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1988 FA Cup Final
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Event1987–88 FA Cup
Date14 May 1988 (1988-05-14)
VenueWembley Stadium, London
RefereeBrian Hill (Northamptonshire)
Attendance98,203
WeatherSunny
1987
1989

The 1988 FA Cup Final took place on 14 May 1988 at Wembley Stadium. It was contested between Wimbledon, unfashionable and unfancied, and Liverpool, the dominant English club side of the 1980s and newly crowned league champions.

The result was one of the biggest shocks in the history of the competition as the London side won 1–0 to win the cup for the only time in their history; they had just completed their second season in the Football League First Division and had only been in the Football League for 11 years. The final also featured the first penalty save in an FA Cup final (by Dave Beasant from John Aldridge) and the first goalkeeper (Beasant) to captain an FA Cup-winning side. It was the last FA Cup final to be broadcast by both ITV and the BBC, which had happened since 1958. Wimbledon's victory ended Liverpool's bid to become the first team to win the Double twice. This feat was eventually achieved by rivals Manchester United in 1995–96, when they earned their second domestic double.

Road to Wembley

Main article: 1987–88 FA Cup

Liverpool

Home teams listed first.

Round 3: Stoke City 0–0 Liverpool

Replay: Liverpool 1–0 Stoke City

Round 4: Aston Villa 0–2 Liverpool

Round 5: Everton 0–1 Liverpool

Round 6: Manchester City 0–4 Liverpool

Semi-final: Liverpool 2–1 Nottingham Forest (at Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield)

Wimbledon

Home teams listed first.

Round 3: Wimbledon 4–1 West Bromwich Albion

Round 4: Mansfield Town 1–2 Wimbledon

Round 5: Newcastle United 1–3 Wimbledon

Round 6: Wimbledon 2–1 Watford

Semi-final: Wimbledon 2–1 Luton Town (at White Hart Lane, London)

Match summary

Wimbledon took the lead shortly before half-time, when Lawrie Sanchez's looping header, from a Dennis Wise free kick on the left, went across goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar and into the net. Liverpool created a host of chances, including a chipped goal over the goalkeeper by Peter Beardsley which was disallowed as the referee had already awarded a free kick to Liverpool, but were unable to find a way past Wimbledon goalkeeper Dave Beasant. The Merseysiders were awarded a penalty on the hour mark following a foul by Clive Goodyear on John Aldridge, though replays showed that Goodyear won the ball cleanly, but Aldridge's penalty was saved by Beasant's diving save to his left, thus becoming the first keeper to save a penalty in a Wembley FA Cup final. The Londoners survived more pressure from Liverpool to secure their first major trophy and a notable upset in FA Cup Final history. Dave Beasant also became the first goalkeeper to receive the FA Cup as captain. After the final whistle John Motson who was commentating for the BBC delivered his famous line: "The Crazy Gang have beaten the Culture Club."

Europe

Wimbledon were unable to compete in the 1988–89 European Cup Winners' Cup, due to the ongoing ban on English teams from European competitions, following the actions of a group of Liverpool supporters in the 1985 European Cup Final Heysel disaster. At the time of the final, it was hoped that the ban would be rescinded, but after a number of incidents involving English fans during the 1988 European Championships, the FA withdrew their application for readmission.

Match details

14 May 1988
15:00 BST
Liverpool 0–1 Wimbledon Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 98,203
Referee: Brian Hill
Report Sanchez Soccerball 37'
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Wimbledon
GK 1 Flag of Zimbabwe Bruce Grobbelaar
RB 4 Scotland Steve Nicol
CB 2 Scotland Gary Gillespie
CB 6 Scotland Alan Hansen (c)
LB 3 England Gary Ablett
RM 9 Flag of Republic Ireland Ray Houghton
CM 5 England Nigel Spackman Sub off 74'
CM 11England Steve McMahon
LM 10England John Barnes
CF 7 England Peter Beardsley
CF 8 Flag of Republic Ireland John Aldridge Sub off 64'
Substitutes:
MF 12England Craig Johnston Sub on 64'
MF 14Flag of Denmark Jan Mølby Sub on 74'
Manager:
Scotland Kenny Dalglish
GK 1 England Dave Beasant (c)
RB 2 England Clive Goodyear
CB 5 Flag of Wales Eric Young
CB 6 England Andy Thorn
LB 3 Flag of Republic Ireland Terry Phelan
CM 10Flag of Northern Ireland Lawrie Sanchez
CM 4 Flag of Wales Vinnie Jones
RW 8 England Alan Cork Sub off 56'
LW 11England Dennis Wise
CF 7 England Terry Gibson Sub off 63'
CF 9 England John Fashanu
Substitutes:
DF 12England John Scales Sub on 63'
FW 14England Laurie Cunningham Sub on 56'
Manager:
England Bobby Gould

Match rules

  • 90 minutes
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary
  • Replay if scores still level
  • Two named substitutes
  • Maximum of two substitutions

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