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1994 FA Cup Final

The 1994 FA Cup Final was the 49th FA Cup final to be held since the Second World War and was contested between Manchester United and Chelsea. United went into the final as Premier League champions, having won the title by eight points over Blackburn Rovers. They were bidding to become only the fourth team of the 20th century to complete "the Double" and the first in their own history. Chelsea, on the other hand, were playing in their first FA Cup Final since 1970 and first major final since the 1972 Football League Cup Final; they also finished 14th in the Premier League.

1994 FA Cup Final
1994 FA Cup Final programme.jpg
The match programme cover
Event1993–94 FA Cup
Date14 May 1994
VenueWembley Stadium, London
RefereeDavid Elleray (London)


The match took place on a rainy May afternoon, and, in the first half, Chelsea were the better team. Gavin Peacock had the best chance of the opening 45 minutes when his half-volley hit the crossbar. In the second half, Manchester United took over with three goals in the space of nine minutes; two almost identical penalties by Eric Cantona and a shot by Mark Hughes, following a slip by Chelsea defender Frank Sinclair. Brian McClair scored a late fourth following an unselfish pass by Paul Ince. Referee David Elleray has since stated that he regrets giving the second penalty to Manchester United, stating "It was my big game and I made a disappointing decision."[1]

This triumph was Manchester United's eighth success in the competition, matching the record set by Tottenham Hotspur three years earlier. Chelsea, despite losing their first FA Cup final since they won the trophy 24 years earlier, qualified for the 1994–95 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup as United had also won the Premier League title and would be competing in the UEFA Champions League.

It was the third time that Mark Hughes (a member of the 1985 and 1990 FA Cup winning sides) had collected an FA Cup winner's medal. However, his teammate Bryan Robson was not included in the squad for the final and missed out on the chance of collecting his fourth winner's medal. Hughes won a fourth FA Cup winner's medal three years later with Chelsea.

Road to WembleyEdit

Home teams listed first.


Round 3: Barnet 0–0 Chelsea

Replay: Chelsea 4–0 Barnet

Round 4: Chelsea 1–1 Sheffield Wednesday

Replay: Sheffield Wednesday 1–3 Chelsea

Round 5: Oxford United 1–2 Chelsea

Round 6: Chelsea 1–0 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Semi-final: Chelsea 2–0 Luton Town

Manchester UnitedEdit

Round 3: Sheffield United 0–1 Manchester United


Round 4: Norwich City 0–2 Manchester United


Round 5: Wimbledon 0–3 Manchester United

Round 6: Manchester United 3–1 Charlton Athletic

Semi-final: Oldham Athletic 1–1 Manchester United

Replay: Manchester United 4–1 Oldham Athletic

Match detailsEdit

Chelsea0–4Manchester United
Report Cantona   60' (pen.)66' (pen.)
Hughes   69'
McClair   90+2'
Attendance: 79,634
Manchester United
GK 1   Dmitri Kharine
RB 12   Steve Clarke
CB 5   Erland Johnsen   2'
CB 35   Jakob Kjeldbjerg
LB 6   Frank Sinclair
RM 24   Craig Burley   68'
CM 18   Eddie Newton
CM 10   Gavin Peacock
LM 11   Dennis Wise (c)
CF 7   John Spencer
CF 21   Mark Stein   66'   78'
GK 13   Kevin Hitchcock
MF 20   Glenn Hoddle   68'
FW 9   Tony Cascarino   78'
  Glenn Hoddle
GK 1   Peter Schmeichel
RB 2   Paul Parker
CB 4   Steve Bruce (c)
CB 6   Gary Pallister
LB 3   Denis Irwin   84'
RM 14   Andrei Kanchelskis   84'
CM 8   Paul Ince
CM 16   Roy Keane
LM 11   Ryan Giggs
CF 10   Mark Hughes
CF 7   Eric Cantona
GK 25   Gary Walsh
MF 5   Lee Sharpe   84'
MF 9   Brian McClair   84'
  Alex Ferguson

Match rules

  • 90 minutes
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary
  • Replay on 19 May 1994 if scores still level
  • Three named substitutes, of which two may be used


  1. ^ "Sporting Spotlight: David Elleray". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 27 March 2013. Retrieved 27 March 2013.

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