Monday 11 November 2019

Crazy Gang prepared for 88 Cup Final win over Liverpool with a trip to the pub!

Wimbledon legends Lawrie Sanchez and Terry Gibson recall the night before historic day

Wimbledon celebrate winning the FA Cup in 1988
Wimbledon celebrate winning the FA Cup in 1988
Ger Keville

Ger Keville

Wimbledon prepared for their 1988 FA Cup final win over Liverpool with a trip to the pub the night before the match!

Bobby Gould’s Crazy Gang were known for their wild ways with the likes of Vinnie Jones and John Fashanu the ring leaders in a banter-fuelled dressing room.

But despite the fact that they were serious underdogs going into the 88 Cup final against an all-conquering Liverpool team, they hit the boozer the night BEFORE.

In an exclusive interview with the Telegraph, Lawrie Sanchez and Terry Gibson made the sensational claims.

“Thorny [Andy Thorn] and Corky [Alan Cork] started early on the Bloody Marys,” said Gibson.

“We were misbehaving a bit in the hotel and Gouldy [manager Bobby Gould] was worrying that we would get thrown out so he said: 'Why don’t you lot clear off down the pub’?”

Sanchez added: “Corky said to Bob: 'All right then, if you want us to go down the pub why don’t you put your hand in your pocket and buy the first round.’ To this day, Gouldy claims he handed over 200 quid and Corky says it was 20!”

And while the Dons lads got the beers in, Liverpool were tucked up in their beds following a healthy pre-match meal.

“I was so nervous I couldn’t sleep the night before. I was sharing with big Al [Alan Hansen] and he was out like a light,” said Ray Houghton.

Gibson remembers the night well and talks about a Wimbledon fan who entered the bar only to see his heroes down the drink.

“I remember this Wimbledon fan walking into the pub at about 11 o’clock that night with his dog who, I’ll never forget, was wearing the Wimbledon kit. The bloke looked at us as if to say: 'What the hell are you lot doing in here the night before the cup final’?” added Gibson.

For those that don’t remember, groggy-eyed Wimbledon caused one of the great FA Cup shocks when they secured a 1-0 win in Wembley.

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