1994-1998 Overview

Everton convincingly reached the 1995 FA Cup final as they comfortably beat Tottenham in the semi finals 4-1. Despite being underdogs and missing Duncan Ferguson in the final, they won it 1-0 thanks to a first half goal by Paul Rideout. Manchester United could not find the precious equalizer and Everton, under Joe Royle, had won the 1995 FA Cup final.

The 1996 FA Cup final saw Manchester United take revenge for their defeat against Liverpool’s Merseyside counterparts. The game between Liverpool and United was looking to end in a dire 0-0 draw by the end of full time, however a great strike by Eric Cantona with five minutes remaining settled the tie and Manchester united had completed the ‘double’ once again as they won both the league championship and the FA Cup.

The 1997 FA Cup final was between Chelsea and Middlesbrough and Chelsea. Middlesbrough was coming on the back of a miserable season as they had been condemned to relegation only days before the final. Things went from bad to worse for Borough as Roberto Di Matteo scored after only 30 seconds, one of the quickest every goal scored in an FA Cup match. Chelsea ran out winners 2-0 and Middlesbrough could only stare on at what might have been.

The following season, 1997-98, saw Arsenal embark on a fine campaign as they won the league in emphatic style. Few weeks later they comfortably beat Newcastle in the FA Cup final 2-0, thanks to goals by Nicolas Anelka and Mark Overmars.

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