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The History of Brighton and Hove Albion v Stoke City

Stoke City is a name that should strike fear into the hearts of Brighton and Hove Albion supporters. We've only ever tasted victory against the Potters in nine of our 39 encounters, with only three wins in our last 29 meetings.

Playing them on the last day of the season seems to be particularly hazardous. Take the 5-1 defeat at Withdean in April 2006 for example. Mark McGhee's side were already relegated from the Championship, but played like they should have been demoted into the Ryman League.

It was so bad that the South Stand actively began cheering the fourth and fifth Stoke goals, the Stoke fans celebrated Doug Loft's consolation and Adam Rooney left the field to a standing ovation and chants of "ROOOONNNEEEYYYYYY" after his hat-trick. Things were topped off nicely when McGhee came out after and said it didn't matter, anyway.

That goes nicely with the 4-1 defeat we suffered at the Goldstone in 1989. On that occasion, Stoke were already relegated but came south and completely outclassed a typically woeful Albion side. Thank God this isn't a final day game.

 
Football League P W D L F A
Top tier 8 0 5 3 2 7
Second tier 28 8 9 11 32 42
Third tier 2 1 0 1 2 3
FA Cup 1 0 0 1 0 3
Total 39 9 14 16 36 55
             
Southern League P W D L F A
Southern League One 4 2 0 2 9 7
Total 4 2 0 2 9 7
             

OVERALL

43 11 14 18 45 62

Stoke 3-0 Brighton Sat 19/02/11 / FA Cup R5 / Britannia Stadium / 21,312
Gus Poyet thought his League One leaders would go and teach Stoke how to play football. Stoke end up scoring three times in the first half, all from headers in a very one sided cup game.
Brighton 1-5 Stoke Sun 30/04/06 / 2nd tier / Withdean Stadium / 5,859
Doug Loft
Already relegated Brighton are hammered 5-1 in the final game of the season. The South Stand gets so frustrated they start cheering Stoke goals and Mark McGhee says afterwards it didn't matter anyway.
Stoke 3-0 Brighton Sat 05/11/05 / 2nd tier / Britannia Stadium / 15,274
Stoke 2-0 Brighton Sat 05/03/05 / 2nd tier / Britannia Stadium / 14,908
Brighton 0-1 Stoke Fri 17/12/04 / 2nd tier / Withdean Stadium / 6,028
Stoke 1-0 Brighton Wed 05/03/03 / 2nd tier / Britannia Stadium / 21,023
Brighton 1-2 Stoke Tue 17/12/02 / 2nd tier / Withdean Stadium / 6,369
Richard Carpenter
Stoke 3-1 Brighton Fri 01/03/02 / 3rd tier / Britannia Stadium / 16,092
Lee Steele
Brighton 1-0 Stoke Tue 18/09/01 / 3rd tier / Withdean Stadium / 6,627
Paul Watson
Brighton 2-2 Stoke Sat 09/01/93 / 2nd tier / Goldstone Ground / 8,622
Kurt Nogan, OG
Stoke 1-1 Brighton Wed 16/09/92 / 2nd tier / Victoria Ground / 10,867
Dean Wilkins
Brighton 1-4 Stoke Sat 28/04/90 / 2nd tier / Goldstone Ground / 9,614
Kevin Bremner
Already relegated Stoke embarrass the Albion by winning 4-1 at the Goldstone in the final home game of the 1989-90 season.
Stoke 3-2 Brighton Sat 11/11/89 / 2nd tier / Victoria Ground / 10,346
Robert Codner, Kevin Bremner
Stoke 2-2 Brighton Sat 13/05/89 / 2nd tier / Victoria Ground / 5,841
Gary Nelson, Dean Wilkins
Brighton 1-1 Stoke Sat 10/12/88 / 2nd tier / Goldstone Ground / 7,443
Steve Gatting
Stoke 1-1 Brighton Sat 28/03/87 / 2nd tier / Victoria Ground / 10,216
Danny Wilson
Brighton 1-0 Stoke Sat 04/10/86 / 2nd tier / Goldstone Ground / 8,316
Danny Wilson
Brighton 2-0 Stoke Sat 15/03/86 / 2nd tier / Goldstone Ground / 8,783
Danny Wilson, Dennis Mortimer
Stoke 1-1 Brighton Sat 12/10/85 / 2nd tier / Victoria Ground / 7,662
Chris Hutchings
Brighton 1-2 Stoke Sat 26/02/83 / Top tier / Goldstone Ground / 14,937
Andy Ritchie
Stoke 3-0 Brighton Sat 16/10/82 / Top tier / Victoria Ground / 13,936
Stoke 0-0 Brighton Sat 20/03/82 / Top tier / Victoria Ground / 9,120
Steve Gatting
Brighton 0-0 Stoke Sat 31/10/81 / Top tier / Goldstone Ground / 17,682
Brighton 1-1 Stoke Sat 21/03/81 / Top tier / Goldstone Ground / 13,583
Michael Robinson
Stoke 0-0 Brighton Sat 18/10/80 / Top tier / Victoria Ground / 13,079
A dark day for the club with the sudden death of vice-chairman Harry Bloom - Tony's grandfather - en route to Stoke for a 0-0 draw at the Victoria Ground
Stoke 1-0 Brighton Sat 26/04/80 / Top tier / Victoria Ground / 14,442
Brighton 0-0 Stoke Sat 15/12/79 / Top tier / Goldstone Ground / 18,392
Brighton 1-1 Stoke Sat 20/01/79 / 2nd tier / Goldstone Ground / 23,076
Malcolm Poskett
Stoke 2-2 Brighton Wed 27/09/78 / 2nd tier / Victoria Ground / 22,203
Peter Ward, Teddy Maybank
Brighton 2-1 Stoke Sat 11/03/78 / 2nd tier / Goldstone Ground / 24,797
Eric Potts, Peter Sayer
Stoke 1-0 Brighton Sat 15/09/77 / 2nd tier / Victoria Ground / 16,290
Stoke 0-1 Brighton Mon 18/09/61 / 2nd tier / Victoria Ground / 9,135
Ian McNeill
Brighton 2-1 Stoke Tue 05/09/61 / 2nd tier / Goldstone Ground / 12,738
Bobby Laverick, Roy Jennings
Stoke 0-2 Brighton Sat 29/04/61 / 2nd tier / Victoria Ground / 5,232
Tony Nicholas (2)
A final day of the season win ensured the Albion finished in a deceptively high 16th place, having only guaranteed Division Two safety a week previously.
Brighton 0-1 Stoke Sat 29/10/60 / 2nd tier / Goldstone Ground / 8,971
Brighton 1-0 Stoke Sat 23/01/60 / 2nd tier / Goldstone Ground / 12,811
Bill Curry
Stoke 1-3 Brighton Sat 12/09/59 / 2nd tier / Victoria Ground / 17,630
Dennis Gordon, Ronnie Clayton, Bill Curry
Brighton 2-2 Stoke Sat 18/04/59 / 2nd tier / Goldstone Ground / 19,501
Glen Wilson, Freddie Jones
Stoke 3-0 Brighton Sat 29/11/58 / 2nd tier / Victoria Ground / 13,251
Stoke 4-1 Brighton Sat 28/12/12 / Southern 1  / Victoria Ground / 8,000
Fred Goodwin
Brighton 3-1 Stoke Tue 07/09/12 / Southern 1 / Goldstone Ground / 6,500
Archie Needham, Charlie Webb (2)
Brighton 4-0 Stoke Sat 30/12/11 / Southern 1  / Goldstone Ground / 6,000
Jimmy Smith (4)
Jimmy Smith hits all four goals in the win at home to Stoke. He also netted four hat-tricks over the course of the 1911-12 season
Stoke 2-1 Brighton Sat 02/09/11 / Southern 1 / Victoria Ground / 18,000
Bullet Jones