1994 FA Cup Final

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1994 FA Cup Final
1994 FA Cup Final programme.jpg
The match programme cover
Event1993–94 FA Cup
Date14 May 1994
VenueWembley Stadium, London
RefereeDavid Elleray (London)

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."[1]

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 teammate 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 won a fourth FA Cup winner's medal three years later with Chelsea.

Road to Wembley

Home teams listed first.


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

Chelsea0–4Manchester United
Report Cantona Goal 60' (pen.)66' (pen.)
Hughes Goal 69'
McClair Goal 90+2'
Attendance: 79,634
Manchester United
GK 1 Russia Dmitri Kharine
RB 12 Scotland Steve Clarke
CB 5 Norway Erland Johnsen Yellow card 2'
CB 35 Denmark Jakob Kjeldbjerg
LB 6 Jamaica Frank Sinclair
RM 24 Scotland Craig Burley Substituted off 68'
CM 18 England Eddie Newton
CM 10 England Gavin Peacock
LM 11 England Dennis Wise (c)
CF 7 Scotland John Spencer
CF 21 England Mark Stein Yellow card 66' Substituted off 78'
GK 13 England Kevin Hitchcock
MF 20 England Glenn Hoddle Substituted in 68'
FW 9 Republic of Ireland Tony Cascarino Substituted in 78'
England Glenn Hoddle
Chelsea vs Man Utd 1994-05-14.svg
GK 1 Denmark Peter Schmeichel
RB 2 England Paul Parker
CB 4 England Steve Bruce (c)
CB 6 England Gary Pallister
LB 3 Republic of Ireland Denis Irwin Substituted off 84'
RM 14 Russia Andrei Kanchelskis Substituted off 84'
CM 8 England Paul Ince
CM 16 Republic of Ireland Roy Keane
LM 11 Wales Ryan Giggs
CF 10 Wales Mark Hughes
CF 7 France Eric Cantona
GK 25 England Gary Walsh
MF 5 England Lee Sharpe Substituted in 84'
MF 9 Scotland Brian McClair Substituted in 84'
Scotland Alex Ferguson

Match rules

  • 90 minutes
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary
  • Replay on 19 May 1994 if scores still level
  • Three named substitutes, of which two may be used


  1. ^ "Sporting Spotlight: David Elleray". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 27 March 2013. Retrieved 27 March 2013.

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