1995 FA Cup Final

1995 FA Cup Final

The 1995 FA Cup Final — the 50th Wembley FA Cup Final to be held since the Second World War — was contested between Everton and Manchester United on Saturday, 20 May 1995. Everton won the match 1–0 via a headed goal by Paul Rideout, after Graham Stuart's shot rebounded off the crossbar. The rest of the game from this point onwards saw Manchester United dominating the attack, only for Welsh international goalkeeper Neville Southall, to make a series of saves, including a double block, the second of which was performed with his foot.

Everton had secured Premier League safety two weeks earlier, and Manchester United, double-winners the previous season, had lost their league crown the previous Sunday to Blackburn Rovers. United had to play the final without three of their most important players: Eric Cantona (who was suspended), Andrei Kanchelskis (injured), and Andy Cole, who was cup-tied. Between them, those three players had scored 41 goals during the season. Everton, meanwhile, had escaped from a relegation dogfight which had seen them make their worst start to a league campaign (8 points from a possible 42 after 14 games), with a superbly successful cup run which saw them reach Wembley having conceded only one goal (a penalty for Jürgen Klinsmann of Tottenham Hotspur in the semi-final, which Everton won 4-1).

Up to and including the 2007 final, 1995 is the last time that an English manager has won the FA Cup, as well as the last time a club outside the current "Big Four" of Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United has won the FA Cup. This trend came to an end in 2008, when all four of those teams were eliminated before the semi-final stage, as did Joe Royle's record as the last English manager as Harry Redknapp managed Portsmouth to victory. [cite web|url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/p/portsmouth/7406876.stm|title=Redknapp earns deserved success|first=Chris|last=Bevan|publisher=BBC Sport Online|date=2008-05-18|accessdate=2008-05-19]

Match details

time=15:00 BST
score=1 – 0
team2=Manchester United
report= [http://www.fa-cupfinals.co.uk/1995.htm (Report)]
goals1=Rideout goal|30
stadium=Wembley, London
referee=Gerald Ashby (Gloucestershire)

Road to Wembley


External links

* [http://www.soccerbase.com/results3.sd?gameid=320145 Line-ups]

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