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FA CUP 1987: The Road to Wembley

15 May 2020


FA CUP 1987: The Road to Wembley

15 May 2020

The road to Saturday's FA Cup Final has been a memorable one for the Sky Blues squad. Here, we look back at the Road to Wembley...




Vs Bolton Wanderers, 3-0 (H) - Downs, Regis, Bennett
Att: 12,044
Team: Ogrizovic, Borrows, Downs, Kilcline, Peake, Bennett, Emerson, Gynn, Phillips, Pickering, Regis.

The Sky Blues begin their FA Cup journey in comprehensive style at Highfield Road. Greg Downs gets things underway with a great goal from a 20 yard free-kick, his first for the Club. Cyrille Regis doubles the lead, netting after beating the defence and netting after rounding the Bolton keeper. On the stroke of half-time Dave Bennett makes it three, getting behind the Bolton defence and capitalising on a keeping mistake to score in the empty net.



Vs Man United, 1-0 (A) - Houchen
Att: 49,082
Team: Ogrizovic, Borrows, Downs, Kilcline, Peake, Phillips, Emerson, McGrath, Pickering, Regis, Houchen.

In freezing temperatures and on a rock hard pitch, Keith Houchen scrambles home the winner 20 minutes into the game. Downs' ball into the box creates chaos, United fail to clear and Houchen beats Whiteside to the ball from the resulting mix up to force the ball home. The Sky Blues have chances to go further ahead but have to be resolute in defence as United increase the pressure, staying strong to win the game and a place in the Fifth Round.



Vs Stoke City, 1-0 (A) - Gynn
Att: 31,255
Team: Ogrizovic, Borrows, Downs, Kilcline, Peake, Bennett (Sedgley), Gynn, Phillips, Pickering, Regis, Houchen. 

Despite being in the Second Division, Stoke are on a great run and prove tough opposition for the Sky Blues. Bennett and Gynn replace the suspended McGrath and Emerson for the tie. Gynn wins the match for the Sky Blues with the only goal of the game, after the away side had to soak up a lot of pressure from the Potters. Pickering's cross reaches Houchen, who lays the ball off for Gynn to score. Stoke have a penalty shout after Dixon goes down, but the Sky Blues hold firm in front of 8,000 of travelling fans.



Vs Sheffield Wednesday, 3-1 (A) - Regis, Houchen (2)
Att: 48,005
Team: Ogrizovic, Borrows, Downs, Kilcline, Peake, Bennett, Phillips, McGrath (Sedgley), Pickering, Regis, Houchen.

FA Cup specialist Houchen scores two late goals to end a Sheffield Wednesday winning run at Hillsborough which has lasted 23 FA Cup games. Regis nets a brilliant goal to open the scoring, surging forward from deep and hitting a low shot into the net. City have to soak up much pressure. Megson equalises eventually, but Houchen's double send the 15,000 City fans into euphoria. Houchen's shot from the edge of the box is deflected in for his first, then he capitalises on a defensive error for his second to slot home. City are in the semi-final!


Vs Leeds United, 3-2 (Hillsborough) -  Gynn, Houchen, Bennett
Att: 51,372
Team: Ogrizovic, Borrows, Downs, Kilcline, Peake, Bennett, McGrath, Phillips, Pickering (Gynn), Regis, Houchen.

27,000 Sky Blues fans see their side book a place in the FA Cup Final. Billy Bremner's Leeds control the early stages and take the lead through David Rennie, but Ogrizovic keeps City still in the tie. On the hour, the Sky Blues spark into life and substitute Gynn equalises after 68 minutes from Dave Bennett's pull nacl. Gynn releases Houchen who rounds the keeper and scores to give City the lead, but Second Division Leeds peg the Sky Blues back through Edwards. Extra time is needed, and Bennett scores the vital goal. Gynn's free-kick and Regis' knock down causes chaos in the Leeds defence, and Bennett is on hand to steer the ball into the net. Jubilant scenes follow the game, as City secure their spot at Wembley!

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