1987 Football League Cup Final

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1987 Football League Cup Final
1987 Football League Cup Final programme.jpg
Match programme cover
Event 1986–87 Football League Cup
Date 5 April 1987
Venue Wembley Stadium, London
Referee Lester Shapter (Devon)
Attendance 96,000

The 1987 Football League Cup Final was a football match played on 5 April 1987 between Arsenal and Liverpool. The match, played in front of 96,000 spectators at Wembley Stadium, was won by Arsenal 2–1. Ian Rush opened the scoring for Liverpool, before Charlie Nicholas equalised, turning in a cross in a crowded penalty area. Nicholas scored the winner in the second half from a Perry Groves cross. His shot deflected off Ronnie Whelan and was diverted past Liverpool goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar's outstretched hand.

Arsenal also finished fourth in the First Division, but were unable to compete in the 1987–88 UEFA Cup as UEFA voted for the ban in English clubs in European competitions to continue for a third season.

Ian Rush's consolation goal – his 145th for the Liverpool – was his first goal to be scored on the losing side in any competition.[1]

Match details[edit]

5 April 1987
15:15 BST
Arsenal 2–1 Liverpool
Nicholas Goal 30'83' Report
Rush Goal 23'
Wembley, London
Attendance: 96,000
Referee: Lester Shapter (Devon)
GK 1 John Lukic
RB 2 Viv Anderson
LB 3 Kenny Sansom (Captain)
CM 4 Steve Williams
CB 5 David O'Leary
CB 6 Tony Adams
RM 7 David Rocastle
CM 8 Paul Davis
CF 9 Niall Quinn Substituted off
CF 10 Charlie Nicholas
LM 11 Martin Hayes Substituted off
MF 12 Perry Groves Substituted in Quinn'
MF 14 Michael Thomas Substituted in Hayes'
George Graham
GK 1 Bruce Grobbelaar
RB 2 Gary Gillespie
LB 3 Barry Venison
CM 4 Nigel Spackman
LM 5 Ronnie Whelan
CB 6 Alan Hansen (Captain)
CF 7 Paul Walsh Substituted off 73'
RM 8 Craig Johnston
CF 9 Ian Rush
CM 10 Jan Molby
CM 11 Steve McMahon Substituted off 87'
FW 12 Kenny Dalglish Substituted in 73'
MF 14 John Wark Substituted in 87'
Player / Manager:
Kenny Dalglish

Road To Wembley[edit]


  1. ^ Statistics. "A timeline for Liverpool Football Club". LFChistory.net. Retrieved 7 August 2011. 

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