"What a fantastic day for the club that was!"

Arsenal's 1994 Cup Winners' Cup victory against Parma, secured by Alan Smith's 20th-minute strike, will live long in the memory.

Without the suspended Ian Wright, the Gunners were the underdogs in Copenhagen against a Parma side containing the likes of Gianfranco Zola, Faustino Asprilla and Tomas Brolin.

The Italian side were also defending the trophy, but were undone when Smith took a first-time volley on his left foot and crashed it beyond Luca Bucci to open the scoring. Parma threw everything at the Gunners as they tried to force their way back into the game, but George Graham's side put in a defensive masterclass to hold firm and lift the trophy.

Twenty years on from that game, we spoke to some of the Arsenal squad about their memories of the day.

To be playing a team like Parma who were doing well in Serie A and they had some big names in their team. It was a good test for us and luckily we came up trumps.

Kevin Campbell Striker
"I remember the semi-final first off, beating Paris St. Germain who had David Ginola, George Weah, Valdo - they had some fantastic players. Getting through at Highbury, I was lucky enough to score the winning goal. Wrighty got booked, I'll never forget that and he couldn't play in the final.

"It was strange because we relied on Ian so many times. But the manager said before the game that it was time for others to step up to the plate and luckily Smudger come in with an absolute peach of a goal. Then we defended for most of the game.

"The crowd was singing '1-0 to the Arsenal', we got the first goal and it was always going to be difficult for Parma to score - although they gave us a good run for our money but we saw it out in the end.

"I remember before that game I got two injections in my toe and after about 70 minutes they were wearing off and I never forget turning around to the doctor and asking for another injection. He said, 'I can't give it to you'. After the game he asked if I would like a blocker but I said I was going to drink enough to ease the pain out!

"Those were the times when you could do that sort of thing but it was a fantastic day for the club. Going abroad and winning our first European gong was fantastic."

Andy Linighan Substitute
"Parma had a very good footballing team and they were doing well in the Italian league. Zola was coming to his peak and Tomas Brolin was playing very well, too. We just knew we'd have a battle on our hands.

"I watched most of the game from the bench because the defence was doing such an outstanding job, especially Steve Bould who was absolutely magnificent that night. It was either Steve or Tony Adams who picked up a little niggle towards the end of the game so I was warming up and expecting to come on. I was feeling a little bit nervous because we were winning 1-0, but luckily Bouldy held out and it was a well organised, well executed win!"

Pat Rice Coach
"It was a fantastic performance by the whole of the team. The midfield they had was something else and in fairness, Ian Selley and Steve Morrow did a terrific job. Everybody says it's a great art to be able to go past someone and score a goal, it's also a great art to be able to contain somebody and take the ball off them, which is what those boys were doing."

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1 May 2014