Wimbledon honors Fashanu 34 years after FA Cup

Former England player of Nigerian descent, John Fashanu, will receive an honorary award 34 years after guiding FC Wimbledon to their FA Cup triumph. The PUNCH reports.

Fashanu was part of the ‘Crazy Gang’ Wimbledon side that shocked Liverpool to win the 1988 FA Cup.

Wimbledon had made rapid strides in English football, only promoting to the old fourth division in 1978, before achieving three consecutive promotions in just four seasons.

But while they were established in the First Division at the time, few gave them the chance to go into that final against one of the best teams in England.

In honor of the 1988 team, before kicking off Saturday’s League Two game against Barrow, Wimbledon will honor Fashanu and the other players.

Speak with The PUNCH from England, the 59-year-old said: “It is a great honor that I have been invited with my family to receive an honorary award.

“I am so delighted and I cannot thank the club enough for the gesture.

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“The FA Cup in 1988 was the biggest domestic football match in the world and we had 100,000 fans at Wembley watching and about 100,000,000 people around the world watching too.

“That was the biggest and most exciting day of my life because nobody thought we would ever be able to compete, let alone beat the mighty Liverpool, not even the media and the bookmakers. No one thought we would beat Liverpool but there we were, 90 minutes later we beat them 1-0. It was a wonderful moment and opportunity.”

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