09/03/2013 09:39, Report by Adam Marshall
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Whiteside's Cup hat-trick

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"After Graeme Hogg’s own goal levelled the scores, I was in the right place at the right time to restore the lead. Big Paul McGrath headed the ball back when it was cleared and, although I was falling backwards, I managed to make contact to head it past Tom McAlister in the West Ham net. For my second strike, Graeme picked me out from a free-kick. I’d made a run inside but didn’t realise until the last minute that the other centre-back had stayed high up the field and didn’t get back. It left a gap and I was kept onside as my marker just ran alongside me when Graeme played it through. It fell on my right foot, which I normally used just to stand on, but I caught it well and that made it 3-1.

"Although Paul Allen pulled one back, the penalty ensured we reached the last four and the FA Cup remains very special to me. I didn’t score that many goals in my career but, in 1983, I found the net in both the semi-final and the final. This was the 1985 quarter-final and, of course, I hit the winner at Wembley against Everton too. It’s nice to be remembered because it’s a fantastic competition, recognised worldwide, and I’d dreamed of playing in it and scoring as a kid."

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