Retro Football: Hideously Ugly Goalmouth Scramble Sees Man City Rescue Dramatic FA Cup Draw Against Blackpool, 1988 (Video)

Chris Wright

22nd, November 2016



Paul Lake of Manchester City (Photo: MEN)

There were almost two full divisions between the sides when Man City travelled up to Bloomfield Road for an FA Cup fourth round tie against Blackpool in January of 1988.

Still, it was the Seasiders who drew first blood when young striker Richard Sendall – who had been told he was free to leave the club on a free transfer the week previous – scored to put the Third Division side ahead.

Indeed, Blackpool came within a whisker of pulling off an unlikely upset when City midfielder Paul Lake trampled home an equaliser roughly 10 seconds from full-time.

And what a beauty of a goal it was too – provided, of course, that you’re into fiendishly ugly goalmouth scrambles that seem to go on forever…

It may look like a scene from The Somme but it’s rather glorious in its own way, no?

Many thanks to spotter @The_Paris_Angel for stirring memories of this beastly stramash.

For the record, City went on to win the replay 2-1 at Maine Road just four days after the original fixture.

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  1. Walter Eagle says:

    That is bloody fantastic! :-)
    I’d no idea what I was going to see when I clicked on it, but it exceeded every one of my half-formed expectations.
    Kick it! Kick it! Kick it again! Kick it!
    None of your tiki-taka nonsense.

  2. Nuno says:

    The title has it true indeed! Though for me it clearly seems like an own goal, which I guess is even more fitting…

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