Who Was The First Player To Miss A Penalty Kick In An FA Cup Final?


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In 138 matches, which include 14 replays, there have been just 15 spot-kicks. That's not counting the two shootouts in Cardiff in 2004-05 and 2005-06.

A lot of people think that Liverpool's John Aldridge was the first player to miss with a penalty in a Final. But he was only the first to miss at Wembley.

It happened in 1988 when that year's League Champions went down to a shock defeat to Wimbledon, a club which had only been in the League for eleven years. As legendary commentator John Motson put it at the time, the "Crazy Gang" had beaten the "Culture Club".

But the Reds had looked set for a 61st-minute equaliser after Aldridge himself was adjudged to have been brought down by Dons defender Clive Goodyear. Then big Dave Beasant guessed right, diving full-length to his left to beat away Aldo's firmly-struck shot.

The first player to miss in any Final was actually Charlie Wallace of Aston Villa, against Sunderland way back in 1913 . No wonder no one remembers that!
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The first player to miss a penalty kick in an FA Cup final was John Aldridge who played for Liverpool in the nineteen ninety eight FA Cup final.

Liverpool went into the final against Wimbledon as white hot favourites, and as league champions. Victory against Wimbledon would have clinched Liverpool an unprecedented second league and cup double in as many seasons.

But the FA Cup has a history of favouring the underdog. From kick off it was never going to be Liverpool's day. With Wimbledon midfielder turned actor Vinnie Jones, doing an excellent job of preventing the Liverpool midfield, in particular Steve McMahon from getting in the game.

When Laurie Sanchez scored in the first half, the result was never really in doubt. Liverpool were awarded a generous penalty in the second half which John Aldridge, the regular Liverpool penalty taker took, but Dave Beasent dived well to his left and saved, handing Wimbledon their one and only FA Cup victory.

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