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Maybank sent off… Chivers gets his chance

Obscured by referee Bill Bombroff (Bristol), here is Teddy Maybank getting his marching orders during Brighton’s match with Sheffield United in March 1979:


As expected, Andy Rollings and Brian Horton do not look very happy about the decision.

Despite being reduced to ten men, Mullery’s side ran out 2-0 winners against the relegation strugglers. Unsurprisingly, in Bill Chalmers’ match report, he focussed on this significant moment, and the Albion boss’ angry response – which was directed at his player rather than the official:

No-nonsense boss Alan Mullery last night lashed out furiously at Teddy Maybank – and fined the player a week’s wages.

Maybank was sent-off in the 10th minute after a bad-tempered skirmish as Brighton rocked to the top of the Second Division. Maybank’s moment of madness ended with Sheffield centre-half John McPhail on the floor and referee Bill Bombroff waving the red card.

“It was ridiculous,” roared Mullery. “Maybank was tackled by McPhail and then he stupidly retaliated. His action was totally irresponsible and he will be fined a week’s wages by the club.”

The opening minutes were stormy and ill-tempered and McPhail Andy Rollings and the Brighton defender was left with a broken nose. With only ten men Brighton looked First Division material with some fine-flowing football but the bad-tempered tactics persisted. Fifteen minutes after the Maybank incident, Brighton’s Gary Williams and Mike Guy clashed and the Sheffield man promptly followed Maybank into the dressing room.

The second half was all action with Brighton dominating the exchanges. Shots by Brighton players rained in from all angles and Sheffield keeper Steven Conroy performed miracles until the 62nd minute.

A corner from Williams dropped to the feet of Mark Lawrenson, 12 yards out on the far post, and he drilled home a precision shot through a crowd of players.

Three minutes from time, winger Gerry Ryan made the points safe for Brighton when he slammed home a shot from ten yards.

Obviously, as manager, Alan Mullery was well within his rights to clamp down on a lack of discipline by one of his players. However, it’s not as if the Seagulls boss was a shining example of keeping his cool. Not just as manager, but also in his playing days. After all, he was the first England international to be sent off, when he understandably but unwisely retaliated against Yugoslavia in the European Championships in 1968.

With Maybank threatened with three match ban, Mullery went shopping for Martin Chivers from Norwich for £15,000. He explained:

‘I am buying Chivers to reduce the risks. Everyone at Brighton has worked damned hard for promotion and i don’t see why our ambition should be ruined because a player is suspended.’


Chivers was signed by Norwich from Swiss club Servette before his move to the Goldstone. The 33 year old striker said this:

‘Alan and I had a great association at Spurs He knows just what I’m capable of doing. But I did tell him I am no longer the player he knew.’

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Maybank: ‘Peter… one of the reasons I went to Brighton’


As the 1978/79 season approached, Teddy Maybank had high hopes of forming a deadly strike force with Peter Ward:

A partnership that has got fantastic potential ~ but hasn’t really fulfilled any of it as yet. That’s how I’d sum up our partnership at the end of last season.

I can’t deny it’s been a bad time for me since I went to Brighton. I cost them £238,000 from Fulham and I suppose people expected miracles for that sort of cash. But it took me longer to settle than I anticipated and then I got a bad knee injury, which put me back even further.

About the same time, Peter was going through a rare lean spell and •even dropped into the reserves for a couple of games to try and find his goal-touch once again.

It all meant our partnership, which had looked so promising, wasn’t getting off the ground. But I can promise the Brighton fans – we’ll get It together next season.

What we can do together is unlimited and I’m vary excited about the potential.

I will play as the Brighton target man with Peter feeding off me. But I’ll try and use my skill on the ground, too, so I take a bit of attention sway from Peter and give him some room to score goals.

I can’t waIt to start fresh next season. Peter has got tremendous skill and is a natural goalscorer; you can see that the way he nips in to score goals all the time. His ability, and the desire to play alongside him, was one of the main reasons why I went to Brighton in the first place.

I’d always fancied playing upfront wIth him after seeing him score so often earlier in the season. I jumped at the chance to join but I’ve had to put up with a lot of frustrations and disappointments, mainly through injury and my poor form. But I still believe in my own ability ~ make no mistake about that.

Peter Ward can be a world beater. He’s got great skill on the floor and we were Just beginning to show what we could do together, when I got my knee injury. That wrecked it but I’ll be back.

My strength and his skill, speed and ability to snap up any half chances can really do things for Brighton next season.

After Albion fired two blanks in their opening two fixtures, against Wrexham and Cambridge, a purple patch of ten goals in the eight matches between Maybank and Ward suggested the partnership was finally beginning to gel.


With Maybank bearing the brunt of the physical battle and Ward feeding off the scraps, the duo were able to find the way to goal, despite the former Fulham man not being blessed with the same touch and technique and ‘Magic’ not always being as selfless in the partnership. After a wonderful team performance against Burnley at Turf Moor in the League Cup, when Maybank got one and Ward grabbed two, including a rare one with his head, the goals suddenly dried up.

While Ward showed his goal touch against Nottingham Forest in mid-December, it took until a Boxing Day hat-trick for Maybank to hit the net again. By that point, it appeared to Mullery that a Maybank-Poskett (below) partnership was a better bet during the winter months.


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Why Malcolm Poskett asked Brighton for a transfer

With his gold chain, classic moustache and impressive goalscoring ability, the lanky marksman Malcolm Poskett became a favourite at the Goldstone in the late 1970s, following a £60,000 transfer from lowly Hartlepool in February 1978. All this despite competition from Peter Ward and Teddy Maybank.


With Maybank facing a cartilage operation, Poskett scored on each of his first two matches for the Seagulls, against Hull and Burnley before a cherished hat-trick at Bristol Rovers in April 1978.

This article is from Shoot! magazine in 1978/79, when Maybank had a firmer grip of the number nine shirt:


Malcolm Poskett’s brilliant goalscoring has been one of the most important reasons for Brighton’s rise up the Second Division table after a poor start to the season.

Yet earlier this term, the £60,000 striker had wanted to leave the Goldstone Ground.

He explains: “I felt I was playing well enough to be in the first team, but I wasn’t getting a chance. Peter Ward and Teddy Maybank had the two striking roles and I couldn’t see how I was going to get into the team. The boss, you see, doesn’t think it works for all three of us to play in the same side. And I couldn’t see either of the other two being dropped. I asked for a transfer and I was actually on the list for a few weeks.”

But then Alan Mullery asked me to withdraw my request and a short time afterwards, I was in the first team,

“I don’t really mind who I play alongside in the forward line, but I do seem to get on particularly well with Teddy Maybank. I prefer playing with a big target man up-front. It’s the way I used to play at Hartlepool.”

“My strengths are my control on the deck, going past people to get into shooting positions.” Incredibly, Poskett is in only his second full season of League football. Having been turned down by Jack Charlton at Middlesbrough as a youngster, he got a job as a plater and played part-time for Whitby.

But he didn’t hesitate when he got another chance of League football in the 1976-77 season even though the club after him were struggling Hartlepool.

Poskett decided to give himself two years to make the grade.

His career was made, he says, by Hartlepool manager Billy Horner. “When I first went there I was a lazy player. At Whitby I just used to hang around goal and wait for the ball to come to me. But Billy made me work hard – almost to the point of exhaustion sometimes. And he told me I’d play in the First Division one day.”

If Brighton’s goal record had been a little better, Poskett would be there now, But they missed out last season because Tottenham had a slightly better margin, though the teams finished level on points.

Even so, Poskett thinks it will turn out to be only a temporary setback. He thinks this season, Brighton will prove good enough for promotion.

“I think we’re as good as anybody in the Second Division, although it’s so close, any of ten teams could go up. There’s been no outstanding side so far, but I reckon Palace will make it: “I just want to keep banging the goals in, so that I stay in the Brighton side. With three of us: competing for the two places, I never believe I’m in the side until I pull the shirt over my head on Saturday afternoon.

“I’ve set myself a target of 20 goals this season. I got 16 in the League last season — ten at Hartlepool and six in 11 full games at Brighton.

“So I don’t think 20 should be beyond me. And if the other front lads get the same, we’ll be pretty sure of a place in Division One.”

In the end, Ward, Maybank and Poskett each hit the target in the League ten times in the 1978/79 season, with Poskett’s hat-trick at Charlton in December showing him at his most prolific. Helped by Brian Horton’s magnificent tally of eleven strikes in Division Two, Albion’s goalscorers provided the perfect platform for Albion to build a successful promotion campaign to Division One.

Poskett did not experience much First Division football with the Seagulls, however. A substitute in the first two matches of 1979/80, he lost his place only to return in a League Cup clash with Northampton, where he hit the winner. Spurred on by this, and Maybank failing a fitness test, Poskett was recalled for the away Division One fixture at West Bromwich Albion, where (below) he nodded in Peter Ward’s cross after 83 minutes. One First Division start, one goal. This was a very impressive ratio.


With no more appearances due to the blossoming Peter Ward-Ray Clarke partnership, Poskett was sold to Watford for £120,000 in January 1980. According to John Vinicombe, ‘Poskett went like a shot to Vicarage Road.’ There, he played his part in the Hornets’ eventual promotion to the top flight in 1982, hitting seventeen goals in 63 League games.

Poskett later had spells with Carlisle, Darlington, Stockport, and Carlisle and Hartlepool again before hanging up his boots. For a man who took a pay cut of £50 a week to play for Hartlepool in his first spell at the club, the striker had certainly grabbed his chance to play professional football.

(And if you wish to relive your days as a, erm, Posketteer, a Malcolm T-shirt could be yours from Cult Zeros).

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Super Ted shoots through the air

Having been taught a lesson by Arsenal, winners by four goals to nil at the Goldstone Ground on 18th August 1979, the Seagulls arrived at Villa Park four days later on a Wednesday evening hoping to kickstart their season. They lost 2-1 but, as Alan Williams reports, at least they got off the mark in one respect:


Teddy Maybank scored Brighton’s opening First Division goal but Alan Mullery’s battlers still seek their first point.

The inability to convert half chances stopped them giving Villa a real fright. They are a long way from starting to (justify) their hard-earned promotion. But it was clearly more satisfying than their embarrassing home defeat by Arsenal on Saturday. They can gain hope because they were able to create several openings. And no one worked harder than Maybank who had been a doubtful starter during the afternoon because of shin trouble.

Villa were still without their transfer listed stars Andy Gray an John Gidman. In addition Dennis Mortimer was unable to play because of a leg injury and his deputy Alex Cropley had to go off with a jarred ankle after only eight minutes.

Villa’s experience gave them long spells in command. They took the lead in the 14th minute when Mark Lawrenson lunged at Brian Little’s ankles on the edge of the penalty area. It was a border-line decision but I thought a penalty was fair and Allan Evans converted.

But 10 seconds before half-time, John Gregory, former Villa defender, broke away on the right and pushed the ball through.

Maybank turned quickly and fired a shot from the acutest of angles which spun into the net off Jimmy Rimmer’s fingers.

Brighton then needed a goal early in the second half and the hard-working Brian Horton raised their hopes with a header against the post.

But Villa proved the more resourceful and the winner came in the 66th minute. Little made a run but was fouled, this time by Andy Rollings a few yards outside the penalty area.

Cowans touched the ball a couple of yards for Tony Morley to cap an impressive first home appearance with a drive wide of Eric Steele.

Maybank followed up with a goal on Saturday three days later at Manchester City but Ted’s picnic was spoilt by the 3-2 defeat and a tongue-lashing by Mullery about his team’s play. While that was a hat-trick of losses for the Albion in three top flight matches, could the goals of the striker eventually turn the season around? Sadly, no more League goals followed for Ted, and he was dropped in favour of new signing Ray Clarke in November, who formed a remarkably effective striking partnership with Peter Ward until the end of the season.

Maybank fell out with Mullery and was sold back to Fulham. But he’ll always have his achievement at Villa Park to look back at.



Albion top trumps

On Wikipedia, Top Trumps is described as this:

Top Trumps is a card game. Each card contains a list of numerical data, and the aim of the game is to compare these values in order to try to trump and win an opponent’s card. For example, in a pack based on cars, each card shows a different model of car, and the stats and data may include its engine size, its weight, its length, and its top speed. The cards may deliver camouflaged learning, or learning through play, as reading about the facts on the cards, and enhancing memory and maths skills through the use of comparing the data, adds an educational benefit.

So, was this the gateway drug to statto-esque nerdism or an exciting, social way to develop knowledge of the world?

Oh, definitely the latter!

If you were playing Top Trumps in the late 1970s, you’d have had a chance to play with not just one, but two Peter Ward. The first features the young rapscallion showing off his dribbling skills in the yellow Bukta away kit, and also looking pleased as Punch in his towelly blue hooded top in the inset…


Then, curiously, although Ward added another sixteen League goals in 1979/80, not to mention his one international appearance in the close season, his total only went up by fifteen goals here…


Perhaps, the card came out in mid-April 1980, then.

But just to show that the Albion team wasn’t just the Peter Ward show, Teddy Maybank is also featured on a card…


In his biography, Ward said:

Teddy was a good player and Mullery loved him. I was struggling to score when Teddy came into the side but I was playing OK. We were only scoring a goal a game, whereas we had been used to getting two, three or four goals every time we played at the Goldstone. The defenders were better and we weren’t getting as many chances, but I didn’t doubt that I would start scoring again.

Finally, boo!


Here’s a Top Trump card of Mickey Thomas, in his Wales garb, and it’s not surprising considering his short stay at the Goldstone. If points were given for turning out to be poor value for money for us, at £350,000 from Everton, then the undoubted talented but troubled midfielder would have been hard to have trumped. As long as his card didn’t go AWOL…

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Fulham v Brighton, December 1977


Looking for all the world like he’s dressed in a set of pyjamas, here’s a rather startled-looking Perry Digweed, second from left, showing off his Admiral England clobber along with fellow Fulham lads Mark Lovell, Tony Maloney and Tony Gale. While Brighton striker Peter Ward was banging in a famous hat-trick for England Under-21s against their Norwegian counterparts at the Goldstone around this time in late 1977, Digweed had played in the FA Youth team against Norway at Craven Cottage. The young keeper ended up joining the Albion three seasons later in a £150,000 deal, an incredible fee for a teenage reserve goalie. Nevertheless, he repaid the faith, serving twelve years with the club.

The photo above is taken from the Fulham v Brighton match on Wednesday 28th December 1977:


The programme has some nice tidbits, such as what a ‘TV Video-set’ for rental looked like in 1977, some colour photography of recent matches (rare at this time) and a half-time quiz asking which two former Fulham players have managed Brighton (Barry Lloyd and Micky Adams can now be added to the answers of Archie Macaulay and Alan Mullery). Some words and photos also shed some light on the lives of the Lilywhites’ assistant manager Ken Craggs and young apprentice professional Tommy Mason, 17, before they eventually arrived at the Goldstone Ground.

Unsurprisingly, there is a warm welcome offered to the Brighton boss:

The name of Alan Mullery is something of a legend here at Craven Cottage – and it was a sad moment both for Fulham and for English football when he decided to quit the playing side of the game at the end of the 1975-76 season.

It is rather prescient that the piece finishes:

One of Mullery’s biggest assets – and some say his faults – is single-mindedness. But he’s just single-minded enough to get Brighton into the First Division – and good luck to him if he does it.

Indeed he was. The point about being single-minded is particularly apt given that recollections of this quality of Mullery’s that led to his appointment as Albion boss in 1976. Brighton chairman Mike Bamber had been asleep, dreaming of the time the then Fulham midfielder had struck team-mate Jimmy Dunne in a Second Division match with Albion in January 1973. (Yes, because that’s what we all dream about when we go to sleep!) His wife, Jean Bamber, though, was rather startled when he woke her up by announcing Mullery’s name, declaring ‘that’s who we’ll get as the next manager.’ As Mullery wrote in his autobiography in 1985:

Fulham had been winning 2-0 when our centre-half Paul Went was concussed in a collision with Brighton’s centre-forward Ken Beamish. I told Dunne to change his role in the team until we could get Went examined at half-time, but he ignored the instruction and within minutes a ball was played over the head of a wobbly Went and Beamish scored. I argued with Dunne. He told me that Beamish wasn’t his man and so I hit him hard on the chin. Brighton did the same a minute later only this time goalkeeper Peter Mellor made a great save and I had another go at Dunne. The argument continued in the tunnel at half-time and I smacked him a third time, until at last he saw sense and we eventually ran out 5-1 winners.

Hitting a team-mate is something I’m not very proud of, but it was done in the heat of the moment, and that first punch got me the manager’s job at Brighton. Bamber felt that if I could hit a member of my own team, nothing would stand in my way. ‘He must be a winner.’ he added as his startled wife tried to go back to sleep.

Mullery certainly proved a success as manager at the Goldstone Ground and wasn’t afraid to pay big to enhance his squad. Starting his tendency of paying astronomical prices for Fulham players, that continued with Digweed, the Brighton boss had completed the £238,000 signing of Teddy Maybank from Craven Cottage the previous month. With the transfer being too soon to be dismissed as overly expensive, the match programme is optimistic about the striker prospects: ‘Teddy immediately started to repay Alan Mullery’s faith in him by scoring in his first two games.’

He also scored a consolation in this fixture from December 1977 against his former side. Unfortunately for him, though, the Seagulls went down 2-1.


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Teddy Maybank thinks ‘Brighton will be among the best’


From a piece in Shoot! Magazine:

Teddy Maybank, Brighton’s expensive signing, is at last accepted by the Goldstone Ground fans.

Maybank, who cost Brighton £238,000 from Fulham, found luck wasn’t on his side when he arrived on the South Coast. Last season’s goalscoring hero Peter Ward was in the middle of a long goal famine, something the fans had never seen before from the striker. So when costly Maybank arrived, everyone looked to him to start hitting the score-sheet regularly.

Maybank scored a few early goals. But he was honest enough to admit: “I wasn’t playing well. I knew that.

My early form was a disappointment to the fans. They expected me to come in and start scoring regularly and doing incredible things. It’s always hard when you change clubs and you need a while to settle in. I have to adjust to my new team mates but they’ve had to change and adapt to playing with me.”

Maybank, despite his initial problems, is in no doubt he has made the right decision. “I believe in a couple of seasons, Brighton will be one of the best sides in the country. The whole club wants to go places and I’m convinced we’ll do just that.”

it is worth noting that after his signing in November 1977, Maybank hit ten League goals in the promotion campaign of 1978/79, same as Peter Ward. This included a Boxing Day hat-trick against Cardiff in 1978. He also notched up the club’s first two goals in top flight football, at Villa Park and Maine Road in August 1979. However, he never fully won over his detractors, returning to Fulham in December, having fallen out with Alan Mullery, for £150,000.

Maybank later appeared as a contestant on Blind Date and The Weakest Link.


Topps bubblegum cards


We knew we had made it as a football club when Topps issued cards of eight first-teamers in 1978/79. Enclosed in a daring pink border, Topps cards perfectly captured the vibe of the 1970s with its use of bright garish colours and popular typefaces of that time.

So enjoy Peter Sayer’s quite magnificent perm, the rare sight of Graham Moseley with a beard and Sully proving himself to be the Welsh answer to Tom Selleck, never mind Rivelino. But, wait, no Brian Horton?

The backs of the cards featured all the vital career stats up to the end of the 1977/78 season plus some bullet points:

topps back

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