1993 FA Cup Final

The 1993 FA Cup Final was contested by Arsenal and Sheffield Wednesday at Wembley. The original match, played on 15 May 1993, finished 1–1. Arsenal won the replay on 20 May, 2–1 after extra-time.

It was Arsenal's sixth FA Cup Final victory, and their first since the 1979 FA Cup Final. They became the first English side to achieve a domestic cup double, having also won the 1993 Football League Cup Final.

It was Sheffield Wednesday's first appearance in the FA Cup final since 1966. They also reached the League Cup final that season, also losing 2–1 to Arsenal (though without a replay). This appearance of the same two sides in the final of both of England's domestic knock-out tournaments in the same season is unique. Sheffield Wednesday have not appeared in a domestic cup final since, reaching two League Cup semi-finals since then.

The replay is also notable as the last Arsenal appearance by veteran defender David O'Leary, who left shortly afterwards to join Leeds United, after an 18-year spell with Arsenal which had yielded 722 competitive games and six major trophies.

1993 FA Cup Final
The match programme cover
Event1992–93 FA Cup
Arsenal Sheffield Wednesday
Arsenal Sheffield Wednesday
1 1
Date15 May 1993
VenueWembley Stadium, London
RefereeKeren Barratt (Warwickshire)
Arsenal Sheffield Wednesday
2 1
Date20 May 1993
VenueWembley Stadium, London
RefereeKeren Barratt (Warwickshire)

Match summary

Original match

Wembley Stadium Twin Towers
The first final and the replay were held at the original Wembley Stadium

Arsenal took the lead in the 20th minute, when Ian Wright headed in a cross. Sheffield Wednesday equalised in the 61st minute, when David Hirst turned in a low drive, past the advancing Arsenal goalkeeper, David Seaman.


The replay on a rainy Thursday night was a much better encounter. The kick-off for the replay was delayed by 30 minutes after an accident on the M1 motorway had delayed the arrival of most of Sheffield Wednesday's fans.[1]

Once again, Ian Wright opened the scoring for Arsenal, running onto a through ball to prod the ball past Chris Woods, into the corner of the net. This was his fourth goal in FA Cup Finals at Wembley, just one behind the record-holder Ian Rush. Wednesday attacked Arsenal in the second half, and their persistence paid off when Chris Waddle's shot deflected off Arsenal defender Lee Dixon into the net.

The game went into extra time, and just when it seemed that the FA Cup Final would need to be decided on penalties, central defender Andy Linighan rose highest from a Paul Merson corner to head the ball goalwards.[2] Goalkeeper Chris Woods fumbled and Graham Hyde could only help the ball into the top of the net. Linighan had played most of the game with a broken nose after Mark Bright had struck him in the face with his elbow[3][4] and fittingly, it was Bright who Linighan outjumped in order to score.[5]

Firsts and lasts

The matches were notable for several reasons; uniquely, the two clubs had already contested the season's League Cup Final, a match which Arsenal had won 2–1.

It was also dubbed the 'longest' FA Cup final. It had not only gone to extra-time in the replay – a match which was delayed by thirty minutes – but was just one minute away from the first ever FA Cup final penalty shoot-out. It was also the last ever FA Cup final to go to a replay; from 1999 onwards, it was decided that all FA Cup finals would be decided on the day.

This was the first FA Cup final in which squad numbers had been used, having been trialled in the League Cup final. Players from both clubs retained the same numbers for the three matches. The system was fully adopted by the Premier League for the following season.

Steve Morrow became the first player to receive a winner's medal before a cup final. He had scored the winning goal in the League Cup final, but suffered a broken arm in celebrations afterwards, and missed the subsequent presentation.

For Arsenal, David O'Leary played his last two official matches after joining the club as an apprentice in 1973. His testimonial took place between the final and the replay, on 17 May 1993. During extra-time in the replay Alan Smith received the only yellow card of his professional career.

In league matches between the two clubs that season, Arsenal won 2–1 at home on 29 August 1992, while Wednesday won their home fixture 1–0 on 6 May 1993.

Match details

Arsenal1–1 (a.e.t.)Sheffield Wednesday
Wright Goal 20' Report Hirst Goal 61'
Sheffield Wednesday
GK 1 England David Seaman
DF 2 England Lee Dixon
DF 5 England Andy Linighan
DF 6 England Tony Adams (c)
DF 3 England Nigel Winterburn
MF 10 England Paul Merson
MF 14 England Paul Davis
MF 17 Denmark John Jensen
MF 11 England Ray Parlour Substituted off 66'
FW 7 England Kevin Campbell
FW 8 England Ian Wright Substituted off 90'
DF 22 Republic of Ireland David O'Leary Substituted in 90'
FW 9 England Alan Smith Substituted in 66'
Scotland George Graham
GK 1 England Chris Woods
RB 2 Sweden Roland Nilsson
CB 6 England Viv Anderson (c) Substituted off 85'
CB 9 England Paul Warhurst
LB 3 Northern Ireland Nigel Worthington
RM 8 England Chris Waddle Substituted off 112'
CM 4 England Carlton Palmer
CM 11 Republic of Ireland John Sheridan
LM 15 United States John Harkes
CF 5 England David Hirst
CF 10 England Mark Bright
MF 14 England Chris Bart-Williams Substituted in 112'
MF 17 England Graham Hyde Substituted in 85'
England Trevor Francis

Match officials

  • Assistant referees:
    • Roy Pearson
    • Brian Wigginton
  • Fourth official: Roger Dilkes

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary.
  • Replay if scores still level.
  • Two named substitutes.
  • Maximum of two substitutions.


Arsenal2–1 (a.e.t.)Sheffield Wednesday
Wright Goal 34'
Linighan Goal 119'
Report Waddle Goal 68'
Sheffield Wednesday
GK 1 England David Seaman
RB 2 England Lee Dixon
CB 5 England Andy Linighan
CB 6 England Tony Adams (c)
LB 3 England Nigel Winterburn
RM 14 England Paul Davis
CM 17 Denmark John Jensen
LM 10 England Paul Merson
RF 7 England Kevin Campbell
CF 8 England Ian Wright Substituted off 81'
LF 9 England Alan Smith
DF 22 Republic of Ireland David O'Leary Substituted in 81'
MF 4 England Ian Selley
Scotland George Graham
GK 1 England Chris Woods
RB 2 Sweden Roland Nilsson Substituted off 118'
CB 4 England Carlton Palmer (c)
CB 9 England Paul Warhurst
LB 3 Northern Ireland Nigel Worthington
RM 8 England Chris Waddle
CM 7 Northern Ireland Danny Wilson Substituted off 62'
CM 11 Republic of Ireland John Sheridan
LM 15 United States John Harkes
CF 5 England David Hirst
CF 10 England Mark Bright
MF 14 England Chris Bart-Williams Substituted in 118'
MF 17 England Graham Hyde Substituted in 62'
England Trevor Francis

Match officials

  • Assistant referees:
    • Roy Pearson
    • Brian Wigginton
  • Fourth official: Roger Dilkes

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary.
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level.
  • Two named substitutes.
  • Maximum of two substitutions.


  1. ^ "FA Cup Final 1993", FA Cup Finals
  2. ^ "GGM 42: Last-gasp Linighan clinches FA Cup | News Archive | News". Arsenal.com. 16 August 2007. Retrieved 24 October 2013.
  3. ^ "New season will begin again minus a Linighan". The Northern Echo. 11 May 2001. Archived from the original on 1 July 2012. Retrieved 24 October 2013.
  4. ^ Smyth, Rob (14 September 2009). "Five things we learned from the Premier League this weekend | Rob Smyth | Football". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 October 2013.
  5. ^ "VIDEO SPECIAL: United's John O'Shea joins the roll call of unlikely heroes". Daily Mail. 30 April 2009. Retrieved 24 October 2013.

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1993 FA Charity Shield

The 1993 Football Association Charity Shield was the 71st FA Charity Shield, an annual football match played between the winners of the previous season's Premier League and FA Cup competitions. It was held at Wembley Stadium on 7 August 1993. The match was played between Arsenal, who beat Sheffield Wednesday to win the 1993 FA Cup Final, and Manchester United, champions of the inaugural Premier League competition. Watched by a crowd of 66,519, Manchester United won the Shield 5–4 on penalties, after the match had finished at 1–1 after 90 minutes. This was the second edition to have penalties to decide the winners. The first being 1974 when Liverpool beat Leeds United on penalties.

This was Arsenal's 12th's Charity Shield appearance and Manchester United's 17th. The 1993 staging of the event was the first to feature players wearing permanent squad numbers; this became common practise in time for the 1993–94 season. Roy Keane made his debut for Manchester United in the match; he partnered Paul Ince in midfield. United began the match the brighter of the two teams and scored after eight minutes of play, through Mark Hughes. Striker Eric Cantona spurned two chances to extend United's lead, by which point Arsenal's midfield started to assert themselves. Five minutes before the interval, Ian Wright capitalised on a mistake by Ryan Giggs to score the equaliser. Arsenal started the second half strongly, which prompted Ferguson to tweak his formation and bring on Bryan Robson in place of Giggs. Eddie McGoldrick came on for his Arsenal debut in the 74th minute, and two minutes later, United were denied a penalty after Ince was brought down by John Jensen.

As there were no further goals, the match was decided by a penalty shoot-out. Wright and Denis Irwin missed their penalties; the decisive penalty, taken by Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman, was saved by his opposite number, Peter Schmeichel. Arsenal manager George Graham admitted his surprise over how the game was decided and thought both clubs would share the trophy; his counterpart Alex Ferguson, though delighted with his team's victory, felt the sudden death aspect was unnecessary.

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Replay (sports)

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