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Michael Ring – player profile

Here is 20 year old Brighton forward Michael Ring before the 1981/82 season:

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No smiles for him! Perhaps his last answer in his player profile gives an indication as to why the long face:

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Turning professional in 1978, the youngster announced himself with six goals as Brighton’s youngsters beat Eastbourne Town’s youth side 21-0 in the Southern Youth League on 17th September 1978. Other scorers were Peck 6, Vessey 4, Liddle 2, Cox, Gent and Stevens.

After developing in the reserves, Ring eventually made his Albion first team debut at Huddersfield in the League Cup 2nd Round 1st Leg in October 1981, under Mike Bailey. However it was an unhappy occasion for the club, as the Terriers won 1-0. Ring lost his place straight away, missing the return leg which the Seagulls won 2-0 thanks to Andy Ritchie and Tony Grealish both scoring in the last five minutes.

in April 1982, Ring joined Morton on loan and appeared in four Scottish Premier League matches. When he returned to the Goldstone, he figured in a welcome 2-0 home victory over Wolves in May, only Brighton’s second victory in twelve League matches.

If the Brighton-born attacker thought this was the start of him breaking into the first team, he would be disappointed. He made a single substitute appearance throughout 1982/83, in a 5-0 whitewash by Luton Town, before coming off the bench three more times the following season. Still, silverware was around the corner as he went on an extended loan to Ballymena in 1983/84, and came home with an Irish Cup winner’s medal.

At the end of the season, he was released, and signed for Brian Horton’s Hull City side.

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Love the Tiger feat

Here’s Chris Cattlin’s formidable Albion squad ahead of the 1984/85 season. Having beaten Liverpool the season before, the Seagulls had cup pedigree and feared no-one in a knockout competition.

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When Brighton drew Hull City in the FA Cup in both 1984/85 and 1985/86, they achieved satisfying victories in both encounters. However, it could not paper over the fact that the Tigers, led by player-boss Brian Horton, were set to surpass the Albion in the League.

As Chris Cattlin wrote in his programme notes before the third round clash of 1984/85:

“I would like to welcome Brian Horton and his team. He and I have many happy memories of our days together with the Albion both on and off the field. I know he will be particularly keen to do well against his old club, but he will certainly remember his happy days at the Goldstone.

I am sure he shares my memories and will want his team to win but I hope I don’t see anything of that bristling beard until around 5 o’clock… then I am sure we’ll have a drink together and the years will go rolling back.”

In the match, played in front of 11,681 in the January frost, ex-Albion striker Michael Ring was also re-united with the Goldstone, playing up front for Hull City:

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However, it was the Seagulls’ Chris Hutchings who scored the only goal in a second half counter-attack:

By the end of the season, while Albion narrowly missed out on returning to the top flight, Hull City had succeeded in clinching promotion from the Third Division.

When the sides met in the Second Division in 1985/86, goals from Connor, Wilson and Fashanu firmly put the new boys in their place, as Hull crashed 3-1 at the Goldstone in November 1985.

In the FA Cup, in January, in the Fourth Round at Boothferry Park, Albion prevailed again. A Cup Indian sign, perhaps? Or maybe a home jinx, seeing as Hull have not beaten Albion away to this day since 1965. On 25th January 1986, Dean Saunders and Terry Connor (2) scored the goals to take Albion through in a 3-2 victory. The rapidly improving Hull City did get revenge in the League, however, beating Albion on the last day of the season, and pushing up to sixth position, five places above the fading Seagulls, now managed on a temporary basis by assistant George Petchey (below), after Cattlin had been given the sack days before.

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The Twelve Days of Albion Retro Christmas

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love sent to me…

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Twelve Kens a-beaming

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Eleven Pipers piping

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Ten Howletts howling

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Nine Andys rolling

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Eight Smillies smiling

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Seven Storers scoring

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Six Sayers saying

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Five Michael Rings

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Four Johnny Byrnes

Three missed pens

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Two of Powney’s gloves

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And a Wardy looking very merry!

That last image is taken from Scoop Magazine in December 1979. Lovely jumper!

And now, I’d like to wish you a very merry and peaceful Christmas. Thank you for reading this blog. As you may know, it started in February this year. Every day there has been a new post on The Goldstone Wrap, a regularity that has been a challenge and a delight: A challenge, as (believe it or not!) I have a full time job and other things to do. And a delight too, as I am thrilled to have a platform to share articles, photos and videos relating to Brighton & Hove Albion’s past.

The blog is currently jam-packed with 318 posts on past players, matches, magazine articles and football kit design and will continue to grow, day by day. It’s a labour of love to write it and it’s been wonderful to hear from North Stand Chat, Twitter, Facebook and Seagulls Chat, as well as your blog comments, that lots of Albion, and some non-Albion, fans have enjoyed reading it. For some it’s become a part of their early morning routine to check out what’s new on The Goldstone Wrap. I’d also like to thank all of you who I have met through doing this blog, including those who have lent me photos, videos and taken snaps of various memorabilia.

Over the course of the next few days, you can look forward to newspaper coverage of a Boxing Day massacre, a very rare Albion calendar from the glory years, as well as an incredible solo goal by Kieran O’Regan at Hillsborough.

In the meantime, let’s swop Goldstone Wrapping for Christmas (un)wrapping. It’s time to put your feet up and enjoy the festivities!

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