STEVE WATKIN is beginning to think that Mickey Thomas scored the winner in Wrexham's famous FA Cup victory over Arsenal!

The striker says it tongue in cheek, but you could be forgiven for believing that Thomas’ wonder strike knocked out the mighty Arsenal and caused one of the competition’s biggest ever upsets as his goal hits the television screens whenever Wrexham’s heroics that day are featured.

Of course, Thomas’ fantastic free-kick put Wrexham back on level terms at The Racecourse before Watkin got in front of England international Tony Adams and beat David Seaman to secure an unbelievable 2-1 victory.

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But Wrexham-born Watkin, a product of the club’s youth programme, is not bothered that Thomas, pictured below, gets all the adulation.

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“To be honest, even I think Mickey got the winner!" said Watkin. “If it wasn’t on DVD I would have believed it!

“I don’t mind that, it is not a problem. Mickey’s was a great goal, a bit special, and I understand it.

“I am quite happy to stay in the background.”

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You have to pinch yourself that Wrexham’s huge giantkilling act occurred 25 years ago.

Arsenal headed to The Racecourse on January 4, 1992, as the reigning first division champions while Wrexham had finished bottom of the league the previous season, only avoiding relegation to the Conference because there was no demotion that year.

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Steve Watkin celebrates his winning goal for Wrexham FC against Arsenal in the FA Cup Third Round in January 1992

But underdogs Wrexham surpassed all expectations and managed to create history by beating an Arsenal side that contained seven England internationals, including Seaman, Adams, Lee Dixon, David Rocastle and Paul Merson.

“It’s hard to believe it is 25 years ago,” said Watkin. “I have got some great memories of the day, I think it is still pretty clear in everyone’s mind.

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“Everyone there will never forget the special day and it was fantastic to be involved in a game like that, especially being born in Wrexham.

“Playing against the champions and the best team in the country at the time was brilliant.

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The Reds celebrate after their famous 2-1 win over Arsenal in the FA Cup Third Round in 1992

“We had a relatively young team with some old heads as well, it was probably easier having no fear.

“I was happy to be on the pitch playing against some of the best players in the country.”

Arsenal bossed the first half and squandered chances but Alan Smith gave the Gunners the lead two minutes before the break.

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Watkin was just pleased Wrexham were still in the contest at the interval.

“Arsenal were excellent in the first half, we could not cope with them,” said Watkin.

“Goalkeeper Vince O’Keefe kept us in the game, it could have been four or five but we were still in it at half-time.

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That free-kick from Mickey Thomas

“We were happy with 1-0, we came out second half and played a little bit better, we passed it like we could.

“I think they probably took their foot off the gas and we gradually played our way into the game.”

Arsenal were unable to increase their advantage and Thomas’ well executed 25-yard free-kick in the 82nd minute beat a despairing Seaman and put Wrexham back on level terms and set up a frantic finale.

“It was a special goal, an unbelievable strike,” said Watkin.

“Mickey was capable of doing that and for him to do it on that stage was fantastic.”

Just two minutes later and Wrexham were in dreamland, an outstretched Watkin poking the ball home from Gordon Davies’ pass, to the delight of the majority of the 13,343 fans that witnessed a massive cup shock.

“I have seen it over the years but I could have sworn it was further out,” said Watkin.

“I thought I was by the penalty spot but it was on the edge of the six yard box, closer in.

“It was a scruffy type of goal but it did not matter.

“To get the winning goal was brilliant.

“It was the most important and memorable goal I scored in my career.”

Wrexham fans celebrated long into the night, and so did Watkin and his team-mates.

“We had a night in town, I could not tell you much about it!” added Watkin.