Captain of the 1988 Wimbledon FA Cup winning side and short-term Wigan Athletic goalkeeper in 2002 Dave Beasant believes Latics have what it takes to create a piece of history of their own.
The first goalkeeper to captain an FA Cup winning side said:
“It’s a very similar scenario to when I won the cup with Wimbledon because they are going to be the under dogs in the game.
“Supporters from other clubs will rally around Wigan Athletic and that is the magic of the FA Cup.
“They proved in the league game against Man City that on their day they can be a very good footballing outfit and take games to any team.
“On the day I feel that Latics can beat Man City."
Beasant, the first man to save a penalty in an FA Cup final at Wembley believes it’s not just status that draws in similarities from his Wimbledon team in the 80s.
“It’s surprising how the similarities can just spring to mind.
“A few weeks before our (Wimbledon’s) cup final we played Liverpool in the league and narrowly lost 2-1 and then played them in the final and turned it around.
“The difference for Wimbledon was that we were always the team that people didn’t like to play against because we were always in their faces.
“Wigan Athletic on the other hand like to play good football and do play some fantastic stuff.”
Beasant who was brought up to Latics by former manager Paul Jewell played just one game for the club in the LDV Vans Trophy against Doncaster Rovers, but said he got a feeling that the club would go on to special things.
“I knew about the club and how they had progressed through the leagues because it was very similar to the way Wimbledon had done it.
“I had played against the club when they were at Springfield Park and to see that they’ve come from such humble beginnings to being a consistent Premier League club is fantastic.
“For a club like Wigan Athletic to be in the final is fantastic because they haven’t forgotten their roots, it’s a brilliant achievement and I think the club has to be respected for that.”
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