Cherries: Redknapp on his finest cup moment

Bournemouth Echo: BATHING IN GLORY: Cherries celebrate after dumping Manchester United out of the FA Cup in 1984 BATHING IN GLORY: Cherries celebrate after dumping Manchester United out of the FA Cup in 1984

BEFORE celebrating the “greatest day” of his footballing life, Harry Redknapp had to endure one of his least enjoyable experiences.

Appointed manager just days before Cherries’ memorable 1983-84 FA Cup adventure had started, Redknapp’s plotting of the downfall of mighty Manchester United is now legendary.

But it was an earlier date with non-league minnows Windsor & Eton which had filled Redknapp with dread as David hosted Goliath on the Royal Estate.

Cherries’ reward for a convincing 4-0 victory over Walsall in the first round was a tricky trip to the Royalists’ picturesque Stag Meadow, situated on the edge of Windsor Great Park.

At the time, Cherries were anchored in the Division Three relegation zone with Redknapp having been handed his first permanent managerial post following the departure of Don Megson.

“We scraped through,” recalled Redknapp, recounting his FA Cup memories in an interview with the Daily Echo. “It was a tight game at their place. We had to go there on a Tuesday night because the game was postponed on the Saturday. The floodlights were terrible and everybody was ankle deep in mud by the time the game had finished.”

A 0-0 draw against the Isthmian League champions set up a replay at Dean Court the following Monday. By then, both clubs knew a home tie against the holders would be the prize for the victors.

Goals from John Beck and Ian Thompson helped Cherries see off the part-timers before the town was gripped by FA Cup fever ahead of the visit of Ron Atkinson’s aristocrats in January 1984.

Redknapp said: “They brought a team of internationals. It was a great occasion for us but, in all honesty, it wasn’t a game we expected to win. We just hoped we could give a good account of ourselves and turn in a really good performance.

“For me, I thought back to the days of Ollie Norris and the club’s great FA Cup run of the 1950s. I thought it would be nice if we could emulate that. When you come to Bournemouth, you hear about those days. People always used to talk about the cup run and I met a few of the players who played in that team. They put the club on the map.”

A crowd of 14,815 packed into Dean Court, most of them hoping to see Cherries claim only their third top-flight scalp in the FA Cup following wins over Wolves and Spurs on their way to the sixth round in 1957 where they were eventually beaten by Manchester United.

Revenge was both sweet and quick as two goals in as many minutes midway through the second half from Milton Graham and Thompson saw Cherries pull off one of the greatest giant-killings in FA Cup history. United would go on to regain the trophy the following season.

“We won quite comfortably,” said Redknapp. “It was amazing. We weren’t under any severe pressure and coped very well. We weren’t hanging on for grim life and it wasn’t as if they were having shot after shot. We played ever so well and somehow lifted our game on the day.

“It was a special day. They were the holders and in Division One and we were just a middle-of-the-road third division team.”

While a furious Atkinson labelled “a disgrace” United’s performance, a euphoric Redknapp emerged to tell the waiting press it was “the greatest day of my football life”.

He added: “We don’t mind who we meet in the next round as long as it’s not Telford!”

The fourth round draw was unkind to Cherries, handing them a trip to Middlesbrough where a 2-0 defeat saw Redknapp’s heroes bow out having carved their names indelibly in the club’s history.

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7:54am Tue 15 Jan 13

common dog says...

I will always remember that day. I was forced, along with quite a few other fans, onto the pitch as fans at the back of the terrace surged foward. I think there were some Utd fans at the back who kicked off when they went behind.
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The same Utd team beat Barcelona later in the season & Ron Atkinson is supposed to have said that Barca were lucky they weren't playing against Bournemouth.
I will always remember that day. I was forced, along with quite a few other fans, onto the pitch as fans at the back of the terrace surged foward. I think there were some Utd fans at the back who kicked off when they went behind. . The same Utd team beat Barcelona later in the season & Ron Atkinson is supposed to have said that Barca were lucky they weren't playing against Bournemouth. common dog
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8:24am Tue 15 Jan 13

AFCBade says...

Amazing day....remember when we scored there was a stunned silence of disbelief before the crowd roared. Quite a weak team but they worked hard for Harry
Amazing day....remember when we scored there was a stunned silence of disbelief before the crowd roared. Quite a weak team but they worked hard for Harry AFCBade
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8:27am Tue 15 Jan 13

Piston_Broke says...

That Saturday against Man Utd was so memorable for all the right reasons. The game at 'Boro was less memorable than the epic "special train" journey to get us there and back. I remember the train stopped at Chesterfield, and a group of their "boys" were giving it the big one, until they realised the whole train was red & black. That journey seemed to last for ever - York - Thirsk - Northallerton - Middlesbrough, and being route-marched to Ayresome Park. Arrived back at Branksome at about 7.30 the following morning. So cold, too!
That Saturday against Man Utd was so memorable for all the right reasons. The game at 'Boro was less memorable than the epic "special train" journey to get us there and back. I remember the train stopped at Chesterfield, and a group of their "boys" were giving it the big one, until they realised the whole train was red & black. That journey seemed to last for ever - York - Thirsk - Northallerton - Middlesbrough, and being route-marched to Ayresome Park. Arrived back at Branksome at about 7.30 the following morning. So cold, too! Piston_Broke
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8:55am Tue 15 Jan 13

Local fan says...

I was there, a golden moment in our great club's history.
I was there, a golden moment in our great club's history. Local fan
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9:46am Tue 15 Jan 13

canfordcherry says...

Piston_Broke wrote:
That Saturday against Man Utd was so memorable for all the right reasons. The game at 'Boro was less memorable than the epic "special train" journey to get us there and back. I remember the train stopped at Chesterfield, and a group of their "boys" were giving it the big one, until they realised the whole train was red & black. That journey seemed to last for ever - York - Thirsk - Northallerton - Middlesbrough, and being route-marched to Ayresome Park. Arrived back at Branksome at about 7.30 the following morning. So cold, too!
Yes I was there at Middlesbro, and at the Man.U game, what a horrible place, the option the police gave us was if you sing walking to the ground they would all do one and let us chance our way against the locals. I seem to remember pool balls and coins coming at us inside the stadium from their lot as well.
[quote][p][bold]Piston_Broke[/bold] wrote: That Saturday against Man Utd was so memorable for all the right reasons. The game at 'Boro was less memorable than the epic "special train" journey to get us there and back. I remember the train stopped at Chesterfield, and a group of their "boys" were giving it the big one, until they realised the whole train was red & black. That journey seemed to last for ever - York - Thirsk - Northallerton - Middlesbrough, and being route-marched to Ayresome Park. Arrived back at Branksome at about 7.30 the following morning. So cold, too![/p][/quote]Yes I was there at Middlesbro, and at the Man.U game, what a horrible place, the option the police gave us was if you sing walking to the ground they would all do one and let us chance our way against the locals. I seem to remember pool balls and coins coming at us inside the stadium from their lot as well. canfordcherry
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12:55pm Tue 15 Jan 13

The Renegade Master says...

I am very pleased to say that I was there that day when we beat ManUre 2-0. It was absolutely fantastic! Their side was packed with internationals and we played them off the park from start to finish. None of us could believe it!
Oh how I would love the club to find the video footage of the whole game and release it on DVD.
I'll take 2-0 to us tonight too!
UTCIAD!
I am very pleased to say that I was there that day when we beat ManUre 2-0. It was absolutely fantastic! Their side was packed with internationals and we played them off the park from start to finish. None of us could believe it! Oh how I would love the club to find the video footage of the whole game and release it on DVD. I'll take 2-0 to us tonight too! UTCIAD! The Renegade Master
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6:12pm Tue 15 Jan 13

STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road says...

canfordcherry wrote:
Piston_Broke wrote:
That Saturday against Man Utd was so memorable for all the right reasons. The game at 'Boro was less memorable than the epic "special train" journey to get us there and back. I remember the train stopped at Chesterfield, and a group of their "boys" were giving it the big one, until they realised the whole train was red & black. That journey seemed to last for ever - York - Thirsk - Northallerton - Middlesbrough, and being route-marched to Ayresome Park. Arrived back at Branksome at about 7.30 the following morning. So cold, too!
Yes I was there at Middlesbro, and at the Man.U game, what a horrible place, the option the police gave us was if you sing walking to the ground they would all do one and let us chance our way against the locals. I seem to remember pool balls and coins coming at us inside the stadium from their lot as well.
Yep was on that train as well. Police escort to ground for the 500 on train. Walking across those cobbled streets humming the hovis bread tune. Happy days.!!!!!!!.
Dont remember any missiles being thrown but do remember a few Boro fans hopping over the barrier at HT to challenge Cherries fans to some sort of card game (scam) for money. Guess who won.????.
[quote][p][bold]canfordcherry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Piston_Broke[/bold] wrote: That Saturday against Man Utd was so memorable for all the right reasons. The game at 'Boro was less memorable than the epic "special train" journey to get us there and back. I remember the train stopped at Chesterfield, and a group of their "boys" were giving it the big one, until they realised the whole train was red & black. That journey seemed to last for ever - York - Thirsk - Northallerton - Middlesbrough, and being route-marched to Ayresome Park. Arrived back at Branksome at about 7.30 the following morning. So cold, too![/p][/quote]Yes I was there at Middlesbro, and at the Man.U game, what a horrible place, the option the police gave us was if you sing walking to the ground they would all do one and let us chance our way against the locals. I seem to remember pool balls and coins coming at us inside the stadium from their lot as well.[/p][/quote]Yep was on that train as well. Police escort to ground for the 500 on train. Walking across those cobbled streets humming the hovis bread tune. Happy days.!!!!!!!. Dont remember any missiles being thrown but do remember a few Boro fans hopping over the barrier at HT to challenge Cherries fans to some sort of card game (scam) for money. Guess who won.????. STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road
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6:22pm Tue 15 Jan 13

RED LETTER DAY says...

. Renegade, The club have been selling that DVD for years.... IT is now not on sale
. Renegade, The club have been selling that DVD for years.... IT is now not on sale RED LETTER DAY
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9:47pm Tue 15 Jan 13

DorsetBlues says...

Maybe I could remind you of our five visits to Wembley in which we only conceded one Drogba free kick and won the FA Cup again, PUP
Maybe I could remind you of our five visits to Wembley in which we only conceded one Drogba free kick and won the FA Cup again, PUP DorsetBlues
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10:14pm Tue 15 Jan 13

STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road says...

DorsetBlues wrote:
Maybe I could remind you of our five visits to Wembley in which we only conceded one Drogba free kick and won the FA Cup again, PUP
May i remind you that we dont give a sh1t. Will it be L2 or hampshire county L5 for you next season. HOW MUCH DID THAT CUP COST YOU?????. All decent Pompey fans would be ashamed of you. What does Swanage do for a village idiot when you are on holiday.????. HEADS UP EVERYONE : RETARD INCOMING ALERT.!!!!!.
[quote][p][bold]DorsetBlues[/bold] wrote: Maybe I could remind you of our five visits to Wembley in which we only conceded one Drogba free kick and won the FA Cup again, PUP[/p][/quote]May i remind you that we dont give a sh1t. Will it be L2 or hampshire county L5 for you next season. HOW MUCH DID THAT CUP COST YOU?????. All decent Pompey fans would be ashamed of you. What does Swanage do for a village idiot when you are on holiday.????. HEADS UP EVERYONE : RETARD INCOMING ALERT.!!!!!. STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road
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