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Programme of the Day – 16th April

 

On this day in 1983, Brighton & Hove Albion beat Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 in an FA Cup semi final at Highbury, watched by 54,000.

 

Jimmy Case opened the scoring in 14 minutes but Ante Mirocevic equalised for Wednesday eleven minutes after the interval.  With twelve minutes to go Case sent Gordon Smith clear and after a goalmouth scramble Mike Robinson scored the winning goal.

 

Brighton held Manchester United to a draw in the final, but lost 4-0 in the replay.  Marooned at the bottom of the First Division since January, they were relegated to join Sheffield Wednesday (who finished sixth) in the following season’s Second Division

 

The teams were:

 

Brighton: Graham Moseley; Gary Stevens and Graham Pearce; Tony Grealish, Steve Foster and Steve Gatting; Jimmy Case, Gary Howlett, Mike Robinson, Gordon Smith and Neil Smillie

 

Sheffield Wednesday: Bob Bolder; Mel Sterland and Pat Heard; Mark Smith, Mike Lyons and Gary Shelton; Gary Megson, David Mills, Gary Bannister, Andy McCulloch and Ante Mirocevic.

 

The referee was George Courteney of Spennymoor.

 

As was the convention until the early 1990s, the host club produced the programme for FA Cup semi finals and Arsenal issued a 24 page issue in their unique format and size (smaller than B5),  Blue replaced red in the internal glossy pages, although there were four pages of full colour photographs, the two in the centre of both squads.

 

There were features on the captains and managers (Jimmy Melia and Jack Charlton), pen pictures of both teams and photographs from previous rounds.   The programme was characteristically devoid of advertisements.

 
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