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1986/87 Evening Argus Fixture Card



On the day the fixtures for the 2013/14 Football League season are announced (9am), I’d like to share with you an elegantly designed fixture card from the Evening Argus from the mid-1980s. You can also view the one for the 1982/83 season.

Fan anger at the sacking of manager Chris Cattlin was assuaged in summer 1986 by the announcement that Alan Mullery, Brighton boss during the glory years, was back at the helm.

As you can see, the 1986/87 campaign began with an exciting prospect of a south coast derby at home to Portsmouth (yes, it ended 0-0). By the season’s end, Alan Ball had led Pompey back to the First Division (probably the only club where the World Cup winner is considered a managerial success).

Brighton, however, headed in the opposite direction. Mullery was harshly sacked in January 1987 for lacking ‘commitment’ despite doing OK with having virtually no money to spend. Waiting in the wings, Barry Lloyd took his place. Of the fixtures in the second half of this card, only three were won.

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Evening Argus Newspaper stand poster


A beautiful effort from the local newspaper in 1983.


1982/83 Evening Argus Fixture Card

1982/83 Fixture Card 1

1982/83 Fixture Card 2

Each season when the Evening Argus produced these, even the most ardent supporter would consider it rather over-optimistic that there would be a space to fill the score in if Brighton reached the FA Cup Final. Except, of course, it happened this season.

Note, for copyright reasons, that the charming footballer graphic on the front doesn’t quite include the adidas logo, three stripes, the British Caledonian logo, but rough approximations.

While we are on the subject of 1983, this week TalkSport has a wonderful retrospective on this FA Cup Final, with guests Jimmy Case, Gordon Smith and Arthur Albiston.

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