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Five of the best

Filed: Tuesday, 1st December 2009
By: Staff Writer

So it's our old friends Arsenal once again in the FA Cup.

To get into the spirit of things, we decided to pick our favourite five FA Cup goals against the Gunners. Given the lack of recorded material relating to our earlier meetings - which include a memorable 6-0 thrashing of the north Londoners back in 1946 - our choice was limited to the more recent encounters. Still, some very memorable moments to mull over.

So having endured much debate we finally decided upon the following goals and order. Have a look at our video below and see what you think. Agree? Disagree? Let us know in the comments section below.

Where are they now?

Alan Dickens
Plaistow born Dickens made 231 appearances for United between 1982 and 1989. Having failed to strike a rapport with the Boleyn faithful - mostly for not being as good as Trevor Brooking, who he succeeded - he swapped east for west, joining Chelsea. Spells in the lower leagues followed as Dickens' career petered out and he left the game to become a black cab driver, a job he now combines with his role as first team Coach for Barking FC.

Leroy Rosenior
Leroy spent four years at the Boleyn making over 50 appearances - but none more memorable than when he became the unlikeliest of heroes in that FA Cup tie in 1989. Having worked his way round several London clubs Rosenior moved to the south west where he ended his playing days, before embarking upon a career in management. He managed four clubs - Gloucester City, Merthyr Tydil, Torquay (twice) and Brentford before calling a hiatus on a blossoming career.

Alan Taylor
A real rags to riches story, Taylor left his mark on football in the 1974/75 season when he scored a brace in the final against Fulham as the Irons won the Cup for the first time since 1964. His career peaked the following season when he scored 13 goals and made a brief appearance in the Cup Winners Cup Final before a series of injuries saw him lose his place in the squad. Taylor moved to Norwich in 1979 and now owns a newsagents in the City.

John Hartson
Signed by Harry Redknapp from Arsenal for £3.2million in what was one of the former manager's shrewdest piece of business, the fiery Welshman became West Ham's most prolific hitman since Geoff Hurst in 1997. Hartson scored 33 goals in 73 appearances before moving to Wimbledon - remember them? - for a then-record £7.5million. A successful career at both domestic and international level ended in 2007 before he was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year. Having undergone emergency surgery Hartson is said to be recovering well.

Sir Trevor Brooking MBE CBE
A one-club man, Brooking is one of the most celebrated players in the club's history and rightfully takes his place alongside legendary names such as Watson, Moore, Hurst and Bonds. A successful playing career - he won two FA Cups and played in both Cup Winners Cup and League Cup finals whilst featuring (albeit briefly) for England in the 1982 World Cup Finals - preceeded an even more successful career once Brooking had hung up his boots. He has been both manager and a director of West Ham United, a director of a binding company (Colbrook), head of Sport England, Director of Football Development at the FA and a TV pundit.

Please note that the opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of, nor should be attributed to, KUMB.com.

Your Comments

by Andrew Hardy
08:44AM 2nd Dec 2009
''Top stuff. Believe it or not that is the first time I have seen some of those goals (Dickens, Rosenior) as we had no Sky Sport then in NZ and before Internet became common. Hoping for more of the same soon!''

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