the time and not a pint-sized striker with a bubble perm, you’d be quite within your rights to ask why you weren’t getting your own car too. Hopefully, the other Brighton players protested. And if they did, it wouldn’t have been the first time that British Leyland was associated with industrial strife in the 1970s!

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Ipswich 1-1 Brighton 1979/80 – Gary Stevens’ V-sign


Gary Stevens made the headlines as Brighton held high-flying Ipswich to a 1-1 draw at Portman Road, and not just because he scored against his former club. From a match report by Philip Osborn in February 1980:

Brighton manager Alan Mullery leaped from the dug-out when the final whistle sounded to acclaim the spirit and perseverance of his men which magnificently maintained their recent League revival. A last-minute equaliser by 17-year-old substitute Gary Stevens earned Brighton their sixth point in their last four away games.

More significantly, it demonstrated that they have the character to withstand a series of cruel blows. Everything seemed to be going wrong for Brighton in a fierce game in which three men from each side were booked. They fell behind to a controversial 28th minute penalty and even saw a possible chance to equalise accidently blocked by referee Jeff Bray.

And to cap it all Gerry Ryan was carried off with an ankle injury after 68 minutes and looks likely to miss Eire’s match against England on Wednesday.

But despite the set-backs Brighton continued to dominate with Peter Ward leading the attack in sizzling fashion and Steve Foster superbly marshalling the defence.

‘To fight back after all that has happened and get a point away from home against a side that has been in such great form recently was marvellous,’ said Mullery. ‘It confirms that we have the skill and application to do well in the First Division.’

The penalty row came when Frans Thijssen drove the ball into the Brighton area and it struck Peter O’Sullivan on the hand.

The Brighton winger could hardly have evaded the ball as he was only two or three yards away, but the referee astonishingly awarded the spot-kick and John Wark hit the ball home. The referee was surrounded by angry Brighton players and he booked skipper Brian Horton for protesting too strongly. Mullery said later: ‘It’s got to be harsh when the ball is blasted at you from close range.’

Brighton, who had provided some excellent football, were furious again in the 60th minute.

Peter Ward, a constant danger with his sharp running and turning, was brought down just outside the Ipswich area. Horton and O’Sullivan combined to find a promising gap for Williams to aim at but as the Brighton man was about to shoot he found the referee blocking his way.

However, Brighton were not to be denied. Gerry Ryan’s injury led to a substitution, as John Vincombe, in the Evening Argus, reported:

Into the fray stepped Stevens, who two years ago was on schoolboy forms at Ipswich only to be rejected by manager Bobby Robson. At the parting, he wished Stevens well. Robson had been perfectly fair. In his opinion there was no future for Stevens, particularly with George Burley a permanent fixture in the League side. He also doubted Stevens’ physical qualities were enough for the pro game.

By sheer coincidence, Stevens, then an apprentice, made his League debut in the 2-0 defeat of Ipswich at the Goldstone on September 15.

He was subsequently offered and accepted full pro terms by Alan Mullery, and shortly before the return match both managers and Stevens met in the tunnel.

Young Gary and his former boss shook hands, and Robson again wished him well.

Once on the field, he went to right back. John Gregory moving up, and Albion started to push Ipswich back once more. Then, with referee Jeff Bray looking at his watch, Brian Horton clipped a short ball to Gregory who promptly knocked it inside for Stevens.

By this time, he was on the edge of the box, and without more ado he hit a right-footed shot that corkscrewed away from Paul Cooper.

As the ball hit the net, Stevens leapt and gave a jubilant V-sign to the crowd. No disrespect was intended. It was his first league goal, and over in the opposite stand his mum and dad went wild.

So did a few hundred Albion fans, who had seen their side claw a way back into an evil-tempered but rousing match. For Stevens, it was a story-book finish. He won’t be 18 until the end of next month, and to score in such circumstances bordered on fantasy.

‘I thought the keeper was going to save it,’ he said. ‘It’s funny, but when it went in I instinctively turned to the part of the ground where I used to watch with my old friends.’


Recalling the incident years later, he told Spencer Vignes in ‘A Few Good Men’:

‘I’d come on late, got the ball on the edge of the box, controlled it with my left and hit it with my right into the net. The following day it hit the papers that I had run towards the directors’ box in celebration and stuck two fingers up in the air, supposedly because the club had let me go. I went into the training on the Monday and all the lads were taking the mickey out of my sticking two fingers up at Bobby Robson. I don’t remember doing that at all. It’s not in my nature to do something like that anyway. I’ve not seen any photographic evidence that I did, and I doubt that there were any cameras there either.’


Whatever happened, Robson was full of praise for Stevens:

‘There was too much competition for him here but he had a lovely time today and good luck to him. He showed our right-back the way to hit cross shots.’

It certainly didn’t hurt the defender’s international prospects as six years later, Bobby Robson, then England boss, chose Stevens to be part of his World Cup squad for Mexico ’86.


‘Skilful Soccer’ by Stephen Ford and Colin Woffinden


Stephen Ford was the Football Development Officer at Brighton & Hove Albion. He later become joint managing director of Albion In The Community, before stepping down in summer 2013.

Colin Woffinden was an ex-Albion player who became the club’s youth coach. His claim to fame was being part of both the Walton & Hersham and the Leatherhead sides that pulled off FA Cup shocks over Brighton in the 1970s.

Between them, they co-wrote this little-known book ‘The Guinness Book of Skilful Soccer’ in 1991, which, according to its back page:

‘breaks the mould of traditional manuals by going a step beyond their emphasis on soccer techniques – such as how to kick a ball – and developing these techniques into skills – such as passing and shooting – to be used under match conditions.’

Here’s a sample page from the manual:


Although the graphics aren’t particularly cutting edge, the drills look decent enough. Anyway, it’s good to see two servants of the club so connected with the development of players sharing their football expertise in this way.

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‘Splash it on’ with the Seagulls’ deodorant and aftershave

A few months’ ago, this blog carried a feature on Seagulls Talc.

Little did I know at the time, but it was quite frequently promoted in the matchday programme during the build-up to Christmas in the 1978/79 season as Albion sweated it out as they brought their promotion bid back on course.

For example, in the programme against West Ham in October 1979, it said:

Our players were photographed earlier in the week sampling the first ‘Sports’ splash-on deodorant and after shave and also talc which is now available bearing the official ‘Seagull’ motif. Beware of imitations. There is only one such product available officially endorsed by the club and it really is quite something. The complete pack as well as individual items are available from the Club shops.

An advert with this extraordinary photo was included:


Clearly, what was OK for Kevin Keegan and Henry Cooper (in the famous Brut advert) was also fine for Alan Mullery and co. The players left to right were Teddy Maybank, Peter Ward, Chris Cattlin (although the talc or deodorant seems to have made him look rather like Johan Cruyff!) and Gary Williams.

The advert informed fans that the products are “ideal Christmas presents or gifts on any occasion for the Seagull supporter.” They were available from the Seagulls Shops during match days and the promotions office during the week, as well as many local stockists.

For £3.74, you could get a Club Gift Set…


(Apologies for the blurriness of this and other product images. That’s just the steam coming out of the shower, I promise!)

For just £1.30, a bottle of the splash-it-on aftershave could be yours…


For just £1.04 and 99p each, how about the deodorant antiperspirant and, our old friend from the previous blog entry, the sport talc?



Finally, you could get the Club Gift Set of the Sport Talc and Sport Splash for £2.65. That’s a cool 36p more than if you’d bought them separately but at least it came in a lovely presentation box…


Buy one! Buy two! In fact, buy it all! The products were advertised as being ‘created exclusively and officially for Brighton and Hove Albion by Panache cosmetics, manufacturers of several leading brands of toiletries.’

This was backed up by the words of Ron Pavey, Commercial Manager, in the Peterborough programme in early November. He said:

“The new splash-it-on deodorant, Talc and after shave etc is now available with the distinctive Seagull motif and this is already in great demand and a pack containing the set makes an ideal Christmas gift.”

Yes, an ideal Christmas gift, although a fortnight later in the Millwall programme, Ron also began promoting some ‘beautiful fluffy toys at reasonable prices’ of (would you believe it?) long haired teddy bears, long haired rabbits, smurfs, spiders and dogs. Yes, I bet that struck fear into the hearts of Millwall players and supporters alike. If I ever find photos of said bargains, I’ll let you know.

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No cash – but Brady’s aim is promotion

Football Monthly ran this interesting piece discussing the merits of Liam Brady’s managerial skills and his prospects at Brighton:


Colin Mafham’s excellent piece effectively captures the disparity between Brady the international superstar player and the unproven manager with barely two pennies to rub together at the Goldstone:

You couldn’t blame Liam Brady for wondering what might have been when he commentated on the World Cup finals in America.

There he was, the man who won 72 Ireland caps and also graced the soccer fields of England and Italy, rubbing shoulders with the sort of super stars he once mixed with regularly.

But any daydreams he may have had of returning to the high-life were abruptly ended.

He was brought down to earth with a thud when he flew back home to Brighton. Waiting to greet him there were a group of more humble pros and the prospect of a financial crisis.

For the seasiders, who won the imagination of the country 11 years ago in an FA Cup final clash against Manchester United and with a flamboyant manager called Jimmy Melia in white dancing shoes, are in real deep water again.

Brady, who took over the reins last season days after Albion escaped being folded up, returned to the fear that there might be no money to pay his players’ wages.

As it was they received their July salaries two days late.

It’s been one heck of a culture shock for the former stylish mid-fielder. One minute he was watching the likes of Baggio and Romario; the next he was trying to scratch together a few quid to keep less romantic heroes like Dean Wilkins, Kurt Nogan and Paul McCarthy.

As Brighton’s optimistic owner David Bellotti looks for a magic wand to keep the club afloat, so Brady searches for a miracle that will help lift his honest journeymen into the First Division [second tier] next season.

It is quite an astonishing turnaround for a man who was one of the highest paid players in the world when he was in Italy with Inter Milan and Juventus and splashed out more than £5 million trying to restore Celtic in his two ill-fated years as manager at Parkhead.

But he was honest enough to admit when he breezed into the Goldstone Ground last December: “1 have much to prove, haven’t I? I want to do it, otherwise I wouldn’t be here.” Liam signed a two year contract then with an undisclosed option at the end of it. And he remains confident. He reflects: “It was pretty hard deciding to leave Celtic. It was my first job in management and I will use the experience. The pressures are just as great here.

‘I’ve had 25 years in the game so far and I would like another 25; so I won’t be giving up without a fight, no matter what the hurdles are.

I plan to stay at Brighton rather longer than Brian Clough did” (42 days for those without long memories).

He’s already well ahead of that target – but can’t be certain how much longer the club will be around.

Despite promises from Mr Bellotti last season of a more stable future the edifice crumbled again at about the time Brady was returning from America. The club, the players were told, just didn’t have the readies to pay their wages on time.

But, and once again this is all new to Brady, the money was found and he kept his job – and his team.

The cause was, of course helped by a preseason visit from Spurs that attracted an 11,000-plus crowd – a couple of thousand more than Brighton need every week to break even.

Whether they get that depends on Brady’s ability to lift players of considerably less ability than himself, to heights that will take them into the First Division – and something more like the company the Irishman is used to keeping.

Brady couldn’t hide his yearnings after that Spurs match: “It was nice to play quality opposition again,” he said.

Well, if the bookies are any judge, there’s a fair chance he’ll be doing that NEXT season. Most rate Brighton’s odds of promotion at 12-1, with Birmingham, Stockport and Plymouth the only teams more fancied than the South coast club in the pre-season betting.

But even Liam Brady has to admit he’ll need a bit more luck than he’s had so far in his managerial career to lift Brighton.

Money – or the lack of it – has decreed that he has to make do with what he inherited. There have been no Celtic-style buys this close season.

The only new faces have arrived on free transfers – striker Junior McDougald and Jeffrey Minton, a midfielder, both from Spurs, plus Peter Smith, a youngster from non-League Swanley Town.

So, for the moment at any rate, Brady will have to live with his memories of Highbury, Juventus and the last World Cup.

But if he does get the breaks and Brighton do respond to his promptings there is the prospect of a brand new stadium to which he can look forward.

Money permitting, Brighton hope to move into that by the 1997/98 season. Whether Mr Brady will be with the team then remains to be seen.

Of course, predictions of Albion moving into their new stadium by 1997/98 were wildly over-optimistic, as were the pre-season dreams of promotion, although Brighton showed excellent form at the start of the 1994/95 campaign. Brady won the divisional Manager of the Month award in September 1994, before that famous 2-0 victory at Filbert Street over Premier League Leicester City.

The wheels came off thereafter as star striker Kurt Nogan once again went through a long goal drought and Albion faded badly that season, ending in 16th position. By 1995/96, the turmoil of the disastrous sale of the Goldstone and the disharmony at the club took their toll, not least on the players who found themselves in a relegation battle. Brady even found himself in the frontline to end a supporters’ half-time pitch protest. Despite retaining the backing of fans, he resigned in November 1995.

While it was almost an impossible job, Brady did not manage to disprove the dictum in the Football Monthly article’s verdict: ‘Brilliant managers rarely make brilliant managers.’


Great Albion kits: 1983/84 Home


You may notice that this pin-striped beauty from 1983/84 is also the shirt in the logo of The Goldstone Wrap. I bought it from Phil Shelley of Old Football Shirts.

It was an updated version of the elegant number that Brighton wore at the 1983 FA Cup Final. If you look very closely at images from the Final against Manchester United, you can see that the V-neck and shirt cuffs of the Brighton players were plain white. By the start of the 1983/84 season, however, a very smart thin blue and red trim was added by adidas, as you can see here.


There are some other lovely touches to the shirt, such as the red pinstripe running through the badge behind the seagull on the crest. The pinstripes also ran through the cut out letters of ‘Brewery,’ following the sponsorship deal clinched with Phoenix Brewery in October 1983. Before the deal, Albion had started their return to Division Two sponsorless, as the three year deal with British Caledonian Airways had expired at the end of 1982/83.

‘FA Cup Finalist 1983’ is proudly added under the crest. Of course, the classic three stripes running down the sleeves for that vintage Adidas vibe and the sponsor’s logo, crest and manufacturer’s logo are very tastefully balanced together. One surprising aspect of the shirt is that it is made of cotton rather than polyester. In 1983/84, the shirt was usually worn with white short and blue socks, and it received national exposure in January 1984, when ‘The Big Match Live’ broadcasted Brighton’s famous 2-0 victory over Liverpool in the FA Cup, with Eric Young, Steve Penney and Tony Grealish giving Liverpool a torrid time. It may have helped that they were wearing a bit of #kitporn as classy as this!


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Paul Clark – that’s ‘Petula’!


This illuminating profile was included in the Brighton v Bristol Rovers programme of 1977/78:

The youngest player currently in Albion’s first team squad is the thickset young man with the blonde locks who signed just a short while ago from Southend with Gerry Fell moving to the Essex club as part of the deal.

Paul was born on September 14, 1958 at South Benfleet and until now has lived all his life in Essex, his parents’ home being at Basildon. He attended Beauchamp Comprehensive School and before joining Southend United played Sunday Soccer locally for Beech United and Wickford Town. At school he represented England Schoolboys and went on to gain International honours too at Youth level.

Since moving to Albion, Paul has taken his own flat in Lancing and this means that his driving is very limited. The owner of a Capri, Paul says that driving is a hobby but his pet ‘hate’ is crashing his car. With his surname spelt without an ‘e” one of the younger Albion players has already given him the nickname “Petula’ but his musical tastes are very different from that lady.

If you’re expecting Phil Collins to be mentioned next, you’re in for a surprise…

The likes of Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin are among his choices from the heavy rock scene while Clint Eastwood and David Hemmings are his favourite film stars. For one who comes from Southend it is perhaps hardly surprising that fish and chips together with Chinese dishes are his choices in the way of food.

Paul lists Australia as his favourite country having been there with the England Youth team and he has also been to Belgium, Holland and Monaco on tours.

His ambition is to one day make the full England side and hopefully to do so while playing for Brighton in the First Division.

Paul Clark announced his arrival with a powerful display at White Hart Lane in in November 1977, and was a regular up to promotion to Division One in 1979. Dubbed ‘Tiger’ for his ferocious tackling, he conceded a penalty within three minutes of his experience of First Division football, away to Manchester City in August 1979. When he limped off at West Brom the following month, it seemed his all-action style was taking its toll on his body. In the end, Clark only made nine League appearances for the side in that campaign, and became something of a forgotten figure by the end of the season.



David Rose Sports

On the backpage of the Albion Handbook 1978 was this advert for David Rose Sports, a name that evokes strong memories for many Brighton fans:


Nowadays, it’s almost unthinkable that you wouldn’t get your Brighton & Hove Albion replica shirt from the club shop. However, it seems the Albion were rather slow to catch onto the burgeoning replica kit market in the 1970s. So if you wanted to get your Bukta shirt, shorts and socks in the style of your heroes at the Goldstone, such as Gary Williams (above) or Peter Ward, and risk Full Kit-ism prejudice, it was better to wander off to Dyke Road to your local sports shop rather than Old Shoreham Road. I think even the yellow one was available as a replica kit.

As Alan Wares, of The Albion Roar radio show, said:

I got my first Albion kit from David Rose Sports when it was in Dyke Road. 1978, Bukta, stretchy knitted blue and white striped shirt, blue shorts with the Bukta stripes, white socks with two blue bands at the top, and a pair of Gola boots.

Not bad for a ninth birthday present. Seemed to recall it came to £32 all in.

David Rose was a lifelong Albion supporter who died in 2005 after a battle with cancer. He is fondly remembered for his expertise, excellent customer service and idiosyncratic discounts.

As The Spanish said on North Stand Chat:

David Rose’s constant 10% Off offer. Everything was always 10% off if you could prove you played for a mini minor league club, your birthday fell on a Tuesday that year, or you had a tortoise called George etc etc.

By the time of his death, business was not good, not because of losses incurred from his own discounts but because the big chains such as Sports Soccer and JJB Sports had muscled in on the market, buying their massive bulk of stock at cheap prices, making it hard for the traditional local sports shop to survive. For this reason, David’s stepson Michael was not keen to continue the business.

On hearing the news of the death, bigtomfu said:

What a great guy, always eager to give people money off even when there was no reason to. if you wanted an honest opinion on sports goods then you always went to him. What a guy and such a shame!

Alan Wares lamented the shift away from the likes of A A Baker, Swift Sports and David Rose Sports in a wider context:

In a city this size, there is only one quality sports shop (Swift Sports) – that’s disgraceful. David Rose Sports is symbolic of a dying trend – a trend that needs to be reversed. Whatever happened to knowledge, service and integrity in your local sport shop?

You go into a shop and see a row of football boots or cricket bats, all at massively different prices, and you ask the assistant what is the difference between each type of bat. Why one is one price, and one is another. In JJB, Sports Soccer etc, you get a monosyllabic grunt. In a REAL sports shop, you get intelligent responses, someone prepared to discuss your needs and requirements, someone who knows what they are on about. It doesn’t take much, and the customer is so much more grateful for it.

But where are these places? You see, it’s all wrong nowadays.

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Brighton v Bolton, 1979: our first ever top flight victory

Match magazine published a double-spread photo-feature to commemorate the Seagulls’ first ever win in the First Division:


After defeats to Arsenal, Aston Villa and Manchester City, the taste of victory was most welcome. And it was surprisingly easy to obtain. From the Evening Argus, entitled ‘Real hot win for Seagulls’:

At their fourth attempt, Albion gained their first Division One win this afternoon, beating Bolton 3-1 before a 20,171 Goldstone crowd.

Albion were easily the better side and well deserved to beat unbeaten Bolton, who had previously drawn with Aston Villa and Liverpool and beaten Southampton.

Albion got off to a cracking start with a Peter Ward goal after 12 minutes. Paul Clark increased the lead ten minutes later.

After dominating the first half, Albion conceded a soft goal at 56 minutes when Mike Walsh sneaked in to head home following a corner.

Any doubts that Albion would be involved in a cliff-hanger finished were dispelled when skipper Brian Horton scored their third goal with 20 minutes remaining.

The disappointing crowd had full value for money as Albion triumphed with an all round team effort. They left the pitch to warm applause.

After defeat to Arsenal, Aston Villa and Manchester City, this was a satisfactory breaking of the ice – and on a day when the temperatures soared!

Albion fielded an unchanged side with Ryan as sub while Bolton dropped Nicholson and introduced Burke for only his second League game. It was Foster’s First Division debut.

Horton shot over after four minutes following a strong run by Sayer, but already Bolton looked a well organised side.

When Bolton attacked down the left and then hit long balls through the middle, Foster got up each time to head vigorously away.

After only 12 minutes Worthington, who has returned to Bolton on Tuesday after playing in the United States, was spoken to be the referee for a foul. And from the free kick Albion took the lead through Ward following a neat one-two with Clark. The return pass found Ward moving into space and his finish was quite deadly to give Albion their first Division One goal at the Goldstone.

Brighton's first ever Division One goal at the Goldstone... by Magic!

Brighton’s first ever Division One goal at the Goldstone… by Magic!

Back came Bolton and Horton did well to block a long range drive from McNab.

Next it was Lawrenson’s turn to snatch the ball off Gowling’s foot and Albion’s answer was to slow down the tempo with O’Sullivan dictating the tactics from midfield.

Maybank got his head to a long through ball by Lawrenson and it touched Walsh’s head and went for another corner. This time Foster went up for Gregory’s cross only for Bolton to clear.

The non-stop pressure paid off when Clark drove Albion further ahead at 22 minutes. Maybank pressed the ball down to him and Clark, belting in from the edge of the box, gave it everything and his shot kept low and sped very fast past McDonagh’s right hand.

Easy Tiger... Clark doubles the lead

Easy Tiger… Clark doubles the lead

It was the first time this season that Bolton had had two goals scored against them in a League match. They could not have complaint at being behind at this stage as Albion had struck a purple patch and were tearing them apart.

When Maybank was tripped he angrily demanded a foul, but the referee waved play-on. When Maybank persisted he was booked.

Horton headed just over the top at the half-hour from Williams’ cross. The move was surely worth another goal but Horton got up a fraction too high with his final effort.

The ease with which Albion were getting their crosses in was giving them a great deal of power and Gregory, in particular, was behind most of the pressure down the right. Also, Horton was winning his midfield battle with McNab.

When Ward put Sayer through, Bolton’s defence was in a terrible tangle and between them Burke and McDonagh were happy to scramble the ball away for a corner.

Only weight of numbers kept Ward out as another scramble took place by the near post as McDonagh was caught in two minds.

Albion’s work rate in the half had been tremendous considering the heat which made conditions all against good football.

Ward, receiving from O’Sullivan, had a shot charged down as the half-time whistle blew. Albion left the field to a standing ovation.

After 53 minutes Jones was booked for a foul on Ward. Before the free kick could be taken Nowak replaced Worthington. Foster moved smartly to get his head to a long through ball but could not avoid conceding a corner. The flag kick was taken by Greaves. When it swung out Walsh rushed from the edge of the area, got his head to it sharply and headed low past Moseley and a crowd of players from a good ten yards.

Now Bolton had something to fight for. Nowak had gone to the right wing and they looked to his pace to split Albion.

Bolton were coming much more into the game with 30 minutes remaining, and McNab was allowed to run 25 yards without a challenge. Luckily for Albion his final effort went past the final post.

Walsh was booked for a foul on Gregory at 65 minutes. Then came a tremendous mix up in Bolton’s goalmouth when McDonagh succeeded in grabbing the ball from Maybank on the line.

And at 70 minutes Horton eased Albion’s anxiety with a spectacular 25-yard goal. A free-kick by O’Sullivan found Horton unmarked and when he saw McDonagh off his line, he placed his shot perfectly over his head and into the back of the net.

A minute later Clark was replaced by Ryan.

In the last five minutes Williams had a tremendous run down the left, but when the pass came through Ward ballooned over the top.

Although the next Division One match was lost narrowly, away to Spurs, Brighton and Hove Albion’s fine September continued as they beat a very experienced Ipswich Town side in the next League fixture at the Goldstone. By the time the side stormed back from 2-0 down to snatch a point against West Bromwich Albion towards the end of the month, the side stood 16th in the table. Could it be that this top flight survival business was looking like a doddle?

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