SANCH DONS

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

HE SCORED one of the most fa­mous goals in FA Cup folk­lore as the Crazy Gang ruled in the asy­lum of Wem­b­ley. A lot has hap­pened since that mad May af­ter­noon over a quar­ter of a cen­tury ago, and now Lawrie Sanchez wants AFC Wim­ble­don to start cre­at­ing their own his­tory in the com­pe­ti­tion.

What­ever your views on who can lay claim to the moral own­er­ship of the Dons’ vic­tory over Liver­pool, Sanchez has his. And he doesn’t see the need to toe the party line.

For the ro­man­tic, Mon­day’s FA Cup third round draw pro­duced 1988 all over again.

Who needs an ex­cuse to wal­low in a bit of foot­ball nostal­gia? Liver­pool’s Cul­ture Club are en­dur­ing a shaky sea­son and the last thing any Red wants right now is an un­wel­come trip down mem­ory lane.

If Liver­pool’s fol­low­ers be­lieve they’re watch­ing a team in de­cline, try liv­ing in the weird and won­der­ful world of a Wim­ble­don sup­porter.

Ten years ago, the club the fans formed were still play­ing in the Com­bined Coun­ties. It cer­tainly wasn’t the Premier League many were used to, their fans knee-deep in mud around County League pitches but mes­merised by the ex­pe­ri­ence.

Wim­ble­don’s for­mer play­ers were lin­ing up to take shots who in­tro­duced us all to fran while back­ing their old clu car­na­tion, the re­lo­ca­tion to Keynes still, some 12 years as one of English foot­ball’s est crimes.

But while even the Footba cia­tion via twit­ter re Jan­uary’s tie as a re-run fa­mous fi­nal, Sanchez just ca doesn’t stop him want­ing yel­low an up­set, you.

“It’s for me ceded

PIC­TURE: Ac­tion Images PIC­TURE: Ac­tion Images

GOAL-DEN MO­MENT: Wim­ble­don’s Lawrie Sanchez (10) is hugged by Den­nis Wise after net­ting the win­ner SAY­ING HIS PRAYERS: Liver­pool legend Steven Ger­rard

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