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Quiz about 1980s FA Cup Finals
Quiz about 1980s FA Cup Finals

1980s FA Cup Finals Trivia Quiz


The second in my FA Cup Finals trilogy features one question related to each final of the 1980s. Have fun and good luck.

A multiple-choice quiz by toellandback. Estimated time: 5 mins.
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Author
toellandback
Time
5 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
238,094
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
7 / 10
Plays
1230
Awards
Top 35% Quiz
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Question 1 of 10
1. The first final of the 1980s continued with the 1970s giant-killing theme as second division West Ham United beat Arsenal. The Hammers fielded Paul Allen who, at the time, was the youngest ever player to feature in an FA Cup Final. Late on, he almost scored only to be cynically fouled as he bore down on goal. Which Arsenal defender committed the foul? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. 1981 saw a classic encounter as Tottenham Hotspur beat Manchester City after a replay. The second game was memorable for a fantastic solo winning goal by Ricky Villa. However, earlier Man City had scored an equally brilliant goal to make the score 1-1. Which City player netted that oft-forgotten volley? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. 1982 saw a David v Goliath clash with Tottenham Hotspur winning for the second year in a row, beating Queens Park Rangers, although only after a replay. Which Spurs player scored in both the original game and the replay? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. It was giants v midgets in 1983 as Brighton & Hove Albion pushed mighty Manchester United to the limits to force a Cup Final replay. That was as good as it got though as United hammered Brighton 4-0. However, in the original game, which Brighton player missed a glorious last minute chance to win the cup for his club? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. Little Watford reached the 1984 final for the first time ever. However, they lost to Everton in a game that they were rarely in. Controversy raged over the second goal though which Watford felt should not have been allowed. Why were they angered over Andy Gray's effort? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. FA Cup Final history was made in 1985 when Manchester United beat Everton after extra time. A dour match was sent into the record books with the first ever sending off in a Final. United's Kevin Moran was the man to see red, however who did he foul to warrant the early bath? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. 1986 saw Merseyside invade Wembley as Liverpool and Everton clashed in the final. Liverpool came from behind to win 3-1. Remarkably only one of their starting line up was born in England. Which player was it? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. Another classic underdog win in 1987 as unfancied Coventry City, in their first ever final, saw off Tottenham Hotspur and the prolific scoring antics of Clive Allen in a superb match. One player in the Spurs team had made his first Cup Final appearance 16 years previous. Which player was it? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. 1988 saw the fairytale to end them all, as Wimbledon amazingly beat the mighty Liverpool. Another first was created in this game as Liverpool's John Aldridge became the first player to miss an FA Cup Final penalty at Wembley. Which Liverpool player was fouled to earn the spot kick? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. 1989 saw the second all Merseyside final in four years with Liverpool again beating Everton, this time 3-2. Two players scored twice with Ian Rush doing so for Liverpool and Stuart McCall for Everton. However, what was unusual about the involvement in the game for both players? Hint



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1. The first final of the 1980s continued with the 1970s giant-killing theme as second division West Ham United beat Arsenal. The Hammers fielded Paul Allen who, at the time, was the youngest ever player to feature in an FA Cup Final. Late on, he almost scored only to be cynically fouled as he bore down on goal. Which Arsenal defender committed the foul?

Answer: Willie Young

At just 17 years of age, Allen made his mark as West Ham shocked the Gunners with a 1-0 win, clinched when Trevor Brooking scored with a first half header.
2. 1981 saw a classic encounter as Tottenham Hotspur beat Manchester City after a replay. The second game was memorable for a fantastic solo winning goal by Ricky Villa. However, earlier Man City had scored an equally brilliant goal to make the score 1-1. Which City player netted that oft-forgotten volley?

Answer: Steve McKenzie

The original 1-1 draw at Wembley saw Tommy Hutchison put City ahead with a cracking diving header only to score an own goal late on when he nodded a Glenn Hoddle free kick past his own keeper. The replay was a classic with Villa putting Spurs ahead early on, followed closely by McKenzie's stunner.

A Kevin Reeves penalty put City ahead only for Garth Crooks to level for Spurs. Then came Ricky Villa's remarkable winner.
3. 1982 saw a David v Goliath clash with Tottenham Hotspur winning for the second year in a row, beating Queens Park Rangers, although only after a replay. Which Spurs player scored in both the original game and the replay?

Answer: Glenn Hoddle

The first game ended 1-1 with both goals coming in extra time. Hoddle put Spurs ahead only for Terry Fenwick to equalise. The replay was not a classic with Spurs winning 1-0 thanks to Hoddle's early penalty.
4. It was giants v midgets in 1983 as Brighton & Hove Albion pushed mighty Manchester United to the limits to force a Cup Final replay. That was as good as it got though as United hammered Brighton 4-0. However, in the original game, which Brighton player missed a glorious last minute chance to win the cup for his club?

Answer: Gordon Smith

Smith's miss, a clear effort on goal that keeper Gary Bailey somehow smothered, overshadows the fact that he actually opening the scoring earlier in the final. United levelled through Frank Stapleton and then went ahead with a beauty by Ray Wilkins before Gary Stevens forced extra time.

In the very last minute, Smith fluffed his chance, coining the phrase from the commentator "And Smith Must Score", which remains the title of a Brighton fanzine to this day.

United swamped them in the replay with goals from Bryan Robson (2), Norman Whiteside, and an Arnold Muhren penalty earning a 4-0 victory.
5. Little Watford reached the 1984 final for the first time ever. However, they lost to Everton in a game that they were rarely in. Controversy raged over the second goal though which Watford felt should not have been allowed. Why were they angered over Andy Gray's effort?

Answer: They felt that Gray headed the ball from the goalkeeper's hands

Not an epic's 1980s final. However, Everton were a great team back then and Watford put up a fight. Graeme Sharp put Everton ahead in the first half, then came Gray's header as Steve Sherwood looked to have caught a high cross. The goal was allowed despite the protests and the game ended 2-0.
6. FA Cup Final history was made in 1985 when Manchester United beat Everton after extra time. A dour match was sent into the record books with the first ever sending off in a Final. United's Kevin Moran was the man to see red, however who did he foul to warrant the early bath?

Answer: Peter Reid

Moran's red card came in the 76th minute of a goalless 90 minutes. His foul on Peter Reid was seen as a professional foul, yet ironically the incident involving Paul Allen in 1980 was far worse, yet only warranted a yellow. Despite their ten men, United went on to beat the League Champions thanks to a superb curling strike by Norman Whiteside in extra time.

A few days later, Everton won the Cup-Winners Cup beating Rapid Vienna in the final.
7. 1986 saw Merseyside invade Wembley as Liverpool and Everton clashed in the final. Liverpool came from behind to win 3-1. Remarkably only one of their starting line up was born in England. Which player was it?

Answer: Mark Lawrenson

Although he was an Irish international, Lawrenson was actually born in Preston, Lancashire. Even more remarkable was that all 11 players that started the game for Liverpool represented 11 different nationalities. As for the game, Everton scored through Gary Lineker, but Liverpool battled back and won it with two from Ian Rush and one from Craig Johnston.
8. Another classic underdog win in 1987 as unfancied Coventry City, in their first ever final, saw off Tottenham Hotspur and the prolific scoring antics of Clive Allen in a superb match. One player in the Spurs team had made his first Cup Final appearance 16 years previous. Which player was it?

Answer: Ray Clemence

Clemence featured in the Liverpool side that lost the 1971 Final to Arsenal. 16 years later he was part of the Spurs side that took an early lead through Clive Allen only for David Bennett to level matters. Gary Mabbutt put Spurs back into the lead only for Keith Houchen's sensational header to send the game into extra time. Mabbutt then looped a cross into his own net to give Coventry a 3-2 win.
9. 1988 saw the fairytale to end them all, as Wimbledon amazingly beat the mighty Liverpool. Another first was created in this game as Liverpool's John Aldridge became the first player to miss an FA Cup Final penalty at Wembley. Which Liverpool player was fouled to earn the spot kick?

Answer: John Aldridge

Aldridge was indeed fouled to earn the penalty which saw him into the record books for the wrong reason as Dave Beasant pushed his effort to safety. Just seconds before, Liverpool were prepared to make a substitution with Aldridge the man they were going to bring off! Wimbledon's win, secured by a first half header by Lawrie Sanchez was the stuff of legends as they were a non-league club just 11 years previous, the same year that Liverpool became European Champions.
10. 1989 saw the second all Merseyside final in four years with Liverpool again beating Everton, this time 3-2. Two players scored twice with Ian Rush doing so for Liverpool and Stuart McCall for Everton. However, what was unusual about the involvement in the game for both players?

Answer: Neither started the match. They both came on as subs

Both Rush and McCall began the game on the subs bench. McCall was needed, with a last gasp equaliser, after John Aldridge gave Liverpool an early lead. In extra time, Rush and McCall netted within minutes of each other to make it 2-2 before Rush scored again to clinch the win.

The game had the spectre of the Hillsbrough disaster overshadowing it after 96 Liverpool fans died during the semi-final against Nottingham Forest. It was ultimately fitting that they went on to win the trophy.
Source: Author toellandback

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