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Cover star Gary Howlett fronts Panini Football ’84

I’m sure it was at the forefront of the players’ minds that when they were relegated from the First Division at the end of the 1982/83 season, that they were also going down in the Panini sticker coverage for the following season.

From the luxury of a double-page spread with individual stickers and profiles to having to share their crest on a halved sticker with another team (Cambridge United, in this case, who went a record 31 League games that season without a win!), it certainly was a come-down.

panini 84 crest and team group

Still, at least the blow was softened by having Gary Howlett in action on the cover from the FA Cup semi-Final in April 1983.

panini 84 cover

Also, in the Second Division All-Stars Team, Graham Moseley is selected as the best keeper of the second tier. He actually only played one League game for Brighton during 1983/84, losing his place to veteran Joe Corrigan for most of it.

panini 84 moseley

Notable inclusions in this album are Tony Towner (Wolves) who finally made it into Division One, as well as Dennis Mortimer, Steve Jacobs, Mick Ferguson, Russell Osman, Mark Lawrenson, Michael Robinson, Brian Horton, Frank Stapleton, Willie Young, Mark Barham, Danny Wilson, Justin Fashanu, John Gregory, Frank Worthington, Ian Baird, Mark Chamberlain, Mickey Thomas, Gary Rowell, Gary O’Reilly, Gary Stevens and John Humphrey.

Brighton striker Chris Rodon even manages to get into the Second Division Cardiff City team photo despite only being there on loan for six games.

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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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