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And Smith did score!

From Gordon Smith’s autobiography:


There were 100,000 cheering fans in Wembley that day and we certainly silenced the Red Army when I scored in fourteen minutes.

Gary Howlett fired a diagonal cross towards the far post and I drifted in behind their defence to head the ball back across goal, beating Gary Bailey at his left-hand post to score the opener. Yes, folks, Gordon Smith did score at Wembley in the FA Cup final! We were well organised that day and, at half-time, we were still one up. As we trooped off the park, I looked at the giant Wembley scoreboard, saw my name as the scorer and thought that maybe, just maybe, we could pull off a shock result and I would be a hero for scoring.


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Delightful player badges and discs

Thanks to Nick Spiller for lending me these marvellous items.

A pair of badges from the late 1970s:


…some discs from 1979/80:


…and yet more discs, this time from 1980/81:


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The Boys in the Old Brighton Blue

Here are the the 12″ and 7″ versions of Brighton’s 1983 FA Cup Final song, with ‘The Goldstone Rap’ as the B-Side, released on Energy Records:


With superb attention to detail, the front and back covers had lavish designs that helped to soften the blow to club sponsors British Caledonian Airways, whose name would not feature on the players’ shirts on Cup Final day, due to TV regulations at the time:



Back row: Michael Robinson, Steve Gatting, Gordon Smith, Graham Moseley, Perry Digweed, Gary Stevens, Steve Foster, Jimmy Case;

Middle row: Sammy Nelson, Giles Stille, Neil Smillie, Tony Grealish, Graham Pearce, Gary Howlett, Gerry Ryan;

Front row: Terry Connor, Chris Ramsey.

I originally bought the 12″ from one of the second hand record shops on Trafalgar Road, Brighton. Not sure how much it cost me, but it was considerably less than the £50 forked out by one of The Seagulls Love Review fanzine lads, Stefan, at a BHACHS auction at Withdean about five years ago!

You can see a dance performance to this song here:

The song can be heard in its entirety below:

In case you want to have a sing-a-long, the rather corny lyrics are:

come on you seagulls, we’ll follow you
come on you seagulls, we’ll see you through
come on you seagulls, we’ll follow you
the boys in the old Brighton blue

verse 1
we are the boys in the white and the blue
football’s our game, Brighton’s our name
we are the team who’ll be out there for you
the boys in the old brighton blue

verse 2
here we are on the road to wembley way
fighting hard for our place on that day
for the pride of our town down by the sea
we’ll do our best to bring them victory

verse 3
cause we are the boys in the white and the blue
football’s our game, Brighton’s our name
follow the flag we’ll be flying for you
the boys in the old Brighton blue

reprise chorus

verse 4
as we go on our way to meet the best
once again we’ll be put to the test
but we’ll play like we always try to do
we won’t give up until the game is through

verse 5
we are the boys in the white and the blue
football’s our game, Brighton’s our name
follow the flag we’ll be flying for you
the boys in the old brighton blue

verse 6
follow the boys in the white and the blue
football’s our game, Brighton’s our name
follow the flag we’ll be flying for you
the boys in the old Brighton blue (twice)

reprise chorus with last line sang twice

I have been told that the lyrics of Albion’s FA Cup final song were reproduced on an A4 sheet which was distributed over the counter at the Seagulls Shop.

In the end, the song reached number 65 in the UK singles chart. Not a bad achievement considering the song wasn’t all that good!

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It’s the big day today! When the entire nation stops to watch the FA Cup Final

What time does ‘Cup Final Grandstand’ start? I’ve misplaced my copy of the Radio Times but I am welling up with anticipation about the big build-up, watching reports from the team’s hotel and ‘It’s A Cup Final Knockout.’

Maybe we’ll get to hear each team’s FA Cup Final song and get to vote for the ‘Goal of the Season.’

Also, I’m looking forward to seeing the new tracksuits that each team will be sporting as they walk out of the tunnel and hearing the 100,000 crowd at Wembley all joining in with ‘Abide With Me’.

At 3pm, will you be watching the match on TVS or BBC 1? Or at Wembley in person?

I hope it’s a good open game and that the players don’t freeze on undoubtedly the biggest occasion of their careers. Personally, I think it might go to a replay.

Back in 1983, the FA Cup Final was undoubtedly the highlight of the football calendar. Churchill Square, Brighton, was deserted, except for a few football-haters:


But by the time of the kick-off, many couldn’t stay away from the action, thanks to Radio Rentals, and a roar went up when Gordon Smith put Albion ahead:



‘Trevor Brooking? I’m more like Martin Peters,’ declares Gordon Smith


Having led his club to safety in Division One at the end of 1979/80, Alan Mullery went on an eye-watering spending spree as he sought to establish Brighton as a major force in the top flight. Together with Michael Robinson, Scotsman Gordon Smith ended up forming the striking partnership that took Brighton to the FA Cup Final in 1983.

However, when has bought, it wasn’t as an out-and-out centre-forward. Hence the comparison with the silky skills of subtle, creative English players:

Gordon Smith, Brighton’s £400,000 recruit from Rangers, was rather perturbed when some precocious, pressing journalist compared his midfield talents with those of England’s Trevor Brooking.

Here was a 25-year-old Scot, travelling south to play in the English League’s First Division without so much of a hint of a Scottish cap, receiving the full treatment from the media.

Smith flashed a smile and said wickedly: “Brooking? I’m no Trevor Brooking. He doesn’t have my pace!”
Gordon Smith has come to taste the good life in England with a talent and a diss-arming and essential sense of humour.

He treads the same path which has carried many young Scottish hopefuls south. Some, like Kenny Dalgllsh and West Ham’s Ray Stewart, stayed to fulfil the rich promise nurtured In the Scottish heathers, others never made the grade and returned to the homeland disillusioned.

Jim Bone went to Norwich and decided to use the second half of his return ticket shortly afterwards. Alfle Conn never made it at Spurs. Eamonn Bannon prefers to forget his Chelsea experience. Peter Marinello swept through the gates at Highbury more than a decade ago hailed as “the new George Best”. He failed to maintain the pace of his pre-publicity.

Now comes Gordon Smith, spotted by Brighton’s manager Alan Mullery in a four-team tournament at Ibrox with Rangers, Brighton, Kilmarnock and West Ham competing.

The difference between Gordon Smith and some of his predecessors is that the Rangers star has. harnessed a sense of humour to his abundance of elegant talents.

“I’ll be delighted to be thought of as Trevor Brooking,” says Smith, who has recently moved into a detached fourobedroomed house in Hove, Brighton, which would have cost him £20,000 less were he buying It north of the border.

“My game is different from Trevor’s: I like to run from deep positions, playing one-twos in the box in the hole or finding an opening which I can exploit.

“I’d say I am more like Martin Peters than Trevor. I love watching Peters. He relies on stealth and superb positioning.

“Like him, I am always looking for that blind side position which catches a defence unawares.” The player, whose simple name reveals nothing about his Scottish ancestry, confesses to knowing little about English football.

“1 would say that the Scottish Premier Division is more competitive than the English First Division if last season is any guideline.

“My main problem In the early weeks of the new season has been to adapt. My absolute priority is to make sure I keep my place in the Brighton team. It is all right commanding a big fee In the transfer market, but unless you fulfil the hopes of the club who have laid out that sum, you are useless.

“Forget me, think about others given an opportunity to make it in the big time. Mick Robinson, who left Preston for Manchester City, is a classic example.

“A good, honest, skilful, fast striker. His problem was he struggled In his first season, playing for a team struggling to survive in the First Division. People underestimate the demands of this game. A good player in a bad team can be terribly disappointingto men who have placed their confidence, and money, in his ability to dowell for them.” If the faithful who sing a chorus of “Seagulls” whenever they clamp eyes on a blue and white shirt expect the former Rangers player to combine construction with a demolition job helping out in defence they will be bitterly disappointed.

Smith is not a heavy tackler. He is a maker of goals who likes to get his name on the scoresheet as well. “Alan Mullery has told me that he wants me to get forward as much as possible this season. I am not a defensive marking player. I like to get into the box and get some goals. I am only 25 and hope to give Brighton the best years of my career. I reckon a player of my type doesn’t reach his peak until 28.”

Gordon Smith has a delightful penchant for coaching youngsters and maintains a ready ear for anyone wishing to exchange a technicality with him.

He wants to become a coach when he decides to quit the game in the latter half of the 1980s.

“Coaching is so important. People talk about becoming managers. Highly commendable – but the problem with British football is that the coaching has often been weak. British players often lack a lot of imagination. A great deal of natural ability is often coached out of them. How wonderful to see Van Moer, the Belgian, the Italian, and Rummenigge, West Germany’s cultured player.”

Smith has gained considerable experience against European opposition in several outstandIng years at Ibrox. He has played against PSV Eindhoven, Cologne and Juventus, gaining experience from those matches which should blend happily with Brighton’s line-up of experience and young talent.

He carries a firm ambition to win a full Scotland cap yet is realistic enough to realise that his style does not endear itself to the current managerial regime under Jock Stein.

“I think I would have to change my style to make the Scotland team,” he says. “The system does not allow for a player like me. They are often looking for two ball-winners In the middle of the pitch. I don’t win much ball. My strength is running off the ball into positions which can carry an attack forward. I like to attack and will take every opportunity to get forward. I don’t want to let Brighton down. I’m a good player, but will not find it easy fitting into the team pattern.

“Liverpool can afford to buy a player, stick him in the reserves, and allow him time to settle into their pattern of play. Brighton do not have the resources to do that. They want an early reward for their outlay.”

Fortunately, Gordon Smith has managed to settle down in the Brighton area within weeks of signing a contract. He and his charming wife, Marlene, have wasted no time moving their belongings to a £67,000 detached Georgian in Hove. Smith was determined to secure his home life down south, if only to provide a settled existence for their new-born baby Grant.

He admits to holding Alan Mullery, Brlghton’s manager, in great esteem.

“He is ambitious. He made it clear he wanted me and me alone. I shall do my utmost not to let him down,” says Smith, the joint-third most expensive Scot to cross the border in the wake of £800,000 Steve Archibald, Kenny Dalglish at £440,000 and Ray Stewart, £400,000.

“I am determined to show he is also a good judge!”

Smith and Robinson both settled at Brighton very early into 1980/81, while Ritchie was a regular scorer at the turn of the calendar. Even so, that expensive frontline of Robinson and Ritchie, with Smith just behind, despite costing £1.4 million, was not enough to turn Brighton into a side that could finish into the top-half of Division One.

With falling Goldstone attendances, cuts had to be made. Chairman Mike Bamber sought to slash the coaching staff wage bill and a cash-only sale of Mark Lawrenson. It led to the departure of Alan Mullery, to be replaced by Mike Bailey. However, Smith did not hold Mullery’s successor in the same esteem, particularly as the new boss seemed to regard the Scotsman as a luxury player that did not add much to the rigid system he sought to develop for the side. Loaned to Rangers in 1982/83, Smith seemed to be on his way out until the Jimmy Melia era restored his place within the starting line-up, in time for the FA Cup Final…


Derby delight for the Seagulls

Smith does score!

Smith does score!

It was time to stop the rot. After opening with three successive defeats, Gordon Smith converted a penalty as relieved Brighton under Jimmy Melia picked up a very welcome 1-0 victory against Derby County at the Goldstone in September 1983.

At the time, the Rams had seasoned players of the calibre of Roy McFarland, Archie Gemmill and John Robertson. However, they were all past their best. County were managed by ex-Albion boss Peter Taylor, who had returned to the Baseball Ground in November 1982, having ended his long partnership with Brian Clough by quitting Nottingham Forest six months previously. Together, Clough and Taylor had shocked the world by leading the Midlands side to the League Championship in 1972. However, going it along a decade later, Taylor struggled, although he did put one over Ol’ Big ‘Ead when the Rams beat Forest in the FA Cup in January 1983.

By the return match between Derby and Brighton at the Baseball Ground in March 1984, County were on their way towards Division Three and Taylor heading towards the sack. Helping them on their way was the Rams’ emphatic defeat to Cattlin’s Brighton side. Here’s how John Vinicombe of the Evening Argus reported it at the time:

Chris Cattlin’s rebuilding programme, aimed at promotion next season, continued apace at crisis-ridden Derby.

A wholly satisfying 3-0 victory also stilled any criticism at selling Steve Foster and Tony Grealish. Dissenting voices, always a minority, must now be faint echoes in the light of this latest performance.

Displays like this beat out Cattlin’s promise that the last two and half months of the campaign will not be allowed to peter out.

Amazingly, Peter Taylor axed four key players, including skipper Archie Gemmill and, before Gordon Smith scored the third and best goal of the match after 75 minutes, the Baseball Ground was a scene of bitter rancour.

Peter Taylor, who with Brian Clough, threw Albion a precious lifeline a decade ago, is himself in need of rescue.

Second from bottom, this grad old club, a founder member of the Football League, face relegation to the Third Division for only the second time, in their centenary year as well as today’s Inland Revenue winding-up petition in the High Court.

Perhaps Robert Maxwell will save Derby after all, but the prospect of charing a Third Division club cannot be that attractive. If he were to pay the preferential creditors in full, Derby could be had for under £1m.

Vinicombe blamed Derby’s poor financial affairs on poor housekeeping and contends that Brighton will never suffer such problems under Chris Cattlin, whose financial acumen was being demonstrated by his opposition to long-term contracts and the sale of senior players. Their opponents had the look of a veterans’ side, with Kenny Burns and Dave Watson also recruited to fight Derby’s relegation battle. Of the Rams, Vinicombe wrote:

Derby, this time shorn of not only Gemmill, but Paul Futcher who says he never want to play for Taylor again, John Robertson and Steve Cherry, had only endeavour to offer.

This is really only a polite way of saying their football was nothing but kick and rush, but there was a moment in the first half when the game might have gone their way.

That is did not was entirely due to Perry Digweed rectifying Willie Young’s mistake and preventing a certain goal by Bobby Davison. Digweed smothered the ball at Davison’s feet after Willie’s ill-timed pass back, and a few minutes’ later, when there didn’t appear to be a call, collecting one of Eric Young’s size 11 boots in the face.

For at least ten seconds, Digweed didn’t know what time of day it was. This was his first game for Cattlin, and only re-affirmed the manager’s high opinion of his second-string keeper.

A first ever Albion goal for Steve Penney.

A first ever Albion goal for Steve Penney.

Brighton took the lead on 54 minutes when Alan Young’s header found Steve Penney. The Ballymena-born winger turned Steve Buckle inside out and finished off the far post just as goalie Yakka Banovic tried to close the angle.

Striker Alan Young turned from provider to goalscorer eight minutes later, latching onto Gary Howlett’s pass to fire the ball home off Banovic’s foot.

Finally, Gordon Smith wrapped up the match with his last ever goals for the Seagulls, and it was a good one too. Danny Wilson caught ex-England defender Dave Watson at sixes and sevens and fed the Scotsman who rifled the ball into the roof of the net.

At the end of the season, Brighton finished ninth and Derby in 20th. However, it was a brief stay in the Third Division for the Rams and they returned to the Second Division in 1986 under the canny leadership of Arthur Cox.

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Forced Vengeance


Quite astonishingly, the 1982 movie Forced Vengeance, starring Chuck Norris, includes Gordon Smith’s fine goal in Brighton’s 2-1 defeat to Forest in September 1981:

Norris’ sublime phrase ‘Uh-oh, Brighton’s gonna score again!’ proved rather apt yesterday afternoon, didn’t it?

You can watch the full highlights here:

Oh, and if you wish to enjoy the full action-packed movie, here it is on YouTube:

Still doesn’t hold a candle to the drama at the City Ground yesterday, as Brighton & Hove Albion sealed a Play-Off place with a last-gasp goal.


Gregory nods Seagulls into safety

Here's a familiar face for Leicester boss Jock Wallace... Gordon Smith, his former Rangers player, in action against Larry May

Here’s a familiar face for Leicester boss Jock Wallace… Gordon Smith, his former Rangers player, in action against Larry May

About a year before joining the Seagulls, Leicester striker Alan Young did much to help Brighton to safety by getting sent-off in the fixture on this day in 1981. Here’s how Nigel Clarke reported it for the Daily Mirror:

Brighton climbed out of the bottom three with this win, edging above Coventry on goal difference.

But Leicester, who had two men sent off in this desperate relegation battle, look to be heading straight back to the Second Division.

They finished with nine men after having Alan Young and scorer Kevin MacDonald dismissed.

Young went in the 40th minute for a foul on Steve Foster after being earlier booked for clattering into goalkeeper Graham Moseley standing for the concussed Perry Dlgweed.

MacDonald, also booked earlier, got his marching orders in the 75th minute for deliberate handball.

But Leicester manager Jock Wallace said defiantly: “There’s no surrender. We’re not dead yet. We’re breathing, walking and talking. The second sending off was the killer. We were doing all right with ten men and Brighton looked very tired.”

Brighton boss Alan Mullery said: “It’s going to be difficult for Leicester now. I just wish the season had ended today.But the pressure la still on us. We needed four points over Easter to give ourselves a chance, but it’s nice to be out of the bottom three. It wasn’t much of a match in terms of quality. but it was always tense and very exciting.”

Against all the odds Leicester took the lead four minutes after Young’s dismissal. MacDonald flicked a back header past Moseley from Steve Lynex’s cross.

But Brighton suddenly produced an inspired spell between the 51st and 57th minute.

It was enough to win the game and earn the kind of support that Mullery had demanded.

Future Albion defender Larry May in a duel with scorer Michael Robinson

That future Albion defender Larry May in a duel with scorer Michael Robinson

First Andy Ritchie checked, turned then lifted a left-foot cross that Michael Robinson took hungrily in the air for his 21st goal of the season.

Four minutes later Albion took the lead with a goal that was good eoough to grace Wembley.

John Gregory began it with a clever back-heel that set free Brian Horton. He picked out Robinson who turned the ball back to-Gary Williams.


He crossed quickly and there was Gregory, who scored two at Crystal Palace on Saturday, on target again with a magnificent header.

Robinson nearly made it three two minutes later as Albion took control of Leicester’s depleted forces and ran the game as they liked.

This crucial put the Seagulls just above the drop zone with 31 points from 40 matches. One place below, Coventry also had 31 points but one match in hand. The Sky Blues made full use of this, winning against Middlesbrough and Southampton before a draw at Nottingham Forest took them well clear of the relegation zone into 15th spot. Leicester’s response to their defeat by the Seagulls were two wins in two, against Birmingham and fellow relegation-strugglers Norwich, but it was not enough to save them and they finished second from bottom.

As for Brighton, Alan Mullery’s side built on those two wins with a last-gasp victory at Sunderland to set up a grand finish with with Leeds United at the Goldstone. Suddenly, after a campaign of struggle, everything was going right.

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That’s entertainment!


With the 1980/81 season still full of promise, Brighton travelled to White Hart Lane and secured a televised 2-2 draw with Tottenham Hotspur. Here’s how Football Weekly News reported the match on 23rd August 1980, with Albion’s Scottish signing Gordon Smith in fine form:

But for the intervention of Brighton – and their £400,000 cheque – Gordon Smith might well have been parading his considerable talents at Parkhead in the thick of Saturday’s €Celtic-Rangers confrontation.

Instead he was making a virtually unheralded first league appearance in London. And while his old mates in Glasgow were performing quite well without him, there was a sizeable proportion of the 40,000 crowd at White Hart Lane who must have wished him at least as far as Scotland! “Cheap at half the price,” was Alan Mullery’s overworked, and paradoxial, evaluation of his summer signing. Certainly the slim and elegant Scot’s arrival on the south coast has caused little morn than a ripple of interest beyond Brighton’s seafront.

Perhaps £400,000 is something like £1 million short of headline news in these zany days. And Brighton, too, are yet to be considered seriously as First Division competitors – an opinion to which Mullery makes it clear he does not subscribe.

He has never been short of cockney confidence – but after Saturday’s creditable and merited draw at Tottenham it positively oozed from his now more rounded frame.

It was the form of Smith, more than anything, that had given him so much pleasure. “We could have won it in the end,” he beamed. “Gordon scored twice, hit a post and could easily have had a couple more. At the start of the season I said I was expecting 12 goals from him this season. He’s got three in three games now so I think I’ll increase that target to 15.”


Certainly on a day, ! suspect, when most had come to eye the Spurs donble-act of Garth Crooks and Steve Archibald it was Smith who rather stole their thunder – despite another goal from Crooks.


And though Spurs ended the second Saturday of the season on top of the First Division they were very nearly upstaged by a Brighton side who will be nobody’s pushover this season.

Tottenham admittedly made it hard for themselves by not capitalising on a splendid first-half display in which Brighton appeared to be only making up the number.

“‘We were dreadful in the first-half, Played like a load of fairies,” was the rather acid interpretation of Mullery.


Keith Burkinshaw, offering the Spurs view, was almost as emphatic but in praise: “In the first-half we played as well as in any of the three matches so far.”

But he accurately qualified that statement by adding: “We had a lot of pressure but didn’t get in enough shots.”

And that was the trouble and eventually the intricate and often unneccesary patterns carved out were sucked into the defensive trap laid by the magnificent Mark Lawrenson and his able cohorts.

Burkinshaw overstated the severity of a point dropped or perhaps it was a hint to his true frustration, when he said: “It’s always disappointing to lose to a side like that who come to contain.”

Not an assessment which would have found too much favour with Mullery who had already opined: “I told my players at half-time that if you go at their back four you will score goals. We’ve got to believe in ourselves.”

There was no denying that Brighton did push players forward to a greater extent in the second-half and probably the gift of Smith’s goal on the stroke of half-time when Ardiles played him onside was the tonic they needed. They also had the character to recover from a disastrous second goal when Graham Moseley saw Glenn Hoddle’s shot slide through his hands. “My nipper could have saved it,” was Mullery’s verdict.

Tottenham’s commitment to attack will win them many friends this season and indeed with so many artists in their side attack has to be their policy. But manager Birkinshaw, though not wishing to stifle such entertainment, hopes that it might be tempered with just a little more caution.

“Their second equaliser started because we wanted to get forward too quickly. Then a pass from Ardiles to Archibald was intercepted and we were left open,” he said. Open, that is to a final thrust from Smith who scored superbly.

Spurs first three games have produced 13 goals (eight for, five against), which is to say the least well above the national average. At the end of the day, unfortunately, such attacking enthusiasm is seldom rewarded.

As Burkinshaw says: “We get into positions where we tear teams apart, get a goal or two ahead and then get over confident or something. It happened today and it happened at Crystal Palace, where we just held on. We have got to keep it going for 90 minutes.”

For football’s sake let us hope that Tottenham continue to rely on their attacking philosophies and improve on them in the manner prescribed by Burkinshaw… that’s entertainment.


ITV cameras were there to record Smith at the top of his game, with the unheralded Ray McHale getting an assist:

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Brighton rock ‘n’ roll

Here are Neil Smillie and Gordon Smith at the start of the 1983/84 season:


Before his Albion days, Smillie (known as ‘Specky’ to his team mates as he wore spectacles) spent eight seasons with Crystal Palace. He also had a loan period with Brentford as well as enjoying a spell in the United States. As he says in the Brighton v Manchester City programme in January 1983:

‘I played over in Memphis and we had a great time there. We lived just around the corner from Elvis Presley’s house, Gracelands. They call that road Elvis Presley Boulevard and across the street from the house you can see camper trucks and trailers from all over the States and Canada.’

Speaking of his partner Penny and himself he adds:

‘It’s strange to think that if Elvis had still been alive, we would probably have met him. He was always keen on sport and supported all the local teams. We’re not really Elvis fans, but you couldn’t help wishing you’d met him. Elvis is one of the biggest stars that ever lived.’

That’s not to say that Smillie didn’t enjoy listening to music. However, it was Dire Straits, Elton John, Christopher Cross and ‘some American West Coast bands’ that were more his bag.

As for Gordon Smith, he is described in the Brighton v Carlisle programme in September 1983 as ‘the music man!’:

“I’ve loved pop music since I was a little lad, back home in Scotland. I can remember hearing ‘Please please me’ by The Beatles on the radio and liking it a lot. When I got my first record player, I bought ‘She loves You’ and played it so many times I nearly wore the grooves.”

Apart from his cup final infamy, Smith also found fame through a friendship with Paul McCartney who he met at a Wings concert in Glasgow. Through this link, the Brighton player got a chance to play acoustic guitar to ‘Blackbird’ while at McCartney’s house near Rye.

With such music credentials, perhaps it is unsurprising that Gordon Smith had rock tastes that were respected by his peers. In his autobiography ‘And Smith Did Score,’ he recounts the time when his Albion days were reaching their end in November 1983:

I had made up my mind. Manchester City was a team I wanted to play for at that stage and I wanted them on my CV. The manager said, if that was the way I felt about it, I’d better go home.

For the bus journey to Derby [sic] for the game the previous Saturday I had brought a cassette tape I had recorded of different songs and the boys had asked me to play it over the bus sound system. As I was going out the door of Chris Cattlin’s office, he said a strange thing to me. ‘See that compilation tape you played on the bus on Saturday? It was good. Any chance you would make one up for me?’ I told him I would give him the tape I had with me on the bus and he said, ‘That would be great.’ Later on that day I got a call at home to go back in to the club.

In Chris Cattlin’s office he told me, ‘The deal’s done. You can go to Manchester City.’

‘What about the £5,000 Brighton owe me in signing-on fees?’ I asked.

‘No, you won’t get that,’ he said.

‘I’m owed that money and I want it before I leave.’ I replied.

He left the room to talk to the chairman about my demand and when he came back he said, ‘We’ll give you £3,000.’ I said, ‘No, I’m owed £5,000 and that’s what I want.’

‘Go away and think about it,’ he said. ‘That’s the most I can offer you.’

As I was going out the door, he asked if I’d brought the compilation cassette tape he had asked me for. I said I had and was about to hand it to him when I pulled it back from his outstretched hand.

‘I’ll give you the tape if I can get the full £5,000 you owe me,’ I said.

‘Alright then,’ he said. ‘You can have your money.’ So I got the other £2,000 they owed me for making up a compilation cassette tape. That must have beenthe dearest piece of music Brighton ever paid for. I suppose you could call it Brighton Rock ‘n’ Roll!

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