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Manchester United v Liverpool, 1985 FA Cup Semi-Finals: Friday Flashback Videos

It’s a glorious FA Cup weekend in England, so it’s apt that for this week’s Friday Flashback Video series that we go back in the time machine to 1985 when Liverpool and Manchester United battled in the FA Cup Semi-Final.

The first video features the first semi-final between the two, which ended in a draw and had to be replayed (shown in the second video). It’s surreal to see Liverpool playing Manchester United at Everton’s Goodison Park, and then seeing the replay played at Manchester City’s former ground Maine Road. At Goodison Park, Liverpool was the away team, while Manchester United were the away team at Maine Road.

Both of these videos feature a lot of talking points. There is referee Keith Hackett who doesn’t seem to call anything. Liverpool goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar who can’t catch (in the days where goalkeepers weren’t as protected by referees as they are now). Liverpool manager Joe Fagan smoking a fag on the touchline, while Man United manager Ron Atkinson runs on to the pitch wearing a ridiculous jacket. And you’ll see plenty of Liverpool’s Kevin McDonald, who went on to be Aston Villa’s caretaker manager.

Plus, of course, there’s the glorious football played on the pitch from both teams and some splendid goals.

Share your observations from the videos in the comments section below. And don’t forget that Manchester United plays Liverpool in the FA Cup third round on Sunday at 8:30am ET (Fox Soccer Channel for viewers in the United States).

Thanks to Retro MBM for unearthing the videos.

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One Response to Manchester United v Liverpool, 1985 FA Cup Semi-Finals: Friday Flashback Videos

  1. Dave G says:

    Cheers Gaffer!
    Great to see these games again…I had 2 great big B&W photos of Robson’s Goal and Hughes goal celebration with arms outstreched in that great White Away jersey on my wall as a kid. A neighbour worked at the Irish Independent and got the photos from the wire for me….prized possessions they were! Been supporting United all my life.
    One thing I was just thinking…I wonder if there are any Audio Files of these games from BBC Radio 2…back in 85 I would have had to listen to the match on the radio rather than being able see it live and have to wait that night to watch it on Sportsnight or ITV Midweek Football.
    Used to have my Striker game set up as a kid on weekends and weeknights and play as I listened to the games on the radio…Those were the days my friends!!!
    Thanks again Gaffer!
    Dave G
    Atlanta GA

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