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The 1986 FA Cup Final was the 105th final of the FA Cup. It took place on 10 May 1986 at Wembley Stadium and was a Merseyside derby between Liverpool and Everton. The match was played seven days after Liverpool had secured the league title, with Everton finishing as runners-up. At the time, Liverpool and Everton were widely regarded as the two leading English clubs.

1986 FA Cup Final
1986 FA Cup Final programme.jpg
The match programme cover
Event1985–86 FA Cup
Date10 May 1986
VenueWembley Stadium, London
RefereeAlan Robinson (Hampshire)



Liverpool won the match 3–1, thus completing the Double in Kenny Dalglish’s first season as a player manager. Everton led at half-time through Gary Lineker, before the second half saw Ian Rush score two goals and Craig Johnston one. As Liverpool had already won the league, Everton would have claimed a place in the 1986–87 European Cup Winners' Cup, but the ban on English clubs in European competitions following the Heysel disaster the previous season meant that they were unable to do so (in addition to Liverpool not claiming a place in the European Cup for their league win).

This was Liverpool's third FA Cup Final victory, and their first since 1974. Everton, meanwhile, were playing in their third consecutive FA Cup Final and suffered their second consecutive defeat; notable changes from the side that had lost to Manchester United the previous year were Bobby Mimms in goal in place of the injured Neville Southall, and new signing Gary Lineker playing in the forward position that had previously been occupied by Andy Gray.[1]

As substitute Steve McMahon was unused, Liverpool became the first team to compete in the FA Cup Final without fielding an English capped player[citation needed] since Queen's Park understandably fielded all-Scottish teams in 1864 and 1865 (Mark Lawrenson was English-born but represented the Republic of Ireland at international level while Craig Johnston had played for England Under-21s despite having Australian nationality).

Twenty years later, in April 2006, the final was replayed in a charity game at Anfield, in aid of The Marina Dalglish Appeal. Liverpool won again, this time on a 1–0 scoreline, thanks to a late goal from John Durnin.[2]

Match detailsEdit

Rush   56'83'
Johnston   62'
Report Lineker   27'
Attendance: 98,000
GK 1   Bruce Grobbelaar
RB 4   Steve Nicol
CB 2   Mark Lawrenson
CB 6   Alan Hansen (c)
LB 3   Jim Beglin
RM 8   Craig Johnston
CM 10   Jan Mølby
CM 11   Kevin MacDonald
LM 5   Ronnie Whelan
SS 7   Kenny Dalglish
CF 9   Ian Rush
MF 12   Steve McMahon
  Kenny Dalglish
GK 1   Bobby Mimms
RB 2   Gary Stevens   72'
CB 4   Kevin Ratcliffe (c)
CB 5   Derek Mountfield
LB 3   Pat Van Den Hauwe
RM 7   Trevor Steven
CM 6   Peter Reid
CM 10   Paul Bracewell
LM 11   Kevin Sheedy
CF 8   Gary Lineker
CF 9   Graeme Sharp
FW 12   Adrian Heath   72'
  Howard Kendall


  1. ^ Macintosh, Iain (1 October 2015). "How Everton lost the FA Cup (and league and Super Cup) to Liverpool in 1986". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 October 2015.
  2. ^ Rogers, Paul (1 May 2006). "Reds leave it late to win Replay 86". Liverpool FC. Archived from the original on 26 October 2014. Retrieved 15 September 2017.

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