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The History of Brighton and Hove Albion v Manchester United

When you think of Brighton and Hove Albion v Manchester United, one game - or actually, two games - will instantly come to mind. The 1983 FA Cup Final.

Nobody gave Brighton a hope, especially without their captain Steve Foster. No team had ever been relegated from the top flight and won the FA Cup in the same season. Where it not for Gary Bailey's legs and Gordon Smith's shooting boots, the Albion might feasibly have entered the history books.

As it was, that first game in front of 100,000 at Wembley ended in a 2-2 draw. The replay five days later gave the country the result they had been expecting from the first game as United ran out comfortable 4-0 winners. Since then, they've won every trophy going to become the most successful English club of all time. We've played in all four divisions and had two seasons of home games in Gillingham. Funny old game.

Cup competitions have provided us with the most memorable moments against United down the years. We first met in the FA Cup of 1909 at United's former ground at Clayton Road and there were three meetings in the 1992-93 season which went a long way to ensuring the Albion didn't go bankrupt.

Two of those took place at Old Trafford, in the FA Cup fourth round and League Cup second round second leg. The first leg of that tie saw a 1-1 draw at the Goldstone with Matthew Edwards getting the goal for Barry Lloyd's side.

Making his United debut that day as a substitute was a young kid who was welcomed to the game with a loud of rendition of "Who the f**king hell are you?" from the capacity Goldstone Ground crowd. David Beckham his name was. Wonder what ever happened to him?

Football League P W D L F A
Top tier 8 1 2 5 4 12
FA Cup 6 0 2 4 4 12
League Cup 2 0 1 1 1 2
Total 16 1 5 10 9 26


16 1 5 10 9 26

Man United 1-0 Brighton Sat 23/01/93 / FA Cup R4 / Old Trafford / 33,610
The Albion, deep in financial trouble at the time, gained a much needed 100,000 from their FA Cup Fourth Round tie at Old Trafford, decided by a Ryan Giggs goal
Man United 1-0 Brighton Wed 07/10/92 / League Cup R2L2 / Old Trafford / 25,405
A 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford netted the Albion 92,000 which went instantly to paying off a VAT bill, easing some of the clubs financial trouble
Brighton 1-1 Man United Wed 23/09/92 / League Cup R2L1 / Goldstone Ground / 16,649
Matthew Edwards
Eventual Premier League champions Man United are held to a 1-1 draw at the Goldstone. David Beckham makes his United debut to choruses of "Who the f**king hell are you" from the home stands.
Man United 4-0 Brighton Thu 26/05/83 / FA Cup Final Replay / Wembley / 92,000
The dream comes to an end as United triumph 4-0 in the FA Cup final replay with goals from Bryan Robson (2), Norman Whiteside and Arnold Muhren
Man United 2-2 Brighton Sat 21/05/83 / FA Cup Final / Wembley / 100,000
Gordon Smith, Gary Stevens
Brighton nearly pull off one of the greatest FA Cup Final shocks in history, Gordon Smith missing a last minute chance to give the Albion the cup. As it was, the game finished 2-2.
Man United 1-1 Brighton Sat 19/03/83 / Top tier / Top tier / Old Trafford / 36,700
Steve Gatting
Brighton 1-0 Man United Sat 06/11/82 / Top tier / Goldstone Ground / 18,398
Peter Ward
Peter Ward scores the first goal of his second spell as an Albion player having returned on loan from Nottingham Forest to secure the Seagulls only victory to date over United
Brighton 0-1 Man United Sat 24/04/82 / Top tier / Goldstone Ground / 20,755
Man United 2-0 Brighton Sat 28/11/81 / Top tier / Old Trafford / 41,911
Man United 2-1 Brighton Sat 10/01/81 / Top tier / Old Trafford / 42,208
Andy Ritchie
Brighton 0-2 Man United Wed 07/01/81 / FA Cup R3 Replay / Goldstone Ground / 26,928
Man United 2-2 Brighton Sat 03/01/81 / FA Cup R3 / Old Trafford / 42,199
Brian Horton, Andy Ritchie
The Albion storm into a shock 2-0 lead at Old Trafford through Brian Horton and Andy Ritchie, only for United to come back and take the game to a replay which they won comfortably at the Goldstone
Brighton 1-4 Man United Sat 22/11/80 / Top tier / Goldstone Ground / 23,277
Andy Ritchie
Brighton 0-0 Man United Sat 15/03/80 / Top tier / Goldstone Ground / 29,670
Man United 2-0 Brighton Sat 06/10/79 / Top tier / Old Trafford / 52,641
Man United 1-0 Brighton Sat 16/01/09 / FA Cup R1 / Clayton Road / 8,072
The Albion go out of the FA Cup to reigning Football League champions and eventual winners Manchester United on a quagmire of a pitch in the first meeting between the two