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The 1989 FA Cup Final was a Merseyside derby between Liverpool and Everton at Wembleymarker. Liverpool won 3–2 after extra time, with goals from John Aldridge and Ian Rush (2). Stuart McCall scored both Everton goals. The final was played only five weeks after the Hillsborough Disaster, in which 96 Liverpool fans were killed in a crush, and just before kick-off there was a minute's silence and the teams wore black armbands as a sign of respect. Gerry Marsden, lead singer of Gerry & The Pacemakers led the crowd in a rendition of You'll Never Walk Alone.

The match itself was one of Wembley's most dramatic. Few could have foreseen the drama to come after Liverpool had taken the lead after 4 minutes through John Aldridge (atoning for his penalty miss in the Final the year before), and holding on to that lead until one minute from full time. Then on 90 minutes, Everton substitute Stuart McCall poked the ball home, and a pitch invasion by Everton fans ensued.

It was the last kick of the 90 minutes and the match went into extra time. On 95 minutes, substitute Ian Rush, so often the thorn in Everton's side, scored with a half volley on the turn and Liverpool led 2-1. They were pegged back yet again just five minutes later when Stuart McCall scored his second, chesting and volleying a spectacular goal past Bruce Grobelaar and into the corner of the net. However, Rush had not finished and just as in 1986 when he scored twice to help the Reds beat the Toffees 3-2 in the first Merseyside derby Final, he got his second, with a deft header from a floated John Barnes cross.

Since the previous all-Merseyside final three years earlier, Liverpool had continued their domination of the English game (being league champions in 1988 and runners-up in 1987), but Everton had declined since their 1987 title triumph and finished sixth in the league in 1989.

UEFA voted for the ban on English clubs in European competitions to continue for a fifth season, ruling out Liverpool's hopes of competing in the Cup Winners' Cup - although they were still in contention for the league title at this stage, and ultimately were only deprived of the title (and a unique second double) by a last-gasp goal in their final game of the season. Had the ban on English clubs in European competitions been lifted and Liverpool had won the league, Everton would have been able to compete in the Cup Winners' Cup.

Match details



LIVERPOOL:
GK 1 Bruce Grobbelaar
RB 2 Gary Ablett
LB 3 Steve Staunton
CD 4 Steve Nicol
CM 5 Ronnie Whelan (c)
CD 6 Alan Hansen
ST 7 Peter Beardsley
ST 8 John Aldridge
RM 9 Ray Houghton
LM 10 John Barnes
CM 11 Steve McMahon
Substitutes:
DF 12 Barry Venison
FW 14 Ian Rush
Manager:
Kenny Dalglish
EVERTON:
GK 1 Neville Southall
RB 2 Neil McDonald
LB 3 Pat Van Den Hauwe
CD 4 Kevin Ratcliffe (c)
CD 5 Dave Watson
CM 6 Paul Bracewell
RM 7 Pat Nevin
CM 8 Trevor Steven
ST 9 Graeme Sharp
ST 10 Tony Cottee
LM 11 Kevin Sheedy
Substitutes:
MF 12 Ian Wilson
MF 14 Stuart McCall
Manager:
Colin Harvey
MATCH RULES
  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary.
  • Replay if scores still level.
  • Two named substitutes
  • Maximum of 2 substitutions.


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