1986-1990 Overview

Everton and Liverpool met each other in the 1986 FA Cup final, which turned out to be the first all Merseyside final in the history of the game. Gary Lineker had put Everton in front by half time, however Liverpool stormed back with three terrific strikes in the second half to clinch the ‘double.’ It was a great achievement for Kenny Dalglish in his first season as player manager. The 1987 cup final between Coventry and Tottenham was memorable, with the game neck and neck most of the match, it took an own goal by Gary Mabbutt to separate the two clubs as Coventry won the encounter 3-2.

Liverpool won the league in 1988 and they were memorably denied a ‘double’ in three years when they were beaten by Wimbledon in the final. Lawrie Sanchez scored the winner in the middle of the first half. Liverpool missed a penalty as the Wimbledon goal keeper Dave Beasant saved well for the Dons.

On 15th April 1989, 95 Liverpool supporters lost their lives at Hillsborough, Sheffield, where they had gone to see their team play Nottingham Forest in an FA Cup semi final. The club, the city and the whole country were devastated by the tragedy. The FA decided to proceed with the competition and it was fitting that Liverpool and Everton contested the final. For once the result was secondary as fans of both sides remembered their townsfolk who had died. Two extra time goals from Ian Rush helped clinch a 3-2 victory for the Reds.

The following year, the FA Cup arguably reached its peak. Both FA Cup semi finals went to extra time and there was a feast of goals. Crystal palace beat Liverpool 4-3, and Oldham held Manchester united to a 3-3 draw. United finally won the cup, beating Crystal palace 1-0 in a replay after another 3-3 draw. Lee Martin scored the winner in the 1990 FA Cup final replay for Manchester United.

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