The Arsenal v Leeds programme of April 1981 did not hesitate to rub it in:
Our win at Brighton is discussed on the Terry Neill page elsewhere in this programme, but it surely must be something of a football record. In two seasons we have met them no less than seven times, four League, one FA Cup and two League Cup (one replay) and Brighton have yet to score a goal against us, while in the same time we have scored sixteen. Brighton will still be hoping, despite this, that we meet again next season as they try to avoid relegation.
In Brighton’s first encounter with Arsenal in the 1980/81 season, Alan Mullery’s men lost 2-0 at Highbury in November. Here’s Graham Rix slotting in the opening goal 17 minutes from time:
Three minutes later, after a bad pass from Lawrenson to Jacob Cohen, Brian McDermott capitalised to go around Graham Moseley to score the second:
As the Brighton matchday programme noted:
In the eyes of most spectators, and certainly most of the journalists present, the Albion were a shade unfortunate not to get a point.
In the return fixture, in April 1981, at the Goldstone, Brighton lost again, this time to John Hollins’ header:
There was almost a second for the Gunners when the ball hit the crossbar:
So another Arsenal game, another defeat. Yet the Seagulls turned things around the following season under Mike Bailey. After a scoreless draw at Highbury, Andy Ritchie scored Brighton’s first ever goal against the Gunners in a very welcome 2-1 triumph in April 1982.
Sadly, I was at most of those games including two at Highbury – something of a bogey team back then!