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The glory of 1988

14 May 2014

Your memories of 26 years ago

It was 26 years ago on 14 May, 1988, when Wimbledon pulled off arguably the biggest FA Cup Final shock ever - and plenty of Dons fans shared their memories with us on social media websites today.

(pictured right above) holding the FA Cup in the Sportsman pub just days after the epic win against Liverpool.@mattlowndesThe picture of the day was submitted on Twitter with

was in no doubt that Dave Beasant would save John Aldridge’s penalty because he had dreamed all about it the night before!Tony Knight 

“My Dad got tickets in with the Liverpool fans because his football club in Lincolnshire were allocated two tickets. Luckily, we were allowed to get into the section with the Dons fans, which of course was the end where the goal was scored and the penalty save happened. The night before I even dreamt that I was stood behind the goal and Dave saved a penalty so I was in no doubt that he would do it. Perfect weather all day and thinking about the day still gives me Goose bumps.”

said the victory meant so much to his whole family.Neil Garbutt Dons fan 

“My whole family were there and I remember after the final whistle looking for my Dad (lifelong Wimbledon fan and ex-player from non league days). He was sat on the terraces in tears of joy and sadness. His father had passed away the year before Wimbledon won promotion to the top-flight. All he said was ‘I wish my dad could have seen this’. The best day ever and it’s something I will never forget. Womble ‘till I Die.”

recalled overcoming a few hurdles to watch her beloved Dons on the way to glory.Jan Letchford Tickets were like gold dust for Wimbledon’s bid to upset then League Champions Liverpool and 

Jan said: “I had discharged myself from hospital in Edinburgh to get to the semi-final and was on crutches for that game, but I was all fit by the final. We stood to watch the game with some LFC fans, who were devastated. We had a fantastic day.”

had a rather large pay day after backing the Dons to win it following their last-16 victory at Newcastle United.Ray Frost 

“I put a bet on the Dons at 66-1 to win the FA Cup after going up to Newcastle to see a great game. Dreams do come true!”

simply said: “It’s the only time I've seen so many grown men crying - that day in Wembley Stadium.”Sharon Armfield 

“I was behind the goal at the ‘Wimbledon end’ with my Dad and my Father -in-law surrounded by Scousers. They shook our hands and said ‘well done’ afterwards. Great day, but we drove home in silence - we were too shocked to speak!” added:Steve Ruddock 

.Claire WrightThe memorable 1-0 victory, thanks to a Lawrie Sanchez winner, certainly made the trip worthwhile for 

“I was 14 and went with my grandad (he had been given two tickets by his boss). He had promised before the semi-final that if Wimbledon got through he would take me and not my Dad, who was understandably gutted that he couldn't go! We drove up from Somerset with two of his work colleagues who were Liverpool fans and we had to go all the way back home listening to them moaning about being robbed. It was a fantastic day and one I will never forget.”

said: “It was the best day ever. I was heavily pregnant with our first son and my husband thought I was going to go into labour! Needless to say our eldest son is an AFC Wimbledon supporter!Karen May Lavender 

was too young to remember much about the actual day, but the celebrations in Wimbledon town centre certainly haven’t been forgotten!Daniel Silburn 

“The first time I 'saw' Wimbledon was when they brought the cup home. I was a three-year-old on the shoulders of my Dad, who had lost his voice through so much singing and cheering at Wembley during the final, apparently his brother (my uncle), who loved both Liverpool and Wimbledon said he would support the losers of the match, obviously thinking it would be us. Low and behold he follows liverpool (more) nowadays! My Dad also couldn't watch the penalty and turned around only for the cheers to confirm the save! Womble ‘till I Die.”


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