1988 FA Cup Final
|Event||FA Cup 1987–88|
|Date||14 May 1988|
|Venue||Wembley Stadium, London|
|Referee||Brian Hill (Northamptonshire)|
The 1988 FA Cup Final took place on 14 May 1988 at Wembley Stadium. It was contested between Wimbledon, unfashionable and unfancied, and Liverpool, one of the dominant teams 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. 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 BBC, which had happened since 1958. Wimbledon's victory ended Liverpool's bid to become the first team to win the Double twice.
Road to Wembley
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
Home teams listed first.
Round 3: Stoke City 0–0 Liverpool
Round 4: Aston Villa 0–2 Liverpool
Round 5: Everton 0–1 Liverpool
Round 6: Manchester City 0–4 Liverpool
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 chiped 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. 
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 British fans during the 1988 European championships the FA withdrew their application for readmission.
14 May 1988
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