1984 FA Cup Final

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1984 FA Cup Final
Old Wembley Stadium (external view).jpg
Event1983–84 FA Cup
Date19 May 1984
VenueWembley Stadium, London
RefereeJohn Hunting (Leicester)

The 1984 FA Cup Final was contested by Everton and Watford at Wembley. Everton won 2–0, with one goal by Graeme Sharp and a controversial goal from Andy Gray. He was adjudged by many to have fouled the Watford goalkeeper Steve Sherwood by heading the ball from Sherwood's hands. Everton had reached the final seven times previously, winning in 1906, 1933 and 1966. This was Watford's first FA Cup Final appearance.

With the exception of Andy Gray (who had been a Football League Cup winner earlier in his career with Aston Villa and then Wolverhampton Wanderers), this was the first major honour that any of the Everton players in this match had collected. It also ended Everton's 14-year wait for a trophy and was the first of eight honours they would win over the next four seasons. The period would prove to be the most successful spell in the club's history.

The closest Watford came to scoring was inside the first three minutes when John Barnes miscued a shot on the Everton goal, while Les Taylor's 25-yard shot went wide and Mo Johnston had a narrow miss with a header.[1]

Match details[edit]

Sharp Goal 38'
Gray Goal 51'
Attendance: 100,000
Referee: John Hunting
GK 1 Wales Neville Southall
RB 2 England Gary Stevens
LB 3 England John Bailey
DF 4 Wales Kevin Ratcliffe (c)
DF 5 England Derek Mountfield
MF 6 England Peter Reid
MF 7 England Trevor Steven
FW 8 England Adrian Heath
FW 9 Scotland Graeme Sharp
FW 10 Scotland Andy Gray
MF 11 England Kevin Richardson
DF 12 England Alan Harper
England Howard Kendall
GK 1 England Steve Sherwood
RB 2 England David Bardsley
LB 3 England Neil Price Substituted off 58'
MF 4 England Les Taylor (c)
DF 5 England Steve Terry
DF 6 England Lee Sinnott
RM 7 England Nigel Callaghan
FW 8 Scotland Mo Johnston
FW 9 Scotland George Reilly
MF 10 Wales Kenny Jackett
LM 11 England John Barnes
FW 12 England Paul Atkinson Substituted in 58'
England Graham Taylor

Match rules

  • 90 minutes
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary
  • Replay if scores still level
  • One named substitute
  • Maximum of one substitution


  1. ^ "Everton FC History". Archived from the original on 13 November 2011. Retrieved 22 January 2020.

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