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The 1984 FA Cup Final was contested by Everton and Watford at Wembley. Everton won 2–0, with one goal by Graeme Sharp and a controversial goal from Andy Gray. He was adjudged by many to have fouled the Watford goalkeeper Steve Sherwood by heading the ball from Sherwood's hands. Everton had reached the final seven times previously, winning in 1906, 1933 and 1966. This was Watford's first FA Cup Final appearance.

1984 FA Cup Final
Old Wembley Stadium (external view).jpg
Event1983–84 FA Cup
Date19 May 1984
VenueWembley Stadium, London
RefereeJohn Hunting (Leicester)

With the exception of Andy Gray (who had been a Football League Cup winner earlier in his career with Aston Villa and then Wolverhampton Wanderers), this was the first major honour that any of the Everton players in this match had collected. It also ended Everton's 14-year wait for a trophy and was the first of eight honours they would win over the next four seasons. The period would prove to be the most successful spell in the club's history.

The closest Watford came to scoring was inside the first three minutes when John Barnes miscued a shot on the Everton goal, while Les Taylor's 25-yard shot went wide and Mo Johnston had a narrow miss with a header.[1]

Match detailsEdit

Sharp   38'
Gray   51'
Attendance: 100,000
Referee: John Hunting
GK 1   Neville Southall
RB 2   Gary Stevens
LB 3   John Bailey
DF 4   Kevin Ratcliffe (c)
DF 5   Derek Mountfield
MF 6   Peter Reid
MF 7   Trevor Steven
FW 8   Adrian Heath
FW 9   Graeme Sharp
FW 10   Andy Gray
MF 11   Kevin Richardson
DF 12   Alan Harper
  Howard Kendall
GK 1   Steve Sherwood
RB 2   David Bardsley
LB 3   Neil Price   58'
MF 4   Les Taylor (c)
DF 5   Steve Terry
DF 6   Lee Sinnott
RM 7   Nigel Callaghan
FW 8   Mo Johnston
FW 9   George Reilly
MF 10   Kenny Jackett
LM 11   John Barnes
FW 12   Paul Atkinson   58'
  Graham Taylor

Match rules

  • 90 minutes
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary
  • Replay if scores still level
  • One named substitute
  • Maximum of one substitution


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