Andy Linighan scores the winner in the 1993 FA Cup Final
Andy Linighan scores the winner in the 1993 FA Cup Final

Andy Linighan

Andy Linighan will forever be remembered as the man who won Arsenal the 1993 FA Cup.

At the end a replay which, like the first contest, was locked at 1-1 after 90 minutes, the defender rose highest to head home a dramatic winner with seconds of extra time remaining.

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Name Andy Linighan
Arsenal Career 1990 - 1997
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Appearances 156 (135 starts, 21 as a sub)
Goals 8

Linighan’s intervention against Sheffield Wednesday spared the FA Cup final its first ever penalty shoot-out and was all the more impressive given that he had broken his nose in the first half in a challenge with Mark Bright.

119th-minute extra-time winner against Sheffield Wednesday. If his last-gasp goal was not heroic enough, the fact he did so with a broken nose certainly enhanced his moment of glory.

Linighan spent just under seven years at Highbury after joining from Norwich City for £1.2 million in July 1990.

The defender was used predominantly as back-up to Tony Adams and Steve Bould in his debut season but his 10 appearances - most of which came when Adams was in prison - were just enough to earn him a winners' medal as Arsenal claimed the Division One title in 1991.

He played 38 times over the next two seasons, including the 1993 League Cup final against Sheffield Wednesday which the Gunners won 2-1 at Wembley.

Linighan moved further down the pecking order after Martin Keown re-joined the Club in 1993, although the latter had been cup-tied for both finals.

Despite being fourth choice he still played almost 50 times in his last three seasons before joining Crystal Palace in January 1997.

The defender played 156 matches for Arsenal and scored eight goals.

Linighan later appeared for QPR on loan and enjoyed brief spells with Oxford United and St Albans City before his retirement.