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1985 FA Cup Final

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1985 FA Cup Final

1985 FA Cup Final
Event 1984–85 FA Cup
After extra time
Date 18 May 1985
Venue Wembley Stadium, London
Referee Peter Willis (County Durham)
Attendance 100,000

The 1985 FA Cup Final was contested by Manchester United and holders Everton at Wembley Stadium. United won by a single goal, scored in extra time by Norman Whiteside when he curled the ball into the net past the reach of Neville Southall after a run from the right.

Late in the second half, Kevin Moran of Manchester United was sent off for a professional foul on Peter Reid, who was clean through on goal. He became the first player to be dismissed in an FA Cup Final. TV cameras revealed that he had gone for the ball, and not for Peter Reid in the offending tackle. He was later presented with the winner's medal that had at first been withheld. Had Everton won the match they would have completed an unprecedented Treble of League, FA Cup and European Cup Winners' Cup.

All of Manchester United's players (including the substitute who played) had been capped at full international level, making them the first FA Cup winning team to consist entirely of players who had gained full international recognition.

However, United were unable to compete in the following season's Cup Winner's Cup, as all English clubs were subsequently banned from European competitions indefinitely two weeks later as a sequel to the Heysel disaster on 29 May 1985, in which rioting by Liverpool and Juventus fans at the European Cup final resulted in the death of 39 spectators.

Everton, the previous year's FA Cup winners, had just won the Cup Winners' Cup as well as the league title, and so would have competed in the 1985–86 European Cup had it not been for the ban. Manchester United had been winners two years earlier, and had just finished in the First Division's top four for the fourth successive season under the management of Ron Atkinson.

Eight of United's starting 11 players had been members of the cup winning side from two years earlier, while Arthur Albiston was the only remaining player from the FA Cup winning side of 1977 still in the team. However, when United next won the trophy five years later, Mark Hughes and Bryan Robson were the only players from the 1985 side to feature in the winning team. Both had gone by the start of the 1995-96 season.

Everton's last remaining player from the game was Neville Southall, who stayed with them until 1998 and helped them win a league title in 1987 and the FA Cup in 1995.

Match details

18 May 1985 (1985-05-18)
15:00 BST
Everton 0–1 (a.e.t.) Manchester United
Report Whiteside Goal 110'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 100,000
Referee: Peter Willis (County Durham)
Manchester United
GK 1 Neville Southall
RB 2 Gary Stevens
LB 3 Pat Van Den Hauwe
CB 4 Kevin Ratcliffe (c)
CB 5 Derek Mountfield
CM 6 Peter Reid
RM 7 Trevor Steven
CF 8 Graeme Sharp
CF 9 Andy Gray
CM 10 Paul Bracewell
LM 11 Kevin Sheedy
DF 12 Alan Harper
Howard Kendall
GK 1 Gary Bailey
RB 2 John Gidman
LB 3 Arthur Albiston Substituted off 91'
CM 4 Norman Whiteside
CB 5 Paul McGrath
CB 6 Kevin Moran Red card 78'
CM 7 Bryan Robson (c)
RM 8 Gordon Strachan
CF 9 Mark Hughes
CF 10 Frank Stapleton
LM 11 Jesper Olsen
DF 12 Mike Duxbury Substituted in 91'
Ron Atkinson

Match rules

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

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