Sir Trevor Header Wins FA Cup for West Ham United
On the 10th May 1980, at approximately 3:13 p.m. the then Trevor, now Sir Trevor, Brooking stooped from 3 yards out to divert a Stuart Pearson’s shot with his head past Pat Jennings. Three things were significant about Sir Trevor’s header.
One, not many people watching had ever seen Sir Trevor head the ball before. Sir Trevor didn’t do that!
Two, it won West Ham the FA Cup with a 1-0 win against Arsenal the previous season’s winners.
Three, West Ham were in the second tier of English football and ranked 25 places below Arsenal, who finished 4th that season in division one. Liverpool won the title that year, Leicester won the first division with Chelsea back in 4th.
Could the 39 Year Wait be Over?
That was the last time a team from outside the top flight won the FA Cup. Nearly 39 years ago. Since then the top tier has dominated with the ‘Super Top 6’ almost taking over completely during the last 20 years. As I write 14 teams, outside the top flight are, still in contention. Six of those teams are definitely through with Wimbledon, ranked 68th, priced at over 600/1 on Belfair. Could 1 of the 4 Sky Bet Championship teams, already in the draw, go all the way this season?
Derby County, Bristol City, Swansea City, Millwall?
Derby does have some FA Cup-winning experience in their group. Manager Frank Lampard has 4 winners medals in his trophy cabinet, new loan signing Ashley Cole has 3, and David Nugent has 1 with Portsmouth. But Millwall, who came back from a goal down twice to beat Everton 3-2 on Saturday with a 90+ 4 minute goal from Murray Wallace, have someone who’s been there but not quite done it.
Manager Neil Harris played for Millwall in the 2004 final against Manchester United. That day Millwall fell behind to a 44th minute goal from Cristiano Ronaldo and the man of the man, Ruud van Nistelrooy, scored a brace in the second half. Harris, substituted in the 75th minute of the final, would no doubt love to get back there! For the record, Ole Gunnar Solskjær came on in the 84th minute for United. Could they be leading their teams out in May? Millwall on Betfair are 300 to 1 to lift the trophy.