On this day in 1987 Arsenal won their first trophy for eight years! Can you imagine waiting so long! Amazing. Naturally the programme for the following week’s match against Charlton (and boy am I glad to see the back of them in the top division, boring feckers) went overboard on photographs of the great event.
In those days it was warm and sunny in April in the UK. Sunshine; Wembley; trophies. Bliss. Charlie Nicholas scored two rather soft goals to justify moving to Arsenal rather than the defeated opponents Liverpool. John Lukic appeared to give a fascist salute at the line-up, but explained it by saying he thought he’d seen Paulo di Canio in the crowd, and was pointing him out to Kenny Sansom.
Ian Rush had scored first for Liverpool, and until that day Liverpool had never lost a game in which Rush had scored. To be honest, in those days Liverpool rarely lost a game, and the previous season had done the Double. The tide started to turn against them just a tiny bit on this day in 1987, though they did win a couple more titles before becoming the team of also-rans we know and love today.
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