1986 FA Cup Final

The 1986 FA Cup Final was the 105th final of the FA Cup. It took place on 10 May 1986 at Wembley Stadium and was a Merseyside derby between Liverpool and Everton. The match was played seven days after Liverpool had secured the league title, with Everton finishing as runners-up. At the time, Liverpool and Everton were widely regarded as the two leading English clubs.

1986 FA Cup Final
Old Wembley Stadium (external view)
Event1985–86 FA Cup
Liverpool Everton
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Date10 May 1986
VenueWembley Stadium, London
RefereeAlan Robinson (Hampshire)


Liverpool won the match 3–1, thus completing the Double. Everton led at half-time through Gary Lineker, before the second half saw Ian Rush score two goals and Craig Johnston one. As Liverpool had already won the league, Everton would have claimed a place in the 1986–87 European Cup Winners' Cup, but the ban on English clubs in European competitions following the Heysel disaster the previous season meant that they were unable to do so (in addition to Liverpool not claiming a place in the European Cup for their league win).

This was Liverpool's third FA Cup Final victory, and their first since 1974. Everton, meanwhile, were playing in their third consecutive FA Cup Final and suffered their second consecutive defeat; notable changes from the side that had lost to Manchester United the previous year were Bobby Mimms in goal in place of the injured Neville Southall, and new signing Lineker playing in the forward position that had previously been occupied by Andy Gray.[1]

As substitute Steve McMahon was unused, Liverpool became the first team to compete in the FA Cup Final without fielding an English capped player (Mark Lawrenson was English-born but represented the Republic of Ireland at international level while Craig Johnston had played for England Under-21s despite having Australian nationality).

Twenty years later, in April 2006, the final was replayed in a charity game at Anfield, in aid of The Marina Dalglish Appeal. Liverpool won again, this time on a 1–0 scoreline, thanks to a late goal from John Durnin.[2]

Match details

Rush Goal 56'83'
Johnston Goal 62'
Report Lineker Goal 27'
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 10 Denmark Jan Mølby
CM 11 Scotland Kevin MacDonald
MF 12 England Steve McMahon
Scotland Kenny Dalglish
GK 1 England Bobby Mimms
RB 2 England Gary Stevens Substituted off 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 10 England Paul Bracewell
LM 11 Republic of Ireland Kevin Sheedy
FW 12 England Adrian Heath Substituted in 72'
England Howard Kendall


  1. ^ Macintosh, Iain (1 October 2015). "How Everton lost the FA Cup (and league and Super Cup) to Liverpool in 1986". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 October 2015.
  2. ^ Rogers, Paul (1 May 2006). "Reds leave it late to win Replay 86". Liverpool FC. Archived from the original on 26 October 2014. Retrieved 15 September 2017.

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