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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, before Charlie Nicholas equalised, turning in a cross 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.

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)
Attendance96,000
1986
1988

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]

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Match detailsEdit

Arsenal2–1Liverpool
Nicholas   30'83' Report
Report
Rush   23'
Wembley, London
Attendance: 96,000
Referee: Lester Shapter (Devon)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Arsenal
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Liverpool
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  
Substitutes:
MF 12   Perry Groves   Quinn'
MF 14   Michael Thomas   Hayes'
Manager:
  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'
Substitutes:
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.

ReferencesEdit

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

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