FA Cup 1983-84

What is your memory of the 1984 Cup Final?  Mine is missing the second half because I had to go and do my Saturday afternoon paper round.  Ho ho ho, what bad planning…

Perhaps the most vivid memory of this year’s competition was the mass of green that was Villa Park’s Holte End, occupied by the Plymouth fans at their semi versus Watford.  You have to remember that this game was played in those halcyon days before the big four exerted their monopoly of the game in England.  (etymological point – can a group of four exercise a monopoly, surely, quadropoly…?)

If I remember correctly Everton’s second goal came about from a barge on the Watford ‘keeper by Sky TV’s football pundit Andy Gray.  Gray’s fellow Scot Graeme Sharp had put the Toffees ahead on 38 minutes.  All in all, Everton were able to impose their playing style much better on the game than Watford.  That was probably because Everton actually had a playing style.

The earlier rounds had seen another defeat of Liverpool by Brighton and Hove Albion and another home win over Ipswich Town for Shrewsbury Town.  However, this season’s biggest shock had been the third round victory of Harry Redknapp’s Bournemouth over Man Utd.  Thus we saw the beginnings of Redknapp Snr’s seemingly effortless ability to put teams out to beat United in the Cup.

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