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1986 FA Cup Final
Old Wembley Stadium (external view)
Event1985–86 FA Cup
Date10 May 1986
VenueWembley Stadium, London
RefereeAlan Robinson (Hampshire)
Attendance98,000
1985
1987

The 1986 FA Cup Final was a Merseyside derby between Liverpool and Everton at Wembley Stadium. The match was played seven days after Liverpool had secured the league title, with Everton finishing as runners-up. Liverpool went on to win this match 3–1, with two goals from Ian Rush, and one from Craig Johnston after Gary Lineker had put Everton ahead in the first half.

Liverpool had already won the First Division title, and so completed the Double. Everton had finished as runners-up to Liverpool in the league. However, the ban on English clubs in European competitions imposed after the previous season's Heysel disaster remained in force, meaning that Everton were unable to compete in the 1986–87 European Cup Winners' Cup (Liverpool as league champions would have gone into the European Cup).

Notable changes to the Everton side who had been runners-up in the final a year earlier were the absence of goalkeeper Neville Southall due to injury (his place in the team being taken by Bobby Mimms) and new signing Gary Lineker playing in the forward position which had previously been occupied by Andy Gray.

Liverpool, on the other hand, were competing in their first FA Cup final for 9 years, they had not won it for 12, and had no players remaining from the side that had won the 1974 final.

As substitute Steve McMahon was unused, Liverpool became the first team to compete in the FA Cup Final without fielding an English player. The last remaining player to leave winners Liverpool was Ian Rush, who joined Leeds in 1996, while Kevin Ratcliffe's departure from Everton in 1992 meant that the runners-up had lost all of their players from the FA Cup final team within six years.

In 2006, in aid of The Marina Dalglish Appeal, the final was replayed in a charity game at Anfield. Liverpool ran out 1–0 winners thanks to a late goal from John Durnin.

Match details

10 May 1986
15:00 BST
Liverpool 3–1 Everton Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 98,000
Referee: Alan Robinson (Hampshire)
Rush Soccerball 56'83'
Johnston Soccerball 62'
Report Lineker Soccerball 27'
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Liverpool
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Everton
GK 1 Flag of Zimbabwe Bruce Grobbelaar
CB 2 Flag of Republic Ireland Mark Lawrenson
LB 3 Flag of Republic Ireland Jim Beglin
RB 4 Scotland Steve Nicol
LM 5 Flag of Republic Ireland Ronnie Whelan
CB 6 Scotland Alan Hansen (c)
SS 7 Scotland Kenny Dalglish
RM 8 Flag of Australia Craig Johnston
CF 9 Flag of Wales Ian Rush
CM 10Flag of Denmark Jan Mølby
CM 11Scotland Kevin MacDonald
Substitute:
MF 12England Steve McMahon
Player/Manager:
Scotland Kenny Dalglish
GK 1 England Bobby Mimms
RB 2 England Gary Stevens Sub off 72'
LB 3 Flag of Wales Pat Van Den Hauwe
CB 4 Flag of Wales Kevin Ratcliffe (c)
CB 5 England Derek Mountfield
CM 6 England Peter Reid
CM 7 England Trevor Steven
CF 8 England Gary Lineker
CF 9 Scotland Graeme Sharp
RM 10England Paul Bracewell
LM 11Flag of Republic Ireland Kevin Sheedy
Substitute:
MF 12England Adrian Heath Sub on 72'
Manager:
England Howard Kendall

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