9th October 2015
Arsenal 5 – 0 Chester City
The Swede was replaced in the side by Perry Groves who responded by scoring two, with Alan Smith and Tony Adams adding to the scoring before Paul Merson scored with a marvellous chip, proving that he was a better forward than pundit.
I can’t remember if the deejay at Highbury joined in beforehand but the music stations across the globe remembered John Lennon on what would have been his fiftieth birthday by playing “Imagine”. The crowd of 22,906 (or slightly lower depending on which source you choose to believe – that figure was published in the Guardian the following day) was the lowest for a competitive match at Highbury during the season. The average was 36,145 across all competitions with, surprisingly, the top two being the FA tie with Cambridge and the visit of Queens Park Rangers in the First Division.
The gulf between the top flight and lower divisions was as emphatic then as it is today. Over the two legs, Everton put eleven goals past Wrexham whilst Crystal got into double-figures against Southend, eight of which came in the first leg at Selhurst Park. Other notable tallies were achieved by Chelsea, Coventry, Liverpool, Tottenham and Southampton.
Surprises were few and far between. Wimbledon, then in the top flight, had revelled in building a reputation of bloodying the ‘big boys’ noses, notably in their FA final win over Liverpool in 1988. They were on the receiving end this time, losing 0 – 2 at home Plymouth, having fallen to a single goal defeat at Home Park. Third Division Orient knocked out Second Division Charlton, 3 – 2 on aggregate with the decisive goal coming from a last-minute Steve Castle penalty at Brisbane Road. Bristol City might have fancied their chances having won at Roker Park by a single goal. They promptly collapsed at Ashton Gate and lost 6 – 2 on aggregate but comeback of the round belonged to Swindon Town, who having lost 0 – 3 at Feethams, knocked Darlington out of the competition with a 4 – 0 win at the County Ground.