Arsenal Recover A Three Goal Deficit On This Day, 30th April 1988

Hillsborough, April 1988. Arsenal had beaten Sheffield Wednesday in the League Cup by a Nigel Winterburn goal en route to Wembley but this was a routine First Division match. 16,681 hardy souls were rewarded with Wednesday racing into a three goal lead, only for a Paul Merson brace and a single Alan Smith goal saved a point for Arsenal.

Not a match I attended that season – a 24 hour charity darts marathon was edging toward its conclusion – but I remember the sinking feeling as the radio reported Wednesday breaching the Arsenal backline repeatedly, coupled with the euphoria of each Arsenal goal.

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