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When Everton won the Cup

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Manchester United's quest for an unprecedented quintuple continues on Sunday, when they take on Everton in the FA Cup semi-finals.

United could end the season with five trophies - but boss Sir Alex Ferguson only has to look back at the last time his side played the Toffees at Wembley for a reminder of how easy it is for silverware to slip through his grasp.

In May 1995, United were on the cusp of their second consecutive Double but their failure to beat West Ham in their final Premier League game - despite a host of chances - handed Blackburn the title.

A week later, United had the chance to salvage their season in the FA Cup final against a rejuvenated Everton side.

Royle's battling side, dubbed the 'Dogs of War', were still given little hope against United at Wembley, even though Ferguson was without Eric Cantona (suspended), Andy Cole (Cup-tied) and Andrei Kanchelskis (injured), while Ryan Giggs was only half-fit.

But Paul Rideout's first-half header gave Everton the lead and, thanks to some superb stops from veteran goalkeeper Neville Southall, they held out to secure their first trophy for eight years and leave United empty-handed.

I've spoken to Rideout, his Everton team-mate Andy Hinchcliffe and United defender Gary Pallister about their memories of Wembley 95 and found out what happened to the players who lined up for both sides on that day 14 years ago.

You can read the feature here:
news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/foo...

But what are your memories of that day at Wembley?

Everton fans, did you believe the season would end up with a trophy? United fans probably cannot still believe it all went wrong but, as Pallister says, did finishing up empty-handed spur Ferguson and his players on to their League and Cup double the following season?

Let me know your thoughts.

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comment by M (U6841748)

posted Apr 17, 2009

Probably the first game I can remember watching live, was a couple of months before my 8th birthday.

Vaguely remember Schmeichel having to take a penalty, it being saved and Everton breaking away, only for Amokachi to be caught offide.

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posted Apr 17, 2009

1995: Exiled in London so travelled up to 2 mid-week night games from London to Goodison to get vouchers for FA Cup tickets but chaos and near riot at Goodison when they went on sale - didn't get one.
Me and a mate went to Wembley but cheapest ticket offered was out of our price range, so ended up in the Wembley Tavern just before kick off. Packed out with fans and fortunately 3:1 Everton to Man Utd.
We met up with our wives after in Covent Garden and I remember riding the carousel there singing Everton songs and having one or two shandies that evening!
Even though I haven't got a ticket this time, I thought the way Everton distributed them was much fairer overall but a bit mean with ESCLA(Everton Supporters Club London Area).
I still live in London so get to all games in the Capital via ESCLA and some midlands and southern games. Looks like our away support(our 'home' games) for Everton counts for nothing.
Good luck on sunday lads.
Now is our time.
Come on You Blues!

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posted Apr 17, 2009

1995, the Fa Cup final.... My 8th birthday party!!

I think of the 12 odd lads in my class, 9 were Liverpool fans. They spent that afternoon out on the swings in my garden while I sat inside watching my beloved Everton making my birthday the BEST day I'd ever had!!! Still got the vhs my dad recorded for me.

I watched the players my babysitter (an avid evertonian) had taken me to see at Goodison, several of whom I'd met, talked to and had autographs signed by. Heh, can still remember Unsworths aftershave when I was standing next to him getting my photo taken! Potent to say the least ;)

It doesn't feel like 14 years ago, and while we haven't won anything in that time, I've LOVED being an Everton supporter every day!

COYBs!!

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posted Apr 17, 2009

I remember '95 really well, I was 13 at the time and although me and my Dad went to the games at the time, we still managed to get a ticket through my Dads friend who worked for Peter Johnson (Everton chairman at the time).

When we got to Wembley my Dad went into a local supermarket and bought 16 cans of beer to drink outside the ground, and as kick-off approached, he still had a few to get through. It was the first time I ever drunk. I also remember going the toilet and there were fellow Evertonians using the walls as the toilet because of Wembleys notoriously bad toileting systems.

Great day out and tomorrow, legal to drink as a 26 year old, I'm heading down to London alone, to cheer on the blues again on Sunday as I do most weeks and hopefully it will be a similar result to '95.

COYBs

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posted Apr 17, 2009

I remember that final well. I was gutted, i think i was about 7 or 8 at the time, and i cried. The pain has long gone though seeing what United have won since.

Everton will be no walk in the park. I expect a really tough game.

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posted Apr 17, 2009

I was 13 at the time. I took stick for weeks becuase everyone at school was a Manc that never goes the game. I went with my dad and his mates. Took face paints with me and made about 30. Random blokes coming up to me asking for face painting and giving me money. The best was this Manc turned up that worked with my old fella and asked for MUFC on his head. I wrote CANT (I can't publish what I actually wrote. use your imagination) on his forehead and he paid me. Best day out and the next day. We walked from Goodison back to Lime street following the open top bus. Couldn't wait to get back school and had a grin on my face for weeks. Never said anything just smiled.<laugh>.

Can't make it this time round but will be watching it on the box with my old fella and hopefully celebrating. COYB

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posted Apr 19, 2009

I was born in 1989 and this game is my first memory of watching football. I just remember the Everton side lifting the cup and the celebrations; I don't remember the game. Still, I felt the magic of the FA Cup even though I didn't know much about football at the time.

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posted Apr 19, 2009

If my memory serves me correct it was frankly a rather flat occasion, elivened onl by the addition of the correct scoreline.

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comment by hainba (U1432550)

posted Apr 19, 2009

As a United fan I had to go on a stag party to Butlins Bognor Regis. Watched the game then got drunk to erase the memory of another poor performance at Wembley - we never play our best there...

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posted Apr 19, 2009

As an American, I had only had exposure to American football prior to the '95 FA Cup Final. That year I found myself in a tiny town on the Thai-Burma border with only a shortwave radio to give me my daily English language fix. Listening to the Final on the BBC World Service left me hooked on English football and a diehard Toffee fan ever since.

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