1986 FA Cup Final

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1986 FA Cup Final
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The match programme cover
Event 1985–86 FA Cup
Date10 May 1986
Venue Wembley Stadium, London
Referee Alan Robinson (Hampshire)

The 1986 FA Cup Final was the 105th final of the FA Cup. It took place on 10 May 1986 at Wembley Stadium and was a Merseyside derby between Liverpool and Everton. The match was played seven days after Liverpool had secured the league title, with Everton finishing as runners-up. At the time, Liverpool and Everton were widely regarded as the two leading English clubs.



Liverpool won the match 3–1, thus completing the Double in Kenny Dalglish’s first season as a player manager. Everton led at half-time through Gary Lineker, before the second half saw Ian Rush score two goals and Craig Johnston one. As Liverpool had already won the league, Everton would have claimed a place in the 1986–87 European Cup Winners' Cup, but the ban on English clubs in European competitions following the Heysel disaster the previous season meant that they were unable to do so (in addition to Liverpool not claiming a place in the European Cup for their league win). [1]

This was Liverpool's third FA Cup Final victory, and their first since 1974. Everton, meanwhile, were playing in their third consecutive FA Cup Final and suffered their second consecutive defeat; notable changes from the side that had lost to Manchester United the previous year were Bobby Mimms in goal in place of the injured Neville Southall – Everton had signed veteran Pat Jennings on a short-term deal as emergency cover – and new signing Gary Lineker playing in the forward position that had previously been occupied by Andy Gray. [2]

As substitute Steve McMahon was unused, Liverpool became the first team to compete in the FA Cup Final without fielding an English capped player[ citation needed ] since Queen's Park understandably fielded all-Scottish teams in 1884 and 1885 (Mark Lawrenson was English-born but represented the Republic of Ireland at international level while Craig Johnston had played for England Under-21s despite having Australian nationality).

Twenty years later, in April 2006, the final was replayed in a charity game at Anfield, in aid of The Marina Dalglish Appeal. Liverpool won again, this time on a 1–0 scoreline, thanks to a late goal from John Durnin. [3]

Match details

Rush Soccerball shade.svg 56', 83'
Johnston Soccerball shade.svg 62'
Report Lineker Soccerball shade.svg 27'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 98,000
Referee: Alan Robinson (Hampshire)
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GK1 Flag of Zimbabwe.svg Bruce Grobbelaar
RB4 Flag of Scotland.svg Steve Nicol
CB2 Flag of Ireland.svg Mark Lawrenson
CB6 Flag of Scotland.svg Alan Hansen (c)
LB3 Flag of Ireland.svg Jim Beglin
RM8 Flag of England.svg Craig Johnston
CM10 Flag of Denmark.svg Jan Mølby
CM11 Flag of Scotland.svg Kevin MacDonald
LM5 Flag of Ireland.svg Ronnie Whelan
SS7 Flag of Scotland.svg Kenny Dalglish
CF9 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Ian Rush
MF12 Flag of England.svg Steve McMahon
Flag of Scotland.svg Kenny Dalglish
GK1 Flag of England.svg Bobby Mimms
RB2 Flag of England.svg Gary Stevens Sub off.svg 72'
CB4 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Kevin Ratcliffe (c)
CB5 Flag of England.svg Derek Mountfield
LB3 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Pat Van Den Hauwe
RM7 Flag of England.svg Trevor Steven
CM6 Flag of England.svg Peter Reid
CM10 Flag of England.svg Paul Bracewell
LM11 Flag of Ireland.svg Kevin Sheedy
CF8 Flag of England.svg Gary Lineker
CF9 Flag of Scotland.svg Graeme Sharp
FW12 Flag of England.svg Adrian Heath Sub on.svg 72'
Flag of England.svg Howard Kendall

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