THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

21 May ~ Today’s FA Cup final between Manchester United and Crystal Palace is a repeat of the famous 1990 final, when they played out a thrilling 3-3 draw before United won the replay 1-0. However, the two also played each other in an FA Cup semi-final five years later, with a similar outcome.

Palace took the lead through Iain Dowie after 33 minutes and held out until mid-way through the second half, when Denis Irwin struck a superb free-kick to take the tie to extra time. It took just two minutes for Chris Armstrong restore Palace’s lead but it didn’t last long, with Gary Pallister heading in a long throw from Gary Neville.

The replay took place in front of just 17,987 at Villa Park three days later, with headers from Steve Bruce and Pallister sealing United’s place in the final. That match was also notable for Roy Keane’s famous stamp on Gareth Southgate, which earned him a red card.

1995 FA Cup semi-final

1995 FA Cup semi-final replay

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