No. 49 – The 1992 FA Cup Final
Keith Perkins in his Forgotten Heroes series on TIA recalled the magical day when Michael Thomas became Liverpool’s hero.
‘œLiverpool versus Second Division Sunderland in the FA Cup Final should have been an easy task for the Reds, but having experienced the reality of Wimbledon a few years earlier, nothing was going to be taken for granted. In spite of a few quality chances in the first half, it remained scoreless at the break.
Within two minutes of the restart, Steve McManaman chipped the ball into the box from the right wing, where Thomas was ready to turn as he allowed the ball to bounce in front of him, and then volleyed a superb shot into the far corner of the net.
John Motson’s commentary summed it up as ‘œ’¦ and that goes down as one of the finest Cup Final goals.’ Thomas also played the decisive ball through for Ian Rush to score the second in a relatively easy 2-0 win for Liverpool, earning them their fifth FA Cup and Souness’s only trophy during his tenure with the Reds.’
Liverpool captain Mark Wright held aloft the FA Cup for Liverpool. During the presentation, the winning team was mistakenly given the loser’s medals and Sunderland found themselves with winning medals. This was later rectified by the players themselves, on the pitch.