1985–86 FA Cup

1985–86 FA Cup
Country England
Champions Liverpool
Runners-up Everton

The 1985–86 FA Cup was the 105th season of the world's oldest knockout football competition, The Football Association Challenge Cup, or FA Cup. The competition was won by Liverpool, who defeated local rivals Everton 3–1 at Wembley in the first ever Merseyside derby final. Liverpool thus became only the fifth club to win the league and FA Cup double.

First round proper

For the qualifying rounds, see 1985–86 FA Cup Qualifying Rounds.

The first round of games were played over the weekend 16–17 November 1986. Replays were played on the 19th-20th.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1Enfield0–2Bognor Regis Town16 November 1985
2Bournemouth0–0Dartford16 November 1985
ReplayDartford0–2Bournemouth19 November 1985
3Bury2–0Chester City16 November 1985
4Rochdale2–1Darlington16 November 1985
5Yeovil Town2–4Hereford United16 November 1985
6Reading1–0Wealdstone16 November 1985
7Walsall7–3Preston North End16 November 1985
8Gillingham3–0Northampton Town16 November 1985
9Notts County6–1Scarborough17 November 1985
10Macclesfield Town1–2Hartlepool United16 November 1985
11Derby County5–1Crewe Alexandra16 November 1985
12Lincoln City0–1Blackpool16 November 1985
13Swindon Town0–0Bristol City17 November 1985
ReplayBristol City4–2Swindon Town20 November 1985
14Wrexham3–1Bolton Wanderers16 November 1985
15Tranmere Rovers2–2Chesterfield16 November 1985
ReplayChesterfield0–1Tranmere Rovers19 November 1985
16Stockport County0–1Telford United16 November 1985
17Windsor & Eton1–1Torquay United16 November 1985
ReplayTorquay United3–0Windsor & Eton19 November 1985
18Chorley0–2Altrincham16 November 1985
19Wycombe Wanderers2–0Colchester United16 November 1985
20Brentford1–3Bristol Rovers16 November 1985
21Plymouth Argyle1–0Aldershot16 November 1985
22Southend United0–1Newport County16 November 1985
23Exeter City2–1Cardiff City16 November 1985
24Mansfield Town1–1Port Vale16 November 1985
ReplayPort Vale1–0Mansfield Town18 November 1985
25Halifax Town1–3Scunthorpe United16 November 1985
26Runcorn2–2Boston United16 November 1985
ReplayBoston United1–1Runcorn20 November 1985
ReplayRuncorn4–1Boston United25 November 1985
27York City0–0Morecambe16 November 1985
ReplayMorecambe0–2York City19 November 1985
28Bishop's Stortford2–2Peterborough United16 November 1985
ReplayPeterborough United3–1Bishop's Stortford20 November 1985
29Rotherham United6–0Wolverhampton Wanderers16 November 1985
30Wigan Athletic4–1Doncaster Rovers16 November 1985
31Chelmsford City1–0Weymouth16 November 1985
32Nuneaton Borough2–3Burnley16 November 1985
33Slough Town2–2Aylesbury United16 November 1985
ReplayAylesbury United2–5Slough Town19 November 1985
34Whitby Town1–0South Liverpool16 November 1985
35Dagenham2–1Cambridge United16 November 1985
36Fareham Town0–3Maidstone United16 November 1985
37Swansea City2–0Leyton-Wingate16 November 1985
38Farnborough Town0–4Bath City16 November 1985
39Frickley Athletic1–1Halesowen Town16 November 1985
ReplayHalesowen Town1–3Frickley Athletic19 November 1985
40VS Rugby2–2Orient16 November 1985
ReplayOrient4–1VS Rugby19 November 1985

Second Round Proper

The second round of games were played over 7–9 December 1985, with replays being played on the 10th.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1Blackpool1–2Altrincham7 December 1985
2Bournemouth4–1Dagenham7 December 1985
3Bristol City1–2Exeter City7 December 1985
4Reading2–0Hereford United7 December 1985
5Gillingham6–1Bognor Regis Town7 December 1985
6Notts County2–2Wrexham7 December 1985
ReplayWrexham0–3Notts County10 December 1985
7Derby County6–1Telford United9 December 1985
8Tranmere Rovers1–1Bury7 December 1985
ReplayBury2–1Tranmere Rovers10 December 1985
9Wycombe Wanderers2–0Chelmsford City7 December 1985
10Plymouth Argyle3–0Maidstone United7 December 1985
11Scunthorpe United2–2Rochdale7 December 1985
ReplayRochdale2–1Scunthorpe United10 December 1985
12Port Vale0–0Walsall8 December 1985
ReplayWalsall2–1Port Vale10 December 1985
13Newport County1–1Torquay United7 December 1985
ReplayTorquay United2–3Newport County10 December 1985
14Runcorn1–1Wigan Athletic7 December 1985
ReplayWigan Athletic4–0Runcorn10 December 1985
15York City3–1Whitby Town7 December 1985
16Rotherham United4–1Burnley7 December 1985
17Peterborough United1–0Bath City7 December 1985
18Orient2–2Slough Town7 December 1985
ReplaySlough Town2–3Orient10 December 1985
19Swansea City1–2Bristol Rovers7 December 1985
20Hartlepool United0–1Frickley Athletic7 December 1985

Third round proper

Most of the third round of games in the FA Cup were played over the weekend 4–6 January 1986. Various matches and replays were played as late as 16 January, however.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1Bury2–0Barnsley13 January 1986
2Liverpool5–0Norwich City4 January 1986
3Walsall1–3Manchester City4 January 1986
4Gillingham1–1Derby County4 January 1986
ReplayDerby County3–1Gillingham13 January 1986
5Nottingham Forest1–1Blackburn Rovers4 January 1986
ReplayBlackburn Rovers3–2Nottingham Forest13 January 1986
6Sheffield Wednesday2–2West Bromwich Albion13 January 1986
ReplayWest Bromwich Albion2–3Sheffield Wednesday16 January 1986
7Grimsby Town3–4Arsenal4 January 1986
8Middlesbrough1–3Southampton13 January 1986
9Sunderland2–0Newport County4 January 1986
10Everton1–0Exeter City5 January 1986
11Shrewsbury Town0–1Chelsea4 January 1986
12Sheffield United2–0Fulham13 January 1986
13Ipswich Town4–4Bradford City4 January 1986
ReplayBradford City0–1Ipswich Town13 January 1986
14Newcastle United0–2Brighton & Hove Albion4 January 1986
15Bristol Rovers3–1Leicester City4 January 1986
16Coventry City1–3Watford4 January 1986
17Portsmouth2–2Aston Villa4 January 1986
ReplayAston Villa3–2Portsmouth13 January 1986
18Manchester United2–0Rochdale9 January 1986
19Millwall3–1Wimbledon4 January 1986
20Hull City2–2Plymouth Argyle4 January 1986
ReplayPlymouth Argyle0–1Hull City7 January 1986
21Carlisle United1–0Queens Park Rangers13 January 1986
22Oldham Athletic1–2Orient6 January 1986
23Crystal Palace1–2Luton Town6 January 1986
24Huddersfield Town0–0Reading4 January 1986
ReplayReading2–1Huddersfield Town13 January 1986
25Charlton Athletic0–1West Ham United5 January 1986
26York City2–0Wycombe Wanderers4 January 1986
27Stoke City0–2Notts County13 January 1986
28Wigan Athletic3–0Bournemouth4 January 1986
29Peterborough United1–0Leeds United4 January 1986
30Birmingham City1–2Altrincham14 January 1986
31Oxford United1–1Tottenham Hotspur4 January 1986
ReplayTottenham Hotspur2–1Oxford United8 January 1986
32Frickley Athletic1–3Rotherham United4 January 1986

Fourth Round Proper

The fourth round of games were played over the weekend 25–26 January 1986. Replays took place on 28–29 January, or 3–6 February.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1Southampton3–0Wigan Athletic25 January 1986
2Reading1–1Bury25 January 1986
ReplayBury3–0Reading28 January 1986
3Notts County1–1Tottenham Hotspur25 January 1986
ReplayTottenham Hotspur5–0Notts County29 January 1986
4Aston Villa1–1Millwall25 January 1986
ReplayMillwall1–0Aston Villa29 January 1986
5Sheffield Wednesday5–0Orient25 January 1986
6Sunderland0–0Manchester United25 January 1986
ReplayManchester United3–0Sunderland29 January 1986
7Luton Town4–0Bristol Rovers25 January 1986
8Everton3–1Blackburn Rovers25 January 1986
9Sheffield United0–1Derby County25 January 1986
10Manchester City1–1Watford25 January 1986
ReplayWatford0–0Manchester City3 February 1986
ReplayManchester City1–3Watford6 February 1986
11West Ham United0–0Ipswich Town25 January 1986
ReplayIpswich Town1–1West Ham United4 February 1986
ReplayIpswich Town0–1West Ham United6 February 1986
12Hull City2–3Brighton & Hove Albion25 January 1986
13Chelsea1–2Liverpool26 January 1986
14Arsenal5–1Rotherham United25 January 1986
15York City2–0Altrincham25 January 1986
16Peterborough United1–0Carlisle United25 January 1986

Fifth Round Proper

The fifth set of games were intended to be played on 15 February 1986, but due to earlier replays, some of these matches were not concluded until just under a month later.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1Southampton0–0Millwall15 February 1986
ReplayMillwall0–1Southampton5 March 1986
2Watford1–1Bury5 March 1986
ReplayBury0–3Watford8 March 1986
3Derby County1–1Sheffield Wednesday26 February 1986
ReplaySheffield Wednesday2–0Derby County5 March 1986
4Luton Town2–2Arsenal15 February 1986
ReplayArsenal0–0Luton Town3 March 1986
ReplayLuton Town3–0Arsenal5 March 1986
5Tottenham Hotspur1–2Everton4 March 1986
6Manchester United1–1West Ham United15 February 1986
ReplayWest Ham United2–0Manchester United9 March 1986
7York City1–1Liverpool15 February 1986
ReplayLiverpool3–1York City18 February 1986
8Peterborough United2–2Brighton & Hove Albion15 February 1986
ReplayBrighton & Hove Albion1–0Peterborough United3 March 1986

Sixth Round Proper

The sixth round of FA Cup games were played either at the weekend on 8 March or midweek on 11-12 1986. Replays were played in the following midweek fixture.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1Liverpool0–0Watford11 March 1986
ReplayWatford1–2Liverpool17 March 1986
2Sheffield Wednesday2–1West Ham United12 March 1986
3Luton Town2–2Everton8 March 1986
ReplayEverton1–0Luton Town12 March 1986
4Brighton & Hove Albion0–2Southampton8 March 1986


5 April 1986
Liverpool 2 – 0 (a.e.t.) Southampton
Rush  99'  104' Report
White Hart Lane, London
Attendance: 44,605
Referee: A.Saunders

5 April 1986
Everton 2 – 1 (a.e.t.) Sheffield Wednesday
Report Shutt
Villa Park, Birmingham
Attendance: 47,711
Referee: Brian Hill


Main article: 1986 FA Cup Final

10 May 1986
15:00 BST
Liverpool 3 – 1 Everton
Rush  56'  83'
Johnston  62'
Lineker  27'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 98,000
Referee: Alan Robinson (Waterlooville)


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