FA Cup 1986-87

I’ll bet they drink Carling Black Label.

So went the ad – offered a great opportunity by the fact that the odd Spurs player went through the first half of the final without the name of their sponsor, Holsten Pils, adorning their shirts.  The fact that Coventry City won the Cup could only make matters worse.

It was a great final.  Goal machine Clive Allen put Spurs ahead after just 2 minutes with only his 49th goal of the season.  I’ll just repeat that for you, his forty-ninth goal of the season.  Dave Bennett got the equaliser for the Sky Blues on 9 minutes.  Then, Gary Mabbutt put Spurs back in front with just five minutes to go before half time – unfortunately for Gary this wasn’t to be his last goalscoring contribution.  Keith Houchen levelled scores with THAT header on 64 minutes before the game ran out to a 2-2 finish.

As the game moved into extra-time Gary Mabbutt scored the winner – for Coventry – after deflecting Lloyd McGrath’s cross over Ray Clemence.  Spurs therefore experienced their first ever loss in an FA Cup Final and Coventry won their first even major honour.

In earlier rounds, holders Liverpool were thumped 3-0 by Luton Town in a second 3rd round replay after two nil-nil draws and a no-show by Luton for the original playing of the first replay.  Coventry’s own cup run saw them win at 1-0 Old Trafford in the 4th round followed by a similar win at the Victoria Ground in the 5th and then a 3-1 away win against Sheffield Wednesday before a 3-2 semi-final win over Leeds United at the same venue.
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