By Tony Attwood
The FA Cup Final of 1993 is one I particularly remember, having been there (which always helps the memory). It was played in the days when Wembley was, to my mind, a horrible, grotty ground where, as I recall, we sat on bench seats that had been put on the original terraces, so you had no guarantee of a proper view.
We started the journey on 2 January with a 3-1 win away to Yeovil and followed that up with a 2-2 draw at home to Leeds, winning the replay away 2-3. The 5th round was a 2-0 home win against Forest, followed by a 2-4 away win at Ipswich.
The semi-final which I also went to was a 1-0 victory over Tottenham, also at Wembley.
And so to the final against Sheffield Wednesday, whom we had already beaten to win the League Cup. It finished 1-1, and a replay was ordered for the following Thursday.
This was Sheffield Wednesday’s first FA Cup final for 27 years, and curiously they too had reached the League Cup final, losing to … well us 2-1. It was a that sort of deja vu thing all over again.
Although it will always be remembered for being a season in which we became the first ever team to win the Cup Double, and Sheffield W became the first team to lose in both finals, it was not a great year for us otherwise as the final league table shows.
|5||Queens Park Rangers||42||+8||63|
Just to add to the fun we had played in a league game two weeks before the FA Cup Final. But our form was not that inspirational in the league.
|04.05.1993||Queens Park Rangers||home||0-0|
Just two wins in the last ten, ending with a horrible 1-3 at home to Tottenham, except that by then we had one cup tucked away in the storeroom and the possibility of the second. No one bothered that much about losing to the Tiny Totts.
As for this first leg of the cup final Ian Wright gave us the lead on 20 minutes and Wednesday equalised on 61 minutes.
This was the last FA Cup final to go to a replay; after this one the Cup had to be decided on the day of the first match. It was also the first final to use squad numbers, and the squad number system that we now have was used in the Premier League from 1993/4 onwards.
Steve Morrow also got his League Cup medal before the final – having been dropped by Tony Adams after the celebrations having scored the winner in that game. For David O’Leary this washis penultimate game.
And so the teams.
Dixon Linigham Adams Winterburn
Merson Davis Jensen Parlour
Subs: O’Leary and SmithAttendance 79,347. It wasn’t a great game, but we still had the chance of a unique cup double. I remember particularly how the press just didn’t seem to care. Anything that they said about us had the word “boring” in it. They just wanted this out of the way so they could go back to talking about Liverpool.