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Reckless - Potters Bar March 2014.
Oh Yes, thank you to"Al" without whom.......that is all
BARNET v BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION FA Cup 3rd
Round Tie January
Attendances - at Underhill 3,842 at The Goldstone 15,884
was surfing the Internet, as you do, and discovered that You Tube has
a fascinating snippet of film, courtesy of Brighton and Hove Albion
FC, which features the 1982 FA Cup replay between Brighton and
Barnet. As I have mentioned so many times before, exciting moments
were at a premium as a Bees follower in those days so therefore it
gives me even more justification to revel in them again when I get
the end of the 1981-82 season the club would finish 18th
(out of 22) in the Alliance Premier League still in deep financial
trouble while Brighton were riding high as a Division One club (then
the top echelon) and challenging for Europe. However we hadn't
reached the 3rd
round proper of the FA Cup since 1972-73 when we lost in that
infamous home replay to Queens Park Rangers 3-0. Of course it was
had hurdled Corinthian Casuals (2-1), Harlow Town (1-0 in a replay)
and Wycombe Wanderers (2-0) in the previous rounds and were given the
chance to cash in by switching the tie to The Goldstone Ground but
Barry Fry figured that home advantage on our perfect pitch for mud
wrestlers would prove decisive – and it very nearly did.
a noon pitch inspection the game went ahead in front of 3,842 and the
BBC Match of the Day Cameras, with commentary from Bees fan John
captured a battling performance from the following Barnet line up:
Phillips; Mike Pittaway, Kevin Millett, Alan Campbell, Graham Pearce;
John Watson, Steve Robinson, Russell Townsend; Colin Barnes, Danny
Westwood, Gary Sargent. Sub Terry Voyce.
boasted a host of internationals the likes of Steve Foster, Jimmy
Case, Tony Grealish, Michael Robinson, Sammy Nelson and Mickey
playmaker Barnes, defenders Pearce and Millett and an almost juvenile
Phillips were the stars of the afternoon and Barnet went very close
to the upset of the round as they matched Brighton in every
department. In the second half Sargent's header hit the bar, Watson,
on loan from Scarborough, shot wide when it seemed easer to score and
I recall that I thought the Townsend screamer at the death was going
in but it shaved the far post with Graham Moseley well beaten.
Russell 'Leo Sayer' Townsend
recall one of the longest and heartfelt final whistle ovations given
to the team by the spectators. To stand on the terraces that
afternoon it cost the princely sum of £2.00!
the return the following Tuesday nearly 16,000 turned up and
witnessed another brave performance from the non leaguers - decked
out in the rather bright yellow shirts with white shorts and socks
away ensemble - at least until half time. Thomas finally broke the
deadlock after 46 minutes with a diving header before Brighton went
2-0 goals up thanks to a miss hit from Case that Millett could only
help into the net.
came a magic moment. Townsend won a 50-50 midfield ball with Grealish
which fell to Sargent. Moving forward he dipped his shoulder, Foster
was completely fooled, went the wrong way and could only retaliate
with a clumsy lunge. Sarge then bought the ball onto his left foot
and crashed in an unstoppable 25 yarder which was celebrated in huge
style by the travelling band of Barnet fans - about twice the normal
home league gate I would estimate.
10 minutes left Millet made a perfectly good tackle on Andy Ritchie
winning the ball cleanly in the area as they chased a big defensive
header from Foster. However the referee adjudged it unfair. Kevin has
since told me he was devastated with the decision and can clearly
remember it. McNab sent Sumo the wrong way even though Gary had tried
some Bruce Grobbelaar type Kidology on the line while waiting for the
kick to be taken. It finished 3-1 but not all was lost. The Bees had
regained credibility in the national press and the football world in
general and the bank balance would also be better off to the tune of
£20,000 (or was it £30,000? Anyway a huge sum of money for an APL
Club) as Graham Pearce was sold to Brighton a week after the game.
Graham went on to play at Wembley for the Seagulls against Manchester
United in the FA Cup final following season. Gary Phillips once told
me with a huge smile on his face “At
one point I was going to be part of that deal, Barry told me so –
yeah OK Bas” he laughed.
Sarge's” wonderful goal can now be admired and cherished on You
Tube forever while I also remember a great day out at the seaside,
the Brighton Pier and pubs on the front decked with amber and black
during the afternoon and being chased by about 300 Brighton hooligans
back to our hired 16 seater mini bus after the game. I as have said
before, as a Barnet fan in those days intoxicating times just like
those have to be remembered with fondness because to put it simply
they were few and far between!