1991 FA Charity Shield

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1991 FA Charity Shield
1991 FA Charity Shield programme.jpg
The match programme cover.
Date 10 August 1991
Venue Wembley Stadium, London
Referee Terry Holbrook (Staffordshire)[1]
Attendance 65,483[2]
1990
1992

The 1991 FA Charity Shield was the 69th FA Charity Shield, the annual football match contested by the reigning champions of the Football League First Division and the holders of the FA Cup. It was held at Wembley Stadium, on 10 August 1991. The game was played between Arsenal, champions of the 1990–91 Football League and Tottenham Hotspur, who beat Nottingham Forest to win the 1991 FA Cup Final. This was Arsenal's twelfth Charity Shield appearance and Tottenham Hotspur's sixth.

Arsenal began the match the brighter of the two teams, dominating in possession and the number of chances created. Tottenham created their best chance to score in the first half, but struggled to find a breakthrough in the second half, hardly troubling the Arsenal defence. With neither team able to score after 90 minutes, the match ended in a draw, meaning each team held the trophy for six months each.

Background[edit]

Arsenal qualified for the 1991 FA Charity Shield, by virtue of winning the 1990–91 Football League First Division, having lost one match – away to Chelsea – in the entire campaign.[3] This was the club's eleventh Charity Shield appearance; Arsenal won seven previous shields (1930, 1931, 1933, 1934, 1938, 1948, 1953) and lost four (1935, 1936, 1979, 1989) previously. Tottenham Hotspur qualified as holders of the FA Cup, beating Nottingham Forest 2–1 in the 1991 FA Cup Final.[3] They appeared in five previous shields, winning four outright (1921, 1951, 1961, 1962), sharing two (1967, 1981) and losing two (1920, 1982).

The last meeting between both teams was in the FA Cup; Tottenham Hotspur won 3–1 in the semi-final at Wembley Stadium.[4] Tottenham were the only league opponents to avoid defeat against Arsenal, with neither side scoring in the two matches played. Manager Peter Shreeves noted the importance of the match, given this was a North London derby, but stressed there "will be more important objectives this season."[4] This was the first all-London encounter in the 83-year history of the Shield.[5] This would be the last time either team was to share the trophy, as new regulations were brought in a year later that allowed for extra time and subsequently a penalty shootout if a draw occurred in normal time.

Match[edit]

Anders Limpar was the main absentee for Arsenal, having sustained a knee injury, on duty for the Swedish national team.[6] David O'Leary started in place of the injured Steve Bould; midfielder David Hillier was selected ahead of Michael Thomas in Limpar's place on the left wing. Tottenham defender Terry Fenwick, recovered from a double leg break, replaced Justin Edinburgh in the first eleven. Without Paul Gascoigne, injured in the FA Cup final, Tottenham employed a five-man midfield with Gary Lineker as the sole striker.[1]

Report[edit]

Match statistics[7]
Arsenal Tottenham
Goals scored 0 0
Total shots 11 4
Shots on target 3 2
Corner kicks 9 2
Fouls committed 5 12
Offsides 4 8
Yellow cards 1 1
Red cards 0 0

Arsenal began brightly in front of a crowd of 65,483,[7] creating the first chance of the match in the 17th minute. Paul Davis set up striker Kevin Campbell, who hooked the ball high over goal. Four minutes later, Alan Smith headed the ball into the goal net, meeting a cross from Paul Merson; it was ruled out by referee Terry Holbrook for offside.[8] Tottenham improved shortly after, with Gary Mabbutt heading the ball directly at Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman to create their first chance of the match. Their best opportunity to score was in the 36th minute. Vinny Samways set up Gary Lineker to break past the Arsenal defence.[1] Having nudged the ball past Tony Adams, Lineker looked up, before making a cross for Nayim to head; the shot was acrobatically saved by Seaman's right foot.[8]

Early in the second half, Tottenham's Pat van den Hauwe was cautioned by Holbrook for getting tangled with Arsenal's David Rocastle, in spite Rocastle indicating that the player used an elbow – a bookable offence.[8] Moments after, Rocastle was shown a yellow card for attempting to get his own back on Van Den Hauwe, by tackling the player without intent.[8] Van Den Hauwe was later booked for a wild challenge on Lee Dixon.[8] Arsenal dominated possession during the second half, with Tottenham infrequently troubling their opponent's defence and relying on counterattacks to fashion goal-scoring chances.[8] Smith had a chance saved in the 75th minute by goalkeeper Erik Thorstvedt, when the ball was back-passed across the penalty area by Steve Sedgley.[9] In the final seconds of the match substitute Andrew Cole, who had replaced Campbell, shot from 20 yards and into the side-netting.[8]

Details[edit]

10 August 1991
15:00 BST
Arsenal 0–0 Tottenham Hotspur
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 65,483[2]
Referee: Terry Holbrook (Staffordshire)
Arsenal
Tottenham Hotspur
GK 1 England David Seaman
RB 2 England Lee Dixon
LB 3 England Nigel Winterburn
CB 4 England Tony Adams
CB 5 Republic of Ireland David O'Leary
LM 6 England David Hillier
MF 7 England David Rocastle Booked Substituted off 79'
MF 8 England Paul Davis
RM 9 England Paul Merson
CF 10 England Alan Smith
CF 11 England Kevin Campbell Substituted off 79'
Substitutes:
GK ' Wales Alan Miller
DF ' England Andy Linighan
MF ' England Michael Thomas Substituted in 79'
MF ' Iceland Sigurður Jónsson
CF ' England Andy Cole Substituted in 79'
Manager:
Scotland George Graham
GK 1 Norway Erik Thorstvedt
LB 2 England Terry Fenwick
CB 3 England Gary Mabbutt
CB 4 Wales Pat Van Den Hauwe Booked
RB 5 England Steve Sedgley
LM 6 England David Howells
CM 7 England Paul Stewart
CM 8 Spain Nayim
CM 9 England Paul Allen
RM 10 England Vinny Samways
CF 11 England Gary Lineker
Substitutes:
GK ' England Ian Walker
CF ' England Paul Walsh
DF ' England Ian Hendon
DF ' Iceland Guðni Bergsson
MF ' England Justin Edinburgh
Manager:
Wales Peter Shreeves

Post-match[edit]

Despite the draw, Shreeves was content with his team's performance. He believed the new 4–5–1 formation deployed in the match was "the system which suits us best", but admitted the midfield needed to do more to support Lineker upfront.[10] Arsenal manager George Graham agreed that his team played below their usual standard in the first half, accepting that his team needed "to work on ... finishing" to make use of their territorial advantage.[10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Roberts, John (12 August 1991). "Football: Tottenham fail to find help for lonely Lineker". The Independent. p. 24. 
  2. ^ a b Lacey, David (18 August 1991). "Always room for faith and hope". The Guardian Weekly. p. 32. 
  3. ^ a b Roberts, John (10 August 1991). "Football: Ambitious Arsenal aiming to deter challengers". The Independent. p. 46. 
  4. ^ a b Jones, Stuart (10 August 1991). "Arsenal aim to avenge their loss in semi-final". The Times. p. 31. 
  5. ^ Lacey, David (10 August 1991). "Soccer: Ringing in the new with an echo of the old". The Guardian. p. 23. 
  6. ^ "Fenwick in line for Spurs comeback". Agence France Presse. 9 August 1991. 
  7. ^ a b Jones, Stuart (12 August 1991). "Tottenham stifle champions". The Times (The Times Digital Archive). p. 29. Retrieved 23 October 2012.  (subscription required)
  8. ^ a b c d e f g "Arsenal and Spurs share Shield". Agence France Presse. 10 August 1991. 
  9. ^ Fox, Norman (11 August 1991). "Football: Lineker left in a lonely role". The Independent on Sunday. p. 21. 
  10. ^ a b Jones, Stuart (12 August 1991). "Tottenham stifle champions". The Times. p. 35.