Manchester U 1 Everton 0
Manchester United 1 Everton 0, Wenbley Stadium, English FA Cup Final, May 18, 1985. Five times FA Cup winners Manchester United defeated already crowned First Division Champions Everton 1-0 at Wembley courtesy of Norman Whiteside who netted the winner when he beat Neville Southall with a beautifully curled shot in the 20th minute of extra-time.
On their way to Wembley Stadium, Manchester United had dispensed with Third Division opposition AFC Bournemouth, Division One club Coventry City, Second Division Blackburn Rovers, and First Division teams West Ham United and Liverpool. Everton, meanwhile, had knocked out League Division Two outfit Leeds United, Third Division Doncaster Rovers, Alliance Premier League team Telford United, and Division One clubs Ipswich Town and Luton Town. The Merseysiders had beaten Austrian giants Rapid Vienna 3-1 at Feyenoord Stadium in Rotterdam in the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup Final just three days earlier and The Blues were favourites to defeat Manchester United in the FA Cup Final. At Wembley, Manchester United and Republic of Ireland defender Kevin Moran etched his name into the football history books by becoming the first ever player to be handed his marching orders during an FA Cup Final when the Dubliner was controversially shown the red card by match official Peter Willis for a professional foul on Everton midfielder Peter Reid in the 75th minute of the tie. But despite being down to ten men, Manchester United managed to edge out The Toffeemen by the narrow margin of 1-0 through a late goal from Norman Whiteside in the 110th minute of play.
Following the early skirmishes, Peter Reid came close to scoring for The Evertonians with some ten minutes gone of the first period when his powerful shot from outside the eighteen-yard area was deflected on to the left post by former Goodison Park defender John Gidman. In the second period, Manchester United were knocking on the door and Ron Atkinson´s troops almost went in front a couple of minutes past the hour mark as Norman Whiteside latched onto a magnificent through ball delivered by Welsh international Mark Hughes, but his attempt was excellently blocked by Everton shot stopper Neville Southall. Then, with the Wembley clock ticking down towards the end of the half, Kevin Moran was given the red card by the referee for a somewhat reckless challenge on Reid fifteen minutes from full-time. But with only ten minutes remaining of extra-time, Manchester United ultimately found the back of the net when Hughes sent another clever ball to Whiteside who stormed goalwards and placed a curling effort around Belgium born Everton defender Pat Van Den Hauwe and beyond the physical reach of Southall to seal a 1-0 win over Howard Kendall´s Toffees. Manchester United Team: Gary Bailey, John Gidman, Arthur Albiston, Norman Whiteside, Paul McGrath, Kevin Moran, Gordon Strachan, Bryan Robson, Mark Hughes, Frank Stapleton, Jesper Olsen. Substitute: Mike Duxbury. Everton Team: Neville Southall, Gary Stevens, Pat Van Den Hauwe, Kevin Ratcliffe, Derek Mountfield, Peter Reid, Trevor Steven, Graeme Sharp, Andy Gray, Paul Bracewell, Kevin Sheedy. Substitute: Alan Harper.
Norman Whiteside Quickfacts
Norman Whiteside was handed his first First Division debut for Manchester United by Ron Atkinson in a 1–0 triumph over Brighton and Hove Albion at Goldstone Ground on the 24th of April 1982 and would go on to score 67 goals in 274 matches in all competitions for the club before the attack minded midfield player was transferred to Everton for a fee of £600,000 at the beginning of the 1989–90 campaign.