Records and Dave Beasant go hand in hand.
The 6ft 4in keeper was the first to save a penalty in an FA Cup final. He was also the first goalkeeper to captain his side at the Wembley showpiece. His £750,000 transfer from Wimbledon to Newcastle was, at the time, the highest fee paid for a keeper and, at 42, he became Nottingham Forest's oldest ever player.
Beasant even made the headlines in his fifties when an injury crisis at Stevenage meant the League Two club named him as substitute keeper – at the ripe old age of 55.
Two caps for England and 775 appearances as a pro is testament to Beasant's consistency and, despite a couple of dips in his form at certain clubs, reliability.
His booming goal kicks and clearances were a key part of Wimbledon's rather rustic approach to playing football, but it is as a penalty stopper that he will always be remembered – his save from a John Aldridge spot kick in the 1998 FA Cup final kept Wimbledon's 1-0 lead intact and was a huge factor in what is to this day one of the most unlikely of footballing success stories.
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