Thursday, 7 June 2018

Spiksley's match v Aston Villa in FA Cup in 1894

This was published in the Sheffield Wednesday programme in February 2018.

“Spiksley’s match” 
124 years ago today Wednesday faced Villa in the FA Cup and the atmosphere amongst the 22,100 Olive Grove crowd was tremendous. 
Henry ‘Toddles’ Woolhouse opened the scoring. However, by 73 minutes Villa led through two Bob Chatt goals 
With under 120 seconds remaining Fred Spiksley collected the ball. The Wednesday fans crossed their fingers and looked on transfixed. When the winger left Cowan and Groves for dead a great roar went up. 
As Bill Dunning, Villa’s massive ’keeper, advanced Spiksley sent the ball perfectly round him and into the back of the net. 2-2 and ecstasy among the relieved home fans. 
On 115 minutes Spiksley did it again, beating all his markers before finding the unmarked Woolhouse who, with every Wednesday fan’s heart beating strongly, drove home the winner. 
The Villa game thus became known for decades afterwards as ‘Spiksley’s match’. An excited crowd remained long after the final whistle so unexpected was Wednesday’s success. 

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