#5: Brighton 0-0 Fulham 14/12/1995

#5 BRIGHTON 0-0 FULHAM (AET, FUL win 4-1 on pens) FA Cup Round Two Replay
Thursday 14th December 1995 Sky 1995

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PRESENTER Richard Keys
COMMENTATORS Martin Tyler & Andy Gray REPORTER Nick Collins
7.45pm Kick Off; Goldstone Ground     Ford Cup Special on Sky Sports

Fulham FACup Sky programme1

Context of the Match: Brighton scraped past non-league Canvey Island in the First Round but only after a replay at the Goldstone following a 2-2 draw first time out. The original Round Two match at Craven Cottage ended goalless twelve days earlier and was enough somehow to garner the interest of the Sky Sports cameras for the first time featuring the Albion. As detailed above, the game was a tight squeeze in order for it not to clash with any other televised matches. England playing on Tuesday pushed this game to a Thursday night, just like another famous FA Cup Replay featuring the club 12 years earlier. Fulham were a division below, in the fourth tier, and on paper an away victory would be an upset, however with Brighton’s poor season so far and low morale it was a difficult match to call. Coupled with the fact Fulham had already knocked us out of the Cup this season, the League Cup back in August. The winner tonight would host Shrewsbury in Round Three.

Fulham FACup Ryan

The Teams: Liam Brady had left since the last televised game, with Albion ’83 Cup hero Jimmy Case taking up the reigns a few weeks before today’s match alongside Brady’s assistant Gerry Ryan. Midfielder Jeff Minton went into the tie in form, having scored in a win against Bournemouth the previous Saturday. Despite a busy run of games coming up for the Albion, including 2 games in 3 days, the majority of the starting XI forming the regular team. That meant ever-present Nicky Rust continued in goal, with defenders Peter Smith and Stuart Myall in front of him, captain McCarthy in the middle and Junior McDougald up front. Fulham’s squad included striker Gary Brazil, whose daughter Ellie would go on to represent the Albion Women’s team more than twenty years later. Speaking of the Women’s team, George Parris started for Brighton. He would later take charge of BHAWFC. Refereeing the match was a young Graham Poll.

Fulham FACup Sky programme2

Presentation Team: Sky’s A-Team of Richard Keys, Martin Tyler, Andy Gray and Nick Collins were all present for this pre-Christmas Cup clash. Tyler and Gray had formed a formidable partnership on the gantry since Sky gained exclusive live rights to the new FA Carling Premiership four years ago, with Gray’s forensic analysis breaking new ground and generally considered to be the best in the business by far. Tyler covered the last Live FA Cup match for Brighton when he was pitchside reporter for ITV in the 1984 Fourth Round victory over Liverpool. Richard Keys hosted almost every English domestic Live match on Sky during this period and was almost certainly based at Sky HQ in Isleworth as opposed to the window box Jim Rosenthal presented from in the Goldstone corner last time out. Nick Collins, Sky’s Premiership and England reporter, was on touchline duties this time around.

Fulham FACup Sky programme3

The Coverage: I have not been able to obtain many details about this broadcast unfortunately. It is almost certain that with it being a replay rather than a full round of fixtures, and rather hastily arranged at that, Sky would have given the coverage a short 15 minutes intro and post match hosted from their studio in Isleworth. Therefore the build up would have consisted of a short chat with the studio guest, a couple of interviews conducted by Nick Collins and then it would be time to hand over to Andy Gray and Martin Tyler. Had this been the original match Live, it would almost certainly have had a longer pre-match and included goals and reports from other 2nd Round ties. Due to the match ending goalless again, extra time and penalties would have extended the broadcast from around 10pm up until about 10.45pm or so, leaving a few minutes to round up the match and get some reaction from the players and managers involved, before concluding for the night and preparing for their next big Live flagship Super Sunday broadcast at the weekend. Sky’s FA Cup theme tune was a version of Jerusalem, which they used throughout the entire time they covered the competition. Graphics were the usual yellow and black that were used across all sports for these couple of years circa 1994-97.


Story of the Match: It was some achievement from both sides not to score a solitary goal in a total of 210 minutes of football but that’s exactly what happened here. Nil-nil in the first game, nil-nil in the Replay, nil-nil in Extra Time. Penalties were needed to decide the winner and Brighton certainly did not step up to the mark, scoring just one with Fulham converting all four of theirs to go through. The off-the-field fights were more important to the Albion at this crucial time, having started in the last televised game against Bournemouth they would continue for years to come. The on-field problems continued and the club would be relegated at the end of this season to join Fulham in Division Three.

After Extra Time. Fulham win 4-1 on penalties




EXTRA; Whilst footage of this actual broadcast is proving extremely elusive, I have found a clip from Sky’s FA Cup First Round coverage which included a report on the Albion’s tie away at Canvey Island from reporter (and future Football League Live host) George Gavin and presented by Richard Keys.

Fulham FACup Keys Fulham FACup Gavin


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