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The History of Brighton and Hove Albion v AFC Bournemouth

Quite why everybody insists on calling Brighton v Bournemouth a "South Coast Derby" given that the two towns are 100 miles apart is beyond us. And it isn't even like there is a history of spicy encounters either to justify some sort of rivalry tag.

It was Bournemouth who sent the Albion into the Fourth Division of English football for the first time in 1963 with a 3-1 win at Dean Court and not even that could spark any sort of beef between the two clubs. That was one of 21 wins that the Cherries managed in the old Division Three South which goes a long way to explaining why they are comfortably ahead in the head-to-head between the two sides.

One of the most ridiculous off-the-field moments in Albion history occurred against AFC Bournemouth. Dick Knight decided to dedicate their visit to Withdean in September 2001 to celebrating the clubs 100th birthday.

There were celebrations on the pitch as Paul Watson and an own goal from a certain Eddie Howe gave the Albion a 2-1 win. Those were eclipsed at half time however when Mr Knight stood in the middle of the pitch and cut a giant birthday cake. We thought we'd imagined this, possibly through a bad mushroom trip, but it turns out it did actually happen. You just don't get nonsense like that at the Albion anymore.

That was against the grain as generally, games with Bournemouth don't tend to have much cheer. Our visit to Dean Court in 1995 was interrupted by the first pitch invasion against the sale of the Goldstone Ground, beamed into homes across the region as it was shown live on Meridian. That was the first time we exposed the asset stripping going on to the nation and although it was condemned at the time, in the long run it worked.

One individual who won't have fond memories of Bournemouth is Wayne Henderson. The Albion goalkeeper conspired to misscontrol the ball and then slip over nothing in the last minute on New Years Day 2007, leaving Brett Pittman an open goal which he duly converted to give the Cherries a 1-0 win. That represented the beginning of the end of Henderson's Albion career. He was booed off by the majority of the crowd after coming over to clap the away support but started the next game, a 3-0 FA Cup defeat away at West Ham United. He was then dropped for Michel Kuipers before moving to Preston North End at the end of the January transfer window.

We probably won't be the only ones holding our breath if Maty Ryan receives a back pass in the final seconds...

P W D L F A
Second tier 6 1 2 3 7 10
Third tier 34 10 11 13 41 40
Third tier South 56 19 16 21 84 76
Third tier South South 2 1 0 1 4 5
WWII League South 6 2 1 3 10 19
FA Cup 2 1 0 1 4 4
Football League Trophy 1 0 0 1 0 1
Third tier South Cup 2 0 0 2 1 8
Total 109 34 30 45 151 163

Brighton 0-2 Bournemouth Fri 10/04/15 / 2nd tier / Amex Stadium / 25,919
Bournemouth 3-2 Brighton Sat 01/11/14 / 2nd tier / Goldsands Stadium / 10,166
Adrian Colunga, Sam Baldock
A momentous day in Albion history as Ali al-Habsi makes his one and only appearance before the club realised they had loaned him a week before he went on international duty at the Asian Cup
Brighton 1-1 Bournemouth Wed 01/01/14 / 2nd tier / Amex Stadium / 28.282
Stephen Ward
Bournemouth 1-1 Brighton Sat 30/11/13 / 2nd tier / Goldsands Stadium / 9,870
Ashley Barnes
Bournemouth 1-0 Brighton Sat 22/01/11 / 3rd tier / Fitness First Stadium / 9,762
Gus Poyet rested Glenn Murray in this top-of-the-table clash which the Cherries won 1-0 in the first game after Eddie Howe's departure for Burnley
Brighton 1-1 Bournemouth Sat 09/10/11 / 3rd tier / Withdean Stadium / 11,894
Kazenga LuaLua
Lee Bradbury handled the ball outside the area in the last minute, remarkably leading to Bournemouth being awarded a penalty from which they equalised in one Withdean's most controversial games
Brighton 3-2 Bournemouth Tue 01/01/08 / 3rd tier / Withdean Stadium / 5,963
Alex Revell (3)
Alex Revell hit his only hat-trick in a Brighton shirt. His reward was to be sold to Southend United three weeks later.
Bournemouth 0-2 Brighton Tue 02/10/07 / 3rd tier / Fitness First Stadium / 4,6388
Dean Cox, Bas Savage
Bournemouth 1-0 Brighton Mon 01/01/07 / 3rd tier / Fitness First Stadium / 6,686
Wayne Henderson misscontrol a back pass before falling over in the final minute to gift Brett Pitman an open goal and Bournemouth all three points in one of the more hilarious goalkeeping cock ups
Brighton 2-2 Bournemouth Tue 12/09/06 / 3rd tier / Withdean Stadium / 5,958
Dean Hammond, Alex Revell
Brighton 3-0 Bournemouth Sat 21/02/04 / 3rd tier / Withdean Stadium / 6,441
Gary Hart, Trevor Benjamin, Leon Knight
Bournemouth 1-0 Brighton Sat 18/10/03 / 3rd tier / Fitness First Stadium / 7,908
Bournemouth 1-1 Brighton Tue 26/02/02 / 3rd tier / Fitness First Stadium / 6,337
Paul Brooker
Brighton 2-1 Bournemouth Sat 22/09/01 / 3rd tier / Withdean Stadium / 6,714
Paul Watson, OG
The Albion celebrated their 100th birthday with a 2-1 win over Bournemouth and the bloody ridiculous sight of Dick Knight cutting a giant cake on the Withdean pitch at half time
Bournemouth 1-0 Brighton Tue 26/02/02 / League Trophy R2 / Dean Court / 4,325
Brighton 2-0 Bournemouth Sat 09/12/95 / 3rd tier / Goldstone Ground / 5,414
Stuart Myall, Jeff Minton
Bournemouth 3-1 Brighton Sun 24/09/95 / 3rd tier / Dean Court / 4,568
Ian Chapman
One of the first protests about the sale of the Goldstone Ground takes place as Albion fans invade the Dean Court pitch during a game shown live on Meridian Television
Bournemouth 0-3 Brighton Sat 11/02/95 / 3rd tier / Dean Court / 5,247
Jeff Minton (2), Junior McDougald
Albion boss Liam Brady described the conditions as the worst he had ever seen as the Dean Court pitch resembled a swimming pool. Somehow, the game went ahead and the Albion won
Brighton 0-0 Bournemouth Wed 02/11/94 / 3rd tier / Goldstone Ground / 5,631
Brighton 3-3 Bournemouth Sat 15/01/94 / 3rd tier / Goldstone Ground / 9,659
Ian Chapman, Matthew Edwards, Paul McCarthy
Bournemouth 4-2 Brighton Sat 13/11/93 / FA Cup R1 / Dean Court / 6,500
Andy Kennedy (2)
One of the first protests about the sale of the Goldstone Ground takes place as Albion fans invade the Dean Court pitch during a game shown live on Meridian Television
Bournemouth 2-1 Brighton Sat 16/10/93 / 3rd tier / Goldstone Ground / 6,099
Ian Chapman
Brighton 1-0 Bournemouth Sat 20/03/93 / 3rd tier / Goldstone Ground / 7,059
Kurt Nogan
Bournemouth 1-1 Brighton Tue 03/11/92 / 3rd tier / Goldstone Ground / 4,828
Dean Wilkins
Bournemouth 2-1 Brighton Mon 02/01/89 / 2nd tier / Dean Court / 10,627
Gary Nelson
Brighton 1-2 Bournemouth Sat 10/09/88 / 2nd tier / Goldstone Ground / 8,247
Gary Chivers
Brighton 2-0 Bournemouth Sat 09/01/88 / FA Cup R3 / Goldstone Ground / 14,111
Doug Rougvie, Gary Nelson
A 2-0 FA Cup third round victory over the Cherries set up a mouthwatering fourth round clash with Arsenal at the Goldstone. The Albion went onto lose 2-1
Bournemouth 0-0 Brighton Tue 01/01/74 / 3rd tier / Goldstone Ground / 17,094
Brighton 0-2 Bournemouth Sat 01/09/73 / 3rd tier / Dean Court / 9.835
Brighton 1-1 Bournemouth Sat 01/04/72 / 3rd tier / Goldstone Ground / 22,450
Bertie Lutton
Brighton 2-0 Bournemouth Mon 27/12/71 / 3rd / Goldstone Ground / 30,600
Kit Napier, Peter O'Sullivan
Bournemouth 0-0 Brighton Fri 26/12/69 / 3rd tier / Dean Court / 7,763
Brighton 1-1 Bournemouth Sat 23/08/69 / 3rd tier / Goldstone Ground / 13,961
Kit Napier
Brighton 4-1 Bournemouth Thu 26/12/68 / 3rd tier / Goldstone Ground / 14,693
Alex Dawson, Bobby Smith, Kit Napier, Charlie Livesy
Bournemouth 2-0 Brighton Sat 05/10/68 / 3rd tier / Dean Court / 7,842
Brighton 2-3 Bournemouth Mon 15/04/68 / 3rd tier / Goldstone Ground / 8,957
OG, Charlie Livesy
Bournemouth 2-2 Brighton Fri 12/04/68 / 3rd tier / Dean Court / 8,464
Nobby Lawton, Kit Napier
Bournemouth 2-1 Brighton Wed 28/09/66 / 3rd tier / Dean Court / 6,462
Eric Whitington
Brighton 0-3 Bournemouth Wed 07/09/66 / 3rd tier / Goldstone Ground / 10,888
Brighton 1-2 Bournemouth Sat 16/04/66 / 3rd tier / Goldstone Ground / 9,652
Brian Tawse
Bournemouth 0-1 Brighton Sat 20/11/65 / 3rd tier / Goldstone Ground / 5,347
Dave Turner
Dave Turner's goal secures the Albion's first away win back in the third tier following promotion at the 10th time of asking
Bournemouth 1-0 Brighton Wed 08/05/63 / 3rd tier / Dean Court / 6,143
Defeat away at Dean Court ensured back-to-back relegations for the Albion and a place in Division Four for the first ever time
Brighton 0-1 Bournemouth Sat 13/04/63 / 3rd tier / Goldstone Ground / 10,061
Bournemouth 1-3 Brighton Wed 04/09/57/ 3rd tier South / Dean Court / 12,875
Dennis Gordon (2), Albert Mundy
Brighton 2-1 Bournemouth Wed 28/08/57 / 3rd tier South / Goldstone Ground / 17,010
Peter Harburn, Albert Mundy
Brighton 2-2 Bournemouth Sat 12/01/57 / 3rd tier South / Goldstone Ground / 9,027
Denis Foreman, Bob Humphries
Bournemouth 1-1 Brighton Sat 08/09/56 / 3rd tier South / Dean Court / 13,941
Dennis Gordon
Brighton 2-2 Bournemouth Sat 21/04/56 / 3rd tier South / Goldstone Ground / 15,348
Albert Mundy (3), Malcolm Stephens
Bournemouth 2-0 Brighton Sat 28/01/56 / 3rd tier South / Dean Court / 10,734
Brighton 1-1 Bournemouth Sat 23/04/55 / 3rd tier South / Goldstone Ground / 10,454
Jimmy Leadbetter
Bournemouth 1-1 Brighton Sat 04/12/54 / 3rd tier South / Dean Court / 8,607
Bernard Moore
Brighton 3-0 Bournemouth Sat 06/02/54 / 3rd tier South / Goldstone Ground / 13,177
Bert Addinall, Denis Foreman, Alec South
Bournemouth 1-1 Brighton Sat 19/09/53 / 3rd tier South / Dean Court / 13,422
Jimmy Leadbetter
Brighton 2-0 Bournemouth Wed 22/04/53 / 3rd tier South / Goldstone Ground / 11,889
Denis Foreman, Bert Addinall
Bournemouth 2-1 Brighton Wed 01/10/52 / 3rd tier South / Dean Court / 9,026
Des Tennant
Bournemouth 3-1 Brighton Sat 29/12/51 / 3rd tier South / Dean Court / 12,841
Jimmy Sirrell
Defeat away at Bournemouth in the last game of 1951 saw Albion surrender the leadership of the table to Plymouth Argyle. Argyle would remain there for the rest of the campaign with Brighton finishing fifth
Brighton 0-1 Bournemouth Sat 01/09/51 / 3rd tier South / Goldstone Ground / 14,255
Bournemouth 2-2 Brighton Sat 10/03/51 / 3rd tier South / Dean Court / 9,391
Own Goal, Kevin McCurley
Brighton 2-1 Bournemouth Sat 21/10/50 / 3rd tier South / Goldstone Ground / 13,053
Cyril Thompson, Tommy Hassell
Brighton 1-1 Bournemouth Sat 04/02/50 / 3rd tier South / Goldstone Ground / 14,512
Des Tennant
Bournemouth 2-2 Brighton Sat 24/09/49 / 3rd tier South / Dean Court / 17,391
Johnny McNichol, Cliff Pinchbeck
Brighton 1-6 Bournemouth Sat 19/02/49 / 3rd tier South / Goldstone Ground / 20,859
Des Tennant
The new look Goldstone is fully open for the first time, with the South East Terrace joining up with the Chicken Run and an expanded North West Terrace. The Albion celebrated by losing 6-1.
Bournemouth 1-1 Brighton Sat 25/09/48 / 3rd tier South / Dean Court / 17,777
George Willis
Bournemouth 4-1 Brighton Sat 03/01/48 / 3rd tier South / Dean Court / 13,354
Sammy Booth
Brighton 0-2 Bournemouth Sat 30/08/47/ 3rd tier South / Goldstone Ground / 9,525
Brighton 1-1 Bournemouth Sat 25/01/47 / 3rd tier South / Goldstone Ground / 7,725
Bert Stephens
Bournemouth 1-0 Brighton Sat 21/09/46 / 3rd tier South / Dean Court / 12,569
Bournemouth 4-0 Brighton Fri 19/04/46 / 3rd tier South Cup / Dean Court / 9,419
Bert Stephens
Brighton 1-4 Bournemouth Sat 02/02/46 / 3rd tier South Cup / Goldstone Ground / 4,000
Bernard Moore
Bournemouth 3-0 Brighton Sat 13/10/45 / 3rd tier South South / Dean Court / 7,361
Brighton 4-2 Bournemouth Sat 06/10/45 / 3rd tier South South / Goldstone Ground / 7,243
Joe Wilson, Len Darling, Bernard Moore, Frank O'Donnell
Bournemouth 1-3 Brighton Sat 15/03/41 / WWII South / Dean Court / 1,000
Les Laney, Jock Davie, Jack Balmer
Brighton 2-1 Bournemouth Sat 01/02/41 / WWII South / Goldstone Ground / 1,000
Bill Isaac, Charlie Harman
Brighton 3-3 Bournemouth Wed 17/04/40 / WWII South / Goldstone Ground / 522
Bert Stephens, Wilf Bott
Bournemouth 5-0 Brighton Sat 23/03/40 / WWII South / Dean Court / 3,560
Brighton 1-3 Bournemouth Mon 25/12/39 / WWII South / Goldstone Ground / 4,000
Stan Risdon
Bournemouth 6-1 Brighton Sat 28/10/39 / WWII South / Dean Court / 2,000
Jock Davie
Bournemouth 2-0 Brighton Mon 10/04/39 / 3rd tier South / Dean Court / 7,528
Brighton 1-1 Bournemouth Fri 07/04/39 / 3rd tier South / Brighton / 10,320
Bert Goffey
Bournemouth 2-0 Brighton Sat 22/01/38 / 3rd tier South / Dean Court / 7,698
Brighton 3-1 Bournemouth Fri 11/09/37 / 3rd tier South / Goldstone Ground / 9,483
Jock Davie, Jimmy Cargill (2)
Brighton 1-0 Bournemouth Sat 13/02/37 / 3rd tier South / Goldstone Ground / 10,778
Bobby Farrell
Bournemouth 1-0 Brighton Sat 10/10/36 / 3rd tier South / Dean Court / 9,630
Bournemouth 1-2 Brighton Sat 15/02/36 / 3rd tier South / Dean Court / 5,689
Alec Law, Bert Stephens
Brighton 0-1 Bournemouth Sat 12/10/35 / 3rd tier South / Goldstone Ground / 8,482
Bournemouth 1-0 Brighton Sat 23/03/35 / 3rd tier South / Dean Court / 4,503
Brighton 2-0 Bournemouth Sat 10/11/34 / 3rd tier South / Goldstone Ground / 2,728
Potter Smith, Buster Brown
Brighton 6-0 Bournemouth Sat 21/04/34 / 3rd tier South / Goldstone Ground / 4,291
Buster Brown (3), Own Goal, Bert Jepson, Harry Egan
Bournemouth 1-1 Brighton Wed 18/04/34 / 3rd tier South / Dean Court / 2,148
Bert Jepson
Bournemouth 1-1 Brighton Sat 18/03/33 / 3rd tier South / Dean Court / 4,209
Arthur Attwood
Brighton 3-0 Bournemouth Sat 05/11/32 / 3rd tier South / Goldstone Ground / 4,767
Arthur Attwood, Tug Wilson, Jack Carruthers
Bournemouth 1-2 Brighton Sat 20/02/32 / 3rd tier South / Dean Court / 4,597
Bobby Farrell, Arthur Attwood
Brighton 4-1 Bournemouth Sat 10/10/31 / 3rd tier South / Goldstone Ground / 9,134
Tug Wilson, Dan Kirkwood (2), Bobby Farrell
Brighton 3-1 Bournemouth Sat 28/03/31 / 3rd tier South / Goldstone Ground / 5,524
Geordie Nicol (2), Dave Walker
Bournemouth 1-2 Brighton Sat 22/11/30 / 3rd tier South / Dean Court / 4,392
Jack Carruthers (2)
Brighton 4-3 Bournemouth Sat 05/04/30 / 3rd tier South / Goldstone Ground / 6,753
Dan Kirkwood (3), Hugh Vallance
Bournemouth 1-1 Brighton Wed 12/03/30 / 3rd tier South / Dean Court / 3,476
Bobby Farrell
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Bournemouth 3-2 Brighton Mon 01/04/29 / 3rd tier South / Dean Court / 6,247
Dan Kirkwood, Tommy Cook
Brighton 1-0 Bournemouth Fri 29/03/29 / 3rd tier South / Goldstone Ground / 9,494
Dan Kirkwood
Brighton 3-2 Bournemouth Tue 27/12/27 / 3rd tier South / Goldstone Ground / 6,381
Tommy Simpson, Tommy Cook, Jimmy Hopkins
Bournemouth 3-1 Brighton Mon 26/12/27 / 3rd tier South / Dean Court / 2,228
Dai James
Defeat at Bournemouth on Boxing Day was the Albion's their ninth of the season. They would go onto lose only five more until the end of the campaign
Brighton 0-2 Bournemouth Sat 16/04/27 / 3rd tier South / Goldstone Ground / 8,567
Bournemouth 1-0 Brighton Wed 02/03/27 / 3rd tier South / Dean Court / 3,153
Dai James
Brighton 3-4 Bournemouth Sat 10/04/26 / 3rd tier South / Goldstone Ground / 6,403
Sam Jennings, Jimmy Hopkins, OG
Bournemouth 0-3 Brighton Wed 24/02/26 / 3rd tier South / Dean Court / 4,181
Jack Nightingale (3)
Brighton 0-1 Bournemouth Wed 11/03/25 / 3rd tier South / Goldstone Ground / 2,712
Bournemouth 0-0 Brighton Sat 27/09/24 / 3rd tier South / Dean Court / 7,000
Brighton 5-0 Bournemouth Sat 22/12/23 / 3rd tier South / Goldstone Ground / 6,500
Tommy Cook (4), Jimmy Hopkins
Bournemouth 1-0 Brighton Sat 15/12/23 / 3rd tier South / Dean Court / 5,000
Jack Nightingale (3)