On this day in 1987, Charlie Nicholas scored a brace to help Arsenal defeat rivals Liverpool 2-1; thereby winning the Littlewoods Cup. Liverpool swung the first punch when Ian Rush scored the opener from close range halfway through the first half. Despite the scare, Arsenal were able to maintain composure which materialized into the equalizer scored by Charlie only seven minutes later.
Champagne Charlie – as was his nickname – fired in his second of the day to break the deadlock in the dying moments of the game. Although it turned out to be a deflected shot, it still didn’t change the fact that the ball went past Liverpool’s shot stopper Bruce Grobbelasar to seal the win for the Highbury end.
Prior to joining Arsenal in the summer of 1983, Charlie played for Scottish side Celtic where he scooped the Footballer and Young Footballer of the Year awards after scoring a whopping 50 goals. As such, his arrival at Highbury came as a boost to not only the team, but also the fan zone given that they had gone for four seasons without silverware.
The fanfare in the wake of his signing however faded when the Scott failed to live up to everyone’s expectations in terms of conversion rates in front of goal. Be that as it may, every dog has its day and when his chance came begging, he took it with both hands and thus ‘Champagne Charlie’ goes down in the history archives as the man that brought the eight-year trophy drought to an end.