1986 FA Cup Final

1986 FA Cup Final
Event 1985–86 FA Cup
Date 10 May 1986
Venue Wembley Stadium, London
Referee Alan Robinson (Hampshire)
Attendance 98,000

The 1986 FA Cup Final was a Merseyside derby between Liverpool and Everton at Wembley. The match was played seven days after Liverpool had secured the league title, with Everton finishing as runners-up. At this time, Liverpool and Everton were widely regarded as the English league's leading club sides.

Liverpool went on to win this match 3–1, with two goals from Ian Rush, and one from Craig Johnston after Gary Lineker had put Everton ahead in the first half.

Liverpool had already won the First Division title, and so completed the Double. Everton had finished as runners-up to Liverpool in the league. However, the ban on English clubs in European competitions imposed after the previous season's Heysel disaster remained in force, meaning that Everton were unable to compete in the 1986–87 European Cup Winners' Cup (Liverpool as league champions would have gone into the European Cup).

Notable changes to the Everton side who had been runners-up in the final a year earlier were the absence of goalkeeper Neville Southall due to injury (his place in the team being taken by Bobby Mimms) and new signing Gary Lineker playing in the forward position which had previously been occupied by Andy Gray.

Liverpool, on the other hand, were competing in their first FA Cup final for 9 years, they had not won it for 12, and had no players remaining from the side that had won the 1974 final.[1]

As substitute Steve McMahon was unused, Liverpool became the first team to compete in the FA Cup Final without fielding an English player. The last remaining player to leave winners Liverpool was Ian Rush, who joined Leeds in 1996, while Kevin Ratcliffe's departure from Everton in 1992 meant that the runners-up had lost all of their players from the FA Cup final team within six years.

In 2006, in aid of The Marina Dalglish Appeal the final was replayed in a charity game at Anfield. Liverpool ran out 1–0 winners thanks to a late goal from John Durnin.

Match details

10 May 1986
15:00 BST
Liverpool 3–1 Everton
Rush  56', 83'
Johnston  62'
Report Lineker  27'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 98,000
Referee: Alan Robinson (Hampshire)
GK 1 Zimbabwe Bruce Grobbelaar
CB 2 Republic of Ireland Mark Lawrenson
LB 3 Republic of Ireland Jim Beglin
RB 4 Scotland Steve Nicol
LM 5 Republic of Ireland Ronnie Whelan
CB 6 Scotland Alan Hansen (c)
SS 7 Scotland Kenny Dalglish
RM 8 England Craig Johnston
CF 9 Wales Ian Rush
CM 10Denmark Jan Mølby
CM 11Scotland Kevin MacDonald
MF 12England Steve McMahon
Scotland Kenny Dalglish
GK 1 England Bobby Mimms
RB 2 England Gary Stevens  72'
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 England Gary Lineker
CF 9 Scotland Graeme Sharp
CM 10England Paul Bracewell
LM 11Republic of Ireland Kevin Sheedy
FW 12England Adrian Heath  72'
England Howard Kendall


  1. "How Everton lost the FA Cup (and league and Super Cup) to Liverpool in 1986". Guardian. 1 October 2015. Retrieved 20 October 2015.

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