Spurs v Brighton notes

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Arthur Archer A much travelled full back, Arthur Archer spent a couple of years at Tottenham from 1903-1905 and then one season at Brighton (via Norwich City) making 28 appearances in the 1907-08 season.

Gerry Armstrong Bustling striker who could play centre-half signed by Spurs from Bangor (Northern Ireland) in 1975.  Stayed with Tottenham for five years making over 80 appearances before moving to Watford.  Went on to play for Real Mallorca (Spain), WBA and Chesterfield before taking up a player/coach role with Brighton in 1986 making nearly 50 appearances before leaving after going into the crowd  in a reserve game and head-butting a fan in 1988.  Played for Northern Ireland in the 1982 World Cup Finals.

Phil Beal Legendary Spurs defender who took over from Danny Blanchflower and spent over 12 years with Tottenham, playing over 300 times, before departing for Brighton in 1975, where he played only a handful of games in his two years on the South Coast.

Walter Bellamy Played for both Spurs and Brighton between the wars.

Ken Bennett A forward who joined Spurs during the Second World War and played war-time games for the club, but left in 1946 for Southend United.  From there he went to Bournemouth and Guildford City, spending three years at Brighton from 1950, playing over 100 times for the Seagulls.

Guy Butters Spurs youth product who represented the club between 1988 and 1991 before leaving for first team football.  Joined Brighton in 2002.

David Button Goalkeeper brought through the Spurs youth system and from 2008 to 2012, David went on a series on loans, but didn’t make the first team at Tottenham.  Left for Charlton Athletic, then played for Brentford and Fulham before joining Brighton in 2018.

Martin Chivers Spurs legend, who scored over 100 goals in nearly 300 games after joining from Southampton in 1968. Left for Servette in Switzerland in 1976, returning to England two years later to play for Norwich City and then Brighton for the 1979-80 season. After leaving the Goldstone Ground, Chivers played in Norway and in English non-league.

Ray Clarke Youth product at Tottenham, who played in England, Holland and Belgium before signing for the Seagulls for the 1979-80 season before moving on to Newcastle United.

Robert Codner A youth team player in the 1980s, he went on to make over 250 games for Albion between 1988 and 1995 and captained the side too.

Jimmy Collins Played for Spurs only twice in his six years with the club, culminating in a move to the Goldstone Ground in 1962 where he made over 200 appearances in his five years with Brighton, who he captained.  Died in 2018.

George Coomber Fourteen games for Spurs between 1917 and 1918 scoring two goals led to a move  back to Brighton, where he had started his career in 1913, went on to stay with the Seagulls until 1924.

Ian Culverhouse Started with Spurs as an apprentice in 1981, making one league appearance for the first team between 1982 and 1986 before ending his career at Brighton from 1998 to 2000.

Jack Davie A guest player for Tottenham during the War.

Alf Day A guest player for Brighton during the War.

Ally Dick The youngest player to play for Tottenham, Dick made appearances scoring times.  After leaving Spurs for Ajax, Ally passed through Brighton, but did not get any further than the subs bench.

Matthew Edwards Youngster at Spurs who never broke into the first team, went on to have the best spell of his career at Brighton as an attacking midfielder.

Tom Fitchie A 14 club career that took in five spells at Arsenal saw Tom Fitchie play for both Spurs and Brighton.  Scored one goal in two appearances for Tottenham in 1902, while in 1908 he played “occasional” matches for the Seagulls.

Doug Flack Goalkeeper who played war-time matches as a guest for both clubs.

Fred Ford Centre-half who played war-time matches as a guest for both clubs.

Harry Gilberg Joined Spurs as a 14 year old, playing most of his football during World War II and only two Football League appearances and one in the FA Cup.  Moved to QPR in 1951 and Brighton a year later, but had to retire in 1954 after suffering a bad injury.

Paddy Gilhooley Spent three years at Tottenham before leaving for Brighton in 1904.

Almer Hall Almer Hall started his career at Brighton in 1930 and was released, signing for Spurs after a trial in 1934.  Stayed for three years scoring eight times in 24 games, but left for Southend United.

Grant Hall Spurs signed the Brighton youngster as a 16 year old central defender, having made only one appearance for the Seagulls.  Didn’t appear for Tottenham in the first team, but went out on loan before joining QPR in 2015.

Willie Hall Signed from Notts County in 1932, Spurs had an inside forward who played for 12 years, making 375 appearances in a distinguished career.  Willie was a guest player for Brighton during the War.

Percy Hooper A guest player for Brighton during the War, goalkeeper Hooper made 245 appearances for Tottenham between 1934 and 1945.

Mel Hopkins Welsh full back Mel Hopkins served Spurs from 1952 to 1964 appearing 271 times and scoring one goal during the successful period when the Double was won. Signed for Brighton from Spurs and made over 60 appearances in three years. Spent a couple of years at Canterbury City and finished his career at Bradford Park Avenue.

Chris Hughton Spurs legend who served the club as a player, coach and assistant manager spent a spell in charge at Brighton (2014-2019), taking them to the Premier League in 2017, before being sacked in 2019.

Robert Humphries A Spurs amateur half back, who didn’t make a first team appearance before joining the Seagulls in 1956 and played 10 games in the season he was there.  Left to join Millwall.

Leonard Hyde Played from 1899 to 1902, captaining the reserves in his last season and after leaving Tottenham, he played for Brighton from 1903.

Sam Jennings Started at the Seagulls in 1925 playing 110 games in three years, scoring 65 goals.  Made one appearance for Spurs in 1918. 

Jim Kennedy An Albion player for the 1905-06 season and moved on, playing for Spurs from 1910.

Joe Kinnear Signed initially as an amateur in 1963 from St. Albans, Kinnear cemented his place in the Spurs side of the late 60s and early 70s as a solid right back.  Won an FA Cup, 2 League Cups and a UEFA Cup before moving to Brighton in 1975.  Played one season before retiring.

Billy Lane Was a Spurs player from 1924-26, playing 30 games and scoring 9 goals before a spell in charge at the Goldstone Ground in 1951, staying for ten years.

Charlie Lanham Played at the end of the 1890s for Tottenham and then played against us for Albion in 1902.

George Leach Played for both clubs in the 1900s and was also a Sussex county cricketer.

David Lee Came through the youth ranks at Spurs to reach the reserve team, but  did not make the first team.  Signed for Brighton and was released in September 2004.

Harry Lowe Joined Spurs from Albion for £75 in April 1914 and stayed until 1927, returning to White Hart Lane in 1938 as reserve team manager.

Junior McDougald While Junior never made the senior aide at Tottenham, Brighton gave him his full debut and he had a successful period as a goal-scorer at the Seagulls.

Neil McNab Signed by Spurs from Morton as a 16 year old in 1974 and played as an amateur before lining up alongside Hoddle, Ardiles and Villa in the Spurs side of 1978.  Couldn’t dislodge the big names from the side and signed for Bolton later that year before joining Brighton in 1980.  Made over 100 appearances for the Seasgulls in his three years at the Goldstone Ground leaving to play for Manchester City.

Jeff Minton Hit a debut goal against Everton for Spurs and played two more games in 1992 before moving on and playing for Brighton on his travels.

Alan Mullery Joined Tottenham in 1967 and played 373 times with 30 goals in that time.  A Spurs captain who lifted the League and UEFA Cups in the early Seventies, he went on to manage Brighton twice – from 1976 to 1981 and from 1986 to 1987.

Frank O’Donnell Forward Frank O’Donnell guested for nine clubs during World War including Spurs and Brighton.

Gary O’Reilly Spurs youth product Garry O’Reilly played centre-half 73 times for the club before joining Brighton in 1984.  In January 1987, he signed for Crystal Palace, but returned to the Goldstone in 1991 on a free transfer.

Dennis Orford Right winger who joined Tottenham from Albion in 1956.

John Piercy Tottenham’s 500th player to be used in the League made nine appearances for Tottenham, before joining Brighton in September 2002.  He played 34 games for the Seagulls scoring four goals before having to retire in 2004 suffering from colitis.

Andy Polston When released by Spurs in 1992, the younger of the Polston brothers had a trial at Brighton and Hove Albion.

Bob Pryde Guested for both clubs in the second World War, making one appearance for Tottenham at centre-half.

G. L. Robinson Amateur goalkeeper who appeared for both teams.

Art Rule A centre-forward who joined Tottenham in 1899, scoring five goals in 12 matches, but left for Portsmouth and Ryde.  Signed for Brighton in 1905.

Mat Ryan Young Australian goalkeeper was on trial with Spurs and played a few pre-season friendlies with the Spurs XI side before joining Club Brugge and Valencia and then transferring to Brighton in 2017.

George Skinner Signed by Spurs in 1938, inside forward George Skinner played for many clubs as a World War II guest.  Joined Brighton in 1948 before managing in England and across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.

Bobby Smith Bustling centre forward who represented both clubs and England in a 20 year career.  Signed from Chelsea in December 1955, Bobby became the focal point of the Spurs attack, as they completed the Double and a win in the European Cup-Winners’ Cup final. Joined Brighton in 1964, scoring the goals that took them to the Fourth Division title.  Was sacked over comments he made in the local paper in 1965.

Billy Sperrin A guest player for Brighton during the War.

Gary Stevens Starred for Brighton in the 1983 FA Cup Final against Manchester United and Spurs paid around £350,000 for the defender/midfielder.  Enjoyed a good spell with Spurs winning the UEFA Cup in 1984, but injured by Vinnie Jones, he left the club for Portsmouth in 1990 and retired in 1992.

Peter Suddaby A player at Brighton, he joined Spurs as Academy Director in 1999.

Peter Taylor Speedy winger for Tottenham between 1976 and 1980, playing 140 times for Spurs and scoring 33 goals, he managed Brighton for the 2001-02 season before leaving over a dispute over funds for new signings.

Jimmy Townley Played for both Spurs and Brighton between the wars.  In 1925 signed for Tottenham, but broke his leg, delaying his debut for two years and he only made five appearances, but scored four times. Moved to Brighton in August 1928 and a year later moved to Clapton Orient.

Frank Scott Walford Between 1889 and 1891, Walford kept goal for Tottenham as an amateur.  After leaving Spurs, he went on to be secretary-manager at Brighton from 1905 to 1908.

Johnny Wallis MBE Only made nine appearances for Spurs, but was an important member of the club’s backroom staff.  A guest player for Brighton during the War, but served Tottenham for 58 years as player, Reserve team manager, Trainer/Physio and Kit manager, being awarded the MBE in the process.  Died in February 2003.

Danny Webb An Academy player at Spurs and was loaned to Brighton after leaving Spurs for Southampton.

Jack Whent Englishman who emigrated to Canada and returned to his home country in WWII with the Canadian Army, playing for Spurs as a guest and then for Brighton, before signing amateur forms in 1944.  Played in the FA Cup in 1946 for the Seagulls and returned to play professionally for them after a spell back in Canada, playing over 100 times from 1947 to 1950, when he left for Luton Town.

Joe Wilson Tricky little inside forward, who was contracted to Brighton, but appeared as a guest player for Tottenham during the War.

Mark Yeates Spurs youngster, who was a lively striker, who spent a month on loan at the Withdean stadium in 2004.

Willie Young Lumbering defender, who was signed for Spurs by Terry Neill from Aberdeen, but was only a limited success, playing only 64 times.  Following a move to Arsenal, Young wound down his career and played at Brighton in the 1983-84 season, making four appearances.

Bobby Zamora A goal-scoring hero at Brighton, Zamora obtained cult status, but was the prize asset that the Seagulls had to cash in on.  Signed at the start of the 2003-04 season, but never really made an impact and moved on to West Ham by January 2004, scoring one goal – ironically against the team he was to join.


Debuts against Brighton

Wilfred Waller 21.01.1899

Ted Hughes 07.10.1899

Herbert Chapman 18.03.1905

W H Sainsbury 11.10.1941

Peter Southey 08.09.1979


Last game for the club – played against Brighton

Willie McNair 15.02.1908

T U Pearson 17.02.1942

Peter Southey 08.09.1979


First goal for the club – scored against Brighton

Walter Bull 19.11.1904

Herbert Chapman 18.03.1905

Bob Walker 30.03.1907

Chris Hughton 19.01.1980


Last goal for the club – scored against Brighton

Ricardo Villa 28.12.1982


19.11.1977 Paul Clark makes his Brighton debut.

08.01.2005 Robbie Keane scores the 100th goal in his career.

29.10.2014 Mark Walton makes his debut for Brighton in goal.

13.12.2017 First meeting in the Premier League.

26.12.2019 Jan Vertonghen makes his 300th Spurs appearance.
Harry Kane scores the 100th home goal of his career (90 for Spurs, 5 for Millwall, 3 for Leyton Orient and two for Leicester City).

01.11.2020 Robert Sanchez makes his debut in goal for the Seagulls.
Tariq Lamptey scores his first Brighton goal.

31.01.2021 Hugo Lloris makes his 350th Spurs appearance.
Ben Davies makes his 300th career appearance.
This match’s starting line-up for Tottenham was the first in the Premier League that failed to include an English player.

31.01.2021 Harry Kane’s goal gave him the record of being the all-time away goal-scorer in Premier League history with 85 goals.
The goal was his 178th and put him fifth in the list of all-time Premier League goal-scorers .

Transfers from Brighton to Tottenham

Name Date Fee

Bobby ZAMORA July 2003 £1,500,000

Gary STEVENS June 1983 £350,000

Almer HALL October 1934

Harry LOWE April 1914

Transfers to Brighton from Tottenham

Name Date Fee

Jeff MINTON July 1994 Released

Andy POLSTON July 1992

Gary O’REILLY August 1984 £35,000

Joe KINNEAR August 1975

Phil BEAL July 1975 Free

Mel HOPKINS October 1964

Bobby SMITH May 1964 £5,000

Jimmy COLLINS October 1962

Walter BELLAMY September 1935

Jimmy TOWNLEY August 1928

James GILHOOLEY April 1904

James DAVIDSON 1898