Middlesbrough: Pears, Parkinson, Phillips, Kernaghan (C), Mohan, Mustoe (Hendrie), Slaven (Payton), Pollock, Wilkinson, Peake, Ripley.

Goals: Kernaghan, Wilkinson.

Manchester City: Coton, Brightwell, Pointon, Reid, Curle (C), Redmond, White, Heath, Quinn, McMahon, Hughes. Subs: Megson, Sheron.

Goal: Reid.


Second division promotion chasers Middlesbrough faced Manchester City, in the FA Cup 3rd round at Ayresome Park, on Saturday 4th January 1992. 

Fourth placed City were riding high in the first division, and looking for revenge following a 2-1 defeat, in a fog engulfed league cup tie on Teesside a month earlier.

City Player/Manager Peter Reid lined up in Midfield, alongside ex-Everton teammate Adrian Heath and England hardman Steve McMahan. Up front, Republic of Ireland Striker Niall Quinn partnered the inform David White, who had scored seven goals in seven games, with Keith Curle Captaining the City side.


Boro boss Lennie Lawrence selected Bernie Slaven and Paul Wilkinson in attack, with record signing Andy Payton and crowd favourite John Hendrie on the bench. Seventeen year old Jamie Pollock started in midfield, alongside Robbie Mustoe, Andy Peake, and Stuart Ripley.

City in all blue, began the game brightest, going close early on with chances for White and Quinn, in front of a sold out East end, filled with supporters from Manchester. Boro's first attack came minutes later, with a close range effort by Bernie Slaven after some impressive twisting and turning in the penalty area from the Boro no.7.


Still, City kept pressing,  scoring on 25 minutes, with Peter Reid stabbing home a shot from eight yards, after one of Niall Quinn’s trademark knockdowns.


Boro winger Stuart Ripley was next to go close, using his blistering pace to get in behind defender Curle. Boro full back Jimmy Phillips whipped in the resulting corner, in front of a packed Holgate end. In the goalmouth scramble, Ripley poked the ball home from inside the six-yard box, only to see it ruled out for offside.


City soon hit back with Quinn forcing a full length save from Stephen Pears, after shooting from just outside the Boro box.

After an entertaining 45 minutes, the second half started in typical FA Cup spirit, with end to end attacks and both teams going close. The ever dangerous White blazed it high from close range, much to the delight of the swaying Holgate end. And Paul Wilkinson missed Boro’s best chance to equalize, somehow hitting the ball over the bar from four yards out, as a stranded Tony Coton could only look on.


A double substitution saw Slaven and Mustoe make way for Hendrie and Payton, brought on by Lawrence in one last throw of the dice. It soon paid off with Striker Andy Payton, soon forcing Keith Curle to head out for a Boro corner.


Phillips again whipped it in and Boro Captain Alan Kernaghan, leapt in at the front post to head home the equalizer, ten minutes from time.


Minutes later, Boro were attacking the City goal again, after some impressive tackling from Boro youngster Jamie Pollock in midfield, who knocked the ball over the top for Payton and Wilkinson to chase. After Pressure from Payton, It was Paul Wilkinson who got the knockdown from pursuing city defender Curle. The Boro number nine then smashed it home from inside the area, to make it 2-1 to Middlesbrough.


In the final minutes, Boro held their nerve, as White a sent shot whistling over Stephen Pears' goal, and another going just wide. Stuart Ripley was to go close again, hitting the post in the dying minutes, after the relentless Payton crossed it in.


Moments later, the full-time whistle went, and Boro walked off 2-1 winners to an ecstatic, thoroughly entertained Ayresome Park crowd of 21,174. 


Boro went on to meet Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup 4th round, who they defeated 2-1 a month later at Hillsborough. They were eventually knocked out in a replay at Ayresome Park against Portsmouth in a 4-2 thriller, following a one all draw at Fratton Park.


Liverpool were the eventual FA Cup Winners in 1992, beating Sunderland 2-0 in the final, with goals coming from Michael Thomas and Ian Rush.


Ayresome Park
Saturday 4th January 1992
FA Cup 3rd Round
Att: 21,174