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1988 FA Cup Final

1988 FA Cup Final
Event 1987–88 FA Cup
Date 14 May 1988 (1988-05-14)
Venue Wembley Stadium, London
Referee Brian Hill (Northamptonshire)
Attendance 98,203
Weather Sunny

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.[1][2]

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.[3][4] 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.[5] 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.[6] This feat was eventually achieved by rivals Manchester United in 1995–96, when they earned their second domestic double.


  • Road to Wembley 1
    • Liverpool 1.1
    • Wimbledon 1.2
  • Match summary 2
  • Europe 3
  • Match details 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Road to Wembley



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)


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.[8] 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.[9] 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.[10]


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.

Match details

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


  1. ^ "Beasant and the 'Crazy Gang' stun Liverpool". Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 24 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "English Division One 1987–1988 Final Table". Retrieved 24 June 2011. 
  3. ^ Beasant, Dave (15 May 2010). "14 May 1988: The first FA Cup final penalty save". Guardian (London). Retrieved 24 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "English FA Cup Finalists 1980 – 1989". historical Retrieved 24 June 2011. 
  5. ^ "Liverpool 0–1 Wimbledon". Archived from the original on 25 May 2011. Retrieved 24 June 2011. 
  6. ^ Hosking, Patrick; Wighton, David (14 March 2004). "Caught in Time: Wimbledon’s Crazy Gang chase FA Cup glory in 1988". The Times (London). Retrieved 24 June 2011. 
  7. ^ "FA Cup 1987–1988 : Results". Retrieved 24 June 2011. 
  8. ^ "Bobby Gould recalls Wimbledon's FA Cup win". Reuters. 13 May 2008. Retrieved 24 June 2011. 
  9. ^ "Dave and his wombles may have done us a favor". Glasgow Herald. 16 May 1988. p. 12. Retrieved 10 October 2012. 
  10. ^ "Classic Cup Finals: 1988". (The Football Association). Retrieved 24 June 2011. 

External links

  • Game facts at
  • LFC History Match Report
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