Wembley – Saturday 15th May
Arsenal 1 (Wright) Sheffield Wednesday 1(Hirst)
Arsenal : Seaman, Dixon, Winterburn, Davis, Linighan, Adams, Jensen, Wright (O’leary), Campbell, Merson, Parlour (Smith)
Sheffield Wednesday : Woods, Nilsson, Worthington, Palmer, Anderson (Hyde), Warhurst, Harkes, Waddle (Bart-Williams), Hirst, Bright, Sheridan.
A few weeks earlier both these sides contested the League Cup Final, in which Arsenal won on the day. The 1993 FA Cup Final was the last time a FA Cup Final went to a replay, the rules were changed after this final. This year in the final the numbers on the players kit were their squad number, not the usual 1 to 11. The replay only attracted 62,267. the smallest attendance for a FA Cup final at Wembley.
In the final itself Arsenal opened up the scoring with just 20 minutes on the clock the ball was crossed into the area where Ian Wright headed in the ball, the score remained the same until the 61st minutes when Sheffield Wednesday David Hirst fired in a low shot which went past David Seaman to equalise for Wednesday, with no further goals during normal time or the 30 minute extra time the Cup Final had to go to a replay.
Replay – Wembley – Thursday 20th May
Arsenal 2 (Wright, Linighan) Sheffield Wednesday 1 (Waddle)
Arsenal : Seaman, Dixon, Winterburn, Davis, Linighan, Adams, Jensen, Wright (O’leary), Smith, Merson, Campbell
Sheffield Wednesday : Woods, Nilsson (Bart-Williams), Worthington, Harkes, Palmer, Warhurst, Wilson (Hyde), Waddle , Hirst, Bright, Sheridan.
Arsenal starting line-up changed Alan Smith for Ray Parlour, Sheffield Wednesday changes were Danny Wilson for Viv Anderson. Once again it was Ian Wright of Arsenal to open the scoring on the 34th minute when latching on to a through ball where he prodded it past Chris Woods, Sheffield Wednesday played some attacking football to equalise and their persistence paid off in the 68th minute with a goal from Chris Waddle,the game went into extra-time again and with just 2 minutes left on the clock and the possibility of a penalty shoot-out, Andy Linighan of Arsenal headed in the winning goal.
Below is the video highlights of the headed goal from Ian Wright in the first match.
Check out the current memorabilia and football programme that is associated with the 1993 FA Cup Final.