Monday 2 May 1988

May Day Bank Holiday.

What better thing to do than take a trip to Stoke City’s Victoria ground for a local derby?  (rhetorical – there is no better thing to do, or at least there was no better thing to do on this May Day Bank Holiday…)

Anyway, with the relative goal differences as they were, Town needed just a point to avoid relegation at Sheffield United’s expense.  They managed just that to condemn the Blades to the third division along with Reading and Huddersfield Town.

Saturday 7 May 1988

With the FA Cup Final lined up for next Saturday, this was the last weekend of the Football League season.

Champions Liverpool rounded things off in fine style with a 5-0 drubbing for Sheffield Wednesday.  In the second division, safe for another year, Shrewsbury Town treated themselves to a 2-1 home over Plymouth Argyle.

Monday 9 May 1988

In a final run out for each of the FA Cup finalists, Liverpool drew 1-1 at home with League Cup Winners Luton Town, whilst at the other end of the East Lancs Road, Manchester United defeated Wimbledon 2-1.

Saturday 14 May 1988

You can view today’s FA Cup Final in a number of ways.  Here are two:

It was a) an upset for lovers of the beautiful game or b) a great example of the democratic nature of English Football.

The bald facts of the tie are that referee Brian Hill disallowed Peter Beardsley’s first half opener for Liverpool; the only goal was scored after 30 odd minutes of the first half by Lawrie Sanchez and in the second half Dave Beasant saved John Aldridge’s penalty kick.

All in all, and after all the guff spouted by both winners and losers, Wimbledon FC, who had only made their Football League debut ten seasons earlier, became the forty-second and latest new winners of the FA Cup.