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When Everton won the FA Cup


Report - Everton celebrate FA Cup final victory

By Chris Bevan

Manchester United's quest for an unprecedented quintuple continues on Sunday, when they take on Everton in the FA Cup semi-finals.

But boss Sir Alex Ferguson only has to look back at the last time his side played the Toffees at Wembley for a reminder of how easy it is for silverware to slip through his grasp.

In May 1995, United were on the cusp of their second consecutive Double but their failure to beat West Ham in their final Premier League game - despite a host of chances - handed Blackburn the title.

A week later, United had the chance to salvage their season in the FA Cup final against a rejuvenated Everton side.


The Toffees had not recorded their first win of the season until 1 November but Joe Royle's subsequent arrival as boss had seen them mount a spirited - and successful - survival bid.

Royle's battling side, dubbed the 'Dogs of War', were still given little hope against United at Wembley, even though Ferguson was without Eric Cantona (suspended), Andy Cole (Cup-tied) and Andrei Kanchelskis (injured), while Ryan Giggs was only half-fit.

But Paul Rideout's first-half header gave Everton the lead and, thanks to some superb stops from veteran goalkeeper Neville Southall, they held out to secure their first trophy for eight years and leave United empty-handed.

BBC Sport talks to Rideout, his Everton team-mate Andy Hinchcliffe and United defender Gary Pallister about their memories of Wembley '95 and finds out what happened to the players who lined up for both sides on that day 14 years ago.


Joe Royle celebrates with match-winner Paul Rideout at the final whistle
Joe Royle celebrates with match-winner Paul Rideout at the final whistle

Manager - Joe Royle

Then: A powerful centre-forward, Royle scored 119 goals in 270 games for Everton and helped them win the 1970 League title. He made his name as a manager with Oldham but was tempted back to Goodison Park for a rescue mission with the Toffees bottom of the table. He kept them up and clinched their first FA Cup triumph since 1984.

Rideout told BBC Sport: "At Wembley, Joe talked to us beforehand and the first thing he said was 'I don't want you to worry about the result or how you play. I want you to enjoy it - enjoy the moment.'

"He kept on saying that and he was right.

"He said some of you may not ever get here again and for some of you it is the first time here. Take it all in and enjoy the experience. Whatever the result, enjoy it."

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Hinchcliffe, who played on the left-hand side of the Toffees' midfield at Wembley, added: "Joe was a master of dealing with the players individually and collectively.

"Once he took over, things developed very quickly. That was mainly down to the way we trained and the confidence that was flowing through the squad. The team became very close.

"You could see the delight in Joe's face and in [his assistant] Willie Donachie at the end of the game. They are fairly reserved characters and they want their teams to do well but you could see what it meant to them and that in turn meant a lot to the players."

Now: Royle left Everton acrimoniously in March 1997 when he was not backed in the transfer market by the club's board. His next job was with another of his former clubs - Manchester City - whom he took from Division Two (now League One) to the Premier League but they sacked him in 2001 when they were relegated from the top flight after one season. When a four-year stint with Ipswich ended in 2006, Royle worked as a TV and radio pundit before returning to take charge of Oldham in March.

Southall made a series of superb stops to frustrate United
Southall made a series of superb stops to frustrate United

Neville Southall

Then: The eccentric and temperamental former binman was a survivor of Everton's hugely successful side of the mid-1980s, when the Welshman was arguably the best goalkeeper in the world. At the age of 36 his astonishing reflexes had faded somewhat but he still produced another man-of-the-match performance at Wembley to thwart United before declaring afterwards that he was heading home to Llandudno to be with his wife and family rather than celebrating the triumph with his team-mates.

Hinchcliffe told BBC Sport: "Nev went straight home, the misery!

"A car picked him up after the final. We all went off to the Royal Lancaster, where we had a big do, there was a show and we all had pictures taken with the FA Cup - I think Dave Watson took it to bed with him that night as well.

"We did all the things that Cup winning teams do but Nev is Nev and there is no way on earth you could have made him do anything different or tell him to come along and enjoy himself. But that didn't mean he didn't enjoy winning the FA Cup. He was a wonderful player who had achieved an awful lot - he'd won the Cup before of course. He enjoyed it but he just did it in his own way.

"I know Nev well and he is a fantastic guy. My peg was next to his in the dressing room and I got changed next to him for four or five years - I spent most of that time crying with laughter."

Now: Left Everton for Stoke in March 1998 and wound down his career with a succession of short stints at lower-league or non-league clubs. Southall's coaching and managerial career has mainly been spent at non-league level in Kent, with brief spells at Dover and Hastings. He is currently assistant to former Wales boss Terry Yorath at Ryman Premier Division side Margate and also coaching local schoolchildren. He hit the headlines in 2007 over a court case that saw him take his teenage daughter Samantha to court to get back his trophies he had given her, leaving her to pay £6,000 in costs.

How Everton prepared for the 1995 final

Matt Jackson

Then: Attack-minded right-back who learned his football on the streets of Cairo, where his father was working in oil exploration. Jackson scored a spectacular winner to beat Bristol City in the fourth round after Everton had been outplayed and also opened the scoring in the 4-1 semi-final win over Tottenham. His cross led to Rideout's Wembley winner.

Now: Ended his career with Watford at the age of 36 in 2008. Now a radio pundit for BBC Radio 5 Live, he also does football liaison work for sports agents IMG, runs a lifestyle management company to help players settle in at new clubs and is involved in a charity bringing together mistreated horses and disabled children. Jackson, who finished his A-Levels before embarking on his football career, counts Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon as his favourite poets.

Dave Watson
The FA Cup was Watson's first trophy since Everton's 1987 League title

Dave Watson

Then: Long-serving Toffees skipper and a tough-tackling England international centre-back who became renowned for playing through the pain barrier in 15 years at Everton. Watson said "Cheers Charlie" as he collected the FA Cup from Prince Charles after the game.

Now: Stayed at Everton until he was 39, including a spell as caretaker manager in 1997, before leaving for an unsuccessful season as Tranmere boss in 2001. He later coached Liverpool Schoolboys and scouted for Birmingham City. Now Wigan's youth team coach.

David Unsworth and Mark Hughes
Unsworth matched the physical threat posed by Mark Hughes

David Unsworth

Then: A promising young left-back known to Everton fans as 'Rhino' because of his chunky physique, Unsworth returned to Wembley a fortnight after his Cup success to win his first - and last - England cap in the Umbro Cup against Japan.

Now: Left for West Ham in 1997 but was back at Everton a year later when his move to Aston Villa was cut short because his wife could not settle in the Midlands. Now 35, he retired last week after leaving Huddersfield and told BBC Radio Merseyside he has a "burning aspiration" to coach.

Gary Ablett

Gary Ablett

Then: Versatile defender who began his career with Everton's city rivals Liverpool and won the Cup in 1989 when the Reds beat the Toffees in an emotional final five weeks after the Hillsborough disaster. Ablett moved to Goodison Park for £750,000 in January 1992 and his success here made him the only player to win the Cup with both Merseyside clubs.

Now: Ended his career in the United States with the Long Island Rough Riders in 2001. Ablett's first coaching role was at Everton's youth academy but he returned to Anfield in 2006 to become Liverpool's reserve-team manager. His son Frazer is a striker in Chester City's youth team.

Anders Limpar
Limpar celebrates after the final whistle at Wembley

Anders Limpar

Then: Skilful Swedish winger who watched from the sidelines when Arsenal won the FA Cup and League Cup in 1993 because of injury. He joined Everton for £1.6m on transfer deadline day in 1994 and brought some much-needed guile to Royle's hard-working side. Limpar instigated the breakaway that led to Everton's Wembley winner.

Now: Opened a bar [called 'The Limp Bar'] in Stockholm when he retired in 2001 but he is now back in football as manager of Swedish second side Sollentuna United and also runs a betting shop.

Joe Parkinson tackles Mark Hughes
Parkinson's tough-tackling approach typified Everton's attitude

Joe Parkinson

Then: Combative midfielder who began his career as a defender with Wigan and had a brief spell with Bournemouth before moving to Everton for £800,000 in March 1994. Nicknamed 'The Pieman', Parkinson quickly established himself as a fans' favourite and, along with Barry Horne and John Ebbrell, was one of Royle's 'Dogs of War' in the club's fight against relegation that season. A United fan, he made his mark at Wembley with a crunching early tackle on Paul Ince.

Now: Sustained a knee injury in training in December 1996 that ultimately forced him to retire in November 1999, aged 28. Briefly worked as Everton's fan liason officer in 2000 and now a forklift truck driver, he remains a Toffees season ticker holder.

Barry Horne

Barry Horne

Then: An Everton fan who joined his boyhood club from Southampton in a £675,000 move in July 1992. Horne was better known as a ball-winning midfielder but, before this game, his best moment in a blue shirt came when he scored a spectacular 30-yard strike against Wimbledon on the last-day of the 1993/94 season to help keep the club in the top flight.

R3: Derby County 1-0 (h)
R4: Bristol City 1-0 (a)
R5: Norwich City 5-0 (h)
QF: Newcastle 1-0 (h)
SF: Tottenham 4-1
(at Elland Rd)

Hinchcliffe told BBC Sport: "I remember driving along in the coach from Wembley to the Royal Lancaster where we had the do after the match. Barry Horne was at the back of the coach with the FA Cup and every time we pulled up at a set of traffic lights, he'd put the cup up at the window.

"There were people walking past, people with push chairs and guys on bikes and they were just looking up and going 'what?'. They must have had no interest in football. To this day, a lot of them probably have no idea who we were or what was going on."

Now: A science teacher at The King's School, Chester, where he is also director of football. Also a TV pundit and newspaper columnist.

Andy Hinchcliffe tussles with Roy Keane
Hinchcliffe needed a pain-killing injection to play in the final

Andy Hinchliffe

Then: Renowned for the quality of his left foot, Hinchcliffe was a dead-ball specialist who joined Everton from Manchester City in the summer of 1990 but injuries and constant changing of managers meant he was not a regular until Royle arrived. He scored Everton's winner against Derby in the third round.

Recalling the 1995 final, Hinchcliffe told BBC Sport: "I played on the left-hand side of midfield and was up against Roy Keane.

"I had an Achilles problem actually - I'd had one all season - and for the final I had to have an injection so I could play, just to deaden it because it was giving me so much gyp. But I'm not sure whether the doctor put the jab in the right place because my whole lower leg was a bit numb.

"So I didn't have the greatest game in the world but it was one of those matches where we had to do more defending than attacking.

"You always want to play brilliantly in a final but I'd had good games in different rounds of the competition and the final is just one of a six-game process to win the cup so everybody can't be the hero in every game. It's just one of those things.

"I came off thinking 'you've hardly touched the ball there but you've just lifted the FA Cup', but I looked back at the Derby game where I scored and I thought, well I've played my part and it is a team game."

Now: Hinchcliffe made his England debut in the same game as David Beckham, against Moldova in September 1996. He left Everton for Sheffield Wednesday in January 1998 but persistent injury problems eventually saw him retire aged 33 in March 2002. He now works for Manchester radio station Key 103 as their City pundit. Hinchcliffe also has a column on City's official website.

Graeme Stuart

Graham Stuart

Then: Hard-working midfielder who popped up with some vital goals after joining Everton from Chelsea in August 1993 for £850,000, none more so than the winner against Wimbledon on the last day of the 1993/94 season, his second of the game. Known to Toffees fans as 'Diamond' [as in Diamond Geezer], it was Stuart who hit the bar at Wembley before Rideout headed home the rebound.

Now: Joined Sheffield United in 1997 before moving to Charlton in 1999. After a brief stint with Norwich, the former England Under-21 international retired in 2005, aged 34, and is now a radio pundit.

Paul Rideout heads home Everton's winner in the first half of the 1995 FA Cup final
Rideout headed home Everton's winner in the first half

Paul Rideout

Then: His first visit to Wembley was as a 13-year-old Liverpool fan for the 1977 final against United and his first game there saw him score a hat-trick for England Schoolboys against Scotland in 1980. Rideout developed into a versatile frontman who won a Scottish League and Cup double with Rangers in 1992 before joining Everton for £500,000. He initially struggled to win over Toffees fans and was out of favour under previous boss Mike Walker before winning back his place under Royle.

Rideout told BBC Sport: "Under Walker, we had no belief, we weren't fit and he wasn't particularly a leader.

"A lot of what coaches do is man-manage - and Joe Royle was one of the best. After he had been at Everton for eight or nine weeks, he said to me: 'I didn't realise that you were as good as you are'.

"He said he'd heard a lot of negative things about me; I wasn't getting on with Walker and he'd heard this and that. I didn't start in Royle's first game, I came on as sub, but after that he kept me in the team because I produced the results.

"I was one of those players that needed talking to. Sometimes I'd feel like I was not appreciated and he'd come in, give you a word or two and make you feel good and that's all you needed. Then you'd go and work 100% for him.

"In the Cup final, you score the goal and it feels unreal. You can see that by my reaction when I score - I was like 'did that go in?' and then reacted afterwards.

"It was just relief at the final whistle. You think 'is that it, have we done it?' A week or two later, I realised that, yes, we did. Nothing sank in until then."

Now: Rideout left Everton in 1997 for China and played for Hyan Dao Vanguards and Shenzhen Jianibao either side of a brief spell in the US with Major League Soccer side Kansas City Wizards. He returned to the UK with Tranmere in 2000, for whom he had an enjoyable FA Cup swansong when he scored a hat-trick to knock Southampton, who were then in the top flight, out in the fifth round, winning 4-3 after Rovers had trailed 3-0 at half-time. The 44-year-old is now head coach of the Wizards' youth development programme.

Rideout added: "I'm coaching kids at the moment and when I was first over here they wanted to come and see my winners medal.

"They thought it was great but they had no understanding of the meaning and history of the FA Cup - I had to talk to them about that. I still look at the medal and, put it this way, I'd never sell it. What I would do is give it to Everton to put in the right place where it would be appreciated."


Jason Kearton

Jason Kearton unused

Then: The Australian goalkeeper was 18 when he joined Everton from Brisbane Lions in August 1988. He stayed at Goodison Park for eight years as Southall's understudy but only made five starts and was frequently loaned out.

Now: Joined Crewe on a free transfer in October 1996 and enjoyed a successful five-year stint at Gresty Road before returning to his homeland. Now a goalkeeper coach at Queensland State League side Logan United and coaching youngsters at summer camps in the close season.

Duncan Ferguson and Paul Rideout parade the FA Cup around Wembley
Ferguson and Paul Rideout parade the Cup around Wembley

Duncan Ferguson replaced Rideout (51 minutes)

Then: Pigeon-fancier and often controversial striker who broke the British transfer record when Rangers swooped to buy him from Dundee United for £4m in the summer of 1993. His time at Ibrox was overshadowed by his headbutt on Raith's John McStay [that later saw Ferguson jailed] and Walker signed him on loan a month before being sacked. 'Big Dunc' scored in Royle's first game in charge - a 2-0 win over Liverpool - and quickly became a fans' hero before joining permanently for £4.4m in December 1994. Scored in Everton's fifth-round win over Norwich but was not 100% fit for the final.

Now: Despite famously sporting an Everton tattoo, Ferguson left for Newcastle for £7m in November 1998 and came off the bench in that season's Cup final, which the Magpies lost to United. Injuries began to restrict his appearances before he rejoined the Toffees for £3.75m in August 2000 and continued to haunt him until he retired, aged 34, in 2006. Ferguson twice confronted burglars at his home - and apprehended them! - while he was an Everton player. He now lives in Majorca and was inducted in the Toffees Hall of Fame in March.

Daniel Amokachi

Daniel Amokachi replaced Limpar (69 minutes)

Then: A qualified lawyer, Amokachi was a powerful, pacy but erratic young striker who starred for Nigeria at the 1994 World Cup finals before joining Everton for £3m from Club Brugge. Royle preferred to use the partnership of Rideout and Ferguson but Amokachi memorably scored twice in the semi-final win over Spurs after bringing himself on as substitute while Rideout received treatment.

Now: Never fulfilled his potential at Goodison Park and left to join Besiktas for £1.75m in the summer of 1996. He was released by the Turkish side in 2000 and, although Royle invited Amokachi for a trial with Manchester City that summer, he did not sign him because of concerns over a knee injury that, despite brief spells in France with Creteil and the United States with Colorado Rapids, effectively ended his professional career. Now Nigeria's assistant coach.


Sir Alex Ferguson
Ferguson holds his head in disappointment after United's defeat

Manager - Sir Alex Ferguson

Then: This was his first trophyless season at Old Trafford since 1989 and he reacted by overhauling his side - selling Paul Ince, Andrei Kanchelskis and Mark Hughes and turning to a crop of young players which, as well as Paul Scholes, Gary Neville and Nicky Butt, included a certain David Beckham. Ferguson later wrote in his autobiography that the 1995 final was an ordinary final played by two ordinary teams, leading Royle, his close friend, to say: "That was a put down but that was how he dealt with losing."

Former United defender Pallister told BBC Sport: "Losing the League like we did is bound to have an effect on you and the club was a despondent place to be for the few days after the final game of the season.

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R4: Wrexham 5-2 (h)
R5: Leeds Utd 3-1 (h)
QF: QPR 2-0 (h)
SF: Crystal Palace 2-2
(at Villa Park)
SF: Crystal Palace 2-0
(at Villa Park)

"The manager tried to lift the players and the players themselves tried to be positive about the Cup final and make sure we didn't end the season without anything but Everton raised their game, we didn't match it and on the day they probably deserved to win."

Now: Despite Alan Hansen's famous claim that "You never win anything with kids" following United's defeat by Aston Villa at the start of the following season, Ferguson's youthful new side went on to win the Premier League and FA Cup double in 1995/96. Ferguson has now won more trophies than any other manager in the English game and is chasing a total of five this season.

Looking back to the summer of 1995, Pallister told BBC Sport: "I thought we were going to be a couple of years in the wilderness. I didn't really expect to be challenging for the title the following year.

How Man Utd prepared for the 1995 final

"We knew how good the kids were that were coming through, we knew they had potential but we didn't know how soon they would achieve that and I think they surprised everybody. I, as one of the senior players, sat there and thought it was going to be another couple of years before we reached our peak again.

"But of course the way that season ended spurs you on - you need a bit of adversity, I think, to appreciate the good times. You don't want it to happen like that but that's the nature of football and I think it gave the extra incentive and drive to make sure we did not fall short again because it is not a nice feeling."

Peter Schmeichel
Schmeichel could not hide his feelings at the final whistle

Peter Schmeichel

Then: Giant Danish goalkeeper who joined United from Brondby for a bargain £530,000 in 1991 and was a cornerstone of their success over the next decade. He scored in the Uefa Cup against Rotor Volograd in September 1995 after coming up for a corner but could not prevent United's first-round defeat.

Now: His final game for United was as captain when they won the 1999 Champions League final but, after spells with Sporting Lisbon and Aston Villa, he returned to Manchester in 2002 to end his career with Manchester City. Now a TV pundit and presenter in Denmark, his son Kasper is still on City's books.

Gary Neville

Gary Neville

Then: Paul Parker's injury problems during the 1994/95 campaign had seen Neville establish himself in the right-back slot. Like Unsworth, he made his England debut against Japan at Wembley a fortnight after this match.

Now: Neville has made more than 550 appearances for United and won 85 England caps but he has been frequently sidelined by injuries in the last two seasons and, just as he usurped Parker, 18-year-old Rafael da Silva is arguably first choice at right-back.

Steve Bruce

Steve Bruce

Then: Joined United from Norwich for around £800,000 in December 1987 and broke his nose - not for the first or last time - on his debut. Bruce, who captained United to their first League title in 26 years in 1993, was an uncompromising centre-back renowned for scoring some vital goals and notched twice on the road to Wembley, notably in the semi-final replay against Crystal Palace.

Now: Missed United's Cup final win over Liverpool in 1996 and, aged 35, left to play for Birmingham. His management career, which began at Sheffield United in August 1998, was initially nomadic but he spent six years in charge at Birmingham, winning promotion to the top flight twice, before taking charge at Wigan (for the second time) in November 2007.

Gary Pallister
Pallister has never watched the 1995 final

Gary Pallister

Then: Had joined his previous club, Middlesbrough, from non-league Bilingham Town in exchange for a set of strips in 1984 but he broke the British transfer record when he joined United for £2.3m in 1989 and forged a formidable centre-back partnership with Bruce.

An all-rounder who was good in the air and comfortable on the ball, he also scored against Palace in the semi-final replay but this was to end up as his first trophyless season at Old Trafford.

Pallister told BBC Sport: "It's amazing really, I can't remember a lot about the 1995 final. It just tells you the state of mind I must have been in. I've never seen the game back again, I've never really thought about the match - all I can remember is Paul Rideout's goal because I'm on the floor as he heads the ball in.

"I can't remember our chances, or a whole heap of what went on because I've probably tried to erase it from my mind."

Now: Returned to Boro for £2.5m in July 1998. Pallister hung up his boots at the age of 36 and is now a property developer and pundit for MUTV and the BBC.

Denis Irwin

Denis Irwin

Then: Royle had revitalised the full-back's career when he brought him to Oldham after he had been released by Leeds at the age of 19 in 1986. Ferguson signed him for £625,000 in the summer of 1990 - a figure the United boss would later call "a steal" - and Irwin spent 12 successful years at United. He scored twice during United's 1995 Cup run, against QPR in the quarter-finals and in the first semi-final game against Palace, which ended 2-2.

Now: Ended his career with Wolves in 2004 and is now working for MUTV.

Paul Ince

Paul Ince

Then: Ince moved to Old Trafford in a £1m move from West Ham in September 1989, angering Hammers fans for posing in a United shirt before the deal was completed. Established himself as a forceful midfielder for club and country but his relationship with Ferguson was already strained by the time this game was played.

Now: The self-styled "Guv'nor" was sold to Inter Milan in June 1995 for £7.5m. Ferguson labelled him a "big-time Charlie" after Ince joined Liverpool in 1997 but later apologised for the remark and, when Ince began his management career at Macclesfield, his old boss sent him a text saying "welcome to the madhouse". A success with the Silkmen, and at Milton Keynes Dons, Ince became the Premier League's first black English manager when he took charge at Blackburn in June 2008 but he lasted only 177 days before being sacked.

Roy Keane

Roy Keane

Then: United broke the British transfer record when they signed the fiery 21-year-old midfielder from Nottingham Forest for £3.75m in July 1993 and he helped them win the Double in his first season. The first of 11 red cards that he accumulated in his time at United came in the 1995 Cup semi-final when he was sent off for stamping on Gareth Southgate. Keane's response was to say: "He shouldn't have been lying on the floor."

Now: Keane stayed at United until November 2005, collecting a stack of silverware, and he retired after a brief spell at Celtic. He took charge at Sunderland in August 2006 and steered them into the Premier League in his first season but resigned in December 2008.

Nicky Butt and David Unsworth
Butt battles for possession with David Unsworth

Nicky Butt

Then: Tough-tackling midfielder who along with Gary Neville and David Beckham was a graduate of the United youth team that won the 1992 FA Youth Cup.

Now: Ince's departure allowed Butt to establish himself as first choice in central midfield but he was often the unsung hero of United's successes in subsequent seasons. He was singled out by Pele as being one of the best players at the 2002 World Cup but lost his place at United and left for Newcastle in the summer of 2004 for £2.5m. He is still at St James' Park.

Lee Sharpe
Sharpe stands and watches while Everton receive the Cup

Lee Sharpe

Then: Left-winger with electric pace who joined United from Torquay in 1988 and made his name with a hat-trick against Arsenal in the League Cup in 1990. Injuries, viral meningitis and the emergence of Ryan Giggs had already begun to restrict his impact at Old Trafford by the time this game was played.

Now: Joined Leeds for £4.5m in 1996 but his injury problems escalated and, after spells with Sampdoria, Bradford and Exeter City, his professional career was all but over by the time he was 31. Later played for Garforth Town in the Northern Premier League and in Iceland with Grindavik. Now a reality TV star who featured on Celebrity Love Island and Dancing On Ice, he has his own charity, The Lee Sharpe Foundation, which helps disadvantaged children in South Africa.

Brian McClair

Brian McClair

Then: "Choccy" had completed a maths degree at Glasgow University before he moved to Old Trafford from Celtic for £850,000 in July 1987. In his first season, he became the first United player to score 20 league goals in a season since George Best, 20 years before. By 1995 he was a squad player but his versatility in midfield or attack led to him making 40 appearances.

Now: Left for a brief playing spell with Motherwell in 1998, aged 34, before joining Blackburn as assistant manager to his former United coach Brian Kidd. Returned to United in 1999 and has coached the youth team, reserves and under-19 side. Still at the club and since 2006 he has been director of United's youth academy, where his son Liam is on the books.

Mark Hughes

Mark Hughes

Then: A huge crowd favourite known for scoring spectacular goals, Hughes had already won the Cup with United in 1985, 1990 and 1994. Andy Cole's arrival for £7m from Newcastle in January 2005 had put his future in doubt but Cantona's eight-month suspension for attacking a fan in the same month meant "Sparky" stayed on until the end of the season, although he refused to sign a new deal at Old Trafford.

Now: The Welsh international striker left to join Chelsea for £1.5m in June 1995 and won the Cup for the fourth and final time in 1997. He later played for Southampton, Everton and Blackburn. He began his management career with Wales in 1999 before returning to Ewood Park as boss in 2004. Last summer Hughes took charge at Manchester City but the club's subsequent takeover by the oil-rich billionaire Abu Dhabi United Group and a hugely inconsistent season means there is constant speculation he will be replaced.


Gary Walsh

Gary Walsh Unused

Then: Spent 10 years in United's senior squad after coming through their youth system but was rarely first choice and he only ever displaced Schmeichel when Uefa's five-foreigner rule forced Ferguson's hand in Europe.

Now: Became Wigan's goalkeeping coach when he hung up his gloves and now holds the same post at Derby County.

Ryan Giggs
Giggs sits dejected on the Wembley turf while Everton celebrate

Ryan Giggs Replaced Steve Bruce (45 minutes)

Then: United's poster boy and the club's biggest global star until David Beckham's emergence. The Welsh international was a flying and often unstoppable left winger but at Wembley he was not fully fit because of a hamstring injury and had to be persuaded to be a substitute at Wembley.

Pallister added: "To be quite honest I can't remember the team or the injuries beforehand.

"The only thing that sticks in my mind is going to the party afterwards, which is always organised whether you win or lose and just feeling like I wanted to go to bed and get on the train the next day and go home. And then go away on holiday and forget all about the season.

"For all of our efforts of getting to an FA Cup final and losing our Premier League crown in the last game, I just wanted to forget all about football for the next few weeks."

Now: Still a key player for United, Giggs has made the shortlist for this season's Professional Footballers' Association player of the year, an accolade he has never won. If Ferguson's men beat Everton on Sunday he will be in line to play in his seventh FA Cup final.

Paul Scholes

Paul Scholes Replaced Lee Sharpe (72 minutes)

Then: At 20, the frontman was in his breakthrough season at Old Trafford and had only made his debut in September 1994, scoring twice in a League Cup tie against Port Vale.

Now: One of three survivors from 1995 still playing for United today. Scholes blossomed as he matured, developing from an intelligent striker into a world-class midfielder. Although he is well known for shying away from publicity, his trademark strikes from the edge of the area tend to live long in the memory.

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