How former Brighton boss Alan Mullery sparked the top flight's most bizarre rivalry: 'I gave them two fingers and said I wouldn’t pay £5 for any Crystal Palace player'
The facts are often disputed, but there is no doubt that the moment petrol was poured on the smouldering coals of Crystal Palace and Brighton’s fierce rivalry came on December 6, 1976.
It involves an irate Alan Mullery, then Brighton manager, flicking V-signs, a baying Palace mob and five £1 notes.
Palace and Brighton meet in the top flight for the first time in 36 years on Tuesday in a fixture where special measures have to be taken to ensure violence does not erupt at the Amex Stadium.
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