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1983 FA Cup Final
Old Wembley Stadium (external view)
EventFA Cup 1982–83
Date21 May 1983
VenueWembley Stadium, London
RefereeAlf Grey (Norfolk)
Attendance99,059
Replay
Date26 May 1983
VenueWembley Stadium, London
RefereeAlf Grey (Norfolk)
Attendance91,534
1982
1984

The 1983 FA Cup Final was contested by Manchester United and Brighton & Hove Albion at Wembley Stadium.

Manchester United were the favourites, as Brighton had been relegated from the First Division that season. United had finished third in the league that season and already had four FA Cup victories to their name, whereas Brighton had never reached the final before, and had been relegated from the top flight that season.

The final ended in a 2–2 draw, forcing a replay at Wembley five days later, which Manchester United won 4–0.

The first match

The first match finished 2–2 after extra time. Gordon Smith and Gary Stevens scored for Brighton; Frank Stapleton and Ray Wilkins for United. The first game is famous for the Radio commentary quote by Peter Jones "...and Smith must score" talking about a shot by Gordon Smith which was actually a save by the Manchester United goalkeeper Gary Bailey; the quote was subsequently used as a title for a Brighton Fanzine.

The replay

The second game on the Thursday night, started the same way the first game had, with Brighton taking the game to Manchester United. Although their chances were limited to long-range drives from Jimmy Case, United goalkeeper Gary Bailey had a couple of important saves to make. This all changed on 25 minutes, with United's first real attack. Alan Davies, who had made his FA Cup debut in the first game, set up captain Bryan Robson for a left-foot drive past Moseley into the corner of the net. Suddenly the atmosphere changed and it was the Manchester United fans who were singing loudest. This was compounded in the 30th minute, when United went 2–0 up, giving a team a 2 goal cushion for the first time over the 2 matches. Brighton failed to clear a corner, and Davies crossed for Norman Whiteside to score with a header. This capped an incredible 12 months for the teenager, who had played in the 1982 FIFA World Cup Finals for Northern Ireland, and who had scored in the League Cup Final defeat to Liverpool F.C. earlier in the season.

Brighton were rocked but continued to press, yet went further behind just before half time. Gordon McQueen headed on a free-kick and the ball fell to Robson to tap in at the far post, for his second goal of the game. The scoring was completed in the second half when the Dutch midfielder Arnold Mühren scored a penalty after Robson had been brought down by Stevens in the penalty area. It was the third consecutive year that a penalty had been awarded (and scored) in the Cup Final replay.

This was the first of three times that Bryan Robson captained Manchester United to FA Cup glory; he also achieved the feat in 1985 and 1990.

Match details

21 May 1983
Brighton & Hove Albion 2–2
(a.e.t.)
Manchester United Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 99,059
Referee: Alf Grey (Norfolk)
Smith Soccerball 14'
Stevens Soccerball 87'
Report Stapleton Soccerball 55'
Wilkins Soccerball 72'
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Manchester United
GK 1 England Graham Moseley
RB 2 England Chris Ramsey
CB 3 England Gary Stevens
CB 4 England Steve Gatting
LB 5 England Graham Pearce
LM 6 England Neil Smillie
CM 7 England Jimmy Case
CM 8 Flag of Republic Ireland Tony Grealish (c)
RM 9 Flag of Republic Ireland Gary Howlett
CF 10Flag of Republic Ireland Michael Robinson
CF 11Scotland Gordon Smith
Substitute:
MF 12 Flag of Republic Ireland Gerry Ryan
Manager:
England Jimmy Melia
Brighton vs Man Utd 1983-05-21
GK 1 England Gary Bailey
RB 2 England Mike Duxbury
LB 3 Scotland Arthur Albiston
CM 4 England Ray Wilkins
CB 5 Scotland Gordon McQueen
CB 6 Flag of Republic Ireland Kevin Moran
CM 7 England Bryan Robson (c)
RM 8 Netherlands Arnold Mühren
CF 9 Flag of Republic Ireland Frank Stapleton
CF 10Flag of Northern Ireland Norman Whiteside
LM 11Flag of Wales Alan Davies
Substitute:
MF 12Flag of Republic Ireland Ashley Grimes
Manager:
England Ron Atkinson

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary.
  • Replay if scores still level.
  • One named substitute.
  • Maximum of one substitution.

Replay

26 May 1983
Brighton & Hove Albion 0–4 Manchester United Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 91,534
Referee: Alf Grey (Norfolk)
Robson Soccerball 25'44'
Whiteside Soccerball 30'
Mühren Soccerball 62' (pen.)
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Brighton & Hove Albion
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Manchester United
GK 1 England Graham Moseley
CB 2 England Steve Gatting
LB 3 England Graham Pearce
CM 4 Flag of Republic Ireland Tony Grealish
CB 5 England Steve Foster (c)
RB 6 England Gary Stevens
CM 7 England Jimmy Case
RM 8 Flag of Republic Ireland Gary Howlett
CF 9 Flag of Republic Ireland Michael Robinson
CF 10Scotland Gordon Smith
LM 11England Neil Smillie
Substitute:
MF 12 Flag of Republic Ireland Gerry Ryan
Manager:
England Jimmy Melia
Brighton vs Man Utd 1983-05-26
GK 1 England Gary Bailey
RB 2 England Mike Duxbury
LB 3 Scotland Arthur Albiston
CM 4 England Ray Wilkins
CB 5 Scotland Gordon McQueen
CB 6 Flag of Republic Ireland Kevin Moran
CM 7 England Bryan Robson (c)
RM 8 Netherlands Arnold Mühren
CF 9 Flag of Republic Ireland Frank Stapleton
CF 10Flag of Northern Ireland Norman Whiteside
LM 11Flag of Wales Alan Davies
Substitute:
MF 12Flag of Republic Ireland Ashley Grimes
Manager:
England Ron Atkinson

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary.
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level.
  • One named substitute.
  • Maximum of one substitution.

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