1983 FA Cup Final

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1983 FA Cup Final
Event 1982–83 FA Cup
Manchester United won after a replay
Final
After extra time
Date21 May 1983
Venue Wembley Stadium, London
Referee Alf Grey (Norfolk)
Attendance99,059
Replay
Date26 May 1983
Venue Wembley Stadium, London
Referee Alf Grey (Norfolk)
Attendance91,534
1982
1984

The 1983 FA Cup Final was contested by Manchester United and Brighton & Hove Albion at Wembley Stadium.

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Manchester United were the favourites, as Brighton had been relegated from the First Division that season, and had never reached a cup final before. United had finished third in the league that season and already had four FA Cup victories to their name.

The final ended in a 2–2 draw, forcing a replay at Wembley five days later, which Manchester United won 4–0. It was the third successive year that the FA Cup Final required a replay. [1]

The first match

The first match finished 2–2 after extra time. Gordon Smith and Gary Stevens scored for Brighton; Frank Stapleton and Ray Wilkins for United. The first game is famous for the radio commentary by Peter Jones "...and Smith must score" talking about a shot by Gordon Smith, which was then saved by the Manchester United goalkeeper Gary Bailey; the quote was subsequently used as a title for a Brighton fanzine. Bailey's save forced a replay and prevented Brighton from winning the first major trophy in their history.

The replay

The second game, on a Thursday night, started the same way as the first game had, with Brighton taking the game to Manchester United. Although their chances were limited to long-range drives from Jimmy Case, United goalkeeper Gary Bailey had a couple of important saves to make. This all changed on 25 minutes, with United's first real attack. Alan Davies, who had made his FA Cup debut in the first game, set up captain Bryan Robson for a left-footed drive past Moseley into the corner of the net. Suddenly the atmosphere changed and it was the Manchester United fans who were singing loudest. This was compounded in the 30th minute, when United went 2–0 up, giving the team a two-goal cushion for the first time over the two matches. Brighton failed to clear a corner, and Davies crossed for Norman Whiteside to score with a header, making the 18 year old the youngest player to ever score in an FA Cup final as per 2019. This capped an incredible 12 months for the teenager, who had played in the 1982 FIFA World Cup for Northern Ireland, and scored in the League Cup final defeat to Liverpool earlier that year.

Brighton were rocked but continued to press, yet went further behind just before half time. Gordon McQueen headed on a free-kick and the ball fell to Robson to tap in at the far post, for his second goal of the game. The scoring was completed in the second half when the Dutch midfielder Arnold Mühren scored a penalty after Robson had been brought down by Stevens in the penalty area. It was the third consecutive year that a penalty had been awarded (and scored) in the Cup Final replay.

This was the first of three times that Bryan Robson captained Manchester United to FA Cup glory; he also achieved the feat in 1985 and 1990.

Match details

Brighton & Hove Albion 2–2 (a.e.t.) Manchester United
Smith Soccerball shade.svg 14'
Stevens Soccerball shade.svg 87'
Report Stapleton Soccerball shade.svg 55'
Wilkins Soccerball shade.svg 72'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 99,059
Referee: Alf Grey (Great Yarmouth)
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Brighton & Hove Albion
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Manchester United
GK1 Flag of England.svg Graham Moseley
RB2 Flag of England.svg Chris Ramsey
CB6 Flag of England.svg Gary Stevens
CB5 Flag of England.svg Steve Gatting
LB3 Flag of England.svg Graham Pearce
RM11 Flag of England.svg Neil Smillie
CM4 Flag of Ireland.svg Tony Grealish (c)
CM7 Flag of England.svg Jimmy Case
LM8 Flag of Ireland.svg Gary Howlett
CF9 Flag of Ireland.svg Michael Robinson
CF10 Flag of Scotland.svg Gordon Smith
Substitute:
MF12 Flag of Ireland.svg Gerry Ryan
Manager:
Flag of England.svg Jimmy Melia
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GK1 Flag of England.svg Gary Bailey
RB2 Flag of England.svg Mike Duxbury
CB5 Flag of Ireland.svg Kevin Moran
CB6 Flag of Scotland.svg Gordon McQueen
LB3 Flag of Scotland.svg Arthur Albiston
RM11 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Alan Davies
CM4 Flag of England.svg Ray Wilkins
CM7 Flag of England.svg Bryan Robson (c)
LM8 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Arnold Mühren
CF9 Flag of Ireland.svg Frank Stapleton
CF10 Ulster Banner.svg Norman Whiteside
Substitute:
MF12 Flag of Ireland.svg Ashley Grimes
Manager:
Flag of England.svg Ron Atkinson

Assistant referees:
Colin Downey (Hounslow)
John Pardoe (Kidderminster)
Reserve official:
John Connock (Bristol)

Match rules

  • 90 minutes
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary
  • Replay if scores still level
  • One named substitute
  • Maximum of one substitution

Replay match details

Brighton & Hove Albion 0–4 Manchester United
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Mühren Soccerball shade.svg 62' (pen.)
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Attendance: 91,534
Referee: Alf Grey (Norfolk)
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Brighton & Hove Albion
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Manchester United
GK1 Flag of England.svg Graham Moseley
RB2 Flag of England.svg Steve Gatting
CB6 Flag of England.svg Gary Stevens
CB5 Flag of England.svg Steve Foster (c)
LB3 Flag of England.svg Graham Pearce
RM11 Flag of England.svg Neil Smillie
CM4 Flag of Ireland.svg Tony Grealish
CM7 Flag of England.svg Jimmy Case
LM8 Flag of Ireland.svg Gary Howlett
CF9 Flag of Ireland.svg Michael Robinson
CF10 Flag of Scotland.svg Gordon Smith
Substitute:
MF12 Flag of Ireland.svg Gerry Ryan
Manager:
Flag of England.svg Jimmy Melia
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GK1 Flag of England.svg Gary Bailey
RB2 Flag of England.svg Mike Duxbury
CB5 Flag of Ireland.svg Kevin Moran
CB6 Flag of Scotland.svg Gordon McQueen
LB3 Flag of Scotland.svg Arthur Albiston
RM11 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Alan Davies
CM4 Flag of England.svg Ray Wilkins
CM7 Flag of England.svg Bryan Robson (c)
LM8 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Arnold Mühren
CF9 Flag of Ireland.svg Frank Stapleton
CF10 Ulster Banner.svg Norman Whiteside
Substitute:
MF12 Flag of Ireland.svg Ashley Grimes
Manager:
Flag of England.svg Ron Atkinson

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary.
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level.
  • One named substitute.
  • Maximum of one substitution.

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