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NUFC v Brighton – Trelford Mills!

9 years ago
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To Mags of a certain age, Brighton in the FA Cup stirs certain memories that live on. Indeed when I spoke to a fellow supporter at work on the day after the draw his initial response was, “that bastard Trelford Mills’’, then went on to quote Brighton’s progress round by round to the final that year, claiming it ‘should have been us!’.

For those who have erased the name from their memories, Trelford Mills was of course the referee who disallowed two perfectly good Newcastle goals in the FA Cup third round replay in 1983, after we had drawn 1-1 at the Goldstone Ground.[youtube_sc url=”http://youtu.be/_cNCnLDLbfU ” rel=”0″ showinfo=”0″]

Going behind in the replay to a Peter Ward goal we went on to dominate the game and piled plenty of pressure on the Brighton goal. Late on, and from memory it was last 10 minutes, we had two goals disallowed which would have won us the game, ‘goals’ from Varadi and Keegan were both chalked off.

As a result we lost 1-0 and had to accept that it wasn’t going to be our year (again). In those days the FA Cup was the ‘real deal’ and getting knocked out was a big disappointment. We had nothing much else to look forward to, being honest. I’m told that the game is available on ‘YouTube’ (Ed: Don’t worry Colin, video highlights/evidence of Trelford’s crimes already on The Mag’s YouTube channel and click above to enjoy(!) again) but I don’t need to watch it to know that there was nothing wrong with either goal! A total injustice.

Anyway, their 3rd round replay hasn’t taken place as yet so we may, in fact, face Wrexham….and of course that’s another story for Mags of a certain age. Dixie McNeil anyone?

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