CITY 4 CHELSEA 5
Full Members Cup Final
Played at Wembley
23rd March 1986
City Kinsey, Lillis 2, Rougvie(og)
Chelsea Speedie 3, Lee 2
Ref Alan Saunders
City Nixon, Reid, Power, Redmond, McCarthy, Phillips, Lillis, May, Kinsey, McNab, Wilson – used subs Simpson, Baker
Chelsea Francis, Wood, Rougvie, Bumstead, McLaughlin, Pates, Nevin, Spackman, Lee, Speedie, McAllister – unused subs Hazard, Dublin
FROM THE PRESS BOX
BLUES CASH IN ON THE FUN FINAL
DEFEAT SO TOUGH ON LILLIS, BUT CITY GET £90,000 SWEETENER
At least the Full Members Cup will go down into the record books with some dignity and respectability.
The Football League’s most embarrassing and ill-conceived competition finished a money spinner at Wembley yesterday. A remarkable 68,000 turn-out poured in an equally staggering £500,000-plus.
Just as amazing was the climax with Manchester City plundering a dramatic three goals in four minutes to pull the score back to a face saving 5-4 against Chelsea. In retrospect it has to be considered something of a bizarre finale. Who in their right mind could envisage a side throwing away a 5-1 advantage in the more serious business of FA or Milk Cup finals. But then the game they had dubbed the ‘fan’s final’ should be re-christened the ‘fun final’.
Chelsea chairman Ken Bates who, with his Maine Road counterpart Peter Swales had underwritten Wembley expenses to the tune of £150,000, claimed “Perhaps this is the way football has got to go with more competitions and more excitement. It was the fans’ final and they really enjoyed their Wembley day out”.
Football purists and advocates of less soccer would doubtless ridicule that Bates opinion. Yet rival bosses Billy McNeill and John Hollins drooled over a game in which David Speedie became the first player in 20 years to score a hat-trick in a Wembley cup final.
…Receipts of £508,000 will guarantee £90,000 to each club.
…City’s failure was that they again allowed the opposition a generous start and still expected to win.
…City’s double substitution of Graham Baker and Paul Simpson for Nicky Reid and David Phillips came when the Blues were trailing 5-1. And it was the wing wizardry of Simpson that opened the door for Lillis to launch his sensational goal scoring flurry, in which he struck twice and was instrumental in Doug Rougvie heading an own goal.
…City as at Old Trafford the previous day, gave away silly goals through a sloppy approach at the back. Yet they had the encouragement of a flying start with Kinsey clipping in a 9th minute opener.
Then Speedie and Colin Lee. who scored twice, tore City apart. City had no one to match Chelsea’s hat-trick hero, although Lillis came mighty close!
Extracts from an Article by Peter Gardner in the Manchester Evening News 24th March 1986