Brighton & Hove Albion v Crystal Palace – test your knowledge of one of football's least-understood rivalries

But most of the football world is still perplexed why the two clubs have become such bitter rivals. What exactly is behind all?

Most agree that the feud sparked in 1976/7, when the clubs were managed by ex-Spurs players who had little time for each other – Terry Venables at Crystal Palace, and Alan Mullery at Brighton & Hove Albion.

The sides were fiercely competing for promotion from the Third Division after narrowly missing out the previous season, but also duelled THREE TIMES in the first round of the FA Cup.

The second replay – played at a neutral ground, Stamford Bridge – bubbled over after some highly controversial decisions from ref Ron Challis, later dubbed ‘Challis of the Palace’.

Post-match, Albion boss Mullery threw coins on the pitch, shouting ‘That's all you're worth, Crystal Palace!’, after allegedly having tea poured on him by an Eagles fan.

Mullery, who is now a club ambassador at Brighton, also stuck two fingers up at opposition supporters – a gesture which saw him fined by the FA.

Several years later, in April 1985, Albion players called for Palace defender Henry Hughton to be banned for life for breaking the leg of fan favourite Gerry Ryan.

Ironically, Henry's brother is current Seagulls manager Chris Hughton, who is much-loved on the south coast.

The rivalry flames were further fuelled in May 1989 in another ill-tempered match which saw ref Kelvin Morton award a record number of penalties.

In the same tie, striker Ian Wright, who had been rejected by Brighton after a trial, scored a spectacular volley which he now considers his greatest-ever goal for the club.

It would be another 13 years before the sides would meet again in the league, but by now the bitter rivalry was set in stone for thousands of fans – and has subsequently been passed down through generations.

But how much more do you know about the ‘M23 derby’ and the two clubs involved? Test your knowledge right here…

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You probably won't get full marks – unless you're a hardcore Brighton or Palace fan – but why not challenge your friends to beat your score?

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