RETRO MATCH: Six pack ends trophy famine for Glenavon in Budweiser Cup final

Michael Scott


Michael Scott


For the final Retro Match of the series we look back at the night Glenavon famously ended their feast with a famine.

The 1989 Budweiser Cup decider came at a time when Glenavon’s young, ambitious team was starting to make a breakthrough which would eventually see them reach cup final upon cup final.

Glenavon had been waiting since the 1965/66 season to lift a major trophy. Finally Terry Nicholson had the Lurgan Blues on the door.

The ’89 Budweiser Cup final had gone to a replay at the Oval. Martin McGaughey had given Linfield the lead but in the last minute of extra time Darrin Coyle, attempting a clearance, turned it into his own net, the ball coming off George Dunlop. Most observers gave the goal to Coyle but Tony Scappiticci claimed he had got it.

To many the replay appeared to be a formality for Linfield, crowned-League champions earlier. Glenavon had been priced at 5-1 at some bookmakers.

However, Terry Nicholson thought otherwise. "Going into the game we knew we were capable of beating them,” recalled Nicholson.

"However, we were thinking in terms of a 1-0 or a 2-1 win 6-1 was beyond our wildest dreams."

The victory, thanks to goals from the "brilliant" Geoff Ferris (3), Gary Blackledge, Stevie McBride and Duncan Lowry, was the crowning glory of Glenavon's centenary year.

Here’s the highlights from that game and if you were there we’d love to hear your memories of that famous night.

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