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The History of Brighton and Hove Albion v Manchester City

Given the fact that we've only met Manchester City 17 times, the fixture has thrown up all manner of entertainment through the years.

It has resulted in one manager leaving his job - Bond, John Bond - of Manchester City after the Blues were knocked out of the fourth round of the FA Cup 4-0 at the Goldstone in January 1983. The Albion of course went onto reach the final that season.

Even more remarkably, it has also resulted in the sacking of a 'ball boy'. Keith Cuss was the Albion's chief ball boy at the age of 41 and something of a cult hero at the Goldstone. With Brighton leading City 2-1 late on in April 1989, Keith decided to head a ball into the crowd as a quite brilliant time wasting tactic. Neither City nor the Albion saw the funny side of this and he ended up losing his job as a result.

City's last visit to the South Coast was arguably the most memorable. Newly minted as the worlds richest club, they faced Micky Adam's Albion side who four days earlier had lost 1-0 at home to a Walsall side who played for over an hour with nine men. That was (nearly) forgotten though as Brighton surprised their illustrious visitors, winning 5-3 on penalties to pull off the shock of the season.

And for those of you who like symmetry - our last game in the top flight came against City, a 1-0 defeat in May 1983 that confirmed our relegation as Division One's bottom side. 34 years later, and we are finally back.

P W D L F A Goalscorers
Top tier 8 2 2 4 13 14 Andy Ritchie 3
Second tier 6 1 2 3 4 11 Michael Robinson 3
FA Cup 2 1 0 1 5 5 Ray Clarke 2
League Cup 1 0 1 0 2 2 Peter Ward 2
Total 1 4 5 8 24 32 Joe Anyinsah 1

Brighton 2-2 Manchester City (Brighton win 5-3 on penalties)
Wed 24th September 2008 / League Cup 2nd Round / Withdean Stadium / 8,729
Glenn Murray, Joe Anyinsah
Only Brighton and Hove Albion could lose 1-0 at home to a Walsall side who played for over an hour with 10 men, and then four days later knock the worlds richest club out of the League Cup.
Brighton 2-1 Manchester City
Sat 1st Apr 1989 / Second tier / Goldstone Ground / 12,072
Alan Curbishley, Own Goal
Time wasting tactics you just don't see anymore; 41-year-old chief 'ball boy' Keith Cuss heads the ball into the crowd with City chasing a late equaliser. Cult hero Keith was sacked as a result.
Manchester City 2-1 Brighton
Sat 17th Sep 1988 / Second tier / Maine Road / 16,033
Kevin Bremner
The Albion sink to the bottom of the Division Two table thanks to defeat at Maine Road on what would turn out to be our last ever visit.
Manchester City 2-0 Brighton
Sat 23rd Feb 1985 / Second tier / Maine Road / 20,227
Brighton 0-0 Manchester City
Sat 3rd Nov 1984 / Second tier / Goldstone Ground / 14,035
This bore draw represented a third game without scoring for the Albion, a sequence that would eventually extend to six
Brighton 0-1 Manchester City
Sat 7th May 1983 / Top tier / Goldstone Ground / 17,794
Defeat in the penultimate game of the 1982-83 season condemned the Albion to bottom spot in Division One and relegation out of the top flight after a four season spell.
Brighton 4-0 Manchester City
Sun 30th Jan 1983 / FA Cup 4th Round / Goldstone Ground / 16,804
Jimmy Case, Neil Smillie, Michael Robinson (2)
Brighton march into round five of the FA Cup for the first time in 23 years, a result that prompts City boss John Bond to resign. The names Bond, John, Bond.
Manchester City 1-1 Brighton
Sat 18th Dec 1982 / Top tier / Maine Road / 20,615
Andy Ritchie
Manchester City 4-0 Brighton
Sat 13th Feb 1982 / Top tier / Maine Road / 30,038
Brighton 4-1 Manchester City
Sat 3rd Oct 1981 / Top tier / Goldstone Ground / 18,284
Michael Robinson, Andy Ritchie (2), Gary Williams
Manchester City 1-1 Brighton
Sat 28th Mar 1981 / Top tier / Maine Road / 30,122
John Gregory
Brighton 1-2 Manchester City
Sat 25th Oct 1980 / Top tier / Goldstone Ground / 18,368
Michael Robinson
Brighton 4-1 Manchester City
Sat 29th Dec 1979 / Top tier / Goldstone Ground / 28,093
Ray Clarke (2), Peter Ward, Gerry Ryan
Gerry Ryan scores one of the best goals The Goldstone ever saw, running a full 75 yards with the ball before netting
Manchester City 3-2 Brighton
Sat 5th Aug 1979 / Top tier / Maine Road / 34,557
Teddy Maybank, Peter Ward
Brighton 1-5 Manchester City
Sat 23rd Feb 1924 / FA Cup 3rd Round / Goldstone Ground / 24,734
Wally Little
City fielded legendary Welsh international Billy Meredith - he was 49 at the time and still managed to score.