From Ricky Villa to Dave Beasant is the third and final instalment in Matthew Eastley's critically acclaimed Cup Final series, which articulates the magic of the Cup through the eyes of the fans who attended the games that are etched into the memories of supporters all over the globe.

 

Covering the 1980s, this shamelessly nostalgic volume underlines a huge contrast in the build-up to this year's Arsenal-Villa final on 30th May, and Final Fever in an era when the FA Cup really mattered.

 

"I don't think I've read anything better on The Cup than these books," commented the FA’s own historian, the legendary David Barber. "They really hit the spot."

 

From Ricky Villa to Dave Beasant brings back memories of a decade when it wasn't just the giants of the game who enjoyed Cup success, but also clubs such as West Ham, Coventry City and Wimbledon. It tells of Wembley heroes – Houchen, Sanchez, Brooking – recounts great performances and recalls the joy of first-time finalists such as QPR and Watford.

 

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