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Brighton & Hove Albion 1 Norwich City 0 - 1983 2013

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2013 2013 2013 <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-sKakrwmzCuk/UdPkfYMBodI/AAAAAAAAELc/jWBYXICTSBs/s1600/significant+matches.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="181" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-sKakrwmzCuk/UdPkfYMBodI/AAAAAAAAELc/jWBYXICTSBs/s200/significant+matches.jpg" width="200" /></a></div>The 12th of March 1983 was one of those days in Norwich City history when fans felt badly aggrieved. A day to believe their team had been robbed. The Goldstone Ground in Brighton was the venue, the FA Cup the competition. It was the Sixth Round too and our first quarter final date since 1959, so the smell of the twin towers was beginning to fill the nostrils. The Canaries had enjoyed a good cup run since the start of the year, seeing off Swansea City, top flight Coventry City and best of all, Ipswich Town in the earlier stages. But there was a fear that such matters would get in the way of Division One survival as the team hovered around the relegation zone after their immediate return to the highest tier nine months earlier.<br /><br />Brighton were also in relegation trouble - two points behind City with only Birmingham below them in the table. So they too could have been forgiven for believing the FA Cup was not the main priority. But the pull of a Wembley final meant neither side wanted to lose. Harshly, on the day, it was Norwich who suffered that fate. The turning point came in the 67th minute when Jimmy Case, using all the opportunism developed in his days playing for Liverpool, blatantly pulled back City defender Paul Haylock as they chased a through ball. Mr. Keen, the linesman, flagged for a foul, but Mr. Robinson, the referee, allowed play to continue. After Case had planted the ball into the net past Chris Woods, the men in black had a confab on the touchline, the result of which led to the linesman deciding he had seen nothing wrong at all. His earlier outstretched arm was never explained. The goal stood, and Norwich were out of the cup.<br /><br />In fairness, the Canary performance had not been thrilling, with the only big chance in the game squandered by Keith Bertschin (the hero of the victory over Ipswich in the Fifth Round). And even after the Case goal, the Seagulls had good chances to put the game out of reach. But Norwich fans were left sick once more (the previous season hopes had been extinguished by a Cyrille Regis wonder goal at West Bromwich Albion), and the general disposition of fans was not helped by the fact that Jimmy Case, so often a tormentor of the Canaries in the past, was lucky to still be on the field. In a typical performance he had earlier been booked, before a nasty challenge on McGuire and a physical attack on Downs were not considered bad enough to produce a sending off. No wonder tempers flared (led most ferociously I remember by Greg Downs) when the officials let the goal stand.<br /><br />The feelings of the two camps when the whistle went could not have been more contrasting. The home fans were wild with excitement, with Case amongst the more noticeable celebrants. Norwich supporters were immediately thinking about how their team could fend off relegation.<br /><br />In the following eight weeks all the answers came out. Brighton went on to beat Sheffield Wednesday in the semi-final, before taking eventual winners Manchester United to a replay in the final. A proud and fondly remembered time for followers of the Seagulls. Meantime, Norwich had a glorious April, unbeaten in seven games and beating Liverpool and Arsenal. By the time Brighton came to Carrow Road for a 2-1 beating on the last day of the season, they were already relegated (and have not returned to the top flight since) and the Canaries were safely placed in mid table.<br /><br />Who knows, had it not been for Jimmy Case, those positions may well have been reversed.<br /><br /><b>Norwich Team</b> : &nbsp;Chris Woods, Paul Haylock, Greg Downs, Peter Mendham, Richard Symonds, Dave Watson, Mark Barham, Dave Bennett, John Deehan, Keith Bertschin, Dennis van Wijk (Mick McGuire) <br /><span style="color: yellow;">.</span><br> 2013 2013 2013 <br><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-sKakrwmzCuk/UdPkfYMBodI/AAAAAAAAELc/jWBYXICTSBs/s1600/significant+matches.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="181" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-sKakrwmzCuk/UdPkfYMBodI/AAAAAAAAELc/jWBYXICTSBs/s200/significant+matches.jpg" width="200" /></a></div>The 12th of March 1983 was one of those days in Norwich City history when fans felt badly aggrieved. A day to believe their team had been robbed. The Goldstone Ground in Brighton was the venue, the FA Cup the competition. It was the Sixth Round too and our first quarter final date since 1959, so the smell of the twin towers was beginning to fill the nostrils. The Canaries had enjoyed a good cup run since the start of the year, seeing off Swansea City, top flight Coventry City and best of all, Ipswich Town in the earlier stages. But there was a fear that such matters would get in the way of Division One survival as the team hovered around the relegation zone after their immediate return to the highest tier nine months earlier.<br /><br />Brighton were also in relegation trouble - two points behind City with only Birmingham below them in the table. So they too could have been forgiven for believing the FA Cup was not the main priority. But the pull of a Wembley final meant neither side wanted to lose. Harshly, on the day, it was Norwich who suffered that fate. The turning point came in the 67th minute when Jimmy Case, using all the opportunism developed in his days playing for Liverpool, blatantly pulled back City defender Paul Haylock as they chased a through ball. Mr. Keen, the linesman, flagged for a foul, but Mr. Robinson, the referee, allowed play to continue. After Case had planted the ball into the net past Chris Woods, the men in black had a confab on the touchline, the result of which led to the linesman deciding he had seen nothing wrong at all. His earlier outstretched arm was never explained. The goal stood, and Norwich were out of the cup.<br /><br />In fairness, the Canary performance had not been thrilling, with the only big chance in the game squandered by Keith Bertschin (the hero of the victory over Ipswich in the Fifth Round). And even after the Case goal, the Seagulls had good chances to put the game out of reach. But Norwich fans were left sick once more (the previous season hopes had been extinguished by a Cyrille Regis wonder goal at West Bromwich Albion), and the general disposition of fans was not helped by the fact that Jimmy Case, so often a tormentor of the Canaries in the past, was lucky to still be on the field. In a typical performance he had earlier been booked, before a nasty challenge on McGuire and a physical attack on Downs were not considered bad enough to produce a sending off. No wonder tempers flared (led most ferociously I remember by Greg Downs) when the officials let the goal stand.<br /><br />The feelings of the two camps when the whistle went could not have been more contrasting. The home fans were wild with excitement, with Case amongst the more noticeable celebrants. Norwich supporters were immediately thinking about how their team could fend off relegation.<br /><br />In the following eight weeks all the answers came out. Brighton went on to beat Sheffield Wednesday in the semi-final, before taking eventual winners Manchester United to a replay in the final. A proud and fondly remembered time for followers of the Seagulls. Meantime, Norwich had a glorious April, unbeaten in seven games and beating Liverpool and Arsenal. By the time Brighton came to Carrow Road for a 2-1 beating on the last day of the season, they were already relegated (and have not returned to the top flight since) and the Canaries were safely placed in mid table.<br /><br />Who knows, had it not been for Jimmy Case, those positions may well have been reversed.<br /><br /><b>Norwich Team</b> : &nbsp;Chris Woods, Paul Haylock, Greg Downs, Peter Mendham, Richard Symonds, Dave Watson, Mark Barham, Dave Bennett, John Deehan, Keith Bertschin, Dennis van Wijk (Mick McGuire) <br /><span style="color: yellow;">.</span><br>2013 2013 2013 <br> <a href="http://www.matrixar.com/" title="Matrix ">المصفوفة : أجمل الخلفيات والصور</a>

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