Liverpool’s 7 Successes in the FA Cup

By Tim Treacy

As the build up to the tomorrow’s FA Cup Final against Chelsea continues, here is a look back at Liverpool’s previous seven victories in the world’s oldest sporting cup competition.

The FA Cup was first held in 1871–72. Entry to the cup is open to all teams who compete in the Premier League, the Football League and in steps one to five of the FA National League System, as well as selected teams in step six. This provides the magic of the FA cup as the largest clubs in England and Wales can be drawn against amateur village teams. The tournament has become known for the possibility for “minnows” (underdogs) from the lower divisions to become “giant-killers” by eliminating top clubs from the tournament and even theoretically winning the Cup, although lower division teams rarely progress beyond the early stages.

Date: May 1st 1965
Venue: Wembley Stadium
Attendance: 100,000
Opposition: Leeds United
Liverpool Team: Lawrence; Lawler, Byrne, Strong, Yeats (c); Stevenson, Callaghan, Smith, Thompson; Hunt, St. John.
Manager: Bill Shankly
Result: Liverpool 2 – 1 Leeds (After Extra Time)
Scorers: Liverpool (Hunt 93, St. John 113); Leeds (Bremner 100)
Date: May 4th 1974
Venue: Wembley Stadium
Attendance: 100,000
Opposition: Newcastle United
Liverpool Team: Clemence; Smith, Lindsay, Thompson, Hughes (c); Hall, Callaghan, Cormack, Heighway; Keegan, Tochack. Sub: Lawler
Manager: Bill Shankly
Result: Liverpool 3 – 0 Newcastle United
Scorers: Liverpool (Keegan 57,88; Heighway 74)
Date: May 10th 1986
Venue: Wembley Stadium
Attendance: 98,000
Opposition: Everton
Liverpool Team: Grobbelaar; Lawrenson, Beglin, Nicol, Hansen; Whelan, Molby, MacDonald, Johnson; Rush, Dalglish. Sub: McMahon
Manager: Kenny Dalglish (Player Manager)
Result: Liverpool 3 – 1 Everton
Scorers: Liverpool (Rush 56,83; Johnston 62); Everton (Lineker 27)
Date: May 20th 1989
Venue: Wembley Stadium
Attendance: 82,800
Opposition: Everton
Liverpool Team: Grobbelaar; Nicol, Ablett, Hansen, Staunton; Whelan (c), McMahon, Houghton, Barnes; Aldridge, Beardsley. Subs: Venison, Rush
Manager: Kenny Dalglish
Result: Liverpool 3 – 2 Everton (After Extra Time)
Scorers: Liverpool (Aldridge 4; Rush 95, 104); Everton (McCall 89, 102)
Date: May 9th 1992
Venue: Wembley Stadium
Attendance: 79,544
Opposition: Sunderland
Liverpool Team: Grobbelaar; Jones, Nicol, Wright, Burrows; Houghton, Thomas, Molby, McManaman; Saunders, Rush. Subs: Marsh, Walters
Manager: Graeme Souness / Ronnie Moran (Interim Managers)
Result: Liverpool 2 – 0 Sunderland
Scorers: Liverpool (Thomas 47; Rush 68)
Date: May 9th 2001
Venue: Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 72,500
Opposition: Arsenal
Liverpool Team: Westerveld; Babbel, Henchoz, Hyypia, Carraagher: Murphy, Gerrard, Hamann, Smicer; Heskey, Owen. Subs: Arphexad, Vignal, Berger, McAllister, Fowler.
Manager: Gerard Houllier
Result: Liverpool 2 – 1 Arsenal
Scorers: Liverpool (Owen 83, 88); Arsenal (Ljungberg 72)
Date: May 9th 2001
Venue: Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 71,140
Opposition: West Ham United
Liverpool Team: Reina; Finnan, Carragher, Hyypia, Riise; Gerrard, Alonso, Sissoko, Kewell; Cisse, Crouch. Subs:Dudek, Kromkamp, Traore, Hamann, Morientes,
Manager: Rafael Benitez
Result: Liverpool 3 – 3 West Ham United (Liverpool won 3-1 on penalties)
Scorers: Liverpool (Cisse 32; Gerrard 54, 90+1;) West Ham United (Carragher 21 o.g; Ashton 28; Konchesky 63) Penalites (Liverpool: Hamann, Gerrard, Riise; West Ham United: Sheringham)

One thought on “Liverpool’s 7 Successes in the FA Cup

  1. The first FA Cup I remember in detail was the infamous 71 final vs. Arsenal and that Charlie George goal in extra time.


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