A heart-stopping Final!
Brighton's gallant fightback to force an FA Cup Final replay will burn for evermore on the memories of those lucky enough to be present on Wembley on Saturday 21st May 1983 and millions more watching on TV.
They went into battle without their giant centre-half Steve Foster. It is a tribute to Brighton's gallant defence that they never appeared to miss Foster in that match.
The match was seldom dull. It produced two memorable goals: Gordon's Smith's opener for Brighton and Ray Wilkins' curler in the second-half had 'winner' written all over it.
But Brighton, the bravest Finalists to be seen at Wembley for years, had other ideas. Stevens' equaliser proved there is no more dangerous an animal than a footballer when he, and his club, have been written off.
Matches from all rounds of this historic FA Cup run matches are available on Seagulls TV.
Watch the 1982/83 season unfold.
First matchBristol City 2
Brighton 2 (Clarke, Own goal)
(1 Jan '80)
12. Stille (not used)
Last matchBrighton 0
(30 Dec '89)
12. Owers (not used)
Best of times…
worst of times...
While the football was not as attacking as previous seasons, Brighton under Mike Bailey reached their highest League position, 13th in Division One. The club rose as high as fifth in Sep 1981.
Watch the 1981/82 season.
After Alan Mullery was harshly sacked with the club eight points clear of relegation, Barry Lloyd took fifteen games to register his first win. Soundly relegated back to Division Three.
Watch the 1986/87 season.
Gordon Smith, Match of the 80s