1985 FA Cup Final
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Event1984–85 FA Cup
Date18 May 1985
VenueWembley Stadium, London
RefereePeter Willis (County Durham)
Attendance100,000
1984
1986

The 1985 FA Cup Final was contested by Manchester United and holders Everton at Wembley Stadium. United won by a single goal, scored in extra time by Norman Whiteside when he curled the ball into the net past the reach of Neville Southall after a run from the right.

Late in the second half, Kevin Moran of Manchester United was sent off for a professional foul on Peter Reid, who was clean through on goal. He became the first player to be dismissed in an FA Cup Final. TV cameras revealed that he had gone for the ball, and not for Peter Reid in the offending tackle. He was later presented with the winner's medal that had at first been withheld. Had Everton won the match they would have completed an unprecedented Treble of League, FA Cup and European Cup Winners' Cup.

All of Manchester United's players (including the substitute who played) had been capped at full international level, making them the first FA Cup winning team to consist entirely of players who had gained full international recognition.

However, United were unable to compete in the following season's Cup Winner's Cup, as all English clubs were subsequently banned from European competitions indefinitely two weeks later as a sequel to the Heysel disaster on 29 May 1985, in which rioting by Liverpool and Juventus fans at the European Cup final resulted in the death of 39 spectators.

Everton had just won the Cup Winners' Cup as well as the league title, and so would have competed in the 1985–86 European Cup had it not been for the ban.

Eight of United's starting 11 players had been members of the cup winning side from two years earlier, while Arthur Albiston was the only remaining player from the FA Cup winning side of 1977 still in the team. However, when United next won the trophy five years later, Mark Hughes and Bryan Robson were the only players from the 1985 side to feature in the winning team. Both had gone by the start of the 1995-96 season.

Everton's last remaining player from the game was Neville Southall, who stayed with them until 1998 and helped them win a league title in 1987 and the FA Cup in 1995.

Everton held the double

Everton claimed the crown to the 1984/85 league championship one week before the FA Cup Final against Manchester United. The fact that Everton were also defending champions of the FA Cup (having won it in 1984 v Watford), it meant that for one week, Everton held the League and FA Cup double, albeit not won the same season.

Match details

18 May 1985 (1985-05-18)
15:00 BST
Everton 0–1
(a.e.t.)
Manchester United Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 100,000
Referee: Peter Willis (County Durham)
Report Whiteside Goal 110'
Everton
Manchester United
GK 1 Flag of Wales Neville Southall
RB 2 Flag of England Gary Stevens
LB 3 Flag of Wales Pat Van Den Hauwe
CB 4 Flag of Wales Kevin Ratcliffe (c)
CB 5 Flag of England Derek Mountfield
CM 6 Flag of England Peter Reid
RM 7 Flag of England Trevor Steven
CF 8 Flag of Scotland Graeme Sharp
CF 9 Flag of Scotland Andy Gray
CM 10 Flag of England Paul Bracewell
LM 11 Flag of Republic of Ireland Kevin Sheedy
Substitute:
DF 12 Flag of England Alan Harper
Manager:
Flag of England Howard Kendall
Everton vs Man Utd 1985-05-18.png
GK 1 Flag of England Gary Bailey
RB 2 Flag of England John Gidman
LB 3 Flag of Scotland Arthur Albiston Substituted off in the 91st minute 91'
RM 4 Flag of Northern Ireland Norman Whiteside
CB 5 Flag of Republic of Ireland Paul McGrath
CB 6 Flag of Republic of Ireland Kevin Moran Red card 78'
CM 7 Flag of England Bryan Robson (c)
CM 8 Flag of Scotland Gordon Strachan
CF 9 Flag of Wales Mark Hughes
CF 10 Flag of Republic of Ireland Frank Stapleton
LM 11 Flag of Denmark Jesper Olsen
Substitute:
DF 12 Flag of England Mike Duxbury Substituted on in the 91st minute 91'
Manager:
Flag of 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.

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