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FA Cup - Football: Why Beasant is an FA Cup trailblazer

Dave Beasant, who was 63 on Sunday March 20, played 774 professional appearances and was capped twice for England, but he will always have his place in football history and not because he once missed eight weeks of a season after dropping a bottle of salad cream on his foot.

His big day was on May 14, 1988 when he inspired one of the greatest shocks of all time when Wimbledon beat Liverpool, making a telling contribution by becoming the first goalkeeper to save a penalty in the FA Cup final.

Here we celebrate his achievements and those of other custodians who have enjoyed golden moments in the cup by denying opponents from 12 yards.

Beasant gains his place in football folklore

Wimbledon were given little chance against Kenny Dalglish's side that day but they took the lead through a Lawrie Sanchez header just before half-time and their goalkeeper's big moment came on the hour mark.

Right-back Clive Goodyear was adjudged to have fouled Reds striker John Aldridge and he stepped up to take the kick himself, staggering his run-up as he had characteristically done throughout his Anfield career.

However, Beasant read which way he was going and dived to his left to repel his effort.

The Dons held on for a memorable 1-0 victory, with Beasant also becoming the first keeper to captain an FA Cup-winning side since 1875.

And it turned out to be his last game for the club as he was sold for a British goalkeeping record of £850,000 to Newcastle a month later.

Crossley joins the select club

After waiting 116 years for a penalty save in a cup final, another turned up just three years later.

Nottingham Forest keeper Mark Crossley was the man who made his mark as he denied England striker Gary Lineker after Stuart Pearce's free-kick had put the Tricky Trees into the lead.

Unfortunately for Crossley, his afternoon did not end as happily as Beasant's as Paul Stewart brought Spurs level after the break before Des Walker headed into his own net during extra-time.

Crossley was something of a penalty expert. He saved eight of the 14 penalties he faced in top-flight football and was the only keeper to save one of Matt Le Tissier's 54 spot kicks for Southampton.

Crossley's former team, Nottingham Forest, are involved in one of three FA Cup ties taking place on Sunday and you can watch them all on our Sports Live Streaming.

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The other penalty saves in FA Cup finals have all come in shootouts.

Arsenal were the first team to win the cup on penalties in 2005 when Jens Lehmann saved from Manchester United's Paul Scholes before Gunners skipper Patrick Vieira netted the winning kick.

The following year's final, the last to be played at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, was also settled in a shootout after Liverpool and West Ham played out a 3-3 draw.

Hammers keeper Shaka Hislop saved from Sami Hyypia, but Liverpool's Pepe Reina was the star of the show as he denied Bobby Zamora, Paul Konchesky and Anton Ferdinand.

Other notable FA Cup penalties

While Beasant made his save in what was then the biggest game of the season, he was not the first Wimbledon goalkeeper to make a famous FA Cup penalty save.

It was 13 years earlier when the Dons were still a non-league team and caused a huge upset by beating First Division Burnley 1-0 at Turf Moor in the third round.

That earned them the prime tie of a trip to champions Leeds, who would go on to play in the European Cup final at the end of that season.

However, Jimmy Armfield's Whites were unable to get past the non-leaguers and the star of the show was Wimbledon goalie Dickie Guy.

He produced a string of fine saves to keep the game goalless, the most notable of which was a penalty from Peter Lorimer, who was renowned as having the hardest shot in football.

Leeds eventually needed an own goal to win the replay, while Guy is now the president of AFC Wimbledon.

And while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's last-gasp winner in the 1999 Champions League final was hailed as the crowning moment of Manchester United's treble-winning season, Peter Schmeichel could argue his contribution was just as notable.

United were staring defeat in the face when Arsenal were awarded a last-gasp penalty in their semi-final at Villa Park but the Danish keeper was on hand to push away Dennis Bergkamp's kick.

Ryan Giggs's winner was one of the competitions greatest ever goals, but it would never have been witnessed had it not been for Schmeichel's save.

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