AFC Bournemouth: Class of 2014 urged to seize the day by giant-killer Graham (From Bournemouth Echo)
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AFC Bournemouth: Class of 2014 urged to seize the day by giant-killer Graham
GIANT-killer Milton Graham has urged Eddie Howe’s men to “seize the day” and to have “no fear” when they try to write a new chapter in the Cherries record books.
Graham paved the way for one of the biggest FA Cup shocks in Cherries’ history when he opened the scoring in their 2-0 win over Manchester United in 1984.
His exploits helped Harry Redknapp’s team sink the holders in a third round tie with Cherries having experienced relatively lean fortunes in the cup since.
Howe’s class of 2014 will be bidding to emulate Redknapp’s heroes when they host Liverpool on Saturday (12.45pm).
Graham, a production supervisor for a power management company in Burton on the Wolds near Leicester, told the Daily Echo: “People still talk to me about the Manchester United game and it was more than 30 years ago. That tells you how much of a shock it was.
“It means the world to me to chat about it even now and I love reminiscing about that memorable day. My six-year-old grandson has a DVD of the game and it is great to watch it.
“My advice to the Bournemouth players would be to make sure they enjoy the day and don’t go on to the pitch with any fear. It will fly by and they need to make the most of it.
“I still get people saying to me how great it was to knock out Manchester United or United fans telling me how we broke their hearts on that day.
“A guy at work said he didn’t believe I had scored a goal to help beat Manchester United in the FA Cup. I just said fair enough and walked off.
"He collared me a couple of days later and said he was ever so sorry. It is something you can’t lie about and something which will stay with you forever.”
Graham, whose 16-year-old son Jordan is a member of the Leicester City Academy, also scored one of Cherries’ two goals when they won the Associate Members’ Cup against Hull City just months after they had dumped out Manchester United.
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