1994 FA Cup Final
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Event1993–94 FA Cup
Date14 May 1994
VenueWembley Stadium, London
RefereeDavid Elleray (London)
Attendance79,634
WeatherRain
1993
1995

The 1994 FA Cup Final was the 49th FA Cup final to be held since the Second World War and was contested between Manchester United and Chelsea. United went into the final as Premier League champions, having won the title by eight points over Blackburn Rovers. They were bidding to become only the fourth team of the 20th century to complete "the Double" and the first in their own history. Chelsea, on the other hand, were playing in their first FA Cup Final since 1970 and first major final since the 1972 Football League Cup Final; they also finished 14th in the Premier League.

The match took place on a rainy May afternoon, and, in the first half, Chelsea were the better team. Gavin Peacock had the best chance of the opening 45 minutes when his half-volley hit the crossbar. In the second half, Manchester United took over with three goals in the space of nine minutes; two almost identical penalties by Eric Cantona and a shot by Mark Hughes, following a slip by Chelsea defender Frank Sinclair. Brian McClair scored a late fourth following an unselfish pass by Paul Ince. Referee David Elleray has since stated that he regrets giving the second penalty to Manchester United, stating "It was my big game and I made a disappointing decision."

This triumph was Manchester United's eighth success in the competition, matching the record set by Tottenham Hotspur three years earlier. Chelsea, despite losing their first FA Cup final since they won the trophy 24 years earlier, qualified for the 1994–95 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup as United had also won the Premier League title and would be competing in the UEFA Champions League.

It was the third time that Mark Hughes (a member of the 1985 and 1990 FA Cup winning sides) had collected an FA Cup winner's medal. However, his team-mate Bryan Robson was not included in the squad for the final and missed out on the chance of collecting his fourth winner's medal. Hughes would go on to win a fourth FA Cup winner's medal three years later with Chelsea.

Road to Wembley

Home teams listed first.

Chelsea

Round 3: Barnet 0–0 Chelsea

Replay: Chelsea 4–0 Barnet

Round 4: Chelsea 1–1 Sheffield Wednesday

Replay: Sheffield Wednesday 1–3 Chelsea

Round 5: Oxford United 1–2 Chelsea

Round 6: Chelsea 1–0 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Semi-final: Chelsea 2–0 Luton Town

Manchester United

Round 3: Sheffield United 0–1 Manchester United

 

Round 4: Norwich City 0–2 Manchester United

 

Round 5: Wimbledon 0–3 Manchester United

Round 6: Manchester United 3–1 Charlton Athletic

Semi-final: Oldham Athletic 1–1 Manchester United

Replay: Manchester United 4–1 Oldham Athletic

Match details

14 May 1994
15:00 BST
Chelsea 0–4 Manchester United Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 79,634
Referee: David Elleray (London)
Report Cantona Goal 60' (pen.)66' (pen.)
Hughes Goal 69'
McClair Goal 92'
Chelsea
Manchester United
GK 1 Flag of Russia Dmitri Kharine
RB 12 Flag of Scotland Steve Clarke
CB 5 Flag of Norway Erland Johnsen Booked in the 2nd minute 2'
CB 35 Flag of Denmark Jakob Kjeldbjerg
LB 6 Flag of Jamaica Frank Sinclair
RM 24 Flag of Scotland Craig Burley Substituted off in the 68th minute 68'
CM 18 Flag of England Eddie Newton
CM 10 Flag of England Gavin Peacock
LM 11 Flag of England Dennis Wise (c)
CF 7 Flag of Scotland John Spencer
CF 21 Flag of England Mark Stein Booked in the 66th minute 66' Substituted off in the 78th minute 78'
Substitutes:
GK 13 Flag of England Kevin Hitchcock
MF 20 Flag of England Glenn Hoddle Substituted on in the 68th minute 68'
FW 9 Flag of Republic of Ireland Tony Cascarino Substituted on in the 78th minute 78'
Player-Manager:
Flag of England Glenn Hoddle
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GK 1 Flag of Denmark Peter Schmeichel
RB 2 Flag of England Paul Parker
CB 4 Flag of England Steve Bruce (c)
CB 6 Flag of England Gary Pallister
LB 3 Flag of Republic of Ireland Denis Irwin Substituted off in the 84th minute 84'
RM 14 Flag of Russia Andrei Kanchelskis Substituted off in the 84th minute 84'
CM 8 Flag of England Paul Ince
CM 16 Flag of Republic of Ireland Roy Keane
LM 11 Flag of Wales Ryan Giggs
CF 10 Flag of Wales Mark Hughes
CF 7 Flag of France Eric Cantona
Substitutes:
GK 25 Flag of England Gary Walsh
MF 5 Flag of England Lee Sharpe Substituted on in the 84th minute 84'
MF 9 Flag of Scotland Brian McClair Substituted on in the 84th minute 84'
Manager:
Flag of Scotland Alex Ferguson

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary.
  • Replay if scores still level.
  • Three named substitutes.
  • Maximum of two substitutions.

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