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“A whole new ball game” – but the same old Wimbledon!

Recalling a memorable victory versus Arsenal

20 September 2021

We’re counting down to our big Carabao Cup tie at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday by recalling memorable matches against Arsenal from our top-flight years.

With just two days to go until the big match, Stephen Crabtree recalls a thrilling victory from almost three decades ago.

Saturday 5th September 1992: Premier League

Wimbledon (1) 3 Sanchez 39, Fashanu 80, Earle 86

Arsenal (1) 2 Wright 34, 82

Selhurst Park (Attendance: 12,906)

Billed as ‘a whole new ball game’, the marketing people seemed not to have told Wimbledon the script. Revelling in their role as the ultimate party poopers, Joe Kinnear’s men hustled the favourites for the inaugural Premier League season out of their stride to record their first win in the new competition. The miniscule Dons beating the mighty Arsenal – it was not what those who designed the new ‘super league’ had planned.

“They caught us out at the back and their whole style unsettled us,” Arsenal boss George Graham admitted after Robbie Earle’s late winner. “The dressing room is really buzzing after that,” Kinnear responded. “We needed that result and it is a real tonic for us. That was a brilliant performance, we thoroughly deserved to win.  We bossed the game from start to finish. How Robbie Earle is not in the England squad I’ll never know.”

In the week that followed Vinnie Jones resigned for Wimbledon for £700,000 having taken a substantial pay cut after leaving Chelsea. “We are very pleased to have got him back,” owner Sam Hammam said. “Vinnie is very special to this club in more ways than one.” With the club talisman back onside, the Dons went on to complete the double over Arsenal following a 1-0 win at Highbury in February.  The Premier League – you’re having a laugh!

Wimbledon: Segers, Gibson, McAllister (Ardley 67), Barton, Blackwell, Fitzgerald, Earle, Fashanu, Holdsworth, Sanchez, Clarke (Anthrobus 90).

The picture above shows Andy Clarke getting in a shot during the victory at Selhurst Park.

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