1994 FA Charity Shield

The 1994 FA Charity Shield was the 72nd FA Charity Shield, an annual football match played between the winners of the previous season's Premier League and FA Cup competitions. The match was played on 14 August 1994 at Wembley Stadium and contested by Manchester United, who had won the league and cup Double in 1993–94, and Blackburn Rovers, who had finished as runners-up in the Premier League. Manchester United won the match 2–0 with goals from Eric Cantona and Paul Ince, with seven players booked due to a new clampdown imposed by referees.[1]

1994 FA Charity Shield
1994 FA Charity Shield programme.jpg
Date14 August 1994
VenueWembley Stadium, London
RefereePhilip Don (Middlesex)

Notable omissions from the Blackburn side were the previous season's top scorer Alan Shearer (who had a virus from eating seafood) and his new strike partner Chris Sutton, who had just joined them for a national record fee of £5 million. Also absent due to injury were Mike Newell, Kevin Gallacher, Paul Warhurst and David Batty. Stuart Ripley and Ian Pearce made a makeshift front two, with young striker Peter Thorne making his solitary appearance for Blackburn as a substitute. Other debutants for Rovers were experienced defender Tony Gale and Australian winger Robbie Slater.

Meanwhile, Manchester United defender David May made his club debut just weeks after joining them from Blackburn. Denis Irwin and Roy Keane were absent after being given an extended break after playing for the Republic of Ireland in the 1994 FIFA World Cup.

Match detailsEdit

Blackburn Rovers0–2Manchester United
Report Cantona   22' (pen.)
Ince   81'
Attendance: 60,402
Blackburn Rovers
Manchester United
GK 1   Tim Flowers
RB 20   Henning Berg
CB 5   Colin Hendry  
CB 2   Tony Gale
LB 6   Graeme Le Saux  
RM 17   Robbie Slater
CM 22   Mark Atkins   64'
CM 4   Tim Sherwood (c)  
LM 11   Jason Wilcox  
CF 7   Stuart Ripley
CF 25   Ian Pearce
GK 13   Bobby Mimms
DF 3   Alan Wright
DF 18   Andy Morrison
MF 21   Paul Harford
FW 19   Peter Thorne   64'
  Kenny Dalglish
GK 1   Peter Schmeichel
RB 12   David May
CB 4   Steve Bruce (c)  
CB 6   Gary Pallister
LB 5   Lee Sharpe  
RM 14   Andrei Kanchelskis
CM 9   Brian McClair
CM 8   Paul Ince
LM 11   Ryan Giggs  
SS 7   Eric Cantona
CF 10   Mark Hughes
GK 13   Gary Walsh
DF 26   Chris Casper
MF 19   Nicky Butt
MF 31   Keith Gillespie
FW 20   Dion Dublin
  Alex Ferguson

Match officials

Match rules

  • 90 minutes
  • Penalty shootout if scores level
  • Five named substitutes, of which two may be used

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Ince quells the Blackburn resistance: Seven players booked under the new rules as under-strength Rovers succumb to United's class". Independent.co.uk. The Independent. 15 August 1994. Retrieved 6 August 2017.