Coventry City Football Club had made it to their first domestic cup final, whilst opponents Tottenham Hotspur were appearing in their ninth and had won all of their previous eight.
Needless to say, Tottenham were the favourites to land the cup once again but The Sky Blues had other ideas…
Coventry had impressed on their path to the final, handing Sir Alex Ferguson his first FA Cup loss as manager of Manchester United, thanks to a victory at Old Trafford.
In comparison, Spurs had been knocked out of the League Cup in the semi-finals and had finished 3rd in the League so were looking to win their only piece of silverware for the season.
An entertaining game, described as “The finest cup final I’ve had the pleasure of commentating on” by the evergreen BBC commentator John Motson saw Coventry overcome the odds and win 3-2 after extra time thanks to Tottenham defender, Gary Mabbutt and his ever-famous knee.
But the goal which remains in FA Cup folklore is the equaliser by Keith Houchen.
“The cross came in and I never took my eyes off it. I had to throw myself at it, or I would never have got on the end of it. I can’t say I was consciously thinking: ‘If it comes in, I’m going to dive and head it.’ It’s all instinct.”[A Tenner and a Box of Kippers: The Story of Keith Houchen]
Keith’s memorable goal has now been immortalised even more-so in the form of a hand crafted t-shirt by designers The Art of Football. Capturing the most unforgettable moments in sport, their designs recreate the passion, energy and euphoria that erupts in split-second moments within the beautiful game.
Priced at £22, and available in a variety of five different colours, the t-shirts are a blast from the past for any nostalgic Sky Blues’ supporter. Fittingly, enabling us to look back on prouder times, the likes of which we will hopefully see again as the club look to secure promotion back to The Championship this season donning a kit similar to the one from the famous 87” final.
We have one of the hand-crafted t-shirts to give away to a lucky Sky Blues’ fan, and you all you have to do to be in with a chance of winning it is head to our Twitter feed (@ccfctv) and retweet the design of the t-shirt which is pinned to the top of the feed before 8pm on Monday January 18th 2016. Good luck and PUSB!