#2: Brighton 0-4 Manchester United 26/05/1983

Thursday 26th May 1983 ITV 1983 BBC1 1983

1983 replay trailer

BBC PRESENTER David Coleman GUESTS Jimmy Hill & Bobby Charlton
7.30pm Kick Off; Wembley Stadium     7.15-9.30pm on BBC1


ITV PRESENTER Dickie Davies GUESTS Jimmy Greaves & Denis Law
COMMENTATORS Brian Moore & Ian St John REPORTER Jim Rosenthal
7.30pm Kick Off; Wembley Stadium     7-9.30pm on ITV

Context of the Match: After taking the original tie all the way to extra time and so narrowly missing out on the win, Brighton had to go again five days later at Wembley against Manchester United for a second chance to win the Cup. This hastily arranged Replay was a rarity in that it was allowed to be staged at Wembley again, with a lot of other Replays being held at other neutral venues. Just like on Saturday, Manchester United were heavy favourites to win this and go some way to avenging their League Cup Final defeat a few months earlier against Arsenal. Brighton, already relegated, already underdogs, had nothing to lose.

1983 replay bha team 1983 replay utd team

The Teams: Brighton welcomed back captain Steve Foster after suspension, replacing Chris Ramsey. Player of the year Gary Stevens continued his role in midfield following on from his goal in Saturday’s Final. Top scorer Michael Robinson again led the line up front. Manchester United finished third in the league, runners up in the League Cup and were looking to finish the season with silverware. They kept an unchanged side from Saturday’s initial Final. That meant Stapleton, Whiteside and Robson remained huge threats to the Brighton defence.


Presentation Team: Much of the same teams from Saturday’s original tie were back again for the Replay. John Motson voiced the game solo again for the BBC whilst Brian Moore was as ever the voice for ITV, alongside Ian St John this time around. Denis Law came into the ITV studio to replace him, sitting alongside Jimmy Greaves. Law was often a face on Granada’s regular regional highlights shows, sometimes acting as secondary presenter, as well as appearing on networked World Cup and other major coverage. Jim Rosenthal was again on reporting duties, interviewing winning manager Ron Atkinson in front of a nice blue curtain.

1983 replay interview

The Coverage: After the all-singing, all-dancing coverage of the initial Cup Final the previous Saturday, the coverage of the Replay paled into insignificance. ITV’s coverage began 30 minutes before kick off for the hastily rescheduled match five days later. BBC coverage began just 15 minutes before the first whistle, squeezing in the introductions and that’s about it. This was probably in part due to Thursday night being Top of the Pops night, which directly preceded this Replay, from 18:55-19:15. In the charts that week were Manchester United Football Club, at number 13 with “Glory Glory Man United”. Both channels were due off air at 9.30pm, a sign that football was popular but not too important to disrupt much of a midweek schedule at relatively short notice. Similar personnel was used for this Replay as it was on Saturday, with John Motson commentating for the Beeb, and Brian Moore doing the honours again for ITV. This time he was joined by Ian St John who moved from studio to gantry. Due to the short build up and post match coverage there were virtually no features other than punditry discussions and analysis.


Story of the Match: Brighton started on the front foot in this replay but the dream was not to last for long. Bryan Robson scored with United’s first real attack midway through the first half. The lead was doubled five minutes later through Whiteside, in doing so becoming the youngest ever Cup Final goalscorer (18 years and 19 days). Just before half time Robson scored a tap in for his second goal to really kill the tie off. In the second half things eased off a little for Brighton but not before Gary Stevens foul brought down Bryan Robson in the area. Arnold Muhren converted the penalty to make it 4-0 and put Manchester United’s name on the trophy. No need for extra time on this occasion, the Red Devils the deserved winners and Brighton’s Cup dream was over despite a fantastic effort in a very difficult season.

Robson (2), Whiteside, Muhren

1983 replay trophy.PNG


NEXT; #3 BRIGHTON 2-0 LIVERPOOL 29/01/1984

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2 Responses to #2: Brighton 0-4 Manchester United 26/05/1983

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