1995 FA Cup Final

The 1995 FA Cup Final was a football match played at Wembley Stadium in London on 20 May 1995 to determine the winner of the 1994–95 FA Cup. The 50th FA Cup Final to be played at Wembley since the Second World War, it was contested by Everton and Manchester United. Everton won the match 1–0 via a headed goal by Paul Rideout, after Graham Stuart's shot rebounded off the crossbar. The rest of the game saw Manchester United dominating the attack, only for Welsh international goalkeeper Neville Southall to hold on to a clean sheet.

1995 FA Cup Final
1995 FA Cup Final programme
Event1994–95 FA Cup
Everton Manchester United
1 0
Date20 May 1995
VenueWembley Stadium, London
Man of the MatchDave Watson (Everton)
RefereeGerald Ashby (Worcestershire)


Manchester United, double-winners the previous season, had lost their league crown the previous Sunday to Blackburn Rovers. United had to play the final without three of their most important players: Eric Cantona (suspended), Andrei Kanchelskis (injured) and Andy Cole (cup-tied). Between them, those three had scored 41 goals during the season. The final saw final Manchester United appearances for Paul Ince and Mark Hughes (who had contributed greatly to United's successes under the management of Alex Ferguson), as they both moved to new clubs within weeks after the final. However, the game saw some promising performances from breakthrough players Gary Neville, Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes, all of whom would go on to win numerous major honours for the club.

Everton, meanwhile, had escaped from a relegation dogfight which had seen them make their worst start to a league campaign (eight points from a possible 42 after 14 games), with a superbly successful cup run which saw them reach Wembley having conceded only one goal (a penalty for Jürgen Klinsmann of Tottenham Hotspur in the semi-final, which Everton won 4–1). Everton's only absentee was defender Earl Barrett who was cup-tied, and had therefore not been part of Everton's FA cup campaign. Duncan Ferguson passed a fitness test on the day of the game, however, Ferguson was only given a place on the substitutes bench, with Everton fielding the same starting XI that defeated Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup semi-final. There was no place among the substitutes for homegrown boyhood Blue John Ebbrell, with Daniel Amokachi being preferred on the bench after he scored twice in the semi-final. Stuart Barlow and Vinny Samways were the other players from the original 17-man cup final squad to not make the 14-man matchday squad. Ebbrell, Barlow and Samways all missed the semi-final against Spurs due to injury, allowing Amokachi to take a place on the substitutes bench; he then scored two goals after mistakenly coming on for Paul Rideout. Rideout had been a doubt for the game with a knee ligament injury and appeared to have suffered a recurrence midway through the second half; after receiving treatment from the Everton physio, Rideout indicated he was ready to return to action, but Amokachi misinterpreted his signal and entered the field, with the substitution confirmed by the fourth official.[1]

It was Everton's first major trophy since they won the league championship eight years earlier, and is their most recent major trophy to date. In contrast, Manchester United were left without a major trophy for the first time since the 1988–89 season and were denied the opportunity to become the first club to win the FA Cup nine times.

This was the last time that an English manager had won the FA Cup – as well as the last time a club other than Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool or Manchester United had won the FA Cup – until 2008, when Harry Redknapp managed Portsmouth to victory.[2]

The trophy was presented to Everton captain Dave Watson by The Prince of Wales, whose sons Princes William and Harry were attending their first FA Cup Final.[3]

Road to Wembley


Home teams listed first. Round 3: Everton 1–0 Derby County

Round 4: Bristol City 0–1 Everton

Round 5: Everton 5–0 Norwich City

Round 6: Everton 1–0 Newcastle United

Semi-final: Everton 4–1 Tottenham Hotspur (at Elland Road, Leeds)

Manchester United

Home teams listed first. Round 3: Sheffield United 0–2 Manchester United

Round 4: Manchester United 5–2 Wrexham

Round 5: Manchester United 3–1 Leeds United

Round 6: Manchester United 2–0 Queens Park Rangers

Semi-final Manchester United 2–2 Crystal Palace (at Villa Park, Birmingham)

(replay) Manchester United 2–0 Crystal Palace

Match details

Everton1–0Manchester United
Rideout Goal 30' Report
Manchester United
GK 1 Wales Neville Southall
RB 2 England Matt Jackson
CB 5 England Dave Watson (c)
CB 26 England David Unsworth
LB 6 England Gary Ablett
RM 17 Sweden Anders Limpar Substituted off 69'
CM 18 England Joe Parkinson
CM 10 Wales Barry Horne
LM 3 England Andy Hinchcliffe
SS 8 England Graham Stuart
CF 15 England Paul Rideout Substituted off 51'
GK 13 Australia Jason Kearton
FW 9 Scotland Duncan Ferguson Substituted in 51'
FW 11 Nigeria Daniel Amokachi Substituted in 69'
England Joe Royle
Everton vs Man Utd 1995-05-20
GK 1 Denmark Peter Schmeichel
RB 27 England Gary Neville
CB 4 England Steve Bruce (c) Substituted off 45'
CB 6 England Gary Pallister
LB 3 Republic of Ireland Denis Irwin
RM 19 England Nicky Butt
CM 8 England Paul Ince
CM 16 Republic of Ireland Roy Keane
LM 5 England Lee Sharpe Substituted off 72'
CF 10 Wales Mark Hughes
CF 9 Scotland Brian McClair
GK 13 England Gary Walsh
MF 11 Wales Ryan Giggs Substituted in 45'
FW 24 England Paul Scholes Substituted in 72'
Scotland Alex Ferguson

Match officials

Man of the match

Match rules

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


  1. ^ Moore, Glenn (10 April 1995). "Amokachi completes Everton's perfect day". The Independent. Independent Print. Retrieved 10 December 2015.
  2. ^ Bevan, Chris (18 May 2008). "Redknapp earns deserved success". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 19 May 2008.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 11 March 2007. Retrieved 20 February 2007.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

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1994–95 Manchester United F.C. season

The 1994–95 season was Manchester United's third season in the Premier League, and their 20th consecutive season in the top division of English football.United acquired David May from Blackburn Rovers early on in the season. They then bought Andy Cole from Newcastle United in January for a British record fee of £7 million (£6 million cash with £1 million-rated Keith Gillespie in part-exchange). That month, Eric Cantona was involved in an incident away to Crystal Palace. As a result of abuse received from a fan, Cantona broke free of kitman Norman Davies' grasp as he was escorting him from the pitch after being sent off, and launched a kung-fu style kick at the fan. Cantona was banned from football for eight months and fined £20,000 by his club and a further £10,000 by the Football Association.

United lost the Premier League title on the last day when, despite Blackburn Rovers losing to Liverpool, United could only manage a draw away to West Ham United. The misery continued when Manchester United went on to lose to Everton in the 1995 FA Cup Final.

After the season was over, United controversially sold Paul Ince to Internazionale and Mark Hughes to Chelsea, while Andrei Kanchelskis was placed on the transfer list, eventually agreeing a deal with Everton (which was delayed by contract wrangling).

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Everton F.C.

Everton Football Club () is an English professional football club based in Walton, Liverpool, that competes in the Premier League, the top flight of English football. The club have competed in the top division for a record 116 seasons, missing the top division only four times (1930–31 and three consecutive seasons starting with 1951–52) since The Football League was created in 1888. Everton have won 15 major trophies: the League Championship nine times (fourth most as of 2017–18), the FA Cup five times (ninth most) and the UEFA Cup Winners Cup once.

Formed in 1878, Everton were founding members of The Football League in 1888 and won their first League Championship two seasons later. Following four League Championship and two FA Cup wins, Everton experienced a lull in the immediate post World War Two period, until a revival in the 1960s, which saw the club win two League Championships and an FA Cup. The mid-1980s represented their most recent period of sustained success, with two League Championships, an FA Cup, and the 1985 European Cup Winners' Cup. The club's most recent major trophy was the 1995 FA Cup.

The club's supporters are known as Evertonians. Everton have a rivalry with neighbours Liverpool, and the two sides contest the Merseyside derby. The club has been based at Goodison Park in Walton, Liverpool, since 1892, after moving from Anfield following a row over its rent. The club's home colours are royal blue shirts with white shorts and socks.

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John Ebbrell

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Neville Southall

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Paul Rideout

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