This one was a shock and no mistake.
There can’t be much more of an unlikely FA Cup winning team than Wimbledon FC in 1988. Of course the FA Cup throws up surprises but this was just so far off the radar as to be the FA Cup Shock of Shocks.
The 1987-88 season in the football league was a breeze for Liverpool. They did not lose a game until Sunday 20 March, thus equalling Leeds United’s 29 game record for an unbeaten start to a season. The Reds had enjoyed 8 wins by four or more goals and had lost only two games – both away – at Everton (1-0) and Nottingham Forest (2-1).
Anyway, what of the final itself? Well Liverpool felt that they should have scored when Peter Beardsley scored in the first half, only for referee Brian Hill to bring play back for a free kick for a foul on Beardsley. What turned out to be the winning goal was scored by Lawrie Sanchez from a left wing free kick by Dennis Wise.
It was perhaps as if referee Hill was trying to put right his first half indiscretion when he awarded Liverpool a second half penalty, but Dave Beasant leaped to his left to deny John Aldridge. This was the first ever penalty save in an FA Cup Final and probably put the tin hat on the cup being won by the Crazy Gang.
Pick of the other giant killing acts was probably the 4th round match at Vale Park where Spurs were sent packing, tails well and truly between their legs by Port Vale’s 2-1 win.
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