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The 1987 Football League Cup Final was a football match played on 5 April 1987 between Arsenal and Liverpool. The match, played in front of 96,000 spectators at Wembley Stadium, was won by Arsenal 2–1. Ian Rush opened the scoring for Liverpool with a side foot finish to the corner of the net, before Charlie Nicholas equalised, turning in a cross from the right in a crowded penalty area. Nicholas was credited with scoring the winning goal in the second half from a Perry Groves cross. His off-target shot deflected off Ronnie Whelan and was diverted past Liverpool goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar's outstretched hand and into the left corner of the net.

1987 Football League Cup Final
1987 Football League Cup Final programme.jpg
Match programme cover
Event1986–87 Football League Cup
Date5 April 1987
VenueWembley Stadium, London
RefereeLester Shapter (Devon)

Arsenal also finished fourth in the First Division, but were unable to compete in the 1987–88 UEFA Cup as UEFA voted for the ban in English clubs in European competitions to continue for a third season.

Ian Rush's consolation goal was his first goal to be scored on the losing side in any competition. It ended Liverpool's 144-match unbeaten streak in matches he had scored in.[1]


Match detailsEdit

Nicholas   30'83' Report
Rush   23'
Wembley, London
Attendance: 96,000
Referee: Lester Shapter (Devon)
GK 1   John Lukic
RB 2   Viv Anderson
LB 3   Kenny Sansom (c)
CM 4   Steve Williams
CB 5   David O'Leary
CB 6   Tony Adams
RM 7   David Rocastle
CM 8   Paul Davis
CF 9   Niall Quinn  
CF 10   Charlie Nicholas
LM 11   Martin Hayes  
MF 12   Perry Groves   Quinn'
MF 14   Michael Thomas   Hayes'
  George Graham
GK 1   Bruce Grobbelaar
CB 2   Gary Gillespie
RB 3   Barry Venison
LB 4   Nigel Spackman
LM 5   Ronnie Whelan
CB 6   Alan Hansen (c)
CF 7   Paul Walsh   73'
RM 8   Craig Johnston
CF 9   Ian Rush
CM 10   Jan Molby
CM 11   Steve McMahon   87'
FW 12   Kenny Dalglish   73'
MF 14   John Wark   87'
Player / Manager:
  Kenny Dalglish

Road To WembleyEdit

Semi-final 1st leg: Arsenal 0 Tottenham Hotspur 1. 2nd leg: Tottenham Hotspur 1 Arsenal 2. Semi-final replay: Tottenham Hotspur 1 Arsenal 2. Arsenal reached the final after winning a replay at White Hart Lane.


  1. ^ Statistics. "A timeline for Liverpool Football Club". Retrieved 7 August 2011.

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