Great Games: Coventry 3-2 Tottenham

I don’t think there are too many people who would remember the name Keith Houchen but after this FA Cup final, he will always be remembered by the Coventry faithful.

Going into the final, Tottenham were huge favourites to lift the trophy for a record eighth time. Coming up against the likes of Clive Allen, Gary Lineker and Chris Waddle, Coventry had it all to do from the start.

Coventry trailed 2-1 at half time, but the underdogs had given as good as they received for 45 minutes. Match-day pundit, Jimmy Hill, declared at that point he would have been happy for both sets of players to go away with winners medals so he could go to the nearest pub and celebrate the game.

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But into the second half the Sky Blues refused to give in and were rewarded when Houchen flew through the air to connect brilliantly with Dave Bennett’s cross.

In extra-time, it could have gone either way but in the end the day belonged to Coventry. It was their first major trophy and a place in the record books for Houchen. The only disappointment was the winner came via an unfortunate Gary Mabbutt own-goal.

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