The year is 1987 and Coventry City Football Club are having a brilliant F.A. Cup run. They are beating teams left, right and centre. The team push through to the 1987 final where they encounter Tottenham Hotspur, who were also having a very good season. The big day comes, the 16th May 1987, the team make their way to the tunnel where they wait anxiously for their opponents to join them. As Tottenham make an appearance, the two teams walk out into the middle of England’s most prestigious football stadium, (Old) Wembley Stadium in front of 98,000 roaring fans. A thrilling game sees five goals being scored with a fantastic 3-2 win in extra-time to Coventry City…
Twenty five years on, Dave Bennett, former Coventry City player and scorer in the 1987 final, and David Pleat, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur during the 1987 final, came together at a Coventry Conversation to talk about the big game and how it is more than just a memory.
Dave Bennett began the talk by saying that he remembers the lead up to the final very well and of course the final itself. He still remembers what it was like to score at Wembley and also the famous cross over to Keith Houchen who scored a magnificent diving header which remains as one of the best goals at Wembley.
Written by Alex Maidment