1989–90 FA Cup

The FA Cup 1989–90 was the 109th season of the world's oldest football knockout competition, The Football Association Challenge Cup, or FA Cup for short. The competition started in September 1989 for teams outside the football league who played in a qualifying competition.

1989–90 FA Cup
Country England
 Wales
Defending championsLiverpool
ChampionsManchester United
(7th title)
Runners-upCrystal Palace

First round proper

The first round of games was played over the weekend 17–19 November 1989, with a first round of replays being played on the 21st–22nd. The Bristol Rovers–Reading match went to a second replay, on the 27th.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Blackpool 2–1 Bolton Wanderers 18 Nov 1989
2 Darlington 6–2 Northwich Victoria 18 Nov 1989
3 Dartford 1–1 Exeter City 18 Nov 1989
Replay Exeter City 4–1 Dartford 22 Nov 1989
4 Bath City 2–2 Fulham 19 Nov 1989
Replay Fulham 2–1 Bath City 22 Nov 1989
5 Bristol City 2–0 Barnet 18 Nov 1989
6 Burnley 1–1 Stockport County 18 Nov 1989
Replay Stockport County 1–2 Burnley 22 Nov 1989
7 Preston North End 1–0 Tranmere Rovers 18 Nov 1989
8 Sutton United 1–1 Torquay United 18 Nov 1989
Replay Torquay United 4–0 Sutton United 22 Nov 1989
9 Marine 0–1 Rochdale 17 Nov 1989
10 Gillingham 0–0 Welling United 18 Nov 1989
Replay Welling United 1–0 Gillingham 22 Nov 1989
11 Macclesfield Town 1–1 Chester City 18 Nov 1989
Replay Chester City 3–2 Macclesfield Town 21 Nov 1989
12 Crewe Alexandra 2–0 Congleton Town 18 Nov 1989
13 Lincoln City 1–0 Billingham Synthonia 18 Nov 1989
14 Stafford Rangers 2–3 Halifax Town 18 Nov 1989
15 Scarborough 0–1 Whitley Bay 18 Nov 1989
16 Shrewsbury Town 2–3 Chesterfield 18 Nov 1989
17 Doncaster Rovers 1–0 Notts County 18 Nov 1989
18 Bishop Auckland 2–0 Tow Law Town 18 Nov 1989
19 Kidderminster Harriers 2–3 Swansea City 18 Nov 1989
20 Aylesbury United 1–0 Southend United 18 Nov 1989
21 Brentford 0–1 Colchester United 18 Nov 1989
22 Bristol Rovers 1–1 Reading 18 Nov 1989
Replay Reading 1–1 Bristol Rovers 21 Nov 1989
Replay Bristol Rovers 0–1 Reading 27 Nov 1989
23 Maidstone United 2–1 Yeovil Town 19 Nov 1989
24 Carlisle United 3–0 Wrexham 18 Nov 1989
25 Scunthorpe United 4–1 Matlock Town 18 Nov 1989
26 Cardiff City 1–0 Halesowen Town 18 Nov 1989
27 York City 1–2 Grimsby Town 18 Nov 1989
28 Kettering Town 0–1 Northampton Town 18 Nov 1989
29 Rotherham United 0–0 Bury 18 Nov 1989
Replay Bury 1–2 Rotherham United 21 Nov 1989
30 Aldershot 0–1 Cambridge United 17 Nov 1989
31 Gloucester City 1–0 Dorchester Town 18 Nov 1989
32 Wigan Athletic 2–0 Mansfield Town 19 Nov 1989
33 Peterborough United 1–1 Hayes 18 Nov 1989
Replay Hayes 0–1 Peterborough United 21 Nov 1989
34 Leyton Orient 0–1 Birmingham City 18 Nov 1989
35 Basingstoke Town 3–0 Bromsgrove Rovers 18 Nov 1989
36 Slough Town 1–2 Woking 18 Nov 1989
37 Telford United 0–3 Walsall 18 Nov 1989
38 Redditch United 1–3 Merthyr Tydfil 18 Nov 1989
39 Farnborough Town 0–1 Hereford United 18 Nov 1989
40 Hartlepool United 0–2 Huddersfield Town 18 Nov 1989

Second round proper

The second round of games was played on 9 December 1989, with the first round of replays being played on the 12th–13th. Two games went to second replays and one of these went to a third replay.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Blackpool 3–0 Chester City 9 Dec 1989
2 Chesterfield 0–2 Huddersfield Town 9 Dec 1989
3 Darlington 3–0 Halifax Town 9 Dec 1989
4 Bristol City 2–1 Fulham 9 Dec 1989
5 Rochdale 3–0 Lincoln City 9 Dec 1989
6 Reading 0–0 Welling United 9 Dec 1989
Replay Welling United 1–1 Reading 13 Dec 1989
Replay Reading 0–0 Welling United 19 Dec 1989
Replay Welling United 1–2 Reading 22 Dec 1989
7 Walsall 1–0 Rotherham United 9 Dec 1989
8 Grimsby Town 1–0 Doncaster Rovers 9 Dec 1989
9 Crewe Alexandra 1–1 Bishop Auckland 9 Dec 1989
Replay Bishop Auckland 0–2 Crewe Alexandra 13 Dec 1989
10 Maidstone United 1–1 Exeter City 9 Dec 1989
Replay Exeter City 3–2 Maidstone United 13 Dec 1989
11 Northampton Town 0–0 Aylesbury United 9 Dec 1989
Replay Aylesbury United 0–1 Northampton Town 13 Dec 1989
12 Whitley Bay 2–0 Preston North End 9 Dec 1989
13 Scunthorpe United 2–2 Burnley 9 Dec 1989
Replay Burnley 1–1 Scunthorpe United 12 Dec 1989
Replay Burnley 5–0 Scunthorpe United 18 Dec 1989
14 Cardiff City 2–2 Gloucester City 9 Dec 1989
Replay Gloucester City 0–1 Cardiff City 12 Dec 1989
15 Hereford United 3–2 Merthyr Tydfil 9 Dec 1989
16 Wigan Athletic 2–0 Carlisle United 9 Dec 1989
17 Colchester United 0–2 Birmingham City 9 Dec 1989
18 Basingstoke Town 2–3 Torquay United 9 Dec 1989
19 Cambridge United 3–1 Woking 9 Dec 1989
20 Swansea City 3–1 Peterborough United 9 Dec 1989

Third round proper

The third round of games in the FA Cup was played over the weekend 6–7 January 1990, with the first set of replays being played on the 9th–10th. Two games went to second replays, which were completed the week after.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Blackpool 1–0 Burnley 6 Jan 1990
2 Bristol City 2–1 Swindon Town 6 Jan 1990
3 Rochdale 1–0 Whitley Bay 6 Jan 1990
4 Watford 2–0 Wigan Athletic 6 Jan 1990
5 Reading 2–1 Sunderland 6 Jan 1990
6 Leicester City 1–2 Barnsley 6 Jan 1990
7 Nottingham Forest 0–1 Manchester United 7 Jan 1990
8 Blackburn Rovers 2–2 Aston Villa 6 Jan 1990
Replay Aston Villa 3–1 Blackburn Rovers 10 Jan 1990
9 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1–2 Sheffield Wednesday 6 Jan 1990
10 Middlesbrough 0–0 Everton 6 Jan 1990
Replay Everton 1–1 Middlesbrough 10 Jan 1990
Replay Everton 1–0 Middlesbrough 17 Jan 1990
11 West Bromwich Albion 2–0 Wimbledon 6 Jan 1990
12 Sheffield United 2–0 Bournemouth 6 Jan 1990
13 Tottenham Hotspur 1–3 Southampton 6 Jan 1990
14 Manchester City 0–0 Millwall 6 Jan 1990
Replay Millwall 1–1 Manchester City 9 Jan 1990
Replay Millwall 3–1 Manchester City 15 Jan 1990
15 Northampton Town 1–0 Coventry City 6 Jan 1990
16 Brighton & Hove Albion 4–1 Luton Town 6 Jan 1990
17 Plymouth Argyle 0–1 Oxford United 6 Jan 1990
18 Hull City 0–1 Newcastle United 6 Jan 1990
19 Crystal Palace 2–1 Portsmouth 6 Jan 1990
20 Chelsea 1–1 Crewe Alexandra 6 Jan 1990
Replay Crewe Alexandra 0–2 Chelsea 10 Jan 1990
21 Exeter City 1–1 Norwich City 6 Jan 1990
Replay Norwich City 2–0 Exeter City 10 Jan 1990
22 Huddersfield Town 3–1 Grimsby Town 6 Jan 1990
23 Cardiff City 0–0 Queens Park Rangers 6 Jan 1990
Replay Queens Park Rangers 2–0 Cardiff City 10 Jan 1990
24 Port Vale 1–1 Derby County 7 Jan 1990
Replay Derby County 2–3 Port Vale 10 Jan 1990
25 Charlton Athletic 1–1 Bradford City 7 Jan 1990
Replay Bradford City 0–3 Charlton Athletic 10 Jan 1990
26 Leeds United 0–1 Ipswich Town 6 Jan 1990
27 Torquay United 1–0 West Ham United 6 Jan 1990
28 Hereford United 2–1 Walsall 6 Jan 1990
29 Stoke City 0–1 Arsenal 6 Jan 1990
30 Birmingham City 1–1 Oldham Athletic 6 Jan 1990
Replay Oldham Athletic 1–0 Birmingham City 10 Jan 1990
31 Cambridge United 0–0 Darlington 6 Jan 1990
Replay Darlington 1–3 Cambridge United 9 Jan 1990
32 Swansea City 0–0 Liverpool 6 Jan 1990
Replay Liverpool 8–0 Swansea City 9 Jan 1990

Fourth round proper

The fourth round of games was played over the weekend 27–28 January 1990, with replays being played on the 30th–31st.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Blackpool 1–0 Torquay United 27 Jan 1990
2 Bristol City 3–1 Chelsea 27 Jan 1990
3 Rochdale 3–0 Northampton Town 27 Jan 1990
4 Southampton 1–0 Oxford United 27 Jan 1990
5 Reading 3–3 Newcastle United 27 Jan 1990
Replay Newcastle United 4–1 Reading 31 Jan 1990
6 Aston Villa 6–0 Port Vale 27 Jan 1990
7 Sheffield Wednesday 1–2 Everton 28 Jan 1990
8 West Bromwich Albion 1–0 Charlton Athletic 27 Jan 1990
9 Sheffield United 1–1 Watford 27 Jan 1990
Replay Watford 1–2 Sheffield United 30 Jan 1990
10 Barnsley 2–0 Ipswich Town 27 Jan 1990
11 Norwich City 0–0 Liverpool 28 Jan 1990
Replay Liverpool 3–1 Norwich City 31 Jan 1990
12 Millwall 1–1 Cambridge United 27 Jan 1990
Replay Cambridge United 1–0 Millwall 30 Jan 1990
13 Oldham Athletic 2–1 Brighton & Hove Albion 27 Jan 1990
14 Crystal Palace 4–0 Huddersfield Town 27 Jan 1990
15 Arsenal 0–0 Queens Park Rangers 27 Jan 1990
Replay Queens Park Rangers 2–0 Arsenal 31 Jan 1990
16 Hereford United 0–1 Manchester United 28 Jan 1990

Fifth round proper

The fifth set of games was played over the weekend 17–18 February 1990, with a first round of replays being played on the 21st. Each of these finished in a draw, meaning a second round of replays had to be completed.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Blackpool 2–2 Queens Park Rangers 18 Feb 1990
Replay Queens Park Rangers 0–0 Blackpool 21 Feb 1990
Replay Queens Park Rangers 3–0 Blackpool 26 Feb 1990
2 Bristol City 0–0 Cambridge United 17 Feb 1990
Replay Cambridge United 1–1 Bristol City 21 Feb 1990
Replay Cambridge United 5–1 Bristol City 27 Feb 1990
3 Liverpool 3–0 Southampton 17 Feb 1990
4 West Bromwich Albion 0–2 Aston Villa 17 Feb 1990
5 Sheffield United 2–2 Barnsley 18 Feb 1990
Replay Barnsley 0–0 Sheffield United 21 Feb 1990
Replay Barnsley 0–1 Sheffield United 5 Mar 1990
6 Newcastle United 2–3 Manchester United 18 Feb 1990
7 Oldham Athletic 2–2 Everton 17 Feb 1990
Replay Everton 1–1 Oldham Athletic 21 Feb 1990
Replay Oldham Athletic 2–1 Everton 10 Mar 1990
8 Crystal Palace 1–0 Rochdale 17 Feb 1990

Sixth round proper

Most of the sixth round of FA Cup games were played over the weekend 10–11 March 1990, with the Oldham Athletic – Aston Villa game and the Liverpool – QPR replay being played on the 14th.

Alex Ferguson continued to defy the odds with a Manchester United side that was struggling in the league but performing wonders in the cup, as they defeated Sheffield United 1–0.

Liverpool built up their hopes of a unique second double (which had eluded them in dramatic fashion during the previous two seasons) by beating QPR in a quarter-final replay.

Aston Villa's double hopes were ended when they crashed 3–0 to an Oldham Athletic team that hadn't played top-division football since 1923.

Cambridge United's hopes of becoming the first Fourth Division team to reach the FA Cup semi-finals were ended with a 1–0 defeat at home to Crystal Palace, who moved closer to a first FA Cup final but were first faced with the task of overcoming a Liverpool side that had crushed them 9–0 in the league earlier in the season.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Sheffield United 0–1 Manchester United 11 Mar 1990
2 Queens Park Rangers 2–2 Liverpool 11 Mar 1990
Replay Liverpool 1–0 Queens Park Rangers 14 Mar 1990
3 Oldham Athletic 3–0 Aston Villa 14 Mar 1990
4 Cambridge United 0–1 Crystal Palace 10 Mar 1990

Semi-finals

The semi-final matches were played on 8 April 1990.

Seven months after losing 9–0 to them in a league game, Crystal Palace found a 10-goal improvement to defeat Liverpool 4–3 and give them their first FA Cup final appearance as well as ending their opposition's hopes of a second double – the third season running that Liverpool had suffered a late blow to their double hopes.

Oldham Athletic, a Second Division side, gave Manchester United a real run for their money; opening the scoring through Earl Barrett in a game that eventually ended 3–3, forcing a replay.

United won the replay 2–1 but some people have claimed that referee Joe Worrall should have awarded Oldham Athletic an early goal since Nick Henry's shot may have crossed the line.

Crystal Palace4 – 3 (a.e.t.)Liverpool
Bright Goal 46'
O'Reilly Goal 70'
Gray Goal 88'
Pardew Goal 109'
Report Rush Goal 14'
McMahon Goal 81'
Barnes Goal 83' (pen.)
Manchester United3 – 3 (a.e.t.)Oldham Athletic
Robson Goal 29'
Webb Goal 72'
Wallace Goal 92'
Barrett Goal 5'
Marshall Goal 75'
Palmer Goal 113'
Oldham Athletic1 – 2 (a.e.t.)Manchester United
Ritchie Goal 81' McClair Goal 50'
Robins Goal 114'

Final

Crystal Palace, playing in their first FA Cup final, took on a Manchester United side that already had six FA Cups to its name, and a thrilling game ended 3–3 with Palace taking the lead twice and United once before a late equaliser by Mark Hughes (his second goal of the game) forced a replay.

Manchester United3–3 (a.e.t.)Crystal Palace
Robson Goal 35'
Hughes Goal 62'109'
O'Reilly Goal 18'
Wright Goal 72'92'
Manchester United
Crystal Palace

Replay

Lee Martin, a 21-year-old defender who nearly didn't play due to Alex Ferguson's doubts about his fitness, scored the winning goal as Manchester United sealed their first major trophy in five years and their first under Ferguson's management, ending months of speculation that his job was at risk due to dismal league performances.

Manchester United1–0Crystal Palace
Martin Goal 59'
Manchester United
Crystal Palace

Media coverage

For the second consecutive season in the United Kingdom, the BBC were the free to air broadcasters while Sky Sports were the subscription broadcasters.

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1989–90 Birmingham City F.C. season

The 1989–90 Football League season was Birmingham City Football Club's 87th in the Football League and the first in their history in which they played in the third tier of the English football league system. After a sound start to the season, with six wins from the first ten games, their results worsened, and they eventually finished in seventh position in the 24-team Third Division, three points outside the playoff places. They entered the 1989–90 FA Cup in the first round proper and lost in the third, eliminated by Oldham Athletic after a replay, and entered the League Cup at the first round and lost in the second, beaten 3-2 by West Ham United over two legs. They lost in the preliminary round of the Football League Trophy, a competition open to teams in the third and fourth tiers of the League.

Dennis Bailey was the club's top scorer for the season, with 20 goals in all competitions, of which 18 came in the league.

In April 1989, the club was sold to the Kumar brothers, owners of a Manchester-based fashion and leisurewear company. Dave Mackay was brought in as general manager, previous manager Garry Pendrey refused to stay on as part of Mackay's staff, and Samesh Kumar became chairman.

1989–90 FA Cup qualifying rounds

The 1989–90 FA Cup Qualifying Rounds opened the 109th season of competition in England for 'The Football Association Challenge Cup' (FA Cup), the world's oldest association football single knockout competition. A total of 540 clubs were accepted for the competition, up 15 from the previous season’s 525.

The large number of clubs entering the tournament from lower down (Levels 5 through 8) in the English football pyramid meant that the competition started with five rounds of preliminary (1) and qualifying (4) knockouts for these non-League teams. The 28 winning teams from Fourth Round Qualifying progressed to the First Round Proper, where League teams tiered at Levels 3 and 4 entered the competition.

1989–90 Luton Town F.C. season

During the 1989–90 English football season, Luton Town F.C. competed in the Football League First Division. They finished 17th in the First Division, only escaping relegation on goal difference. There was a managerial change halfway through the season when Ray Harford was sacked after two-and-a-half years in charge to be succeeded by Jimmy Ryan.

1990 FA Charity Shield

The 1990 FA Charity Shield (also known as the Tennent's FA Charity Shield for sponsorship reasons) was the 68th Charity Shield, a football match contested by the winners of the previous season's Football League and FA Cup competitions. The match was played on 18 August 1990 between 1989–90 Football League champions Liverpool and 1989–90 FA Cup winners Manchester United. This would be the last time either team was to share the trophy, as new regulations were brought in two years later that allowed for extra time and subsequently a penalty shootout if a draw occurred in normal time.

Utility player Clayton Blackmore opened the scoring for United in the first half, but a John Barnes penalty kick drew Liverpool level shortly after the break. The match finished at 1–1 and the two sides shared the trophy for six months each.

Absent from the game for Manchester United were captain Bryan Robson, who would be out of action until December that year due to injury; left-back Lee Martin who scored the winning goal in the FA Cup Final three months previously; and midfielder Neil Webb. Their places in the starting XI were taken by Clayton Blackmore, Mal Donaghy and newly signed full-back Denis Irwin, beginning a 12-year spell with the club that would reap numerous honours, while Paul Ince moved back into his usual midfield position.As a curtain-raiser to the match, the England women's national football team played Italy. Carolina Morace scored all four goals in England's 4–1 defeat and made it onto the front page of the following day's La Gazzetta dello Sport.

1990 FA Cup Final

The 1990 FA Cup Final was a football match contested by Manchester United and Crystal Palace at Wembley Stadium, London, England. The match finished 3–3 after extra time. Bryan Robson and Mark Hughes (2) scored for United; Gary O'Reilly and Ian Wright (2) for Palace. Wright had only just recently returned from a broken leg that kept him out of the semi-final.

In the replay, United won 1–0 with a goal from Lee Martin – only the second goal he would score for the club. It saw them match Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur's record of seven FA Cup triumphs. In contrast, this was the first time Crystal Palace had appeared in an FA Cup final, and they had just completed their first season back in the top flight after nearly a decade away.

Gary O'Reilly

Gary Mills O'Reilly (born 21 March 1961) is an English former professional footballer who played in the Football League for Tottenham Hotspur, Brighton & Hove Albion, Crystal Palace and Birmingham City as a central defender.

Nick Henry

Nick Henry (born 21 February 1969 in Liverpool, England) is an English retired footballer. He played as a midfielder, and spent most of his career at Oldham Athletic.

Southwick F.C.

Southwick Football Club is a football club based in Southwick, West Sussex, England. The club was founded in 1882 and was among the founding members of the Sussex County League, which they have won six times. Nicknamed The Wickers, they are currently members of the Southern Combination Division One and play at Old Barn Way.

Southwick play in red and black stripes with black shorts and socks. The club's traditional rivals are near neighbours Shoreham, however with the two clubs not having competed in the same division for some years, however, both clubs will be competing in the same division for the 2019/2020 season. Southwick currently enjoy a fierce, if good natured, rivalry with nearby Mile Oak.

Staveley Miners Welfare F.C.

Staveley Miners Welfare Football Club is an English football club based in Staveley, Derbyshire. They play in the Northern Counties East Football League Premier Division, at level 9 of the English football league system.

The Boot Room

The Liverpool Boot Room was a room at Anfield, home of Liverpool F.C., during the 1960s to the early 1990s where the coaching staff would sit, drink tea and discuss the team, tactics and ways of defeating the next opposing side.

Wokingham

Wokingham is a historic market town in Berkshire, England, 39 miles (63 km) west of London, 7 miles (11 km) southeast of Reading, 8 miles (13 km) north of Camberley and 4 miles (6 km) west of Bracknell.

Wokingham was a borough before the 1974 reorganisation of local government, when it merged with Wokingham Rural District to form the new Wokingham District. Borough status was granted in 2007.

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