Mark Hughes has revealed how accidentally missing Bryan Robson’s trophy lift in the 1985 FA Cup final prompted a new tradition for him.
Yet, in the midst of the celebrations at Wembley, Hughes inadvertently missed captain Robson lifting the cup due to being at the back of the queue of players going up the stairs to the royal box.
He said: “As I was going up those steps, obviously I’d seen on TV and watched teams and players go up those steps many, many times at Wembley to receive the trophy.
“As I’m just getting halfway up all of a sudden a big cheer goes up and I look across and Robbo has already got the trophy. And I’m thinking ‘oh for goodness sake I’ve missed it’.
“After all these years wondering and thinking what the emotion was going to be like when I lifted the trophy and I missed it.
“I made a vow that if I ever got back and was in cup finals again I would make sure I wouldn’t miss it. All the other cup finals I was involved in it was always the captain, the goalie and then me.”