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Man City players chase Miss Brighton

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Not sure whether this article furthers or puts back the cause of women’s lib. Still, a cracking photo, nevertheless!

Wearing the colours of her home town soccer club, Brighton and Hove Albion, Nicky Bradley, 20-year-old Miss Brighton, sets the pace for Manchester City players Alan Oakes, Cliff Sear and Dave Connor as she trains with the City team at their Maine Road ground.

Nicky, who holds her beauty queen title for the second successive year, was the Brighton area 100 yards sprint champion when she was at school and also won many other running events.

Doubtless her admirers have difficulty keeping pace.

She believes that regular exercises have given her “‘that little extra over other girls” and furthered her career as a model and beauty queen.

In the words of Spencer Davies: “Keep on running!”

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Albion Ladies in the 1970s

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From the Brighton v Oxford programme in 1990/91:

The photograph was one of the first that was taken of the Albion Ladies team founded in 1969 by long time Brighton supporters Christine Read (née Basilio) and Jean and Alf Walker and financed by the Supporters Club. Christine and her mother, Janet, played in the team in 1971 and are still season ticket holders, as is Christine’s 11 year old daughter who hopes to play for the Albion Women’s team.

Pictured with the team in the above photo is Miss Albion, Maureen Beech (centre in the photo below), who won despite competition from runner-up Sandy Straw (right) and third-placed Patricia Leahy (left).

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OK, it’s not quite up there with Coventry City’s match programme’s rather salacious ‘Girl of the Match’ feature. Even so, the above photo came about via a valiant attempt to smuggle some sex interest into the pages of the Brighton & Hove Albion Supporters’ Club Official Handbook for 1970/71. Not sure the club would get away with such a competition these days!

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