M23 derby

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
A23/M23 derby
M23 Derby Kits.svg
Locale Southern England (Brighton/South Norwood)
Teams Brighton & Hove Albion
Crystal Palace
First contested Brighton 0–2 Palace
(25 December 1920)[1]
Statistics
Number of meetings 98
Most wins Both teams (37 each)

The M23 derby, also known as the Brighton & Hove Albion–Crystal Palace rivalry and the A23 derby, is the name of the association football local derby between the two English league teams Brighton & Hove Albion and Crystal Palace. The name comes from the motorway that stretches from Sussex to south London. It is one of the fiercest derbies in English football, with both sets of fans recognising one another as their team's main rival.[2]

Though Crystal Palace is Brighton's geographically-closest club (excluding the recent promotion of Crawley Town into the Football League), Crystal Palace have a number of nearer clubs to call rivals, making the rivalry one of the strangest in English football. Although the rivalry has its beginnings in the 1940/50s where the clubs met a total of 21 times in 12 years; it truly came to full force in the 1976/77 Season.[3]

The two teams have been evenly matched across the years with 37 wins each. They have drawn 24 matches.[4] In total, against each other Palace have won 5 cup games and Brighton have won 2, but Brighton in turn have won 35 league games while Palace have won 32.

Rivalry Background[edit]

Although the rivalry has its beginnings in the 1940/50s where the clubs met a total of 21 times in 12 years; it truly came to full force in the 1970s. In June 1976 Terry Venables was announced as the Crystal Palace manager, and a month later Alan Mullery was named as Brighton manager. The two managers had spent time together on the field as players at Tottenham, in fact 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 the two managers. Both managers were set the same task at the two clubs; promotion from the Old Third Division.[3]

The clubs first met in the league that season at The Goldstone on 2 October where it ended all square at 1-1, though during the match three smoke bombs were thrown onto the pitch. The two clubs were then drawn in the first round of the FA Cup to be played on 20 November at The Goldstone; the match ended 2-2. A replay then took place at Selhurst three days later; once again the sides could not be separated and the match finished 1-1 after extra time and the teams faced a second replay. In both matches Brighton were described as dominating much of the game.[3]

The second replay, which was postponed twice due to bad weather, took place at Stamford Bridge on 6 December and “was prefaced by much verbal propaganda of the chest-thumping variety”. Palace took the lead at the 18 minute mark through Paul Holder. Brighton’s Peter Ward had a goal disallowed shortly after as he was adjudged to have handled the ball; though Palace’s Jim Cannon later admitted 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 promptly disallowed as referee, Ron Challis, adjudged players encroached the penalty area, though it is believed only Palace players encroached. 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 match Mullery approached Challis to discuss the decision. As Mullery walked away down the tunnel a Crystal Palace supporter poured coffee over him. In response Mullery pulled some loose change from his pocket, threw it to the floor and exclaimed ‘That's all you're worth, Crystal Palace!’ with, what the Guardian described as "none too polite signs". Mullery was led away by police and charged £100 by the FA for bringing the game into disrepute.[3]

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

That season both teams were promoted as runner ups, with Brighton finishing two points in front of Palace. Brighton also rebranded that season, changing from the Dolphins to become the Seagulls, in direct opposition to the Crystal Palace Eagles.[3]

The rivalry continued with the clubs meeting with the same objective and same managers in the 1978/79 season, this time vying for a spot in the top flight of English football. Brighton completed their season top of the league but Palace had a game in hand to play against Burnley; Palace won the match 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 would go on to manage Crystal Palace for two season (1982–1984) then would return to Brighton for the 1986/87 season.[3]

Brighton’s off the field problems in the 1990’s would lead to the clubs only meeting 4 times in the league between 1990 and 2011.

Recent encounters[edit]

The first game between the two teams at Brighton's new stadium was won by Crystal Palace, 3–1.[5] The most recent derby was won 0–2 by Palace at the Amex Stadium in the 2012–13 Championship Playoff Semi-finals.

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-
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-?
Steve Claridge Crystal Palace 1988 2004
Paul Dickov Brighton 1994 (loan) 2007 (loan)
Stephen Dobbie Brighton 2012–2013 2013 (loan), 2013–
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 2011–
Gary O'Reilly Brighton 1984–1987 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-
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 22 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. ^ "Football Fans Census" (PDF). 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i 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.