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ON THIS DAY: Coventry City win the 1987 FA Cup!

16 May 2024

History

ON THIS DAY: Coventry City win the 1987 FA Cup!

16 May 2024

On this day in 1987, Coventry City lifted the FA Cup!

The Sky Blues won the trophy on 16th May 1987 at Wembley Stadium, after a dramatic 3-2 win over Tottenham Hotspur.

Spurs took an early lead through Clive Allen but were pegged back almost immediately as Dave Bennett rounded Ray Clemence to score.

Tottenham would take the lead into the half-time break when Gary Mabbutt scored after a mix up at the back for City.

In the second half, the Sky Blues scored arguably the greatest ever FA Cup Final goal. Keith Houchen played the ball wide right to Bennett who whipped in a fantastic cross which was met with a diving header by Houchen to make the score 2-2.

Into extra-time, it was Coventry City who would score the decisive goal. Lloyd McGrath broke down the right and his cross came off the knee of Gary Mabbutt and looped up and over Clemence and into the Spurs goal.

The Sky Blues saw out the remainder of extra time to lift the FA Cup - the Club's first major trophy!

There were jubilant scenes, led by the managerial duo of John Sillett and George Curtis, as thousands of Sky Blues fans celebrated the triumph at Wembley and many more back in Coventry and around the world.

This year, fundraising for a statue to honour Sillett and Curtis was launched - you can donate now here. 

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