1987 Football League Cup Final

1987 Football League Cup Final

Match programme cover
Event 1986–87 Football League Cup
Date 5 April 1987
Venue Wembley Stadium, London
Referee Lester Shapter (Devon)
Attendance 96,000

The 1987 Football League Cup Final was a football match played on 5 April 1987 between Arsenal and Liverpool. The match, played in front of 96,000 spectators at Wembley Stadium, was won by Arsenal 2–1. Ian Rush opened the scoring for Liverpool, before Charlie Nicholas equalised, turning in a cross in a crowded penalty area. Nicholas was credited with scoring the winning goal in the second half from a Perry Groves cross. His off-target shot deflected off Ronnie Whelan and was diverted past Liverpool goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar's outstretched hand.

Arsenal also finished fourth in the First Division, but were unable to compete in the 1987–88 UEFA Cup as UEFA voted for the ban in English clubs in European competitions to continue for a third season.

Ian Rush's consolation goal was his first goal to be scored on the losing side in any competition. It ended Liverpool's 144-match unbeaten streak in matches he had scored in.[1]

Match details

5 April 1987
15:15 BST
Arsenal 2–1 Liverpool
Nicholas  30', 83' Report
Rush  23'
Wembley, London
Attendance: 96,000
Referee: Lester Shapter (Devon)
GK 1 England John Lukic
RB 2 England Viv Anderson
LB 3 England Kenny Sansom (Captain)
CM 4 England Steve Williams
CB 5 Republic of Ireland David O'Leary
CB 6 England Tony Adams
RM 7 England David Rocastle
CM 8 England Paul Davis
CF 9 Republic of Ireland Niall Quinn
CF 10Scotland Charlie Nicholas
LM 11England Martin Hayes
MF 12England Perry Groves  Quinn'
MF 14England Michael Thomas  Hayes'
Scotland George Graham
GK 1 Zimbabwe Bruce Grobbelaar
RB 2 Scotland Gary Gillespie
LB 3 England Barry Venison
CM 4 England Nigel Spackman
LM 5 Republic of Ireland Ronnie Whelan
CB 6 Scotland Alan Hansen (Captain)
CF 7 England Paul Walsh  73'
RM 8 England Craig Johnston
CF 9 Wales Ian Rush
CM 10Denmark Jan Molby
CM 11England Steve McMahon  87'
FW 12Scotland Kenny Dalglish  73'
MF 14Scotland John Wark  87'
Player / Manager:
Scotland Kenny Dalglish


  1. Statistics. "A timeline for Liverpool Football Club". LFChistory.net. Retrieved 7 August 2011.

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