1985 FA Cup Final

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1985 FA Cup Final
Old Wembley Stadium (external view).jpg
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 the 104th final of the FA Cup. It took place on 18 May 1985 at Wembley Stadium, and was contested by Manchester United and holders Everton. 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. Television 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 result of 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 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.

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.

Both teams met in the Cup Final once again 10 years later in 1995, which Everton sought revenge by winning 1–0 on that occasion. Welsh compatriots Mark Hughes and Neville Southall were the only survivors of the 1985 Final to play in the 1995 one, for their respective sides.

Match details

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

External links

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