FOOTBALL Me and my medals: Keith Houchen, 1987 FA Cup winner with Coventry City November 9 2019, 12:01am, The Times Football Houchen with his FA Cup and Charity Shield medals from 1987GUZELIAN Share Save FA Cup legend Keith Houchen scored a flying header for Coventry in the 1987 final and knocked out Arsenal with York The header This was one of the first Cup finals where they had a camera in the goal. I’ve got this picture from every angle: looking straight into the net, from behind me so you can see the cameramen and from the left so you can see the linesman. At the end of the day, football is a game of instinct. The only way I could get on the end of Dave Bennett’s cross was to throw myself at the ball. I’ve looked at some of the photographs close up and I’m convinced I’m smiling as I head it. Uefa Cup pennant I collared this when I played for Hibernian in a 3-0 win at Videoton in the Uefa Cup in 1989. It was the best game I ever played. Every dummy came off, every flick, every lay-off went exactly where I wanted it to. Any player will tell you, there are games where everything just comes together. North East awards These silver discs were given to the best player from the North East. I won four after getting into the Hartlepool side. I was proud of them — you were competing against players from Newcastle, Sunderland and Middlesbrough. Houchen’s header is one of the most famous FA Cup final goals of all timeGETTY IMAGES Giantkilling in the snow We had a really good side at York in 1985 and were demolishing everybody on our way to winning the Fourth Division when we drew Arsenal in the fourth round. Half the pitch was frozen. In the last minute, I was running to the box and Steve Williams kept fouling me. I carried him for a few yards to make sure I got into the box. I loved taking penalties — I saw them as a free goal. FA Cup and Charity Shield medals I took ill the week before the FA Cup final. Jake Findlay, Coventry’s reserve goalkeeper, used to go fishing and brought me this big fish. I ate it and was in bed when John Sillett, our manager, took the team to Wembley. The first time I walked in the ground was in my suit on Cup final day.