Special Feature
Best of our FA Cup heroes' memories

By Steve Carpenter 24/05 Updated: 24/05 11:15

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As our special series of features to celebrate Coventry City's famous FA Cup victory over Tottenham Hotpsur 25 years ago comes to an end, Steve Carpenter has picked out some of his favourite quotes from the series which tell the story of the 1987 FA Cup final from a players prospective...

David Phillips - "We had our trips to Bournemouth, which I don't think would have worked at other clubs.

"I remember George Curtis on one of our trips turned to the lads and said 'right, come on then kits off', and he ran into the sea!

"It was freezing but I just did the same and I think Steve Sedgley followed and it became a bit of a tradition."

Greg Downes - "Spurs were like a who's who of football, but we weren't intimidated by them in the slightest."

Micky Gynn - "I remember tangling with Gary Mabbutt early on and ripping half of one of my boots.

"Mabbutt was a great defender who was never afraid to stick a boot in and it just so happens he tore mine that day.

"So I ended up playing most of the match wearing one studded boot and one moulded, which was strange to say the least, but I was playing in a cup final so it didn’t effect me too much."

Trevor Peake - "We were aware of Clive Allen's ability. He'd scored a hat-trick against us earlier in the season and was on 48 goals for the season heading into the final so we determined not to let him get any more.

"But that plan went out of the window after three minutes when he blew us apart and headed Spurs ahead!"

Dave Bennett - "The critics said we were the underdogs and I remember an article that said the only people who would know us on the day were our parents and our families, but we weren’t afraid of them and I managed to get us level."

Keith Houchen - "The highlight for me was scoring at Wembley, but it took a few weeks to realise just how special that goal was."

"I remember losing my marker and sprinting into the area as quickly as I could. Benno (Bennett) whipped in a great ball and when I arrived I knew I had to throw myself at it, but I managed to time it perfectly."

Nick Pickering - "I'll always remember John Sillett's brilliant team talk at the end of the 90 minutes.

"He looked around at us and said 'get on your feet, look how tired they are. This could be your last chance, you could get injured next season or move on elsewhere'.

"Those words inspired all of us to go on and we battered them in extra time."

Lloyd McGrath - "I found myself on the right wing for some reason. I don't know what I was doing there but I just sprinted down the wing and managed to get a decent cross into the area.

"The ball hit Mabbutt and seemed to loop into the air and all I could do was stand there and watch.

"I was just waiting and waiting but it finally dropped into the net and the reaction from all the players and the crowd was just fantastic.

Brian Kilcline - "The only time I realised we had won was when I was actually walking up to collect the cup.

"I don't know what the rest of the lads think but there's that old saying 'it's never over until the fat lady sings' and that was the case for Coventry City in 1987."

Cyrille Regis - "The atmosphere on the day was amazing and you remember all of that, the 98,000 supporters screaming, but that would have meant nothing now had we not won the game.

"I'll always remember when we were on the coach leaving and I turned round and saw the electric scoreboard inside Wembley.

"It read Coventry City 3-2 Tottenham Hotspur, and that was the moment when we all knew we had won something."

Steve Ogrizovic - "We won the cup that year for the fans. They were brilliant throughout the competition and have always been very good supporters. They deserved 1987 and there isn't a day that goes by without someone reminding us of it."

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