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FA Cup
1989–90
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Region England
Defending champions Liverpool
Champions Manchester United
Runner-up Crystal Palace
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The FA Cup 1989–90 was the 109th season of the world's oldest football knockout competition, The Football Association Challenge Cup, or FA Cup for short. The competition started in September 1989 for teams outside the football league who played in a qualifying competition.

First round proper

For the qualifying rounds, see 1989–90 FA Cup Qualifying Rounds.

The first round of games was played over the weekend 17–19 November 1989, with a first round of replays being played on the 21st–22nd. The Bristol Rovers–Reading match went to a second replay, on the 27th.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1Blackpool2–1Bolton Wanderers18 Nov 1989
2Darlington6–2Northwich Victoria18 Nov 1989
3Dartford1–1Exeter City18 Nov 1989
ReplayExeter City4–1Dartford22 Nov 1989
4Bath City2–2Fulham19 Nov 1989
ReplayFulham2–1Bath City22 Nov 1989
5Bristol City2–0Barnet18 Nov 1989
6Burnley1–1Stockport County18 Nov 1989
ReplayStockport County1–2Burnley22 Nov 1989
7Preston North End1–0Tranmere Rovers18 Nov 1989
8Sutton United1–1Torquay United18 Nov 1989
ReplayTorquay United4–0Sutton United22 Nov 1989
9Marine0–1Rochdale17 Nov 1989
10Gillingham0–0Welling United18 Nov 1989
ReplayWelling United1–0Gillingham22 Nov 1989
11Macclesfield Town1–1Chester City18 Nov 1989
ReplayChester City3–2Macclesfield Town21 Nov 1989
12Crewe Alexandra2–0Congleton Town18 Nov 1989
13Lincoln City1–0Billingham Synthonia18 Nov 1989
14Stafford Rangers2–3Halifax Town18 Nov 1989
15Scarborough0–1Whitley Bay18 Nov 1989
16Shrewsbury Town2–3Chesterfield18 Nov 1989
17Doncaster Rovers1–0Notts County18 Nov 1989
18Bishop Auckland2–0Tow Law Town18 Nov 1989
19Kidderminster Harriers2–3Swansea City18 Nov 1989
20Aylesbury United1–0Southend United18 Nov 1989
21Brentford0–1Colchester United18 Nov 1989
22Bristol Rovers1–1Reading18 Nov 1989
ReplayReading1–1Bristol Rovers21 Nov 1989
ReplayBristol Rovers0–1Reading27 Nov 1989
23Maidstone United2–1Yeovil Town19 Nov 1989
24Carlisle United3–0Wrexham18 Nov 1989
25Scunthorpe United4–1Matlock Town18 Nov 1989
26Cardiff City1–0Halesowen Town18 Nov 1989
27York City1–2Grimsby Town18 Nov 1989
28Kettering Town0–1Northampton Town18 Nov 1989
29Rotherham United0–0Bury18 Nov 1989
ReplayBury1–2Rotherham United21 Nov 1989
30Aldershot0–1Cambridge United17 Nov 1989
31Gloucester City1–0Dorchester Town18 Nov 1989
32Wigan Athletic2–0Mansfield Town19 Nov 1989
33Peterborough United1–1Hayes18 Nov 1989
ReplayHayes0–1Peterborough United21 Nov 1989
34Leyton Orient0–1Birmingham City18 Nov 1989
35Basingstoke Town3–0Bromsgrove Rovers18 Nov 1989
36Slough Town1–2Woking18 Nov 1989
37Telford United0–3Walsall18 Nov 1989
38Redditch United1–3Merthyr Tydfil18 Nov 1989
39Farnborough Town0–1Hereford United18 Nov 1989
40Hartlepool United0–2Huddersfield Town18 Nov 1989

Second round proper

The second round of games was played on 9 December 1989, with the first round of replays being played on the 12th–13th. Two games went to second replays and one of these went to a third replay.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1Blackpool3–0Chester City9 Dec 1989
2Chesterfield0–2Huddersfield Town9 Dec 1989
3Darlington3–0Halifax Town9 Dec 1989
4Bristol City2–1Fulham9 Dec 1989
5Rochdale3–0Lincoln City9 Dec 1989
6Reading0–0Welling United9 Dec 1989
ReplayWelling United1–1Reading13 Dec 1989
ReplayReading0–0Welling United19 Dec 1989
ReplayWelling United1–2Reading22 Dec 1989
7Walsall1–0Rotherham United9 Dec 1989
8Grimsby Town1–0Doncaster Rovers9 Dec 1989
9Crewe Alexandra1–1Bishop Auckland9 Dec 1989
ReplayBishop Auckland0–2Crewe Alexandra13 Dec 1989
10Maidstone United1–1Exeter City9 Dec 1989
ReplayExeter City3–2Maidstone United13 Dec 1989
11Northampton Town0–0Aylesbury United9 Dec 1989
ReplayAylesbury United0–1Northampton Town13 Dec 1989
12Whitley Bay2–0Preston North End9 Dec 1989
13Scunthorpe United2–2Burnley9 Dec 1989
ReplayBurnley1–1Scunthorpe United12 Dec 1989
ReplayBurnley5–0Scunthorpe United18 Dec 1989
14Cardiff City2–2Gloucester City9 Dec 1989
ReplayGloucester City0–1Cardiff City12 Dec 1989
15Hereford United3–2Merthyr Tydfil9 Dec 1989
16Wigan Athletic2–0Carlisle United9 Dec 1989
17Colchester United0–2Birmingham City9 Dec 1989
18Basingstoke Town2–3Torquay United9 Dec 1989
19Cambridge United3–1Woking9 Dec 1989
20Swansea City3–1Peterborough United9 Dec 1989

Third round proper

The third round of games in the FA Cup was played over the weekend 6–7 January 1990, with the first set of replays being played on the 9th–10th. Two games went to second replays, which were completed the week after.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1Blackpool1–0Burnley6 Jan 1990
2Bristol City2–1Swindon Town6 Jan 1990
3Rochdale1–0Whitley Bay6 Jan 1990
4Watford2–0Wigan Athletic6 Jan 1990
5Reading2–1Sunderland6 Jan 1990
6Leicester City1–2Barnsley6 Jan 1990
7Nottingham Forest0–1Manchester United7 Jan 1990
8Blackburn Rovers2–2Aston Villa6 Jan 1990
ReplayAston Villa3–1Blackburn Rovers10 Jan 1990
9Wolverhampton Wanderers1–2Sheffield Wednesday6 Jan 1990
10Middlesbrough0–0Everton6 Jan 1990
ReplayEverton1–1Middlesbrough10 Jan 1990
ReplayEverton1–0Middlesbrough17 Jan 1990
11West Bromwich Albion2–0Wimbledon6 Jan 1990
12Sheffield United2–0Bournemouth6 Jan 1990
13Tottenham Hotspur1–3Southampton6 Jan 1990
14Manchester City0–0Millwall6 Jan 1990
ReplayMillwall1–1Manchester City9 Jan 1990
ReplayMillwall3–1Manchester City15 Jan 1990
15Northampton Town1–0Coventry City6 Jan 1990
16Brighton & Hove Albion4–1Luton Town6 Jan 1990
17Plymouth Argyle0–1Oxford United6 Jan 1990
18Hull City0–1Newcastle United6 Jan 1990
19Crystal Palace2–1Portsmouth6 Jan 1990
20Chelsea1–1Crewe Alexandra6 Jan 1990
ReplayCrewe Alexandra0–2Chelsea10 Jan 1990
21Exeter City1–1Norwich City6 Jan 1990
ReplayNorwich City2–0Exeter City10 Jan 1990
22Huddersfield Town3–1Grimsby Town6 Jan 1990
23Cardiff City0–0Queens Park Rangers6 Jan 1990
ReplayQueens Park Rangers2–0Cardiff City10 Jan 1990
24Port Vale1–1Derby County7 Jan 1990
ReplayDerby County2–3Port Vale10 Jan 1990
25Charlton Athletic1–1Bradford City7 Jan 1990
ReplayBradford City0–3Charlton Athletic10 Jan 1990
26Leeds United0–1Ipswich Town6 Jan 1990
27Torquay United1–0West Ham United6 Jan 1990
28Hereford United2–1Walsall6 Jan 1990
29Stoke City0–1Arsenal6 Jan 1990
30Birmingham City1–1Oldham Athletic6 Jan 1990
ReplayOldham Athletic1–0Birmingham City10 Jan 1990
31Cambridge United0–0Darlington6 Jan 1990
ReplayDarlington1–3Cambridge United9 Jan 1990
32Swansea City0–0Liverpool6 Jan 1990
ReplayLiverpool8–0Swansea City9 Jan 1990

Fourth round proper

The fourth round of games was played over the weekend 27–28 January 1990, with replays being played on the 30th–31st.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1Blackpool1–0Torquay United27 Jan 1990
2Bristol City3–1Chelsea27 Jan 1990
3Rochdale3–0Northampton Town27 Jan 1990
4Southampton1–0Oxford United27 Jan 1990
5Reading3–3Newcastle United27 Jan 1990
ReplayNewcastle United4–1Reading31 Jan 1990
6Aston Villa6–0Port Vale27 Jan 1990
7Sheffield Wednesday1–2Everton28 Jan 1990
8West Bromwich Albion1–0Charlton Athletic27 Jan 1990
9Sheffield United1–1Watford27 Jan 1990
ReplayWatford1–2Sheffield United30 Jan 1990
10Barnsley2–0Ipswich Town27 Jan 1990
11Norwich City0–0Liverpool28 Jan 1990
ReplayLiverpool3–1Norwich City31 Jan 1990
12Millwall1–1Cambridge United27 Jan 1990
ReplayCambridge United1–0Millwall30 Jan 1990
13Oldham Athletic2–1Brighton & Hove Albion27 Jan 1990
14Crystal Palace4–0Huddersfield Town27 Jan 1990
15Arsenal0–0Queens Park Rangers27 Jan 1990
ReplayQueens Park Rangers2–0Arsenal31 Jan 1990
16Hereford United0–1Manchester United28 Jan 1990

Fifth round proper

The fifth set of games was played over the weekend 17–18 February 1990, with a first round of replays being played on the 21st. Each of these finished in a draw, meaning a second round of replays had to be completed.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1Blackpool2–2Queens Park Rangers18 Feb 1990
ReplayQueens Park Rangers0–0Blackpool21 Feb 1990
ReplayQueens Park Rangers3–0Blackpool26 Feb 1990
2Bristol City0–0Cambridge United17 Feb 1990
ReplayCambridge United1–1Bristol City21 Feb 1990
ReplayCambridge United5–1Bristol City27 Feb 1990
3Liverpool3–0Southampton17 Feb 1990
4West Bromwich Albion0–2Aston Villa17 Feb 1990
5Sheffield United2–2Barnsley18 Feb 1990
ReplayBarnsley0–0Sheffield United21 Feb 1990
ReplayBarnsley0–1Sheffield United5 Mar 1990
6Newcastle United2–3Manchester United18 Feb 1990
7Oldham Athletic2–2Everton17 Feb 1990
ReplayEverton1–1Oldham Athletic21 Feb 1990
ReplayOldham Athletic2–1Everton10 Mar 1990
8Crystal Palace1–0Rochdale17 Feb 1990

Sixth round proper

Most of the sixth round of FA Cup games were played over the weekend 10–11 March 1990, with the Oldham Athletic – Aston Villa game and the Liverpool – QPR replay being played on the 14th.

Alex Ferguson continued to defy the odds with a Manchester United side that was struggling in the league but performing wonders in the cup, as they defeated Sheffield United 1–0.

Liverpool built up their hopes of a unique second double (which had eluded them in dramatic fashion during the previous two seasons) by beating QPR in a quarter-final replay.

Aston Villa's double hopes were ended when they crashed 3–0 to an Oldham Athletic team that hadn't played top-division football since 1923.

Cambridge United's hopes of becoming the first Fourth Division team to reach the FA Cup semi-finals were ended with a 1–0 defeat at home to Crystal Palace, who moved closer to a first FA Cup final but were first faced with the task of overcoming a Liverpool side that had crushed them 9–0 in the league earlier in the season.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1Sheffield United0–1Manchester United11 Mar 1990
2Queens Park Rangers2–2Liverpool11 Mar 1990
ReplayLiverpool1–0Queens Park Rangers14 Mar 1990
3Oldham Athletic3–0Aston Villa14 Mar 1990
4Cambridge United0–1Crystal Palace10 Mar 1990

Semi-finals

The semi-final matches were played on 8 April 1990.

Seven months after losing 9–0 to them in a league game, Crystal Palace found a 10-goal improvement to defeat Liverpool 4–3 and give them their first FA Cup final appearance as well as ending their opposition's hopes of a second double – the third season running that Liverpool had suffered a late blow to their double hopes.

Oldham Athletic, a Second Division side, gave Manchester United a real run for their money; opening the scoring through Earl Barrett in a game that eventually ended 3–3, forcing a replay.

United won the replay 2–1 but some people have claimed that referee Joe Worrall should have awarded Oldham Athletic an early goal since Nick Henry's shot may have crossed the line.

8 April 1990
K.O 12 Noon
Crystal Palace 4 – 3
(a.e.t.)
Liverpool Villa Park, Birmingham
Attendance: 38,389
Referee: George Courtney (Spennymoor, County Durham)
Bright Soccerball 46'
O'Reilly Soccerball 70'
Gray Soccerball 88'
Pardew Soccerball 109'
Rush Soccerball 14'
McMahon Soccerball 81'
Barnes Soccerball 83' (pen.)

8 April 1990
K.O 3:30pm
Manchester United 3 – 3
(a.e.t.)
Oldham Athletic Maine Road, Manchester
Attendance: 44,026
Referee: Joe Worrall (Cheshire)
Robson Soccerball 29'
Webb Soccerball 72'
Wallace Soccerball 92'
Barrett Soccerball 5'
Marshall Soccerball 75'
Palmer Soccerball 113'

11 April 1990
K.O 7:45pm
Oldham Athletic 1 – 2
(a.e.t.)
Manchester United Maine Road, Manchester
Attendance: 35,005
Referee: Joe Worrall (Cheshire)
Ritchie Soccerball 81' McClair Soccerball 50'
Robins Soccerball 114'

Final

Main article: 1990 FA Cup Final

Crystal Palace, playing in their first FA Cup final, took on a Manchester United side that already had six FA Cups to its name, and a thrilling game ended 3–3 with Palace taking the lead twice and United once before a late equaliser by Mark Hughes (his second goal of the game) forced a replay.

12 May 1990
Manchester United 3 – 3
(a.e.t.)
Crystal Palace Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 80,000
Referee: Allan Gunn (Sussex)
Robson Soccerball 35'
Hughes Soccerball 62'109'
O'Reilly Soccerball 18'
Wright Soccerball 72'92'

Replay

Lee Martin, a 21-year-old defender who nearly didn't play due to Alex Ferguson's doubts about his fitness, scored the winning goal as Manchester United sealed their first major trophy in five years and their first under Ferguson's management, ending months of speculation that his job was at risk due to dismal league performances.

17 May 1990
Manchester United 1 – 0 Crystal Palace Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 80,000
Referee: Allan Gunn (Sussex)
Martin Soccerball 59'

Media coverage

For the second consecutive season in the United Kingdom, the BBC were the free to air broadcasters while Sky Sports were the subscription broadcasters.

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