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1994 FA Cup Final
Old Wembley Stadium (external view)
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 Soccerball 60' (pen.)66' (pen.)
Hughes Soccerball 69'
McClair Soccerball 92'
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Chelsea
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Manchester United
GK 1 Flag of Russia Good One Dmitri Kharine
RB 12Scotland Steve Clarke
CB 5 Flag of Norway Erland Johnsen Yellow card 2'
CB 35Flag of Denmark Jakob Kjeldbjerg
LB 6 Flag of Jamaica Frank Sinclair
RM 24Scotland Craig Burley Sub off 68'
CM 18England Eddie Newton
CM 10England Gavin Peacock
LM 11England Dennis Wise (c)
CF 7 Scotland John Spencer
CF 21England Mark Stein Yellow card 66' Sub off 78'
Substitutes:
GK 13England Kevin Hitchcock
MF 20England Glenn Hoddle Sub on 68'
FW 9 Flag of Republic Ireland Tony Cascarino Sub on 78'
Player-Manager:
England Glenn Hoddle
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GK 1 Flag of Denmark Peter Schmeichel
RB 2 England Paul Parker
CB 4 England Steve Bruce (c)
CB 6 England Gary Pallister
LB 3 Flag of Republic Ireland Denis Irwin Sub off 84'
RM 14Flag of Russia Good One Andrei Kanchelskis Sub off 84'
CM 8 England Paul Ince
CM 16Flag of Republic Ireland Roy Keane
LM 11Flag of Wales Ryan Giggs
CF 10Flag of Wales Mark Hughes
CF 7 Flag of France Eric Cantona
Substitutes:
GK 25England Gary Walsh
MF 5 England Lee Sharpe Sub on 84'
MF 9 Scotland Brian McClair Sub on 84'
Manager:
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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