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Lawrie Sanchez: "You look across the room and you know that you shared something with people"


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The biggest FA Cup final shock of them all?

AFC Wimbeldon's Crazy Gang of 1988 would have a huge claim for that mantle after overcoming Liverpool at Wembley.

Lawrie Sanchez was the man who applied the finishing touch to help the Dons pull off one of the all-time final giant killings and he joined Nathan on the Football Show tonight to look back at that fateful decider 30 years on.

The Crazy Gang's reputation of course goes before them, but with hindsight Sanchez looks back on things differently, some of which was immortalised in an eponymous documentary from 2014. But it's another sport film that helps him put that Wimbledon era into context.

The Wimbledon team celebrate with the FA Cup after beating Liverpool 1-0. (back l-r) Lawrie Sanchez, unknown, unknown, Alan Cork, Andy Thorn, Laurie Cunningham, unknown, John Scales, Vinnie Jones, John Fashanu, unknown, unknown and unknown. (front l-r) Dennis Wise, Dave Beasant, Terry Phelan, Terry Gibson, Eric Young and Clive Goodyear. Peter Robinson/EMPICS Sport

Quoting a line from that US film whose title he did not recall, the former Northern Ireland international said: "'Sometime in the future when you're old men, you'll be able to look across the room and know you've achieved something together. You won't have to say anything. You can just look'. And that's what we have. Whether we like each other or not, whether we're best friends or not, however we got on then, however we get on today, you look across the room and you know that you shared something with people that was unique and that's something, whatever way you look at it, is special. " 

The lustre of the FA Cup has lost its sheen somewhat since the 1980s and 1990s when it was a pinnacle in the English football calendar. Sanchez had an interesting perspective on that. 

"In one respect the hype today is 10 times more," he said.

"The thing today though is with the Internet and everything around it and the media coverage, the coverage is actually 10 times more. Everybody knows every thing about every individual player, so the intrusion is probably more than it was in our day when it was just two TV channels and the broadsheets in this country. Now it's a worldwide thing and every media outlet wants some part."


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