Full Members' Cup Records

When English clubs were banned from Europe in 1985, two new competitions were organised to fill the void. The Screensport Super Cup lasted only one season, being contested by those clubs that had qualified for Europe. The result of the final was as follows:

    1985-86  SS Cup      Liverpool1         3/4    Everton1           1/1

The second competition, the Full Members' Cup (FMC), was a counterpart to the Associate Members' Cup, open to clubs from the old First and Second Divisions (the Full Members) of the Football League, although many of the bigger teams never entered. It was sponsored at various times by Simod and Zenith Data Systems, but when the latter's contract expired in 1992 the competition died a natural, and largely unlamented, death.

The finals were held at Wembley and attracted some decent crowds. They also produced a few goals on most occasions. The results were as follows:

    1985-86  FM Cup      Chelsea1             5    Manchester C1        4
    1986-87  FM Cup      Blackburn Rov2       1    Charlton Ath1        0
    1987-88  Simod Cup   READING2             4    Luton Town1          1
    1988-89  Simod Cup   Nottingham F1        4    Everton1             3  (aet)
    1989-90  ZDS Cup     Chelsea1             1    Middlesbrough2       0
    1990-91  ZDS Cup     Crystal Palace1      4    Everton1             1  (aet)
    1991-92  ZDS Cup     Nottingham F1        3    Southampton1         2  (aet)

Chelsea and Nottingham Forest each have two wins. Blackburn, Crystal Palace and Reading have one.

Simod Cup Martin Hicks Scorers

Of course, the highlight was Reading's memorable victory in 1988. The pictures above show the match programme, Royals' captain Martin Hicks holding the Simod Cup aloft, and the four goal scorers (from left to right: Gilkes, Tait, Smillie and Beavon). Due to getting relegated in the same season they were not able to defend the title. Reading's complete record in the competition is as follows:

            PL     W    D    L    GF    GA    PTS    P3/PL
HOME         5     3    1    1     6     5     10    2.000
AWAY         2     2    0    0     4     1      6    3.000
NEUTRAL      1     1    0    0     4     1      3    3.000
TOTAL        8     6    1    1    14     7     19    2.375
(2 seasons)

This can be broken down by opponent as follows (for details see here).

                        PL  HW HD HL  HF  HA  AW AD AL  AF  AA  PTS    P3
 1. Luton Town           1   0  0  0   0   0   1  0  0   4   1    0     3
 2. Queens Park Rang     1   0  0  0   0   0   1  0  0   3   1    3     3
 3. Bradford City        1   1  0  0   2   1   0  0  0   0   0    3     3
    Nottingham F         1   1  0  0   2   1   0  0  0   0   0    3     3
 5. Oxford Utd           1   1  0  0   1   0   0  0  0   0   0    3     3
    Shrewsbury T         1   0  0  0   0   0   1  0  0   1   0    3     3
 7. Coventry City        1   0  1  0   1   1   0  0  0   0   0    1     1
 8. Ipswich Town         1   0  0  1   0   2   0  0  0   0   0    0     0

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