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Trelford Mills Talks About THAT Brighton Match

9 years ago

Newcastle fans weren’t too happy last season at the feeble FA Cup knockout by Brighton and are obviously hoping for better next month when we travel to the Amex again for another third round clash.

However, it is doubtful that anything could match the anger and frustration that many of us felt nearly thirty years ago.The occasion was another FA Cup third round match, this time a replay at St.James’ Park after a 1-1 draw at the Goldstone Ground.

Wednesday 12 January 1983 will always be synonymous with the name Trelford Mills, etched into the consciousness of an entire generation of Newcastle fans, convinced he cheated us out of the FA Cup. Well, a chance of the fourth round anyway!

Looking forward to our January 2013 meeting I came across an interview (with the Brighton and Hove News) that Trelford did earlier this year and he talks in detail about that fateful day… (The interview also contained the fact that Kevin Keegan’s momentous NUFC debut against QPR was refereed by none other than…Trelford Mills, not a lot of people know that.)

Trelford’s version;

“I was working hard in the match. I remember Brighton went one up (Peter Ward), then Imre Varadi went through on goal but quite clearly controlled the ball with his wrist. I think the Brighton keeper realised this, just as most of the players did, and let the ball go into the net just to waste time.

In fact, I have spoken to Imre since. I think he accepts my version now.

(On the second disallowed goal) Jeff Clarke managed to win a ball in the penalty area but only because he had his arm around the defender’s neck. Keegan bundled the ball into the goal but I had blown up a few seconds before it went in.

Keegan did his Mick Channon cartwheel arm in front of the Gallowgate end but I just jogged across to where I wanted the free kick taken from and indicated as to why I had disallowed the goal.

When we sat in the dressing room after the match I remember chatting to one of my linesmen, John Morley, when the police officer turns up. ‘You’d better hang on here a while, Trelford, there are 2,000 Geordies outside and they all want your autograph’.”

Thanks to The Mag’s YouTube channel we can see how reliable Trelford’s recollectios are, if you don’t want to watch the whole thing the contentious bits are; 1st disallowed goal 1.35 – 2nd disallowed goal 2.40 – penalty appeal 3.10 – reception at final whistle 4.45
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