M23 derby

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M23 derby
M23 Derby Kits.svg
Locale Southern England
Teams Brighton & Hove Albion
Crystal Palace
First meeting Brighton 0–2 Palace
(25 December 1920)[1]
Statistics
Meetings total 98
Most wins 37 each

The M23 derby is the name sometimes given to the derby between English football teams Brighton & Hove Albion and Crystal Palace.[2] The name comes from the motorway between Sussex and south London.

The rivalry began in the 1940s and 1950s but came to full force in the late 1970s when both teams, under the guidance of ambitious young managers, rose from the Third Division to the First Division.[3] Until Crawley Town were promoted to the Football League in 2011, Palace were the nearest other professional club to Brighton. Like Brighton, Crawley's biggest rival is a team from London, AFC Wimbledon.

The two teams are evenly matched with 37 wins each and 24 drawn matches.[4] Palace have won five cup games and Brighton two while Brighton have won 35 league games and Palace 32.

Background[edit]

Although the rivalry has its beginnings in the 1940 and 1950s when the clubs met 21 times in twelve years - including two memorable back-to-back matches on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, 1951 - it came to full force in the late-1970s.

In the 1975-76 season, both clubs were vying for promotion from the Third Division. Brighton were managed by Peter Taylor, Palace by the flamboyant Malcolm Allison. The league game between the two sides at Selhurst Park was played in front of a crowd of 25,000, while the return at The Goldstone in Hove saw 33,000 crammed in to the stadium to see a third tier match. That game, which the home side won 2-0, is generally attributed as giving birth to Brighton's nickname of 'Seagulls' - later adopted officially by the club (see below) - as it was sung on the terraces as a counter-chant to Palace's 'Eagles!'.

Both teams narrowly missed out on promotion that year. In the summer of 1976, Terry Venables became Crystal Palace manager and Alan Mullery Brighton manager. The pair had spent time together on the field as players at Tottenham, and Venables was second in command to Mullery's captaincy at the club; Mullery has described this power dynamic as a reason for the rivalry between them. The two young managers were set the same task: promotion from the Third Division.[3]

The first meeting between the clubs that season was the league match at The Goldstone on 2 October, which ended 1-1; during the game, three smoke bombs were thrown onto the pitch.

The clubs were then drawn together in the first round of the FA Cup, played on 20 November at The Goldstone; the match ended 2-2. A replay took place at Selhurst three days later; the match finished 1-1 after extra time and the teams faced a second replay. Brighton were described as dominating much of the play in the two games, which both attracted attendances of almost 30,000.[3]

The second replay, postponed twice due to bad weather, took place at Stamford Bridge on 6 December.[3] Palace took the lead after 18 minutes through Phil Holder. Brighton’s Peter Ward had a goal disallowed shortly after as he was adjudged to have handled the ball, although Palace’s Jim Cannon later said that this only occurred due to him shoving the Brighton striker. In the 78th minute, Brighton were awarded a penalty which was converted by Brian Horton only to be disallowed as referee Ron Challis adjudged that players had encroached upon the penalty area. Horton retook the penalty and this time it was saved by the Palace keeper, Paul Hammond. The match ended 1-0 to Crystal Palace.[3]

After the final whistle, Mullery approached Challis to discuss the decision and was escorted off the pitch by police while swearing at the Palace supporters in the stands. The Brighton manager then allegedly entered the Palace dressing room, threw five pounds on the floor and told Venables: "Your team's not worth that." Mullery was fined £100 by the FA for bringing the game into disrepute.[3]

On the 12 March 1977, the two sides met again in the league at Selhurst and Palace ran out 3-1 winners.[3]

That season both teams were promoted with Brighton finishing as runners up, two points in front of Palace. Brighton also changed their official nickname from the Dolphins to the Seagulls, in direct opposition to the Crystal Palace nickname the Eagles.[3]

The rivalry continued with the clubs meeting with the same objective and same managers in the 1977-78 season and 1978-79 season, this time vying for a spot in the top flight of English football. In 1978, Brighton missed out on promotion on goal difference well ahead of their rivals, but the head-to-head battle continued the following season. Brighton completed their 1978-79 campaign top of the league. Palace, though, still had a game in hand to play against Burnley; Palace won the match, played in front of 51,000 spectators, and took the title by one point.[3]

Mullery states that the rivalry was fuelled by both competition between the teams and directly between the managers. Mullery went on to manage Crystal Palace for two seasons (1982–1984) and then returned to Brighton for the 1986-87 season.[3]

1980s[edit]

Rivalry between the two clubs carried on throughout the 1980s. Following their joint promotion to the First Division in 1979, the teams met four times in the top flight with Palace failing to record a victory.

With both sides back in the second tier, the 1985 match at Selhurst Park saw the end of Brighton favourite Gerry Ryan's career following a tackle by Palace defender Henry Hughton which broke the winger's leg in three separate places. The game was followed by some of the worst violence seen between the two sets of fans.

In 1989, referee Kelvin Morton awarded five penalties in a Crystal Palace v Brighton game, a Football League record. Palace were awarded four of the penalties, missed three but still won 2-1.

Recent encounters[edit]

Brighton’s off-the-field problems in the 1990s led to the clubs only meeting four times in the league between 1990 and 2011. The league match between the two sides on 26 October 2002 at Selhurst Park was the first time the teams had met for 13 years. Palace ran out 5-0 winners. Brighton had their revenge three seasons later when a Paul McShane goal gave them a long-awaited victory at the home of their rivals.

The first game between the two teams at Brighton's new stadium was won by Crystal Palace 3–1, with former Brighton striker Glenn Murray scoring for Palace.[5]

The two teams met in the 2012–13 Championship Playoff Semi-finals. Following a 0-0 draw at Selhurst, Palace won 2-0 at the Amex and went on to gain promotion to the Premier League.

Players who have represented both clubs[edit]

The following footballers have played for both Brighton & Hove Albion and Crystal Palace:

Player First Club Dates at First Club Dates at Second Club
Bert Addinall Brighton 1953-1954 1954-1955
Kemy Agustien Crystal Palace 2011 (loan) 2013-2015
Ade Akinbiyi Brighton 1994 (loan) 2002-2003
Calvin Andrew Crystal Palace 2008-2012 2009 (loan)
Trevor Benjamin Crystal Palace 2001-2002 (loan) 2004 (loan)
Ken Bennett Brighton 1950-1953 1953-1954
Gary Borrowdale Crystal Palace 2002-2007 2009 (loan)
Tony Burns Brighton 1966-1969 1973-1978
Steve Claridge Crystal Palace 1988 2004
Paul Dickov Brighton 1994 (loan) 2007 (loan)
Stephen Dobbie Brighton 2012–2013 2013 (loan), 2013–2015
Scott Flinders Crystal Palace 2006-2009 2007 (loan)
John Humphrey Crystal Palace 1990-1995 1997
Paul Kitson Crystal Palace 2000 2002-2003
Roy Little Brighton 1958-1961 1961-1964
Neil Martin Brighton 1975-1976 1976
Dave Martin Brighton Youth-2004 2007-2008
Johnny McNichol Brighton 1948-1952 1958-1963
Paul McShane Brighton 2005-2006 2012
Glenn Murray Brighton 2008–2011, 2016– (loan) 2011–2015
Gary O'Reilly Brighton 1984–1987,1991-1992 1987–1991
John Phillips Brighton 1980-1981 1982-1983
Simon Rodger Crystal Palace 1990–2002 2002–2004
Dave Sexton Brighton 1957-1958 1959
Neil Smillie Crystal Palace 1975-1982 1982-1985
Jamie Smith Crystal Palace 1999(Youth)-2009 2009-2012
Steven Thomson Crystal Palace 1994-2003 2008
Matthew Upson Crystal Palace 2001 (loan) 2013 (loan), 2013-2014
Eric Young Brighton 1982-1987 1990-1995 & 1997

Match History - Summary[edit]

The two teams have played a total of 98 games in league and cup. Scoring a total of 266 goals (2.7 per game), Brighton scoring 130 (1.3 per game) and Palace 138 (1.4 per game)[1]

Brighton wins Draws Palace wins
League 35 21 32
Other 2 3 5
Total 37 24 37

Match History[edit]

League[edit]

Brighton & Hove Albion vs Crystal Palace

Date Venue Score Competition Attendance
25 December 1920 Goldstone Ground
0–2
Division Three (South) 14,000
19 September 1925 Goldstone Ground
3–2
Division Three (South) 11,738
1 September 1926 Goldstone Ground
1–1
Division Three (South) 7,209
28 January 1928 Goldstone Ground
4–2
Division Three (South) 4,494
22 December 1928 Goldstone Ground
1–5
Division Three (South) 3,899
22 February 1930 Goldstone Ground
1–2
Division Three (South) 11,530
11 October 1930 Goldstone Ground
1–1
Division Three (South) 9,730
9 September 1931 Goldstone Ground
0–3
Division Three (South) 11,175
7 September 1932 Goldstone Ground
1–2
Division Three (South) 9,302
24 March 1934 Goldstone Ground
4–1
Division Three (South) 5,356
8 September 1934 Goldstone Ground
3–0
Division Three (South) 10,560
4 April 1936 Goldstone Ground
2–1
Division Three (South) 5,879
7 November 1936 Goldstone Ground
1–0
Division Three (South) 7,768
26 February 1938 Goldstone Ground
2–1
Division Three (South) 9,707
25 February 1939 Goldstone Ground
0–0
Division Three (South) 7,146
3 May 1947 Goldstone Ground
1–0
Division Three (South) 6,957
14 October 1947 Goldstone Ground
1–1
Division Three (South) 10,240
12 March 1949 Goldstone Ground
1–1
Division Three (South) 15,413
7 January 1950 Goldstone Ground
0–0
Division Three (South) 13,289
3 February 1951 Goldstone Ground
1–0
Division Three (South) 6,790
26 December 1951 Goldstone Ground
4–3
Division Three (South) 24,228
23 August 1952 Goldstone Ground
4–1
Division Three (South) 23,905
13 March 1954 Goldstone Ground
3–0
Division Three (South) 19,312
13 November 1954 Goldstone Ground
1–0
Division Three (South) 16,440
14 January 1956 Goldstone Ground
5–0
Division Three (South) 13,602
22 April 1957 Goldstone Ground
1–1
Division Three (South) 11,382
22 March 1958 Goldstone Ground
3–2
Division Three (South) 19,517
12 January 1963 Goldstone Ground
1–2
Division Three (old) 11,807
17 August 1974 Goldstone Ground
1–0
Division Three (old) 26,235
24 February 1976 Goldstone Ground
2–0
Division Three (old) 33,300
2 October 1976 Goldstone Ground
1–1
Division Three (old) 27,054
22 October 1977 Goldstone Ground
1–1
Division Two (old) 28,208
17 February 1979 Goldstone Ground
0–0
Division Two (old) 23,795
26 December 1979 Goldstone Ground
3–0
Division One (old) 28,358
27 December 1980 Goldstone Ground
3–2
Division One (old) 27,367
21 April 1984 Goldstone Ground
3–1
Division Two (old) 15,214
15 September 1984 Goldstone Ground
1–0
Division Two (old) 15,044
1 January 1986 Goldstone Ground
2–0
Division Two (old) 15,469
20 April 1987 Goldstone Ground
2–0
Division Two (old) 10,062
26 December 1988 Goldstone Ground
3–1
Division Two (old) 13,515
25 March 2003 Withdean Stadium
0–0
Division One 6,786
20 November 2005 Withdean Stadium
2–3
Championship 7,273
27 September 2011 Amex Stadium
1–3
Championship 20,969
17 March 2013 Amex Stadium
3–0
Championship 28,499
Brighton wins Draws Palace wins
25 11 8

Crystal Palace vs Brighton & Hove Albion

Date Venue Score Competition Attendance
27 December 1920 The Nest
3–2
Division Three (South) 22,000
10 March 1926 Selhurst Park
2–1
Division Three (South) 5,871
1 January 1927 Selhurst Park
2–0
Division Three (South) 14,346
17 September 1927 Selhurst Park
1–1
Division Three (South) 13,557
4 May 1929 Selhurst Park
1–0
Division Three (South) 22,146
19 October 1929 Selhurst Park
2–2
Division Three (South) 13,882
14 February 1931 Selhurst Park
0–1
Division Three (South) 16,986
16 September 1931 Selhurst Park
2–0
Division Three (South) 12,071
31 August 1932 Selhurst Park
5–0
Division Three (South) 13,704
11 November 1933 Selhurst Park
2–1
Division Three (South) 10,562
19 January 1935 Selhurst Park
3–0
Division Three (South) 11,189
15 January 1936 Selhurst Park
4–0
Division Three (South) 3,039
13 March 1937 Selhurst Park
2–0
Division Three (South) 16,255
16 October 1937 Selhurst Park
3–2
Division Three (South) 19,121
22 October 1938 Selhurst Park
1–0
Division Three (South) 18,999
11 September 1946 Selhurst Park
1–0
Division Three (South) 11,988
12 April 1948 Selhurst Park
0–0
Division Three (South) 16,463
16 October 1948 Selhurst Park
0–2
Division Three (South) 15,170
11 February 1950 Selhurst Park
6–0
Division Three (South) 13,973
23 September 1950 Selhurst Park
0–2
Division Three (South) 17,800
25 December 1951 Selhurst Park
1–2
Division Three (South) 15,323
20 December 1952 Selhurst Park
2–1
Division Three (South) 9,922
28 April 1954 Selhurst Park
1–1
Division Three (South) 12,439
2 April 1955 Selhurst Park
1–0
Division Three (South) 11,814
10 September 1955 Selhurst Park
1–2
Division Three (South) 20,159
19 April 1957 Selhurst Park
2–2
Division Three (South) 15,514
23 November 1957 Selhurst Park
2–4
Division Three (South) 15,757
1 September 1962 Selhurst Park
2–2
Division Three (old) 18,464
18 March 1975 Selhurst Park
3–0
Division Three (old) 18,799
23 September 1975 Selhurst Park
0–1
Division Three (old) 25,606
12 March 1977 Selhurst Park
3–1
Division Three (old) 28,677
18 March 1978 Selhurst Park
0–0
Division Two (old) 26,305
7 October 1978 Selhurst Park
3–1
Division Two (old) 33,685
5 April 1980 Selhurst Park
1–1
Division One (old) 31,466
18 April 1981 Selhurst Park
0–3
Division One (old) 18,792
26 December 1983 Selhurst Park
0–2
Division Two (old) 13,781
2 April 1985 Selhurst Park
1–1
Division Two (old) 8,025
29 March 1986 Selhurst Park
1–0
Division Two (old) 9,124
26 December 1986 Selhurst Park
2–0
Division Two (old) 10,365
27 March 1989 Selhurst Park
2–1
Division Two (old) 14,384
26 October 2002 Selhurst Park
5–0
Division One 21,796
18 October 2005 Selhurst Park
0–1
Championship 22,400
31 January 2012 Selhurst Park
1–1
Championship 17,271
1 December 2012 Selhurst Park
3–0
Championship 20,114
Palace wins Draws Brighton wins
24 10 10

Other[edit]

Date Venue Score Competition Attendance
26 November 1932 Selhurst Park
1–2
FA Cup: Round 1 14,870
30 September 1936 Selhurst Park
3–2
Third Division South Cup 2,822
10 December 1938 Goldstone Ground
2–3
Third Division South Cup 3,877
20 November 1976 Goldstone Ground
2–2
FA Cup: Round 1 29,510
23 November 1976 Selhurst Park
1–1 (aet)
FA Cup: Round 1 replay 29,174
6 December 1976 Stamford Bridge
0–1
FA Cup: Round 1 replay 2 14,118
16 October 1985 Selhurst Park
1–3
Full Members Cup: South Round 1 Group 4 2,207
18 February 1991 Goldstone Ground
0–2 (aet)
Full Members Cup South Round 3 9,633
10 May 2013 Selhurst Park
0–0
Championship play-offs 23,294
13 May 2013 Amex Stadium
0–2
Championship play-offs 29,518
Brighton wins Draws Palace wins
2 3 5

See also[edit]

Footnotes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b Brighton-Crystal Palace Head to Head, Statto. Retrieved 03 Sept 2011
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j How Brighton v Crystal Palace grew into an unlikely rivalry, The Guardian. Retrieved 11 May 2013
  4. ^ "Statto". Retrieved 11 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Brighton 1-3 Crystal Palace". Retrieved 2 December 2012.