It was a weird season indeed. I was fortunate to see all of our unbeaten home games that season. Away from home our full backs were vulnerable. Being that we only failed to go up by goal average to the mighty second division, now the championship, I put it down to one game that really cost us. The Gillingham home game we found ourselves without a goalkeeper through injuries. We drafted in amateur Roy Milton, who had mainly appeared for Brixham United. Unfortunately Roy on his league debut suffered terrible nerves and conceded three awful goals before half time. We came back strongly and scored tree to earn a draw. I always reflect if it wasn't for injuries to our goalkeepers we could well have had glory in the second division. Oh just that extra point!
Noticeable just how many references there are to "Albion" (and why not?) in this fine old Brighton programme. Brighton & Hove Albion and Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic must surely have been two of the finest names in football. It's almost like a Torquay & Paignton United playing the wrong side of Hollicombe.
An interesting article from WHC Lane, the Albion manager, on the theme of team selection. Little space you notice, save for "experimental positional changes", for any mention of tactics or formations. It's all about being "master of the ball" rather than Harburn playing "up top". But you imagine Foreman supervised efforts in midfield.
Billy Lane, incidentally, was a centre-forward born in Edwardian times who started his career with London City Mission and Gnome Athletic. I suspect his approach was rather different to the likes of Gus Poyet and Óscar García.
An archetypal football programme advert for rupture appliances. You wonder why there was quite such a demand for this type of device in 1950s Britain.