1987 Football League Cup Final

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1987 Football League Cup Final
1987 Football League Cup Final programme.jpg
Match programme cover
Event1986–87 Football League Cup
Date5 April 1987
VenueWembley Stadium, London
RefereeLester Shapter (Devon)

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 with a side foot finish to the corner of the net, before Charlie Nicholas equalised, turning in a cross from the right in a crowded penalty area. Nicholas was credited with scoring the winning goal in the second half from a Perry Groves cross. His off-target shot deflected off Ronnie Whelan and was diverted past Liverpool goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar's outstretched hand and into the left corner of the net.

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 was his first goal to be scored on the losing side in any competition. It ended Liverpool's 144-match unbeaten streak in matches he had scored in.[1]

Match details[edit]

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

Road To Wembley[edit]

Semi-final 1st leg: Arsenal 0 Tottenham Hotspur 1. 2nd leg: Tottenham Hotspur 1 Arsenal 2. Semi-final replay: Tottenham Hotspur 1 Arsenal 2. Arsenal reached the final after winning a replay at White Hart Lane.


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

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