Blast from the past: Bailey blocks Brighton in FA Cup

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Blast from the past: Bailey blocks Brighton in FA Cup

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Today in SA sports history: May 21
1983 — Former Wits University goalie Gary Bailey, playing for Manchester United, makes a critical save in the dying moments of the FA Cup final at a packed Wembley Stadium in London against Brighton to force a replay. With the match locked at 2-2 and 10 seconds remaining, Bailey smothered Gordon Smith’s effort. “It was the most important save of my life, but I confess it was pure instinct,” said Bailey, whose team went on to win the replay 4-0.

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