The Full Members Cup was a short-lived supplementary Cup competition for Full Members of the Football League, i.e. those belonging to the old First and Second Divisions. It was introduced in 1985 following the European ban on English clubs, along with Super Cup, and mirrored the relatively successful tournament for Associate Members which had been introduced 2 years earlier. However it was never very popular, and was viewed as an irritating irrelevance by the top clubs who usually declined to enter, and by the football supporters in general who stayed away from matches in droves (although the crowds at the Finals were quite creditable). The re-admission of English clubs to Europe in 1990 was a fatal blow to the ailing tournament and when ZDS's sponsorship expired in 1992 the tournament was consigned to the history books. It replaced by the reserrected Anglo-Italian Cup, a competition which achieved the difficult task of proving even less popular than it's predecessor.
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All finals at Wembley Year Winners Runners-up Attendance 1992 Nottingham Forest 3 Southampton 2 67688 1991 Crystal Palace 4 Everton 1 52460 1990 Chelsea 1 Middlesbrough 0 76639 1989 Nottingham Forest 4 Everton 3 46606 (after extra-time) 1988 Reading 4 Luton Town 1 61740 1987 Blackburn Rovers 1 Charlton Athletic 0 40000 1986 Chelsea 5 Manchester City 4 68000 Competition known as Zenith Data Systems Cup (ZDS Cup) 1989-90 to 1991-92 Competition known as Simod Cup 1987-88 to 1988-89 Competition known as Full Members Cup 1985-86 to 1986-87
Index | Summary
Winners 2 Chelsea, Nottingham Forest 1 Blackburn Rovers, Reading, Crystal Palace Final appearances 2 Chelsea, Everton, Nottingham Forest 1 Manchester City, Blackburn Rovers, Charlton Athletic, Reading, Luton Town, Middlesbrough, Crystal Palace, Southampton
Index | Finals
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