Full Members' Cup

The Full Members' Cup was an association football cup competition held in English football from 1985 to 1992. It was also known under its sponsored names of the Simod Cup from 1987 to 1989 and the Zenith Data Systems Cup from 1989 to 1992.[1]

The competition was created after the 1985 Heysel Stadium disaster, when English clubs were banned from European competition, as an additional competition for clubs in the top two English League divisions.[2] The competition's name refers to the clubs that were Full Members of the Football League, with full voting rights; teams from the lower two divisions were Associate Members and were only eligible for the Associate Members' Cup (now known as the EFL Trophy). The initial Full Members' Cup did not include the six teams that had qualified for 1985–86 European competitions, as these played in the English Super Cup instead.[3]

While the European ban of English clubs was partially lifted for 1990–91, and fully lifted for 1991–92, the Full Members' Cup survived through the end of 1991–92, its seventh season. The competition was then cancelled the following season when the old Football League First Division was replaced by the Premier League.

Seven finals took place between 1986 and 1992. Blackburn Rovers and Reading were the only Second Division teams to win the Cup.

Chelsea and Nottingham Forest were the most successful teams in the competition, with both of them winning it twice.

Full Members' Cup
Founded1985
RegionEngland
Most successful club(s)Nottingham Forest
Chelsea
(2 wins each)

Participants

The competition was open to all teams from the top two levels of the English leagues, namely the First and Second Divisions. The six First Division teams that qualified for 1985–86 European play were invited to the English Super Cup tournament rather than the Full Members' Cup.[3]

Some eligible teams chose not to compete in the tournament in a particular year, while four teams in the First Division throughout the seven seasons of the tournament never entered the competition – Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.

Details of numbers of teams competing in each of the seasons:[4]

  • 1985–86: 21 teams – 5 (of 16, with 6 in Super Cup) from Division 1 and 16 (of 22) from Division 2
  • 1986–87: 30 teams – 14 (of 22) from Division 1 and 16 (of 22) from Division 2
  • 1987–88: 40 teams – 17 (of 21) from Division 1 and all 23 from Division 2
  • 1988–89: 40 teams – 16 (of 20) from Division 1 and all 24 from Division 2
  • 1989–90: 37 teams – 13 (of 20) from Division 1 and all 24 from Division 2
  • 1990–91: 39 teams – 15 (of 20) from Division 1 and all 24 from Division 2
  • 1991–92: 41 teams – 18 (of 22) from Division 1 and 23 (all but Sunderland) from Division 2

Finals

Second Division members are in italics.

Season Winner Score Runner-up
1985–86 Chelsea 5–4 Manchester City
1986–87 Blackburn Rovers 1–0 Charlton Athletic
1987–88 Reading[a] 4–1 Luton Town
1988–89 Nottingham Forest 4–3 Everton
1989–90 Chelsea 1–0 Middlesbrough
1990–91 Crystal Palace 4–1 (a.e.t.) Everton
1991–92 Nottingham Forest 3–2 (a.e.t.) Southampton

Source:[1]

Notes

  1. ^ As Reading won the competition the same season in which they were relegated they were not eligible to defend the tournament the following season.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b c Full Members Cup overview and finals at FCHD
  2. ^ Rob Maul (20 February 2005). "Caught in Time: Blackburn Rovers win Full Members Cup, 1987". Sunday Times. Retrieved 9 November 2010.
  3. ^ a b "Five forgotten cup competitions: Full Members Cup, Artemio Franchi Trophy". Planet Football. 3 October 2017. Archived from the original on 8 November 2017. Retrieved 8 November 2017.
  4. ^ Old Cup Competitions/Full Members Cup at Statto.com Archived 2 November 2010 at the Wayback Machine

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1985–86 Carlisle United F.C. season

For the 1985–86 season, Carlisle United F.C. competed in Football League Division Two.

1985–86 Full Members' Cup

The 1985-86 Full Members' Cup was the first edition of the tournament created to compensate for the ban on English clubs from European football following the Heysel Stadium disaster. It was won by Chelsea, who beat Manchester City 5–4 in the final at Wembley Stadium.

This Tournament attracted just 21 entries from the 44 eligible clubs. Just 5 top division clubs entered (Chelsea, Oxford, Man City, West Brom & Coventry City)

The second division teams who didn't enter were (Norwich, Wimbledon, Oldham, Millwall, Blackburn and Barnsley)

1985–86 Stoke City F.C. season

The 1985–86 season was Stoke City's 79th season in the Football League and 26th in the Second Division.

After the previous season's humiliating relegation Stoke's new manager Mick Mills had the tough task of restoring the club's pride. An early 6–2 victory over Leeds United certainly helped to boost morale but with poor crowds Stoke were never going to be involved in the race for promotion and with the squad considered too good to be relegated again a mid-table position of 10th was the final outcome in a season of recovery.

1986 Full Members' Cup Final

The 1986 Full Members' Cup final was a football match which took place at Wembley Stadium on 23 March 1986. It was the final of the inaugural Full Members' Cup, the competition created in the wake of the 1985 ban on English clubs from European competitions following the Heysel disaster. Contested between First Division sides Chelsea and Manchester City, the game produced nine goals, with Chelsea prevailing 5–4. Chelsea had led 5–1 courtesy of David Speedie’s hat-trick and a brace by Colin Lee, but Manchester City scored three times in the last five minutes to give the Blues a scare. Rougvie's own goal, the result of a shot by City's Lillis, denied Lillis the consolation of having scored the fastest hat trick in Wembley history at that point. Both clubs had played First Division games the previous day; Chelsea a 1-0 victory over Southampton, Manchester City a 2-2 draw with local rivals Manchester United. Ten players from each side featured in both games over the weekend.

1986–87 Full Members' Cup

The 1986–87 Full Members' Cup was the second edition of the tournament created to compensate for the ban on English clubs from European football following the Heysel Stadium disaster. It was won by Blackburn Rovers, who beat Charlton Athletic 1–0 in the final at Wembley.

1986–87 Stoke City F.C. season

The 1986–87 season was Stoke City's 80th season in the Football League and 27th in the Second Division.

Peter Coates became Stoke's new chairman in September 1986 which helped Mills to make a number of useful signings. After a slow start to the season Stoke hit form in November and went on an eleven-match unbeaten run which lasted until the start of February. During this run Stoke beat Leeds United 7–2 and Sheffield United 5–2 which lifted Stoke up the table and in to contention for a place in newly formed Football League play-offs. However, Stoke could not keep up the good results, winning only four of their last 16 matches, finishing in 8th position.

1987 Full Members' Cup Final

The 1987 Full Members' Cup Final was the final match of the second edition of the Full Members' Cup football tournament and was contested between First Division team Charlton Athletic and Second Division side Blackburn Rovers. The match was won 1–0 by Blackburn with the winning goal scored by Colin Hendry.

1987–88 Full Members' Cup

The 1987–88 Full Members' Cup was the third edition of the tournament created to compensate for the ban on English clubs from European football following the Heysel Stadium disaster. It was won by Reading, who beat Luton Town 4–1 in the final at Wembley.

1987–88 Stoke City F.C. season

The 1987–88 season was Stoke City's 81st season in the Football League and 28th in the Second Division.

After the previous season's decent performance there was great optimism ahead for Mick Mills' third season in charge. However it turned out to be a frustrating season with Stoke unable to maintain a good run of form and they unsurprisingly finished in mid-table in a season of little progress.

1988 Full Members' Cup Final

The 1988 Full Members' Cup Final was the third Full Members' Cup final, contested by First Division side Luton Town and Second Division team Reading at Wembley Stadium on 27 March 1988. It was the first, and only, Full Members' Cup final for both teams. Reading were making their first appearance at the national stadium, while Luton hadn't played at the ground since 1959.

1988–89 Full Members' Cup

The 1988–89 Full Members' Cup (also known as the Simod Cup for sponsorship reasons) was the third edition of the tournament created to compensate for the ban on English clubs from European football following the Heysel Stadium disaster. It was won by Nottingham Forest, who beat Everton 4–3 in the final at Wembley.

1989 Full Members' Cup Final

The 1989 Full Members' Cup Final was the fourth Full Members' Cup final, contested by Everton and Nottingham Forest at Wembley Stadium on 30 April 1989.

1989–90 Full Members' Cup

The 1989–90 Full Members' Cup, known as the Zenith Data Systems Cup for sponsorship reasons, was the 5th staging of a knock-out competition for English football clubs in the First and Second Division. The winners were Chelsea and the runners-up were Middlesbrough.

The competition began on 7 November 1989 and ended with the final on 25 March 1990 at the Wembley Stadium.

In the first round, there were two sections: North and South. In the following rounds each section gradually eliminates teams in knock-out fashion until each has a winning finalist. At this point, the two winning finalists face each other in the combined final for the honour of the trophy.

1989–90 Stoke City F.C. season

The 1989–90 season was Stoke City's 83rd season in the Football League and 30th in the Second Division.

The pressure was now on Mick Mills after four seasons without a serious promotion challenge and he spent big in the summer with £1 million worth of talent arriving at the Victoria Ground. However Stoke's overall performances left a lot to be desired and after failing to gain a victory until their 12th match Stoke hit the bottom of the table. With no improvement Mills paid the price and was sacked in November with former World Cup winner Alan Ball taking charge. Ball was unable to stop the slide into the third tier for only the second time in the club's history.

1990 Full Members' Cup Final

The 1990 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 25 March 1990. It was contested between First Division Chelsea and Second Division Middlesbrough. Chelsea's Tony Dorigo scored the only goal of the match with a long-range free kick.

1990–91 Full Members' Cup

The 1990–91 Full Members' Cup, known as the Zenith Data Systems Cup for sponsorship reasons, was the 6th staging of a knock-out competition for English football clubs in the First and Second Division. The winners were Crystal Palace and the runners-up were Everton.

The competition began on 20 November 1990 and ended with the final on 7 April 1991 at the Wembley Stadium.

In the first round, there were two sections: North and South. In the following rounds each section gradually eliminates teams in knock-out fashion until each has a winning finalist. At this point, the two winning finalists face each other in the combined final for the honour of the trophy.

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.

1991–92 Full Members' Cup

The 1991–92 Full Members' Cup, known as the Zenith Data Systems Cup for sponsorship reasons, was the 7th and final staging of a knock-out competition for English football clubs in the First and Second Division. The winners were Nottingham Forest and the runners-up were Southampton.

The competition began on 1 October 1991 and ended with the final on 29 March 1992 at the Wembley Stadium. The competition was then cancelled after seven seasons, when the Premier League arose from the old Football League First Division and reduced the Football League to three divisions.

In the first round, there were two sections: North and South. In the following rounds each section gradually eliminates teams in knock-out fashion until each has a winning finalist. At this point, the two winning finalists face each other in the combined final for the honour of the trophy.

1992 Full Members' Cup Final

The 1992 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 29 March 1992. It was contested between Nottingham Forest and Southampton. The match was shown live on Sky Sports.

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