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1987 FA Cup Final
Event FA Cup 1986–87
Date 16 May 1987
Venue Wembley Stadium, London

The 1987 FA Cup Final took place on 16 May 1987 at Wembley Stadium. It was contested between Coventry City and Tottenham Hotspur. Spurs were appearing in their third final in seven seasons, having won the trophy in 1981 and 1982 and were heavy favourites, while unfancied Coventry were appearing in their first ever final after 104 years of trying. Spurs were going for a record eighth victory and had never lost a final. In an exciting match, Coventry eventually triumphed 3–2 after extra time. BBC commentator John Motson stated it was "the finest Cup Final I've had the pleasure of commentating on".

Tottenham had also been knocked out of the Football League Cup in the semi-finals, and had finished third in the league, and so having spent most of the season challenging for a unique domestic treble, they ended it with no major trophies at all.

One downside to Coventry's remarkable triumph was that they would not be able to make a challenge for the European Cup Winners' Cup; UEFA had voted for the ban on English clubs in European competitions, imposed in 1985 following the Heysel disaster, to continue for a third season. In an attempt to show some reward for their achievement, Coventry arranged 'the Anglo-Scottish Challenge Cup', a two-legged match against the Scottish Cup winners St Mirren. After a 1-1 draw at Highfield Road, attended by less than 5,000 spectators, the second leg at Love Street was postponed and eventually forgotten.


Match summary

After only two minutes, Clive Allen scored his 49th goal of the season, heading past keeper Steve Ogrizovic at the near-post from a perfect Chris Waddle cross. Within seven minutes though, the Sky Blues were level through Dave Bennett, a Cup Final loser in 1981 for Manchester City, ironically at the hands of Spurs.

The London club were back in front five minutes before the break though through defender Gary Mabbutt. Midway through the second half Coventry were level again - Bennett's pinpoint cross from the right was met by striker Keith Houchen with a diving header for a memorable goal which was voted in the top 10 goals ever scored at Wembley.

The scores stayed level until full-time and the game went into extra time. Six minutes in, Mabbutt scored an own goal after Lloyd McGrath centred the ball and it took a deflection off of the Spurs defender's knee and over keeper Ray Clemence.

Match details

16 May 1987
Coventry City 3 – 2
Tottenham Hotspur Wembley, London
Attendance: 98,000
Referee: Neil Midgley (Manchester)
Bennett Goal 9'
Houchen Goal 64'
Mabbutt (o.g.) Goal 96'
(Report) C. Allen Goal 2'
Mabbutt Goal 40'
GK 1 England Steve Ogrizovic
RB 2 Wales David Phillips
LB 3 England Greg Downs
CB 4 England Trevor Peake
CB 5 England Brian Kilcline (c) Substituted off in the 89th minute 89'
MF 6 England Lloyd McGrath
MF 7 England Dave Bennett
MF 8 England Micky Gynn
CF 9 England Cyrille Regis
CF 10 England Keith Houchen
MF 11 England Nick Pickering
DF 12 England Graham Rodger Substituted on in the 89th minute 89'
MF 14 England Steve Sedgley
England John Sillett
GK 1 England Ray Clemence
RB 2 Republic of Ireland Chris Hughton Substituted off in the 97th minute 97'
LB 3 England Mitchell Thomas
MF 4 England Steve Hodge
CB 5 Scotland Richard Gough (c)
CB 6 England Gary Mabbutt
CF 7 England Clive Allen
MF 8 England Paul Allen
MF 9 England Chris Waddle
MF 10 England Glenn Hoddle
MF 11 Argentina Ossie Ardiles Substituted off in the 91st minute 91'
FW 12 Belgium Nico Claesen Substituted on in the 97th minute 97'
DF 14 England Gary Stevens Substituted on in the 91st minute 91'
England David Pleat


  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary.
  • Replay if scores still level.
  • Two named substitutes
  • Maximum of 2 substitutions.

Road to Wembley

Home teams listed first.


Coventry City

Round 3: Coventry City 3–0 Bolton Wanderers

Round 4: Manchester United 0–1 Coventry City

Round 5: Stoke City 0–1 Coventry City

Round 6: Sheffield Wednesday 1–3 Coventry City

Semi-final: Coventry City 3–2 Leeds United

Tottenham Hotspur

Round 3: Tottenham Hotspur 3–2 Scunthorpe United

Round 4: Tottenham Hotspur 4–0 Crystal Palace

Round 5: Tottenham Hotspur 1–0 Newcastle United

Round 6: Wimbledon 0–2 Tottenham Hotspur

Semi-final: Tottenham Hotspur 4–1 Watford

See also



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