1989 Rous Cup

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1989 Rous Cup
Tournament details
Dates 23–30 May 1989
Teams (from 2 confederations)
Venue(s) (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  England
Runners-up  Scotland
Third place  Chile
Tournament statistics
Matches played 3
Goals scored (1.33 per match)
Attendance 87,916 (29,305 per match)

The 1989 Rous Cup was the fifth and final staging of the Rous Cup international football competition, based around the England–Scotland football rivalry.

As in the previous two years, a South American team was also invited to compete in a triangular tournament, with Chile being this year's entrant.[1] World champions Argentina had been originally invited but declined, citing domestic fixture congestion.[2] Their invitation had been disapproved of by the British government, given the cut relations between the two nations following the 1982 Falklands War.[3]

England won the competition for the second year running, and third time in its five years of existence. This marked the final time any England vs Scotland matches would be arranged besides a friendly played in August 2013. To date, the countries have only met four times since, three times when drawn together – during Euro '96 group stage and in qualification for Euro 2000.

Due to the English First Division being extended to enable Liverpool to complete their fixtures that had been postponed following the Hillsborough disaster on 15 April 1989, England were unable to select any players from Liverpool or Arsenal (Liverpool's final opponent) for the tournament.


All times listed are British Summer Time (UTC+1)

England vs Chile[edit]

23 May 1989
England  0–0  Chile
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 15,628
Referee: Erik Fredriksson (Sweden)
GK 1 Peter Shilton (Derby County)
DF 2 Paul Parker (Queen's Park Rangers)
DF 3 Stuart Pearce (Nottingham Forest)
MF 4 Neil Webb (Nottingham Forest)
DF 5 Des Walker (Nottingham Forest)
DF 6 Terry Butcher (Rangers)
MF 7 Bryan Robson (Manchester United) (c) Booked
MF 8 Paul Gascoigne (Tottenham Hotspur) Booked
FW 9 Nigel Clough (Nottingham Forest)
FW 10 John Fashanu (Wimbledon) Booked Substituted off 71'
MF 11 Chris Waddle (Tottenham Hotspur)
FW 0 Tony Cottee (Everton) Substituted in 71'
Bobby Robson
GK 1 Roberto Rojas (São Paulo) (c)
DF 2 Patricio Reyes (Universidad de Chile) Booked
DF 3 Leonel Contreras (Everton)
DF 4 Hugo González (Colo-Colo)
MF 5 Jaime Pizarro (Colo-Colo)
FW 6 Hugo Rubio (Bologna) Booked
MF 7 Raúl Ormeño (Colo-Colo)
FW 8 Juan Covarrubias (Cobreloa) Substituted off 46'
DF 9 Fernando Astengo (Grêmio) Booked
DF 10 Rubén Espinoza (Colo-Colo)
MF 11 Osvaldo Hurtado (Charleroi) Substituted off 60'
MF 0 Jaime Vera (OFI Crete) Substituted in 60'
FW 0 Juan Carlos Letelier (Deportes La Serena) Substituted in 46'
Orlando Aravena

Scotland vs England[edit]

27 May 1989
Scotland  0–2  England
Report Waddle Goal 20'
Bull Goal 82'
Hampden Park, Glasgow
Attendance: 63,282
Referee: Michel Vautrot (France)
GK 1 Jim Leighton (Manchester United)
DF 5 Stewart McKimmie (Aberdeen)
DF 4 Alex McLeish (Aberdeen) Booked
DF 3 Dave McPherson (Heart of Midlothian)
DF 2 Maurice Malpas (Dundee United)
MF 8 Pat Nevin (Everton)
MF 6 Roy Aitken (Celtic) (c)
MF 10 Paul McStay (Celtic)
MF 11 Bobby Connor (Aberdeen) Substituted off 57'
FW 9 Ally McCoist (Rangers)
FW 7 Mo Johnston (Nantes)
MF 12 Peter Grant (Celtic) Substituted in 57'
Andy Roxburgh
GK 1 Peter Shilton (Derby County)
DF 2 Gary Stevens (Rangers)
DF 3 Stuart Pearce (Nottingham Forest)
MF 6 Neil Webb (Nottingham Forest)
DF 4 Des Walker (Nottingham Forest)
DF 5 Terry Butcher (Rangers)
MF 7 Bryan Robson (Manchester United) (c)
MF 8 Trevor Steven (Rangers)
FW 11 John Fashanu (Wimbledon) Substituted off 31'
FW 9 Tony Cottee (Everton) Substituted off 75'
MF 10 Chris Waddle (Tottenham Hotspur)
MF 14 Paul Gascoigne (Tottenham Hotspur) Substituted in 75'
FW 16 Steve Bull (Wolverhampton Wanderers) Substituted in 31'
Bobby Robson

Scotland vs Chile[edit]

30 May 1989
Scotland  2–0  Chile
McInally Goal 5'
MacLeod Goal 53'
Hampden Park, Glasgow
Attendance: 9,006
Referee: Alexis Ponnet (Belgium)
GK 1 Jim Leighton (Manchester United) (c)
DF 2 Stewart McKimmie (Aberdeen)
DF 3 Maurice Malpas (Dundee United)
DF 4 Roy Aitken (Celtic)
DF 5 Alex McLeish (Aberdeen)
DF 6 Gary Gillespie (Liverpool) Substituted off 70'
FW 7 David Speedie (Coventry City) Booked Substituted off 46'
MF 8 Peter Grant (Celtic)
MF 9 Murdo MacLeod (Borussia Dortmund)
MF 10 Paul McStay (Celtic)
FW 11 Alan McInally (Aston Villa)
DF 17 Derek Whyte (Celtic) Substituted in 70'
FW 18 Mo Johnston (Nantes) Substituted in 46'
Andy Roxburgh
GK 1 Roberto Rojas (São Paulo) (c)
DF 2 Patricio Reyes (Universidad de Chile)
DF 3 Leonel Contreras (Everton)
DF 4 Hugo González (Colo-Colo)
MF 5 Héctor Puebla (Cobreloa)
MF 6 Jaime Vera (OFI Crete)
MF 7 Alejandro Hisis (OFI Crete)
MF 8 Jaime Pizarro (Colo-Colo)
MF 9 Juvenal Olmos (Universidad Católica) Substituted off 65'
FW 10 Hugo Rubio (Bologna)
FW 11 Juan Covarrubias (Cobreloa) Substituted off 46'
MF 20 Jaime Patricio Ramírez (Unión Española) Substituted in 65'
FW 22 Juan Carlos Letelier (Deportes La Serena) Booked Substituted in 46'
Orlando Aravena

Final standings[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 England 2 1 1 0 2 0 +2 4
 Scotland 2 1 0 1 2 2 0 3
 Chile 2 0 1 1 0 2 –2 1
1989 Rous Cup
Tournament Winners


1 goal


  1. ^ "Chileans to make their Wembley bow in May". The Times. 16 December 1988. p. 40. 
  2. ^ "Argentina turn down invitation". The Times. 4 November 1988. p. 44. 
  3. ^ "Argentina invited to Rous Cup". The Times. 2 November 1988. p. 48.