1986–87 FA Cup

The 1986–87 FA Cup was the 106th season of the world's oldest football knockout competition, The Football Association Challenge Cup, or FA Cup for short. The competition was won by Coventry City, who beat Tottenham Hotspur 3–2, after extra-time, in the final at Wembley Stadium. It was Tottenham's only defeat in eight finals up to that point. The tournament started in August 1986, with non-league teams competing in the qualifying rounds. Clubs from the First and Second Divisions entered in the third round.

1986–87 FA Cup
Country England
 Wales
Defending championsLiverpool
ChampionsCoventry City
(1st title)
Runners-upTottenham Hotspur

First round proper

The first round of games were played over the weekend 15–16 November 1986, with the exception of the Bristol Rovers – Brentford game. Replays were played either in the midweek fixtures on 17th-18th or on 24th.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Chester City 1–1 Rotherham United 15 November 1986
Replay Rotherham United 1–1 Chester City 18 November 1986
Replay Chester City 1–0 Rotherham United 24 November 1986
2 Darlington 2–1 Mansfield Town 16 November 1986
3 Dartford 1–1 Enfield 15 November 1986
Replay Enfield 3–0 Dartford 18 November 1986
4 Bournemouth 7–2 Fareham Town 15 November 1986
5 Bath City 3–2 Aylesbury United 15 November 1986
6 Bristol City 3–1 VS Rugby 15 November 1986
7 Preston North End 5–1 Bury 15 November 1986
8 Walsall 2–0 Chesterfield 15 November 1986
9 Woking 1–1 Chelmsford City 15 November 1986
Replay Chelmsford City 2–1 Woking 17 November 1986
10 Notts County 1–1 Carlisle United 15 November 1986
Replay Carlisle United 0–3 Notts County 18 November 1986
11 Middlesbrough 3–0 Blackpool 15 November 1986
12 Swindon Town 4–0 Farnborough Town 15 November 1986
13 Wrexham 2–1 Hartlepool United 15 November 1986
14 Chorley 1–1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 15 November 1986
Replay Wolverhampton Wanderers 1–1 Chorley 18 November 1986
Replay Chorley 3–0 Wolverhampton Wanderers 24 November 1986
15 Bristol Rovers 0–0 Brentford 3 December 1986
Replay Brentford 2–0 Bristol Rovers 6 December 1986
16 Northampton Town 3–0 Peterborough United 16 November 1986
17 Spennymoor United 2–3 Tranmere Rovers 15 November 1986
18 Southend United 4–1 Halesowen Town 15 November 1986
19 Exeter City 1–1 Cambridge United 15 November 1986
Replay Cambridge United 2–0 Exeter City 19 November 1986
20 Scunthorpe United 2–0 Southport 15 November 1986
21 Ton Pentre 1–4 Cardiff City 15 November 1986
22 Bromsgrove Rovers 0–1 Newport County 15 November 1986
23 Port Vale 1–0 Stafford Rangers 15 November 1986
24 Halifax Town 1–1 Bolton Wanderers 15 November 1986
Replay Bolton Wanderers 1–1 Halifax Town 18 November 1986
Replay Halifax Town 1–3 Bolton Wanderers 24 November 1986
25 Wealdstone 1–1 Swansea City 15 November 1986
Replay Swansea City 4–1 Wealdstone 24 November 1986
26 Runcorn 1–1 Boston United 15 November 1986
Replay Boston United 1–2 Runcorn 19 November 1986
27 York City 3–1 Crewe Alexandra 15 November 1986
28 Hereford United 3–3 Fulham 15 November 1986
Replay Fulham 4–0 Hereford United 24 November 1986
29 Bishop's Stortford 1–1 Colchester United 15 November 1986
Replay Colchester United 2–0 Bishop's Stortford 18 November 1986
30 Kettering Town 0–3 Gillingham 15 November 1986
31 Aldershot 1–0 Torquay United 15 November 1986
32 Wigan Athletic 3–1 Lincoln City 15 November 1986
33 Nuneaton Borough 0–3 Rochdale 15 November 1986
34 Woodford Town 0–1 Orient 15 November 1986
35 Slough Town 1–1 Bognor Regis Town 15 November 1986
Replay Bognor Regis Town 0–1 Slough Town 18 November 1986
36 Whitby Town 2–2 Doncaster Rovers 15 November 1986
Replay Doncaster Rovers 3–2 Whitby Town 18 November 1986
37 Telford United 3–0 Burnley 15 November 1986
38 Frickley Athletic 0–0 Altrincham 15 November 1986
Replay Altrincham 4–0 Frickley Athletic 18 November 1986
39 Welling United 1–1 Maidstone United 15 November 1986
Replay Maidstone United 4–1 Welling United 24 November 1986
40 Caernarfon Town 1–0 Stockport County 15 November 1986

Second round Proper

The second round of games were played over 6–7 December 1986, with replays being played on 9th–10th.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Chester City 3–1 Doncaster Rovers 6 December 1986
2 Darlington 0–5 Wigan Athletic 6 December 1986
3 Bournemouth 0–1 Orient 6 December 1986
4 Bristol City 1–1 Bath City 6 December 1986
Replay Bristol City 3–0 Bath City 9 December 1986
5 Rochdale 1–4 Wrexham 6 December 1986
6 Walsall 5–0 Port Vale 6 December 1986
7 Gillingham 2–0 Chelmsford City 6 December 1986
8 Notts County 0–1 Middlesbrough 7 December 1986
9 Bolton Wanderers 2–0 Tranmere Rovers 6 December 1986
10 Swindon Town 3–0 Enfield 6 December 1986
11 Chorley 0–0 Preston North End 6 December 1986
Replay Preston North End 5–0 Chorley 9 December 1986
12 Fulham 2–0 Newport County 6 December 1986
13 Maidstone United 1–0 Cambridge United 7 December 1986
14 Southend United 4–4 Northampton Town 5 December 1986
Replay Northampton Town 3–2 Southend United 10 December 1986
15 Scunthorpe United 1–0 Runcorn 6 December 1986
16 Cardiff City 2–0 Brentford 9 December 1986
17 Aldershot 3–2 Colchester United 6 December 1986
18 Telford United 1–0 Altrincham 6 December 1986
19 Swansea City 3–0 Slough Town 6 December 1986
20 Caernarfon Town 0–0 York City 6 December 1986
Replay York City 1–2 Caernarfon Town 9 December 1986

Third round proper

Most of the third round of games in the FA Cup were played over the weekend 10–11 January 1987. Various matches and replays were played as late as 31 January, however.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Bristol City 1–1 Plymouth Argyle 10 January 1987
Replay Plymouth Argyle 3–1 Bristol City 19 January 1987
2 Watford 3–1 Maidstone United 10 January 1987
3 Reading 1–3 Arsenal 10 January 1987
4 Aston Villa 2–2 Chelsea 10 January 1987
Replay Chelsea 2–1 Aston Villa 21 January 1987
5 Sheffield Wednesday 1–0 Derby County 26 January 1987
6 Grimsby Town 1–1 Stoke City 10 January 1987
Replay Stoke City 1–1 Grimsby Town 26 January 1987
Replay Stoke City 6–0 Grimsby Town 28 January 1987
7 Middlesbrough 0–1 Preston North End 10 January 1987
8 Luton Town 0–0 Liverpool 11 January 1987
Replay Liverpool 0–0 Luton Town 26 January 1987
Replay Luton Town 3–0 Liverpool 28 January 1987
9 Everton 2–1 Southampton 10 January 1987
10 Shrewsbury Town 1–2 Hull City 31 January 1987
11 Wrexham 1–2 Chester City 10 January 1987
12 Sheffield United 0–0 Brighton & Hove Albion 10 January 1987
Replay Brighton & Hove Albion 1–2 Sheffield United 21 January 1987
13 Ipswich Town 0–1 Birmingham City 10 January 1987
14 Newcastle United 2–1 Northampton Town 21 January 1987
15 Tottenham Hotspur 3–2 Scunthorpe United 10 January 1987
16 Queens Park Rangers 5–2 Leicester City 10 January 1987
17 Fulham 0–1 Swindon Town 10 January 1987
18 Coventry City 3–0 Bolton Wanderers 10 January 1987
19 Portsmouth 2–0 Blackburn Rovers 10 January 1987
20 Manchester United 1–0 Manchester City 10 January 1987
21 Norwich City 1–1 Huddersfield Town 10 January 1987
Replay Huddersfield Town 2–4 Norwich City 21 January 1987
22 Millwall 0–0 Cardiff City 10 January 1987
Replay Cardiff City 2–2 Millwall 20 January 1987
Replay Cardiff City 1–0 Millwall 26 January 1987
23 Oldham Athletic 1–1 Bradford City 10 January 1987
Replay Bradford City 5–1 Oldham Athletic 19 January 1987
24 Crystal Palace 1–0 Nottingham Forest 11 January 1987
25 Wimbledon 2–1 Sunderland 10 January 1987
26 Charlton Athletic 1–2 Walsall 10 January 1987
27 Aldershot 3–0 Oxford United 10 January 1987
28 Wigan Athletic 2–1 Gillingham 19 January 1987
29 Orient 1–1 West Ham United 10 January 1987
Replay West Ham United 4–1 Orient 31 January 1987
30 Telford United 1–2 Leeds United 11 January 1987
31 Swansea City 3–2 West Bromwich Albion 10 January 1987
32 Caernarfon Town 0–0 Barnsley 10 January 1987
Replay Barnsley 1–0 Caernarfon Town 26 January 1987

Fourth round Proper

The fourth round of games were played mainly over the weekend 31 January – 1 February 1987. All other ties took place on 3rd-4 February.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Chester City 1–1 Sheffield Wednesday 31 January 1987
Replay Sheffield Wednesday 3–1 Chester City 4 February 1987
2 Watford 1–0 Chelsea 1 February 1987
3 Walsall 1–0 Birmingham City 31 January 1987
4 Luton Town 1–1 Queens Park Rangers 31 January 1987
Replay Queens Park Rangers 2–1 Luton Town 4 February 1987
5 Swindon Town 1–2 Leeds United 3 February 1987
6 Newcastle United 2–0 Preston North End 31 January 1987
7 Tottenham Hotspur 4–0 Crystal Palace 31 January 1987
8 West Ham United 4–0 Sheffield United 9 February 1987
9 Manchester United 0–1 Coventry City 31 January 1987
10 Bradford City 0–1 Everton 31 January 1987
11 Wimbledon 4–0 Portsmouth 31 January 1987
12 Arsenal 6–1 Plymouth Argyle 31 January 1987
13 Stoke City 2–1 Cardiff City 31 January 1987
14 Aldershot 1–1 Barnsley 31 January 1987
Replay Barnsley 3–0 Aldershot 3 February 1987
15 Wigan Athletic 1–0 Norwich City 31 January 1987
16 Swansea City 0–1 Hull City 3 February 1987

Fifth Round Proper

The fifth set of games were played over the weekend 21–22 February 1987, with the first set of replays on 24th-25th.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Walsall 1–1 Watford 21 February 1987
Replay Watford 4–4 Walsall 24 February 1987
Replay Walsall 0–1 Watford 2 March 1987
2 Sheffield Wednesday 1–1 West Ham United 21 February 1987
Replay West Ham United 0–2 Sheffield Wednesday 25 February 1987
3 Tottenham Hotspur 1–0 Newcastle United 21 February 1987
4 Wimbledon 3–1 Everton 22 February 1987
5 Arsenal 2–0 Barnsley 21 February 1987
6 Leeds United 2–1 Queens Park Rangers 21 February 1987
7 Stoke City 0–1 Coventry City 21 February 1987
8 Wigan Athletic 3–0 Hull City 21 February 1987

Sixth Round Proper

The sixth round of FA Cup games were played over the weekend 14–15 March 1987. There were no replays.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Sheffield Wednesday 1–3 Coventry City 14 March 1987
2 Wimbledon 0–2 Tottenham Hotspur 15 March 1987
3 Arsenal 1–3 Watford 14 March 1987
4 Wigan Athletic 0–2 Leeds United 15 March 1987

Semi-Finals

Seven time winners Tottenham Hotspur were drawn with 1984 finalists Watford for the Villa Park semi-final, which saw the North Londoners win 4-1 and reach their eighth final, having won all of their previous FA Cup finals.

Hillsborough was the venue for the other semi-final. Fallen giants Leeds United were on the comeback trail under the management of former captain Billy Bremner, pushing for promotion in the Second Division and making their first serious challenge for a major trophy in over 10 years. Their opponents were Coventry City, who had never reached an FA Cup semi-final before. In a closely fought game, Coventry won 3-2.

Tottenham Hotspur4 – 1Watford
Hodge Goal 13' Goal 73'
C. Allen Goal 15'
P. Allen Goal 35'
M. Allen Goal 75'
Coventry City3 – 2
(a.e.t.)
Leeds United
Gynn Goal 68'
Houchen Goal 77'
Bennett Goal 99'
Report Rennie Goal 14'
Edwards Goal 83'

Final

Coventry City3 – 2
(aet)
Tottenham Hotspur
Bennett Goal 9'
Houchen Goal 64'
Mabbutt (o.g.) Goal 96'
C. Allen Goal 2'
Mabbutt Goal 40'
Coventry
Tottenham

After only two minutes, Clive Allen scored his 49th goal of the season, heading past keeper Steve Ogrizovic at the near-post from a perfect Chris Waddle cross. Within seven minutes though, the Sky Blues were level through Dave Bennett, a Cup Final loser in 1981 for Manchester City at the hands of Spurs.

The London club were back in front five minutes before the break through past defender Gary Mabbutt. Midway through the second half Coventry were level again – Bennett's pinpoint cross from the right was met by striker Keith Houchen with a diving header for a memorable goal.

The scores stayed level until full-time and the game went into extra time. Six minutes in, Mabbutt scored an own goal after Lloyd McGrath centred the ball and it took a deflection off of the Spurs defender's knee and over keeper Ray Clemence.

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1986–87 Birmingham City F.C. season

The 1986–87 Football League season was Birmingham City Football Club's 84th in the Football League and their 34th in the Second Division, to which they were relegated in 1985–86. They finished in 19th position in the 22-team division, and avoided a second successive relegation only by two points. They entered the 1986–87 FA Cup in the third round proper and lost to Walsall in the fourth, and were eliminated from the League Cup in the third round by Tottenham Hotspur. They entered the second season of the Full Members' Cup, a competition created for teams in the top two divisions after English clubs were banned from UEFA competitions following the Heysel disaster, and lost in the second round away to Charlton Athletic in front of a crowd of only 821.

The top scorer was Wayne Clarke with 19 goals, of which 16 were scored in league matches. The average attendance, of under 7,500, was a record low for a season at St Andrew's.

1986–87 FA Cup qualifying rounds

The FA Cup 1986-87 is the 106th season of the world's oldest football knockout competition; The Football Association Challenge Cup, or FA Cup for short. The large number of clubs entering the tournament from lower down the English football league system meant that the competition started with a number of preliminary and qualifying rounds. The 28 victorious teams from the Fourth Round Qualifying progressed to the First Round Proper.

1986–87 Luton Town F.C. season

During the 1986–87 English football season, Luton Town F.C. competed in the Football League First Division and finished seventh, the best league position in the club's history to date.

1987 FA Charity Shield

The 1987 FA Charity Shield (also known as the General Motors FA Charity Shield for sponsorship reasons) was the 65th Charity Shield, a football match contested by the holders of the Football League First Division and FA Cup. This edition was contested between Everton and Coventry City at Wembley on Saturday 1 August 1987. Everton had won the 1986–87 Football League and Coventry had won the 1987 FA Cup Final to qualify for the season opener for the first time. It was played two weeks before the new league season kicked off. This was Everton's fourth successive appearance in the Charity Shield. The match was shown live on ITV with commentary from Brian Moore and Ian St. John.

Shortly before the interval, Wayne Clarke scored the only goal of the game to win the trophy for Everton.

1987 FA Cup Final

The 1987 FA Cup Final took place on 16 May 1987 at Wembley Stadium. It was contested between Coventry City and Tottenham Hotspur. Spurs were appearing in their third final in seven seasons, having won the trophy in 1981 and 1982 and were strong favourites, while unfancied Coventry were appearing in their first ever domestic cup final. Spurs were going for a record eighth victory and had never lost a final. Coventry eventually triumphed 3–2 after extra time.

Adrian Heath

Adrian Paul Heath (born 11 January 1961) is an English football manager and former player. He is currently serving as head coach of Major League Soccer club Minnesota United FC. As a player, he is best known for his six seasons at Everton, where he won two First Division titles and an FA Cup. As a manager, Heath initially worked in his native England before moving abroad and guiding Orlando City to the best start of any newly founded team in the history of the professional game in the USA winning multiple honours and guiding the team to expansion into MLS.

Dean Emerson

Dean Emerson (born 27 December 1962) is an English former professional footballer who made 383 appearances in the Football League playing as a midfielder for Stockport County (167 league matches in two spells), Rotherham United, Coventry City (144 league matches), Hartlepool United and Preston North End. He also played non-league football for East Manchester, Chorley, VS Rugby, Hinckley United and Stafford Rangers.He was a Coventry City player when they reached the 1987 FA Cup Final but missed the match because of injury.

George Dalton

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Graeme Sharp

Graeme Marshall Sharp (born 16 October 1960 in Glasgow) is a Scottish former football player and manager. Sharp played as a striker for Dumbarton, Everton, Oldham Athletic and Bangor City. He enjoyed great success with Everton, helping them win English league championships in 1985 and 1987, the FA Cup in 1984 and the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1985. He made 12 international appearances for Scotland, and was selected in their 1986 World Cup squad.

Sharp moved to Oldham Athletic in 1991, and helped the newly-promoted club stay in the top flight for three seasons. He was appointed player/manager of Oldham in November 1994, but he left the club in March 1997 with them on the verge of being relegated to the third tier. Sharp was then player/manager of Welsh club Bangor City for a year. He has since worked in media coverage of football and as a club ambassador for Everton.

Watton United F.C.

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