Sports Letters: American first

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Sir: I enjoyed reading Joe Lovejoy's report of Sunday's Coca-Cola Cup final between Arsenal and Sheffield Wednesday (19 April), but noticed a factual error. Mr Lovejoy claims that John Harkes's ninth-minute goal for Wednesday was the first scored by an American at Wembley. In fact, this honour is held by Harkes's international team-mate Mike Masters, then of Colchester United, whose opening goal in the fifth minute of last season's FA Trophy final on 10 May 1992 helped the U's secure a 3-1 victory over Witton Albion (and, incidentally, the first non-League 'double' of promotion from the GM Vauxhall Conference and winning the Trophy).

Yours faithfully

STEVE BISHOP

Woodhouse, Leeds

20 April

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