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1993 FA Cup Semi-Final

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1993 FA Cup Semi-Final
Event1992–93 FA Cup
After extra time
Date3 April 1993
VenueWembley Stadium, London
RefereeKelvin Morton (Suffolk)
Attendance75,364

The 1993 FA Cup Semi-Final was the match to decide the finalists of the 48th FA Cup final and was contested between Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United. The game was a Steel City derby one of the most fierce rivalries in football and the whole of Sheffield descended on London's Wembley Stadium to watch the match, Wednesday went on to win the match however they ended up losing to Arsenal in the Final. The match is remembered as the peak of the Sheffield rivalry and divide between Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United.[1]

Summary[edit | edit source]

Wembley Stadium hosted the Steel City derby

The match took place on a sunny April afternoon, fans of both sheffield teams headed down to London for an early kick off. It was the first time that Sheffield United had played at Wembley since 1936. The match commanded so much demand that the match venue was changed from Elland Road to Wembley.

Chris Waddle gave Wednesday the early lead after 62 seconds with a free-kick; the player of the year then proceeded to lead the play. Wednesday couldn't add a second, though, and it was Waddle who played ramblin' man Alan Cork onside for an unlikely equaliser just before half-time.

United held on through 90 minutes, but eventually lost in extra time, Mark Bright scoring the winner with a Bassettesque set-piece header.

The Owls would go on to lose the Cup final to Arsenal after a replay, their second final loss in the same year to the Gunners after they were beaten in the League Cup final.

Today the match is regarded as one of the biggest games in the Steel City derby.

Match details[edit | edit source]

Sheffield Wednesday2–1 (a.e.t.)Sheffield United
Waddle Goal 2'
Bright Goal 108'
Cork Goal 44'
Attendance: 75,364
Sheffield Wednesday
Sheffield United

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Fox, Norman. "Football: FA Cup Semi-Final: Wednesday's class secures the prize: Owls fly clear as Blades are blunted on a day when the national stadium belonged to Sheffield". Independent. Retrieved 29 June 2019.


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