Full Members Cup

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The Full Members Cup was an English cup competition held from 1985 to 1992. It was also known under its sponsored names of the Simod Cup from 1987 to 1989 and the Zenith Data Systems Cup from 1989 to 1992. Chelsea won the competition on two occasions, the inaugural competition in 1986, beating Manchester City 5-4 in a memorable final at Wembley, and again in 1990, beating Middlesbrough 1-0 in the final.

The competition was created after the Heysel Stadium disaster, when English clubs were banned from European competition, as an additional competition for clubs in the top two divisions (though the clubs that would have qualified for European competition for the 1985-86 season played in the Super Cup, which was held for just one season). The name came from the fact that these clubs were Full Members of the Football League, with full voting rights; teams from the lower two divisions were Associate Members and were eligible for the Football League Trophy (then known as the Associate Members Cup). However, it was cancelled after seven seasons, when the Premier League arose from the old Football League First Division and reduced the Football League to three divisions.


Full Members Cup
Seasons: 1985–861986–871987–881988–891989–901990–911991–92
Finals: 19861990

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