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1987 Football League Cup Final
1987 Football League Cup Final programme.jpg
Event1986–87 Football League Cup
Date5 April 1987
VenueWembley Stadium, London
RefereeLester Shapter (Devon)
Attendance96,000
1986
1988

The 1987 Football League Cup Final was a football match played on 5 April 1987 between Arsenal and Liverpool. The match, played in front of 96,000 spectators at Wembley Stadium, was won by Arsenal 2–1. Ian Rush opened the scoring for Liverpool, before Charlie Nicholas equalised, turning in a cross in a crowded penalty area. Nicholas scored the winner in the second half from a Perry Groves cross. His shot deflected off Ronnie Whelan and was diverted past Liverpool goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar's outstretched hand.

Arsenal also finished fourth in the First Division, but were unable to compete in the 1987–88 UEFA Cup as UEFA voted for the ban in English clubs in European competitions to continue for a third season.

Ian Rush's consolation goal – his 145th for the Liverpool – was his first goal to be scored on the losing side in any competition.

Match details

5 April 1987
15:15 BST
Arsenal 2 – 1 Liverpool Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 96,000
Referee: Lester Shapter (Devon)
Charlie Nicholas Goal 30'83' Report Ian Rush Goal 23'
GK 1 Flag of England John Lukic
RB 2 Flag of England Viv Anderson
LB 3 Flag of England Kenny Sansom (c)
CM 4 Flag of England Steve Williams
CB 5 Flag of Republic of Ireland David O'Leary
CB 6 Flag of England Tony Adams
RM 7 Flag of England David Rocastle
CM 8 Flag of England Paul Davis
CF 9 Flag of Republic of Ireland Niall Quinn Substituted off
CF 10 Flag of Scotland Charlie Nicholas
LM 11 Flag of England Martin Hayes Substituted off
Substitutes:
MF 12 Flag of England Perry Groves Substituted on in the Quinnth minute Quinn'
MF 14 Flag of England Michael Thomas Substituted on in the Hayesth minute Hayes'
Manager:
Flag of Scotland George Graham
GK 1 Flag of Zimbabwe Bruce Grobbelaar
RB 2 Flag of Scotland Gary Gillespie
LB 3 Flag of England Barry Venison
CM 4 Flag of England Nigel Spackman
LM 5 Flag of Republic of Ireland Ronnie Whelan
CB 6 Flag of Scotland Alan Hansen (c)
CF 7 Flag of England Paul Walsh Substituted off in the 73rd minute 73'
RM 8 Flag of England Craig Johnston
CF 9 Flag of Wales Ian Rush
CM 10 Flag of Denmark Jan Molby
CM 11 Flag of England Steve McMahon Substituted off in the 87th minute 87'
Substitutes:
FW 12 Flag of Scotland Kenny Dalglish Substituted on in the 73rd minute 73'
MF 14 Flag of Scotland John Wark Substituted on in the 87th minute 87'
Player / Manager:
Flag of Scotland Kenny Dalglish

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