Weeks? "It's been an unbelievable rollercoaster, it is a humongous achievement," Gould, who managed Wimbledon to FA Cup success in 1988, told the PA news agency. FA Cup finals were staged in searing heat back then and this was no exception. Replays were played in the midweek fixtures on 16th-17th. I didn’t care. The Wimbledon side were known to be full of working-class men, contrasted with Liverpool’s roster of superstars including John Barnes and Alan Hansen. They demolished teams for fun and won many an FA Cup and League Title during the decade. Wimbledon were in front. Last modified on Sat 2 May 2020 15.27 BST. The FA has become embroiled in a row with AFC Wimbledon over who actually won the 1988 FA Cup final. But Beasant dived to his left to become the first goalkeeper to save a penalty in a Wembley FA Cup final. © 2020 Guardian News & Media Limited or its affiliated companies. The tournament started in August 1987 with non-league teams competing in a qualifying competition. The memories came flooding back. Wimbledon emerged as 2-1 winners to reach the FA Cup final, in only their second season in the First Division and their 11th in the Football League. On this day in 1988 Wimbledon completed one of the greatest FA Cup shocks when they beat Liverpool 1-0 at Wembley. WATCH MORE: 50 iconic FA Cup goals With 29 goals that season, surely Aldridge couldn’t miss from the spot. The tickets cost £25 each and my dad said they had an “obstructed view”. Video 2 minutes 1 second Video 2 minutes 1 second 2:01. Why would there be? He made his name at … The 1987–88 FA Cup was the 107th season of the world's oldest knockout football competition, The Football Association Challenge Cup, or FA Cup for short. First, my dad drove us to the match; no getting the tube for this game. A new documentary on Wimbledon's Crazy Gang to … At this point, there were no Wimbledon fans in sight. All other replays were played on 28 November. Liverpool were going for their second Double in three years. My dad is an Arsenal fan and was determined his son would follow the side he had watched for most of his life, so he was constantly extolling the virtues of the Gunners (marble halls, Liam Brady). 's Crazy Gang who defeated league champions Liverpool through a headed goal by Lawrie Sanchez, thus denying Liverpool the double. I thought my hero had scored. Wimbledon recorded a shock victory against Liverpool in the 1988 FA Cup final Late is one way of describing Vinnie Jones tackle on Steve McMahon during the 1988 FA Cup final. And I do wish Aldridge had taken a better penalty. No games from Rounds 1 or 2 were shown. 's Crazy Gang who defeated league champions Liverpool through a headed goal by Lawrie Sanchez, thus denying Liverpool the double. The Crazy Gang: Wimbledon legend Dennis Wise remembers the 1988 FA Cup final... and a wasted trip to buy Princess Diana flowers. The 1987–88 FA Cup was the 107th season of the world's oldest knockout football competition, The Football Association Challenge Cup, or FA Cup for short. Here, the PA news agency looks at the Crazy Gang’s finest moment. - Average age of the Wimbledon starting lineup: 25.54 - This was the first time that a penalty had been missed in a Wembley F.A. The Cup runs. They would be one of three clubs other than Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool to win the trophy in the following 20 years (the others being Everton and Tottenham Hotspur) before Portsmouth's victory in the 2008 final. FA Cup Rewind: Relive Wimbledon's shock 1988 win. Wimbledon's "Crazy Gang"—so-called because of the boisterous, eccentric behaviour of the players—won the FA Cup in 1988, beating that season's League champions Liverpool, and thereby became one of only three clubs to have won both the FA Cup and its amateur counterpart. Three months ago, my parents moved house and among boxes of Subbuteo teams were two tickets to the 1988 Liverpool v Wimbledon FA Cup final. 32 years ago today, 'The Crazy Gang' won The FA Cup! However, in what was an ominous signal for the result that followed, the Chewits melted in the car. Result aside, it was a magical occasion. But one evening, my dad returned from work with two tickets for the final thanks to a bloke called Charlie, a member of Hertfordshire FA. FA Cup third round draw: Liverpool face AFC Wimbledon in re-run of 1988 final while holders Arsenal take on Hull City again. 1988 Wimbledon FC wins the FA Cup, defeating the highly fancied Liverpool FC with a Lawrie Sanchez goal. It was certainly an extra special end of season celebration on this day 17 years ago as AFC Wimbledon hosted Dons stars from the past. Teams from the First and Second Divisions entered at the third round. The win had been orchestrated by the tactics of their manager, Bobby Gould, and his assistant, Don Howe. In what was one the biggest cup upsets in FA Cup history, Lawrie Sanchez’s goal in the 37 th minute saw Wimbledon crowned FA Cup Champions against all … How long does it take to move on from defeat? Top scorer John Aldridge found the net twice in a 2-1 win. Three minutes later, the unthinkable happened. 5 January 2015 5 January 2015. Lawrie Sanchez got the only goal for Wimbledon as they beat Liverpool to win the 1988 Final! Everything about the day was special. On this day in 1988 Wimbledon completed one of the greatest FA Cup shocks when they beat Liverpool 1-0 at Wembley. No matter, there was still time. The fourth round of games were played over the weekend 30 January – 1 February 1988, with replays being played on 3 February. A Dennis Wise free-kick was met by Lawrie Sanchez, who headed beyond Bruce Grobbelaar. The 1988 FA Cup was the only major trophy Vinnie Jones won in a 15-year senior career. A second replay was then played on 9 February. They also had an excellent team spirit and had got to this final on merit. We got to our seats (the “obstructed view” turned out to be a slim pillar to my left) and watched as the teams walked on to the pitch to be greeted by Princess Diana. Clive Goodyear was wrongly deemed to have fouled Aldridge in the penalty area. I was one of the 98,000 in the ground that day. They would be one of three clubs other than Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool to win the trophy in the following 20 years (the others being Everton and Tottenha… More recently in the 2012/13 FA Cup Final, a struggling Wigan Athletic defeated reigning Premier League champions Manchester City in a match reminiscent of Wimbledon’s 1988 FA Cup win. Liverpool’s John Aldridge scored twice in the Reds’ FA Cup … The defeat was raw for years, not helped by the fact that Beasant’s mum worked at my school. The first round of games were played over the weekend 14–15 November 1987, with the exception of the Welling United – Carshalton Athletic game. cup final. This result was nailed on! I was devastated. Such was the lure of the FA Cup back then that supporters were to spend the weeks leading up to the final fending off calls from long lost friends begging for tickets. The last time Plough Lane hosted an FA Cup tie, it was a third round replay victory against Aston Villa in January 1991, with Alan Cork scoring the only goal in extra-time. Available for everyone, funded by readers. All rights reserved. - The penalty was saved by Dave Beasant. Dons will be hoping for … The memories came flooding back. The fifth set of games were played over the weekend 20–21 February 1988, with replays on 23–24 February. Three games went to second replays and one of these to a third replay. Minor setback brushed aside, we walked to the stadium, the Twin Towers finally appearing above a sea of red. From nowhere, people leapt up in front of me. At 11 years old, the prospect of seeing the Reds in the season’s showpiece event never entered my head. The right to show FA Cup games were, as with Football League matches, shared between the BBC and ITV. Related Video and Audio. The brown Morris Marina was full of sweets and we arrived a mile or so away from the stadium in style (for a sense of how this felt, think Freddie Mercury being whisked to Wembley at the start of the Bohemian Rhapsody film). However, I was a young Home Counties glory hunter and Liverpool had my favourite player: John Barnes. Defeat felt raw for years but in all the games I have gone to with my dad since, nothing has matched the magic of this occasion, Sat 2 May 2020 12.00 BST They also had famous players themselves: John Fashanu, Wise, Sanchez, Vinnie Jones, Eric Young, Beasant and Laurie Cunningham. The second round of games were played over 5–6 December 1987, with replays being played at various dates afterwards (no replay was played on the same night as another). But after 20 minutes Beasant blocked John Aldridge’s shot before clawing the rebound away from Barnes. The third round of games in the FA Cup were played over the weekend 9–11 January 1988, with the first set of replays being played on 12–13 January. Wimbledon started well, with Dave Beasant’s drop-kicks threatening to take out the BBC’s helicopter camera. Years? My hopes were further dashed when Peter Beardsley’s chip was ruled out. Wimbledon boss Bobby Gould is crowned with the FA Cup after their victory On this day in 1988 Wimbledon completed one of the greatest FA Cup shocks when they beat Liverpool 1-0 … Three months ago, my parents moved house and among boxes of Subbuteo teams were two tickets to the 1988 Liverpool v Wimbledon FA Cup final. And so, when it transpired that we would face Wimbledon in the 1988 FA Cup Final, little Wimbledon, ale-house Wimbledon, a team that housed players called Eric and Clive and could probably fit all its fans in the back of a Vauxhall Nova, thoughts instinctively turned to rewriting the record books. The sixth round of FA Cup games were played over the weekend 12–13 March 1988. Looking back, Wimbledon weren’t simply a Crazy Gang. Wimbledon, on the other hand, had rocketed up from the amateur ranks, having won the Southern League 11 years earlier. On this day in 1988 Wimbledon completed one of the greatest FA Cup shocks when they beat Liverpool 1-0 at Wembley. Disguised Wimbledon fans? Vinnie Jones was part of the 'Crazy Gang' Wimbledon side that won the FA Cup in 1988 Credit: PA:Empics Sport “I have no idea why Tony Adams wears … File photo dated 14-05-1988 of Wimbledon manager Bobby Gould is crowned with the FA Cup when he joined his victorious team on the turf at Wembley following their 1-0 win over Liverpool. My dad and I have been to many games since but nothing has matched the thrill of the anticipation of the biggest game in English football and the sheer occasion of the day. There were no replays. Seemingly everyone wanted a place below the twin towers on May 14th 1988. Wimbledon were by no means a poor side in 1988. 14 May 1988: The first FA Cup final penalty save Dave Beasant made history when he captained Wimbledon to FA Cup victory over Liverpool in 1988 … From the section FA Cup BBC Sport looks back at the 1988 FA Cup final when Wimbledon shocked Liverpool to win the competition. Sleeve badges issued to teams taking part … I had witnessed history. [1][2], https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=1987–88_FA_Cup&oldid=974770686, 1987–88 domestic association football cups, Short description is different from Wikidata, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 24 August 2020, at 22:37. Dave Beasant made the first ever penalty save in an FA Cup final, from John Aldridge, and also became the first goalkeeper to captain an FA Cup-winning side. Laurie Cunningham – only played eight times for Wimbledon, one of which was a substitute appearance in the 1988 FA Cup final. Luton Town's fine season in the cup competitions culminated in a semi-final clash with Wimbledon at White Hart Lane. They had a number of good player such as Beasant, Fashanu and Jones. More important, I remember a brilliant day out with my dad. On this day in 1988 Wimbledon completed one of the greatest FA Cup shocks when they beat Liverpool 1-0 at Wembley. AFC Wimbledon will screen a special director's cut of the 1988 FA Cup final to mark the 25th anniversary of the club’s historic victory against… On the same day, First Division leaders Liverpool took on a resurgent Nottingham Forest at Hillsborough. Here, the PA news agency looks at the Crazy Gang’s finest moment. H ere, the PA news agency looks at the Crazy Gang’s finest moment. I’m not sure, but Aldridge fell to his knees with his head in his hands, the stadium quietened and Wimbledon held on. This was Wimbledon's only FA Cup title during its lifetime. Occasional highlights of replays would be shown on either the BBC or ITV. I wish we went to such events more often. The stations would alternate between showing a live game and a highlights programme. In the 60th minute came the game’s pivotal moment. The Cup … The competition was won by Wimbledon F.C. Wimbledon: Beasant, Scales, Young, Thorn, Phelan, Cork, Jones, Sanchez, Wise, Fashanu, Gibson (Cunningham). On 5 May 2003, to mark the final Combined Counties League Premier Division fixture of the 2002/03 campaign, we welcomed two of our FA Cup winners from 1988 with Dave Beasant and Lawrie Sanchez presented on the pitch to supporters. That being said, the Liverpool team of the 80's was an All-Star team. The competition was won by Wimbledon F.C. Here, we look at the Crazy … Wimbledon captain Dave Beasant lifts the 1988 FA Cup trophy after his side upset the odds by beating Liverpool 1-0 at Wembley. Never? Heller: "The Saturday night in Wimbledon was insane, absolutely insane. He would later tell how he had studied Aldridge’s technique. 'The crazy gang have beaten the culture club': Wimbledon's upstarts shocked all-conquering Liverpool in the 1988 FA Cup final courtesy of a set-piece and a famous penalty save Insane, absolutely insane the rebound away from Barnes luton Town 's fine in. 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