Paul Moulden still remembers his Albion double against Preston – and the James Bond car which got away.

But, as he serves hungry customers tomorrow, he will not mind if his successors in blue and white stripes end one of their more quirky goal famines and take away one of his unlikely claims to fame.

Moulden’s double strike at the Goldstone in September 1992 remain the last goals scored by an Albion player at home to Preston.

These days, the former Manchester City sharpshooter combines banter with batter as he runs Paul’s Chippy in Burry Road, Bolton.

His time at Albion was brief and is remembered for the rapport he struck up with fellow striker Steve Cotterill.

Both men were on loan, Moulden from Oldham and Cotterill from Wimbledon, and they could not stop scoring during their brief time together.

A fired-up Moulden did the damage to see off Preston 2-0.

Having hit the post in the first half, he flicked home John Crumplin’s cross on 59 minutes and turned in Steve Foster’s knockdown 16 minutes later.

Out of favour with Oldham boss Joe Royle, he had to sort out some business at Boundary Park during the week before Preston visited. And North End paid for it.

He said: “I had to go back up to Oldham for some reason so I trained there for one day.

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Paul Moulden in action for Albion against Preston in the match in which he scored twice

“There was a lad called Mick Flynn playing for Preston at centre-half.

“The reserve team coach at Oldham had had Mick when he was a kid.

“He said to me ‘You’ve got Preston at the weekend, haven’t you?’ and he was going on about Mick Flynn this and Mick Flynn that.

“I didn’t know him. Brighton were in the third division at the time and I’d never played in the third division.

“I just said, ‘He’ll be no problem’ and this coach came back to me and said, ‘He’ll have you in his pocket at the weekend’.

“That’s how it is. When you fall out with a manager, you fall out with all the coaches as well.

“But I left that training session determined Mick Flynn wouldn’t have me in his pocket. The rest was history.”

Moulden was in his element up against defenders like Flynn, especially with his sidekick playing his part.

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Albion's last goal against Preston, headed into his own net by Marlon Broomes in 2004

He said: “I had never met Mick Flynn before but, as always, there was a lot of banter flying about that day.

“One of the reasons I loved playing for Brighton was Mr Banter himself, Steve Cotterill (pictured). We met up like we had never been apart. I’d start the banter and he’d finish it or vice versa.

“We destroyed many a centre-half partnership during that three months.

“I was gutted to leave. I mean that very sincerely – absolutely gutted.

“I couldn’t believe nobody would have bought me and Steve as a pairing.

“We were both out of favour with our clubs and we hit it off so well. But it wasn’t to be – at Brighton or at any club.”

He added: “Brighton was a great place to be. You had Steve Foster, Ian Chapman, some proper, proper good lads. Good players and proper smashing lads.

“The gaffer (Barry Lloyd) was brilliant, Martin Hinshelwood was fantastic. There was Clive Walker, the little Welsh lad (John Robinson), John Crumplin. They were belting times.”

Preston have been back to Sussex on five occasions since then and no home player has scored.

The Seagulls lost 2-0 both in the FA Cup in 2001-02 and in the league the following season.

They enjoyed a 1-0 win two seasons later – thanks to an own goal from Marlon Broomes.

It ended 0-0 in 2005-06 and again last season, when Jordan Pickford somehow clawed Jamie Murphy’s inswinging free-kick away from his top corner.

By the time those blanks were being fired, Moulden was firing up the deep-fryers back in Lancashire.


He said: “My football career came to an end due to a recurring ankle injury.

“My mum and dad had a chip shop and I used to enjoy helping them out during the summer. I finished playing and I had nothing planned.

“My dad said there was a shop over the other side of town and why didn’t I give it a go.

“He said if I tried it and didn’t like it, they would sell up their shop and buy that one off me. It was a no-lose situation.

“I ended buying the shop. We had that for eight years, then we got the current one about 11 years ago.”

It is all a bit different to the lifestyle of current City players. He enjoys it, though, and has the flexibility to get out and watch his three football-playing sons.

But there were glimpses of the millionaire lifestyle back then. Take that win over Preston, for example.

“The chairman, Greg (Stanley), said to me if I scored three that day I could take his bottle-green Lotus whatever-it-was, like a James Bond car, home for the weekend.

“I tried my nuts off to score three. I hit the post. I don’t think any Brighton players got a pass off me that day!

“But two sufficed for the win.”