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The 1983 FA Cup Final was contested by Manchester United and Brighton & Hove Albion at Wembley Stadiummarker.

Manchester United were the favourites, as Brighton had been relegated from the First Division that season. United had finished third in the league that season and already had four FA Cup victories to their name, whereas Brighton had never reached the final before.

The first match

The first match finished 2-2 after extra time. Gordon Smith and Gary Stevens scored for Brighton; Frank Stapleton and Ray Wilkins for United. The first game is famous for the Radio commentary quote by Peter Jones "...and Smith must score" talking about a shot by Gordon Smith which was actually a save by the Manchester United goalkeeper Gary Bailey; the quote was subsequently used as a title for a Brighton Fanzine.

The replay

The second game on the Thursday night, started the same way the first game had, with Brighton taking the game to Manchester United. Although their chances were limited to long-range drives from Jimmy Case, United goalkeeper Gary Bailey had a couple of important saves to make. This all changed on 25 minutes, with United's first real attack. Alan Davies, who had made his FA Cup debut in the first game, set up captain Bryan Robson for a left-foot drive past Moseley into the corner of the net. Suddenly the atmosphere changed and it was the Manchester United fans who were singing loudest. This was compounded in the 30th minute, when United went 2-0 up, giving a team a 2 goal cushion for the first time over the 2 matches. Brightonmarker failed to clear a corner, and Davies crossed for Norman Whiteside to score with a header. This capped an incredible 12 months for the teenager, who had played in the 1982 FIFA World Cup Finals for Northern Irelandmarker, and who had scored in the League Cup Final defeat to Liverpool F.C. earlier in the season.

Brighton were rocked but continued to press, yet went further behind just before half time. Gordon McQueen headed on a free-kick and the ball fell to Robson to tap in at the far post, for his second goal of the game. The scoring was completed in the second half when the Dutch midfielder Arnold Muhren scored a penalty. It was the third consecutive year that a penalty had been awarded (and scored) in the Cup Final replay.

This was the first of three times that Bryan Robson captained Manchester United to FA Cup glory; he also achieved the feat in 1985 and 1990.

Match details



BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION:
GK 1 Graham Moseley
RB 2 Chris Ramsey
CB 3 Gary Stevens
LB 4 Steve Gatting (c)
CB 5 Graham Pearce
LM 6 Neil Smillie
CM 7 Jimmy Case
CM 8 Tony Grealish
RM 9 Gary Howlett
CF 10 Michael Robinson
CF 11 Gordon Smith
Substitute:
DF 12 Gerry Ryan
Manager:
Jimmy Melia
MANCHESTER UNITED:
GK 1 Gary Bailey
RB 2 Mike Duxbury
LB 3 Arthur Albiston
CM 4 Ray Wilkins
CB 5 Gordon McQueen
CB 6 Kevin Moran
CM 7 Bryan Robson (c)
RM 8 Arnold Mühren
CF 9 Frank Stapleton
CF 10 Norman Whiteside
LM 11 Alan Davies
Substitute:
MF 12 Ashley Grimes
Manager:
Ron Atkinson
MATCH RULES
  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary.
  • Replay if scores still level.
  • One named substitute.
  • Maximum of one substitution.


Replay



BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION:
GK 1 Graham Moseley
LB 2 Steve Gatting
CB 3 Graham Pearce
CM 4 Tony Grealish
CB 5 Steve Foster (c)
RB 6 Gary Stevens
CM 7 Jimmy Case
RM 8 Gary Howlett
CF 9 Michael Robinson
CF 10 Gordon Smith
LM 11 Neil Smillie
Substitute:
MF 12 Gerry Ryan
Manager:
Jimmy Melia
MANCHESTER UNITED:
GK 1 Gary Bailey
RB 2 Mike Duxbury
LB 3 Arthur Albiston
CM 4 Ray Wilkins
CB 5 Gordon McQueen
CB 6 Kevin Moran
CM 7 Bryan Robson (c)
RM 8 Arnold Mühren
CF 9 Frank Stapleton
CF 10 Norman Whiteside
LM 11 Alan Davies
Substitute:
MF 12 Ashley Grimes
Manager:
Ron Atkinson
MATCH RULES
  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary.
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level.
  • One named substitute.
  • Maximum of one substitution.


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