1994 FA Cup Final

The 1994 FA Cup Final was the 49th FA Cup final to be held since the Second World War and was contested between Manchester United and Chelsea. United went into the final as Premier League champions, having won the title by eight points over Blackburn Rovers. They were bidding to become only the fourth team of the 20th century to complete "the Double" and the first in their own history. Chelsea, on the other hand, were playing in their first FA Cup Final since 1970 and first major final since the 1972 Football League Cup Final; they also finished 14th in the Premier League.

1994 FA Cup Final
1994 FA Cup Final programme
The match programme cover
Event1993–94 FA Cup
Chelsea Manchester United
0 4
Date14 May 1994
VenueWembley Stadium, London
RefereeDavid Elleray (London)


The match took place on a rainy May afternoon, and, in the first half, Chelsea were the better team. Gavin Peacock had the best chance of the opening 45 minutes when his half-volley hit the crossbar. In the second half, Manchester United took over with three goals in the space of nine minutes; two almost identical penalties by Eric Cantona and a shot by Mark Hughes, following a slip by Chelsea defender Frank Sinclair. Brian McClair scored a late fourth following an unselfish pass by Paul Ince. Referee David Elleray has since stated that he regrets giving the second penalty to Manchester United, stating "It was my big game and I made a disappointing decision."[1]

This triumph was Manchester United's eighth success in the competition, matching the record set by Tottenham Hotspur three years earlier. Chelsea, despite losing their first FA Cup final since they won the trophy 24 years earlier, qualified for the 1994–95 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup as United had also won the Premier League title and would be competing in the UEFA Champions League.

It was the third time that Mark Hughes (a member of the 1985 and 1990 FA Cup winning sides) had collected an FA Cup winner's medal. However, his teammate Bryan Robson was not included in the squad for the final and missed out on the chance of collecting his fourth winner's medal. Hughes won a fourth FA Cup winner's medal three years later with Chelsea.

Road to Wembley

Home teams listed first.


Round 3: Barnet 0–0 Chelsea

Replay: Chelsea 4–0 Barnet

Round 4: Chelsea 1–1 Sheffield Wednesday

Replay: Sheffield Wednesday 1–3 Chelsea

Round 5: Oxford United 1–2 Chelsea

Round 6: Chelsea 1–0 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Semi-final: Chelsea 2–0 Luton Town

Manchester United

Round 3: Sheffield United 0–1 Manchester United


Round 4: Norwich City 0–2 Manchester United


Round 5: Wimbledon 0–3 Manchester United

Round 6: Manchester United 3–1 Charlton Athletic

Semi-final: Oldham Athletic 1–1 Manchester United

Replay: Manchester United 4–1 Oldham Athletic

Match details

Chelsea0–4Manchester United
Report Cantona Goal 60' (pen.)66' (pen.)
Hughes Goal 69'
McClair Goal 90+2'
Manchester United
GK 1 Russia Dmitri Kharine
RB 12 Scotland Steve Clarke
CB 5 Norway Erland Johnsen Yellow card 2'
CB 35 Denmark Jakob Kjeldbjerg
LB 6 Jamaica Frank Sinclair
RM 24 Scotland Craig Burley Substituted off 68'
CM 18 England Eddie Newton
CM 10 England Gavin Peacock
LM 11 England Dennis Wise (c)
CF 7 Scotland John Spencer
CF 21 England Mark Stein Yellow card 66' Substituted off 78'
GK 13 England Kevin Hitchcock
MF 20 England Glenn Hoddle Substituted in 68'
FW 9 Republic of Ireland Tony Cascarino Substituted in 78'
England Glenn Hoddle
Chelsea vs Man Utd 1994-05-14
GK 1 Denmark Peter Schmeichel
RB 2 England Paul Parker
CB 4 England Steve Bruce (c)
CB 6 England Gary Pallister
LB 3 Republic of Ireland Denis Irwin Substituted off 84'
RM 14 Russia Andrei Kanchelskis Substituted off 84'
CM 8 England Paul Ince
CM 16 Republic of Ireland Roy Keane
LM 11 Wales Ryan Giggs
CF 10 Wales Mark Hughes
CF 7 France Eric Cantona
GK 25 England Gary Walsh
MF 5 England Lee Sharpe Substituted in 84'
MF 9 Scotland Brian McClair Substituted in 84'
Scotland Alex Ferguson

Match rules

  • 90 minutes
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary
  • Replay on 19 May 1994 if scores still level
  • Three named substitutes, of which two may be used


  1. ^ "Sporting Spotlight: David Elleray". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 27 March 2013. Retrieved 27 March 2013.

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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.

1998 Football League Cup Final

The 1998 Football League Cup Final was a football match played between Chelsea and Middlesbrough on 29 March 1998 at Wembley Stadium. Chelsea, under new manager Gianluca Vialli, won with two extra time goals and won the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup later that season. Middlesbrough's second consecutive defeat in the final was followed by promotion back to the Premier League after just one season.

Both teams were restricted to shots from distance. This all changed in extra time when Chelsea took control. Frank Sinclair, a villain in the 1994 FA Cup Final defeat when conceding a penalty and slipping to allow Mark Hughes to score, became the hero in this match. He started the move that ended with his header finding the corner of the Middlesbrough net to open the scoring. Chelsea's second goal came from Roberto Di Matteo. A corner played into the near post was not cleared by the Boro defence and Di Matteo was able to side foot the ball into the net on the half-volley. Di Matteo had come back to haunt Middlesbrough as he had scored the opening goal when the same sides met in the 1997 FA Cup Final the previous season. Once again Chelsea had won 2–0.

2008 UEFA Champions League Final

The 2008 UEFA Champions League Final was a football match that took place on Wednesday, 21 May 2008, at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, to determine the winner of the 2007–08 UEFA Champions League. It was contested by Manchester United and Chelsea, making it an all-English club final for the first time in the history of the competition. This was only the third time that two clubs from the same country had contested the final; the others being the 2000 and 2003 finals. It was the first European Cup final played in Russia, and hence the easternmost final in the tournament's history. It also marked the 100th anniversary of Manchester United's first league triumph, the 50th anniversary of the Munich air disaster, and the 40th anniversary of United's first European Cup triumph in 1968. It was Manchester United's third European Cup final after 1968 and 1999, while it was Chelsea's first.

Manchester United won the match 6–5 on penalties, after a 1–1 draw following extra time. Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring for Manchester United in the 26th minute with a header from a cross by Wes Brown, but Frank Lampard equalised shortly before half-time. The second half and most of extra time passed without incident until Chelsea's Didier Drogba was sent off for slapping Nemanja Vidić four minutes from the end. In the penalty shoot-out, Ronaldo missed Manchester United's third kick, giving John Terry the chance to win the game for Chelsea, only for him to slip and hit the post. Edwin van der Sar then saved Nicolas Anelka's effort from Chelsea's seventh kick to give Manchester United their third European Cup title.

More than 67,000 people watched the game in the stadium, along with more than 17.5 million television viewers in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. In addition to prize money received from earlier in the competition, Manchester United received €7 million for winning the final, while Chelsea received €4 million. As winners, Manchester United went on to play in the 2008 UEFA Super Cup, losing 2–1 to 2007–08 UEFA Cup winners Zenit Saint Petersburg, and the 2008 FIFA Club World Cup, which they won after beating 2008 Copa Libertadores winners LDU Quito 1–0 in the final.

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