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The 1988 Littlewoods Cup Final,took place at Wembley Stadiummarker on 24 April 1988, and was contested between Luton Town and Arsenal. Luton won the match, thanks to goals from Danny Wilson and Brian Stein (2). Goals from Alan Smith and Martin Hayes were not enough for Arsenal to salvage anything for the North London side. This was the first major trophy that Luton Town won in their history.

Match summary

Luton had stunned defending champions and competition favourites Arsenal by taking an early lead thanks to a goal scored by Brian Stein. However, Arsenal overhauled them with goals by Alan Smith and Martin Hayes within three second half minutes. The turning point of the match came with ten minutes left. After a period of fluent attacking football by the Arsenal forwards which saw Smith hit the woodwork and Hayes, Michael Thomas and David Rocastle all had shots saved by Luton goalkeeper Andy Dibble, Arsenal were awarded a penalty after Rocastle was brought down in the box. Andy Dibble saved Nigel Winterburn's spot-kick by turning the ball round the post. A newly-inspired Luton equalised with seven minutes remaining when Arsenal defender Gus Caesar mis-kicked a clearance on the edge of his penalty area, enabling Luton's Danny Wilson to head the ball into the Arsenal goal from a Brian Stein cross. With less than a minute to go, Tony Adams fouled Mark Stein, and from the resulting free kick, Brian Stein scored his second goal of the match to put the game beyond the reach of the defending champions.

Match details

LUTON TOWN:
GK 1 Andy Dibble
RB 2 Tim Breacker
LB 3 Rob Johnson
CM 4 Ricky Hill
CB 5 Steve Foster
CB 6 Mal Donaghy
RM 7 Danny Wilson
CM 8 Brian Stein
CF 9 Mick Harford
CM 10 David Preece
LM 11 Kingsley Black
Substitutes:
DF Ashley Grimes
FW Mark Stein
Manager:
Ray Harford
ARSENAL:
GK 1 John Lukic
RB 2 Nigel Winterburn
LB 3 Kenny Sansom
CM 4 Michael Thomas
CB 5 Gus Caesar
CB 6 Tony Adams
RM 7 David Rocastle
CM 8 Paul Davis
CF 9 Alan Smith
CF 10 Perry Groves
LM 11 Kevin Richardson
Substitutes:
MF Martin Hayes
Manager:
George Graham


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