BBC profiles the players 23 years later

Whether you were a Red or a Blue, there was usually far more than local pride at stake when Liverpool met Everton in the 1980s.

The two clubs enjoyed a period of almost total domination - known as the "Mersey Monopoly" - of English football that saw the two rivals win eight league titles between them that decade.

They also met three times at Wembley with major honours at stake during the decade of Bros, Wham! and Frankie Goes To Holywood - in the 1984 Milk Cup final, and the 1986 and 1989 FA Cup finals.

The 1986 clash was the first all-Merseyside FA Cup final and was a match to remember for the legions of fans that travelled south.

Everton, who had been pipped to the title by their neighbours a week earlier, led through Gary Lineker's first-half goal and dominated for almost an hour.

But after Ian Rush took advantage of a Gary Stevens mistake to equalise, Liverpool did not look back. Craig Johnston quickly put the Reds ahead and a late Rush goal sealed their Cup win, and a memorable Double.

There will be no trophies at stake when the two sides meet again at Anfield on Sunday for a record 21st time in the Cup - just a place in the fifth round - but, like any derby clash, it will be ferociously contested.

Ahead of that tie, BBC Sport speaks to the heroes and villains of Wembley '86 and finds out what happened to the players who lined up on that day 23 years ago.



Player-manager - Kenny Dalglish

"It didn't make any difference to the team that Kenny managed us as well as played," former Liverpool centre-back Mark Lawrenson told BBC Sport. "He was still undeniably our best player."

Dalglish won the double in his first season in charge of Liverpool
"By this stage he'd been in the job for a season so he had that 'them and us' attitude with the other players. He might have had a quiet word with Ronnie Moran to change things round at half-time but we were never party to that."

Then: Took charge of Liverpool after Joe Fagan's resignation in May 1985 and became the first player-manager to win the league - clinching it himself with a volley against Chelsea the week before the Cup final. Resigned in February 1991, after another epic Cup clash with the Toffees, having won three League titles and two FA Cups.

Now: Won the Premier League title with Blackburn in 1995 to become only the third man to win top-flight titles with two different clubs, but stints as boss of Newcastle and as Celtic's director of football failed to produce more trophies and he has been out of football since leaving Parkhead in 2000. Dalglish helped to set up a cancer charity when his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2003 and he and former Everton midfielder Paul Bracewell now run a network of football training centres.


Bruce Grobbelaar

"The big turning point in the match was a second-half incident between Bruce and Jim Beglin," recalled Everton captain Kevin Ratcliffe. "They had a bit of a to do over a defensive mix-up and that seemed to make a massive change to the game."

"That and Bruce's save from Graeme Sharp were the turning points. Liverpool seemed to raise their game, and surpass us and our chance had gone."

Then: Spent 13 successful years at Liverpool after joining from Vancouver Whitecaps in 1981 and was also Zimbabwe's number one until 1998.

Now: Bankrupted by legal action to clear his name over match-fixing allegations in 1994. Ater retiring he moved to South Africa and tried his hand at coaching, without great success. Also had a spell of caretaker manager of his native Zimbabwe. Came out of retirement in 2007 to play a one-off game for non-league side Glasshoughton Welfare and is now an after-dinner speaker.


Mark Lawrenson

Lawro told BBC Sport: "The highlight of the day came when we got back to the dressing room and had all swigged out of the cup, that whole kind of thing, we took our kit off and went to get in the bath.

"In those days Wembley had a a massive bath that you could stand up in and would fit the whole team.

"But three of our supporters, fully clothed in their suits, were in there already and said 'come on in boys, the water's lovely!'.

Then: Was a lynchpin at the heart of Liverpool's back four with Alan Hansen and won five league titles, an FA Cup, a European Cup and three League Cups during his time at Anfield.

Now: After brief spells managing Oxford and Peterborough United and a stint as Newcastle's defensive coach, he joined the BBC as a pundit in 1997 and works for Match of the Day, Football Focus, Radio 5 Live and this website.


Jim Beglin

Then: Talented Republic of Ireland international full-back who was Bob Paisley's last signing as Liverpool manager when he paid Shamrock Rovers £20,000 for his services in 1983.

Now: Broke his leg in a derby clash in the League Cup in January 1987 and never properly recovered, retiring three years later at the age of 27. Now a TV pundit who also does the voiceovers for official Liverpool DVDs.


Steve Nicol

Then: The versatile defender made 468 appearances in 14 years at Liverpool, having been signed by Paisley in 1981 from Ayr United.

Now: Moved to the United States in 1999 to play for the Boston Bulldogs and in 2001 took over as manager of New England Revolution on an interim basis. Still in charge of Revolution and is Major League Soccer's longest serving manager.


Ronnie Whelan

Then: An industrious and skilful player, the Republic of Ireland international replaced Ray Kennedy on the left side of Liverpool's midfield and left for Southend in 1994.

Now: Managed the Shrimpers and then had spells in charge of Greek club Panionios and then Olympiakos Nicosia of Cyprus. Now an after-dinner speaker.


Alan Hansen

Hansen recalled for BBC Sport: "I was at fault for Everton's goal, as Gary Lineker keeps reminding me, but you don't mind playing badly if your team wins. And I wasn't thinking about how I'd played badly when I was lifting the trophy.

"It was just a great game to play in. As a double-winning captain, it was one of the highlights of my life.

"Going round the city on the bus afterwards, there were 500,000 people there for the parade which was absolutely phenomenal. We'd gone on an open-top bus three or four times before but because it was the double it was extra special and Everton were the added ingredient."

Then: A composed centre-back who was known for his control and vision and his ability to build attacks from the back. Captained Liverpool to the double in 1986 but was left out of Scotland's World Cup squad that summer.

Now: Left Liverpool a week after Dalglish stepped down in 1991. A BBC pundit on Match of the Day since 1992. Hansen also writes a column for this website and stars in adverts for a well-known supermarket.


Craig Johnston

Then: Born in South Africa but an Australian citizen, Johnston wrote to a number of English clubs for a trial at the age of 15 and and was signed by Middlesbrough in 1977 before moving to Anfield in 1981. 'Skippy' won two England Under-21 caps and was well known for his tireless running and mop of unkempt hair.

Now: Quit the game aged 27 in 1988 to look after his sick sister but went on to design the iconic Adidas Predator boot. He has had success as a designer, TV producer and businessman and he describes himself as a photographer and inventor.


Ian Rush

"As soon as we equalised we knew we were going to win," Rush told BBC Sport. "At the time of that game, Liverpool had never lost when I'd scored.

"It was my first FA Cup final goal and I remember running to the crowd and seeing everyone's faces - it was a dream come true for me."

Then: The Welsh striker was one of the deadliest strikers in English football and broke just about every scoring record during two spells at Anfield between 1980 and 1987 and from 1988 to 1996 that saw him score 346 goals in 660 appearances and a record 25 times in Merseyside derbies, including two more in a highly emotional 1989 final that followed the Hillsborough disaster.

Now: Coached Liverpool's strikers under Gerard Houllier and briefly managed Chester but is now elite performance director for the Wales Under-16 side and ambassador for Pro-Star Leagues, the largest network of five-a-side leagues in the UK.


Jan Molby

"I seem to remember Jan got hold of the game in the second half and really kicked us on that day," Lawro explained. "Everton had run us ragged all day but we slowly got hold of midfield and that was the key.

"Because of the fact they worked so hard to get on top they completely ran out of steam."

Then: A Danish playmaker who Dalglish hailed as "one of the finest midfield players of his generation", Molby went on to become the first foreign player to spend a decade at one English club.

Now: Tried his hand at management with Swansea, Kidderminster and Hull. Now a TV and radio pundit and has also played for a Liverpool veterans side in the Masters series. In recent years has also appeared in several poker events.


Kevin MacDonald

Then: Signed by Joe Fagan in 1984, the Scot was a tigerish midfielder but struggled to hold down a regular place at Anfield. After the double winning season he broke his leg and never played another game for Liverpool.

Now: Finished his playing career at Walsall and went on to become assistant manager of the Republic of Ireland under Steve Staunton. Now reserve team manager at Aston Villa.



Steve McMahon (unused)

Then: Tough-tackling midfielder who began his career with Everton and turned down a move to Liverpool to head to Aston Villa in 1983 but became Dalglish's first signing as Liverpool boss when he joined as replacement for Graeme Souness in 1985. Did not play in the 1986 final but enjoyed plenty of success at Anfield until Souness sold him to Manchester City in 1991.

Now: Lives in Singapore and is a football pundit and group commercial director of Singapore-based global investment company Profitable Group. Last August, Profitable Group were linked with a £260m takeover of Newcastle United, but McMahon insisted the speculation was wide of the mark.



Manager - Howard Kendall

Then: A distinguished midfielder who helped Everton win the league title in 1970, Kendall returned to Goodison Park as a player-manager in 1981 and initially struggled before enjoying a purple patch that saw him win two league titles, an FA Cup and the European Cup Winners' Cup between 1984 and 1987 - making him the most successful manager in the club's history.

Now: The Heysel ban that stopped English clubs competing in Europe meant Kendall never got a tilt at the European Cup with Everton and made him decide to leave for Athletic Bilbao in 1987. But has not been in football management since 1999 despite recent applications for the Wales and Republic of Ireland posts.


Bobby Mimms

"If anything happened to Neville Southall, I was going to be playing," Mimms told BBC Sport. "We just got pipped in the league and lost the final but I'd like to think it wasn't because Nev was missing from the team.

"I played my part in getting us to the final and almost winning the league.

Then: Mimms was usually Southall's understudy but an injury to the Welshman meant the 22-year-old former Halifax and Rotherham keeper stood in as the Toffees fought for the title and reached Wembley. Mimms, who left to join Tottenham in 1988, played for 15 clubs in a 20-year career before retiring in 2001.

Now: Was Wolves' goalkeeper coach from 2001 until August 2008 when he took up the same role with Blackburn, one of his former clubs.


Gary Stevens

Then: A pacey and reliable right-back, Stevens came through the ranks at Everton and made 208 appearances for the club before leaving for Glasgow Rangers in 1988. Also won 46 England caps and played in two World Cups.

Now: Hung up his boots in 1998 after a stint with Tranmere and embarked on a career in physiotherapy after studying at Salford University. Has a practice on the Wirral.


Pat Van Den Hauwe

Then: Right-footed Belgian-born left-back who played 13 times for Wales and was nicknamed 'Psycho' for his uncompromising style. He scored the goal against Norwich City that clinched the league title for Everton in 1987 and made 135 appearances for the club before joining Tottenham in 1989.

Now: Won the FA Cup with Spurs in 1991 and also played for Millwall before moving to South Africa where he played for Hellenic and Wynberg St Johns. Now a landscape gardner in Cape Town.


Kevin Ratcliffe

"Howard Kendall wasn't a very vocal manager," Ratcliffe told BBC Sport. "Before games everybody knew their jobs. Howard had named his team on the bus, as always, by going round just pointing his finger and telling you what number you were. The team picked itself.

"We were the two best sides in the country at the time and I think we both knew it. It was just a case of who had that little edge on the day that was going to win it."

Then: Ratcliffe was a pacey centre-back who lacked authority on the ball but more than made up for his lack of technical skills with his anticipation and tenacity. Captained Everton and Wales and made 461 appearances for the Toffees but this was a season to forget as his club were denied the chance to play in the European Cup by the Heysel ban, Wales were pipped to a place at the World Cup finals by Scotland and Everton finished trophyless.

Now: Had spells in charge of Chester City and Shrewsbury, steering the latter to a memorable Cup win over Everton in 2003, but the Shrews were relegated from the Football League that same season and he has not managed since. Now a football pundit for BBC Wales and an after-dinner speaker.


Derek Mountfield

Then: A childhood Everton fan, the moustachioed Mountfield was a powerful centre-half with an eye for goal, who joined from Tranmere in 1982 and played 106 matches for the Toffees before leaving for Aston Villa in 1988.

Now: Had an unsuccessful six-month stint as manager of Eircom side Cork City in 2000/01. Now a PE teacher on the Wirral and also works for the Everton Former Players' Foundation.


Peter Reid

Then: Industrious and intellligent midfielder who overcame injury problems earlier in his career to blossom under Kendall at Everton. Although he only earned 13 England caps, he went to the World Cup finals in Mexico later that summer.

Now: Employed a direct style of play as manager that brought him success at Manchester City and Sunderland but he struggled in charge of Leeds and Coventry. Reid worked as a pundit for the BBC at the 2006 World Cup but he resumed his managerial career in November 2008 when he became Thailand's national coach.


Trevor Steven

Then: Skilful midfielder who linked up brilliantly with Stevens on the right flank. Steven made up for his Wembley disappointment by making the England squad for the 1986 World Cup finals. He scored 48 goals in 299 appearances for Everton between 1983 and 1989 before linking up with Stevens again at Rangers.

Now: Ended his career back at Ibrox in 1997 after spending the 1991/92 season in France with Marseille. Now a football agent and fantasy league web pundit and runs his own financial management company.

Paul Bracewell

Then: Elegant England midfielder whose career was hampered by injuries and was on the losing side in four FA Cup finals - in 1985, 1986 and 1989 with Everton and 1992 with Sunderland - again against Liverpool. Was on the winning side against Watford in 1984, however.

Now: Had brief spells as manager of Fulham and Halifax before working as a youth coach for the Football Association. Now runs a chain of football training centres with Dalglish.


Graeme Sharp

"Whenever we played against each other we would kick lumps of each other and always want to win, but we were very close," Sharp told BBC Sport. "My next door neighbour was Ronnie Whelan and there was a friendly rivalry.

"The fans came down together, there was a great bond between the fans and everyone was signing 'Merseyside, Merseyside' it was a fantastic occasion.

Then: Sharp was the club's top league scorer in 1986 with 21 goals in 36 games and he made the Scotland squad for that summer's World Cup finals. He hit 150 goals in 11 seasons at Goodison Park before moving to Oldham in 1991 after a bust-up with Kendall.

Now: Later became the Latics' manager and also had a season as boss of League of Wales side Bangor City. Worked as a radio and TV pundit and now back at Everton as fans' liason officer.


Gary Lineker
"In the build-up to the final I played Lineker at snooker with Tony Gubba commentating," Lawro told BBC Sport.

"It was best of three and he beat me 2-1. To be fair he'd had breaks of over 100 by then and I was Liverpool's best player on 22. He won the first frame, I bored him to death in the second and he sneaked the third frame.

"Whenever the goals from the game are played now, he is very very quiet - even with the one he scored - because if he does say anything we can say 'yeah, yeah - show us your medal from that day'.

Then: This was the England striker's only season with Everton as, after winning the Golden Boot at the Mexico World Cup, he moved to Barcelona for £2.75m.

Now: Won the FA Cup with Tottenham in 1991 and ended his career with an injury-hit spell in Japan. Now presents Match of the Day.


Kevin Sheedy

"I remember on our way down to Wembley seeing cars with blue scarves hanging out of one window and red ones out of the other," Sheedy told BBC Sport.

"There was a lot more friendly rivalry between the two teams and it was a 'friendly final', so to speak, for the supporters.

"For the first hour we were totally in control. I remember I had an effort at 1-0 with my right foot that just went the wrong side of the post - I will always remember that because if that had gone in, I think that would have taken the sting out of Liverpool."

Then: The first player in almost 20 years to join Everton from Liverpool when he moved across the city in 1982, Sheedy was a gifted winger and set-piece expert with a wand of left foot. Born in Wales but played for the Republic of Ireland, he stayed at Goodison Park until he joined Newcastle in 1992.

Now: Ended his career with Blackpool in 1994 and was assistant manager at Tranmere and Hartlepool before leaving the game to open a shop in Southport selling hi-spec home appliances but sold it in 2006 when he returned to Everton as youth team coach in 2006 - a move he described to BBC Sport as "like coming home."



Adrian Heath Replaced Gary Stevens (72 minutes)

Then: Diminutive striker best known for scoring the goal that supposedly kept Kendall in his job - an equaliser in a League Cup tie against Oxford in 1983/84.

Now: Managed Burnley and Sheffield United after retiring in 1997 and worked as Reid's assistant at Sunderland, Leeds United and Coventry. Now in charge of American side Austin Aztex, who enjoy close links with Heath's first club Stoke City.

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