1991 Full Members' Cup Final

The 1991 Full Members' Cup final, also known by its sponsored name, the Zenith Data Systems Cup, was a football match which took place at Wembley Stadium on 7 April 1991. It was contested between Crystal Palace and Everton. The winners were Crystal Palace by the margin of 4–1 after extra time.

1991 Full Members' Cup Final
Event1990–91 Full Members' Cup
Crystal Palace Everton
4 1
After extra time
Date7 April 1991
VenueWembley Stadium, London

Match details


The contest was a physical affair which saw Palace players Andy Thorn and Geoff Thomas booked for fouls, Andy Gray substituted after a head collision caused concussion and the Everton defender Martin Keown suffering a broken nose.[1][2] The pitch itself was uneven, having hosted an American Football match the evening before.[2] The first half was largely uneventful in terms of footballing action, with Gray's 45 yard freekick for Palace in the 38th minute the only incident to come close, striking the crossbar. The second half was more lively, with Geoff Thomas scoring for Palace in the 66th minute with a diving header from a John Salako corner. Everton equalised quickly, with the Polish midfielder Robert Warzycha netting in the 69th minute. Neither side could finish the job in 90 minutes, and the game went to extra time.[1][2]

Palace took the lead in the 101st minute when Ian Wright latched onto a long kick from goalkeeper Nigel Martyn to score. John Salako quickly made it three for Palace with a header in the 113th minute before Wright followed up quickly with his second and Palace's fourth in the 115th minute. At full-time Everton's goalkeeper Neville Southall refused to receive his medal, remaining on the pitch as his team mates climbed the Wembley steps to collect their runners up awards.[1][2]


Crystal Palace4–1 (a.e.t.)Everton
Crystal Palace
GK 1 England Nigel Martyn
DF 2 England John Humphrey
DF 3 England Richard Shaw
DF 5 Wales Eric Young 0Substituted off 119'
DF 6 England Andy Thorn
MF 4 England Andy Gray 0Substituted off 54'
MF 7 England John Salako
MF 8 England Geoff Thomas (c)
FW 11 England Alan Pardew
FW 9 England Ian Wright
FW 10 England Mark Bright
Used substitutes:
MF 12 Republic of Ireland Eddie McGoldrick 0Substituted in 54'
FW 14 England Garry Thompson 0Substituted in 119'
England Steve Coppell
GK 1 Wales Neville Southall
DF 2 England Neil McDonald
DF 3 England Andy Hinchcliffe
DF 5 England Martin Keown 0Substituted off 80'
DF 6 England Dave Watson
MF 4 Republic of Ireland Mike Milligan
MF 7 Poland Robert Warzycha
MF 8 Scotland Stuart McCall
MF 11 Republic of Ireland Kevin Sheedy
FW 9 England Mike Newell 0Substituted off 69'
FW 10 England Tony Cottee
Used substitutes:
DF 12 Wales Kevin Ratcliffe 0Substituted in 80'
MF 14 Scotland Pat Nevin 0Substituted in 69'
England Howard Kendall


  1. ^ a b c "Soccer: Palace rewarded for the Wright reasons - Zenith Cup, final." Guardian [London, England] 8 Apr. 1991: 13. Infotrac Newsstand. Web. 18 Aug. 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d "Palace claim the honours but not the plaudits; Football." Times [London, England] 8 Apr. 1991. Infotrac Newsstand. Web. 18 Aug. 2016.
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