1995 FA Cup Final

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1995 FA Cup Final
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Event 1994–95 FA Cup
Date20 May 1995 (1995-05-20)
Venue Wembley Stadium, London
Man of the Match Dave Watson (Everton)
Referee Gerald Ashby (Worcestershire)

The 1995 FA Cup Final was a football match played at Wembley Stadium in London on 20 May 1995 to determine the winner of the 1994–95 FA Cup. The 50th FA Cup Final to be played at Wembley since the Second World War, it was contested by Everton and Manchester United. Everton won the match 1–0 via a headed goal by Paul Rideout, after Graham Stuart's shot rebounded off the crossbar. The rest of the game saw Manchester United dominating the attack, only for Welsh international goalkeeper Neville Southall to hold on to a clean sheet.



Manchester United, double-winners the previous season, had lost their league crown the previous Sunday to Blackburn Rovers. Manchester United had to play the final without three of their most important players: Eric Cantona (suspended), Andrei Kanchelskis (injured) and Andy Cole (cup-tied). Between them, those three had scored 41 goals during the season. The final saw final Manchester United appearances for Paul Ince and Mark Hughes (who had contributed greatly to Manchester United's successes under the management of Alex Ferguson), as they both moved to new clubs within weeks after the final. However, the game saw some promising performances from breakthrough players Gary Neville, Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes, all of whom would go on to win numerous major honours for the club.

Everton, meanwhile, had escaped from a relegation dogfight which had seen them make their worst start to a league campaign (eight points from a possible 42 after 14 games), with a superbly successful cup run which saw them reach Wembley having conceded only one goal (a penalty for Jürgen Klinsmann of Tottenham Hotspur in the semi-final, which Everton won 4–1). Everton's only absentee was defender Earl Barrett who was cup-tied, and had therefore not been part of Everton's FA cup campaign. Duncan Ferguson passed a fitness test on the day of the game, however, Ferguson was only given a place on the substitutes bench, with Everton fielding the same starting XI that defeated Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup semi-final. There was no place among the substitutes for homegrown boyhood Blue John Ebbrell, with Daniel Amokachi being preferred on the bench after he scored twice in the semi-final. Stuart Barlow and Vinny Samways were the other players from the original 17-man cup final squad to not make the 14-man matchday squad. Ebbrell, Barlow and Samways all missed the semi-final against Spurs due to injury, allowing Amokachi to take a place on the substitutes bench; he then scored two goals after mistakenly coming on for Paul Rideout. Rideout had been a doubt for the game with a knee ligament injury and appeared to have suffered a recurrence midway through the second half; after receiving treatment from the Everton physio, Rideout indicated he was ready to return to action, but Amokachi misinterpreted his signal and entered the field, with the substitution confirmed by the fourth official. [1]

It was Everton's first major trophy since they won the league championship eight years earlier, and is their most recent major trophy to date. [2] In contrast, Manchester United were left without a major trophy for the first time since the 1988–89 season and were denied the opportunity to become the first club to win the FA Cup nine times.

This was the last time that an English manager won the FA Cup – as well as the last time a club other than Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool or Manchester United won the FA Cup – until 2008, when Harry Redknapp managed Portsmouth to victory. [3]

The trophy was presented to the Everton captain and man of the match Dave Watson by the Prince of Wales, whose sons Princes William and Harry were attending their first FA Cup Final. [4]

Road to Wembley


Home teams listed first.Round 3: Everton 1–0 Derby County

Round 4: Bristol City 0–1 Everton

Round 5: Everton 5–0 Norwich City

Round 6: Everton 1–0 Newcastle United

Semi-final: Everton 4–1 Tottenham Hotspur (at Elland Road, Leeds)

Manchester United

Home teams listed first.Round 3: Sheffield United 0–2 Manchester United

Round 4: Manchester United 5–2 Wrexham

Round 5: Manchester United 3–1 Leeds United

Round 6: Manchester United 2–0 Queens Park Rangers

Semi-final Manchester United 2–2 Crystal Palace (at Villa Park, Birmingham)

(replay) Manchester United 2–0 Crystal Palace (at Villa Park)

Match details

Everton 1–0 Manchester United
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Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 79,592
Referee: Gerald Ashby (Worcestershire)
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Manchester United
GK1 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Neville Southall
RB2 Flag of England.svg Matt Jackson
CB5 Flag of England.svg Dave Watson (c)
CB26 Flag of England.svg David Unsworth
LB6 Flag of England.svg Gary Ablett
RM17 Flag of Sweden.svg Anders Limpar Sub off.svg 69'
CM18 Flag of England.svg Joe Parkinson
CM10 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Barry Horne
LM3 Flag of England.svg Andy Hinchcliffe
SS8 Flag of England.svg Graham Stuart
CF15 Flag of England.svg Paul Rideout Sub off.svg 51'
GK13 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Jason Kearton
FW9 Flag of Scotland.svg Duncan Ferguson Sub on.svg 51'
FW11 Flag of Nigeria.svg Daniel Amokachi Sub on.svg 69'
Flag of England.svg Joe Royle
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GK1 Flag of Denmark.svg Peter Schmeichel
RB27 Flag of England.svg Gary Neville
CB4 Flag of England.svg Steve Bruce (c)Sub off.svg 45'
CB6 Flag of England.svg Gary Pallister
LB3 Flag of Ireland.svg Denis Irwin
RM16 Flag of Ireland.svg Roy Keane
CM19 Flag of England.svg Nicky Butt
CM8 Flag of England.svg Paul Ince
LM5 Flag of England.svg Lee Sharpe Sub off.svg 72'
CF9 Flag of Scotland.svg Brian McClair
CF10 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Mark Hughes
GK13 Flag of England.svg Gary Walsh
MF11 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Ryan Giggs Sub on.svg 45'
FW24 Flag of England.svg Paul Scholes Sub on.svg 72'
Flag of Scotland.svg Alex Ferguson

Man of the match

Match officials

Match rules

  • 90 minutes
  • 30 minutes of extra time if necessary
  • Replay if scores still level
  • Three named substitutes, of which two may be used

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