FA Cup 1985-86

The Cup Final of 1986 was the first ever all Merseyside affair.  Ultimately, it was the Reds, Liverpool who prevailed.  Gary Lineker had given Everton the lead just before the half hour mark, and in a largely undistinguished first half they had looked quite in control.

Things seemed to be going Everton’s way in the second half too, as tensions came to a head in the Liverpool defence with Bruce Grobbelaar’s infamous rant at young Irish full back Jim Beglin.  However, Liverpool had been crowned League Champions only a week earlier, so it was no surprise when Ian Rush equalised just before the hour and then Craig Johnston added a second a few minutes later.  When Rush made it 3-1 with less than 10 minutes to go, Liverpool became only the fifth team to win the Double.

The semi finals had seen Liverpool defeat Southampton at White Hart Lane, whilst Everton had accounted for Sheffield Wednesday at Villa Park.  Brighton and Hove Albion had kept up their recent good run of form in the FA Cup, this time making it through to the sixth round.  Perhaps the biggest shock of the competition had come in the 3rd round when Altrincham had knocked out Birmingham City who were then in Division 1.

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