1985 FA Cup Final

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1985 FA Cup Final
Old Wembley Stadium (external view).jpg
Event1984–85 FA Cup
After extra time
Date18 May 1985
VenueWembley Stadium, London
RefereePeter Willis (County Durham)

The 1985 FA Cup Final was the 104th final of the FA Cup. It took place on 18 May 1985 at Wembley Stadium, and was contested by Manchester United and holders Everton. 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.



Everton were playing for the opportunity to win an unprecedented Treble, having won the First Division title by a margin of 13 points with three games to spare and beaten Rapid Wien in the 1985 European Cup Winners' Cup Final in Rotterdam just three days earlier. Meanwhile, Manchester United had finished fourth in the league and reached the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup. The two sides met three times during the 1984–85 season prior to the FA Cup final; first, a 5–0 Everton win in the league at Goodison Park on 27 October 1984, followed by a 2–1 Everton win in the third round of the League Cup at Old Trafford three days later (Everton were ultimately knocked out of the League Cup by Grimsby Town in the following round). The third meeting, also at Old Trafford, was a 1–1 league draw on 2 March 1985.

Eight of United's starting 11 had been members of the cup-winning side from two years earlier, while Arthur Albiston was the only remaining player from the team that won the 1977 FA Cup Final. When United next won the trophy in 1990, Mark Hughes and Bryan Robson were the only players from the 1985 side to feature in the winning team. Everton's last remaining player from this match was Neville Southall, who stayed with them until 1998 and helped them win a league title in 1987 and the FA Cup in 1995, when he and his Welsh compatriot Hughes were the only survivors of the 1985 final.

The match was preceded by a minute's silence in memory of those who had died in the Bradford City stadium fire a week earlier.

Everton's Peter Reid had the first chance of the game after about 15 minutes; Manchester United goalkeeper Gary Bailey came to meet a long throw-in from Gary Stevens, but his punch was poor and only went as far as Reid on the edge of the penalty area. Reid volleyed the ball goalwards, but it was deflected onto the post by a sliding John Gidman.[1]

With just under 15 minutes left in the second half, Kevin Moran of Manchester United became the first player to be sent off in an FA Cup Final, for committing a professional foul on Peter Reid, who was clean through on goal.

The match remained goalless after 90 minutes and went to extra time. Five minutes after half-time in extra time, Manchester United's Norman Whiteside scored the winner, curling a low shot around Everton's Pat Van Den Hauwe and past goalkeeper Neville Southall into the bottom corner of the net.

Having been sent off, Moran was not allowed to collect his medal with the rest of the Manchester United team as they received the trophy, although The Football Association later voted to allow him to receive one while the team was on holiday in Trinidad.

Two weeks after the match, rioting between Liverpool and Juventus fans at the 1985 European Cup Final caused the Heysel disaster, in which 39 fans were killed. As a result, UEFA banned all English clubs from competing in European competitions indefinitely, which meant United were unable to compete in the following season's Cup Winners' Cup. Everton were also banned from competing as league winners in the 1985–86 European Cup. The ban stood for five years, with Liverpool receiving a further year's exclusion.


Everton0–1 (a.e.t.)Manchester United
Report Whiteside Goal 110'
Attendance: 100,000
Manchester United
GK 1 Wales Neville Southall
RB 2 England Gary Stevens
LB 3 Wales Pat Van Den Hauwe
CB 4 Wales Kevin Ratcliffe (c)
CB 5 England Derek Mountfield
CM 6 England Peter Reid
RM 7 England Trevor Steven
CF 8 Scotland Graeme Sharp
CF 9 Scotland Andy Gray
CM 10 England Paul Bracewell
LM 11 Republic of Ireland Kevin Sheedy
DF 12 England Alan Harper
England Howard Kendall
Everton vs Man Utd 1985-05-18.svg
GK 1 England Gary Bailey
RB 2 England John Gidman
LB 3 Scotland Arthur Albiston Substituted off 91'
CM 4 Northern Ireland Norman Whiteside
CB 5 Republic of Ireland Paul McGrath
CB 6 Republic of Ireland Kevin Moran Red card 78'
CM 7 England Bryan Robson (c) Yellow card
RM 8 Scotland Gordon Strachan
CF 9 Wales Mark Hughes
CF 10 Republic of Ireland Frank Stapleton
LM 11 Denmark Jesper Olsen
DF 12 England Mike Duxbury Substituted in 91'
England Ron Atkinson

Match officials

Match rules

  • 90 minutes
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary
  • Replay if scores still level
  • One named substitute
  • Maximum of one substitution


  1. ^ Pye, Steven (10 May 2013). "Remembering the 1985 FA Cup final: Manchester United v Everton". That 1980s Sports Blog. Guardian News & Media. Retrieved 9 July 2019.

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