Arsenal’s Cup Final Hero Turns Plumber
Andy Linighan, once lauded for his match-winning header in the 1992-93 FA Cup final replay, has swapped the football pitch for a plumber’s toolkit. The former Arsenal defender’s extra-time goal against Sheffield Wednesday not only clinched the cup but also sealed a historic Cup Double for the Gunners – a feat that was underscored by Linighan’s determination despite a broken nose sustained during the match.
Trading Football Boots for Plumbing Tools
After retiring from the professional game in 2002, Linighan didn’t stray far from his roots, setting up Linighan Plumbing Service in Harpenden, Hertfordshire. His transition from footballer to plumber was a natural one, having honed his plumbing skills as a teenage apprentice before his sporting career took off.
From Average Footballer to Excellent Plumber
A Twitter account thought to be Linighan’s humorously downplays his footballing prowess while praising his plumbing abilities. He quipped about being an “Average footballer, Excellent Plumber,” a phrase that sparked rumors of being emblazoned on his van – a claim he later playfully dismissed in a conversation with former teammate Ray Parlour and subsequently clarified in an interview, revealing he doesn’t even own a van.
Memories of Cup Final Triumph
Linighan looks back with fondness on his FA Cup final heroics under manager George Graham. In a detailed account, he reminisces about the corner routine that led to his famous goal and the raucous celebrations that followed. The night of victory saw him and his teammates reveling until the early hours, with Linighan even getting a nod from a local police officer recognizing his contribution to the game.
A New Chapter Beyond the Beautiful Game
While his days on the football field may be behind him, Andy Linighan’s legacy endures through both his memorable sporting achievements and his successful second career. His story is a testament to the diverse paths life can take after the final whistle blows on a sporting career.