4th May 1994 in Copenhagen. Arsenal defeat Parma 1-0 to lift the Cup Winners Cup, thanks to Alan Smith’s 20th minute goal. Beating a Parma team that included the likes of Gianfranco Zola, Faustino Asprilla and Roberto Sensini, this was Arsenal’s last major European trophy, having lost on the last three attempts: to Nayim’s wonder goal in 1995, to Galatasaray in the UEFA Cup final of 2000, and to Barcelona in the Champions League final in 2006. So what happened to Arsenal’s European conquerors of 1994?
David Seaman – Continued to be England and Arsenal number 1 for the best part of a decade after, before retiring in 2004. A great shot-stopper, Seaman excelled at Euro 96 for England, and was a key part of Arsenal’s double-winning side of 1998 and won a host of other trophies at Highbury. However, Seaman will be forever remembered for his high-profile mistakes, particularly Ronaldinho’s goal that sent England crashing out of the 2002 World Cup.
Lee Dixon – Before spending his time on the MOTD sofa and showing up established pundits like Lawro, Dixon spent the rest of his career at Arsenal, with Arsene Wenger prolonging the life of his aging defence through a change of diet and lifestyle. Dixon retired in 2002.
Nigel Winterburn – The left-back remained first choice at Arsenal when Wenger took over in 1996 and was part of Arsenal’s feared back four. Left Arsenal in 2000 to spend three years at West Ham before retiring in 2003. Winterburn tried his hand at coaching, becoming a defensive coach at Blackburn when Paul Ince took over at Ewood Park. Sacked when Sam Allardyce took over, Winterburn now works as a football pundit.
Tony Adams – Announced he was an alcoholic in 1996, but battled through and captained Arsenal to further glory, including two more Premiership titles and two FA Cups. Went into management, where he relegated Wycombe Wanderers and then had a disastrous spell in charge of Portsmouth. Adams has not found a managerial job since.
Steve Bould – Under Arsene Wenger, Bould seemed to be the odd man out in Arsenal’s defence, often backing up first-choice Martin Keown at Highbury. Left the club in 1999 to join Sunderland, but arthritis forced Bould to call it a day. Despite a lot of success partnering Tony Adams for Arsenal, Bould only managed to earn 2 caps for England in his career. Now Youth team manager at Arsenal, Bould led the U-18’s to a youth league and cup double in 2009.
Paul Davis – Released by Arsenal a year after the victory against Parma, Davis went to Norwegian club Stabaek, but only made a single substitute appearance. Then went to Brentford, but retired in 1996. Davis was youth coach at Arsenal until 2003, and was assistant manager during Paul Gascoigne’s ill-fated spell at Kettering in 2005.
Steve Morrow – Played in midfield in Copenhagen due to Martin Keown, John Jensen and David Hillier missing the final. Morrow was deemed surplus to requirements when Wenger took over, and was shipped to QPR. Spent a season in the MLS with Dallas before retiring in 2003.
Paul Merson– Six months after the final, Merson admitted he was a gambling and cocaine addict. Overcame his demons and had successful spells at Middlesborough, Villa and Portsmouth. Can now be seen lighting up our screens on Sky Sports’ Gillett Soccer Saturday.
Ian Selley – The youngest player on the field in Copenhagen, injuries blighted Selley’s career, with the midfielder breaking his leg twice. Drifted around various clubs, with spells at Fulham, Wimbledon and Southend, and spent time at non-league clubs like Woking and Grays Athletic.
Alan Smith – The hero of Arsenal’s victory, Smith retired in 1995. Now working as a media pundit, Smith was an incredibly disciplined played, only receiving one booking in his entire career.
Kevin Campbell – Sold in 1995 following the arrivals of Dennis Bergkamp and John Hartson at Highbury, Campbell had a successful spell at Nottingham Forest before moving to Turkey with Trabzonspur. Leaving Turkey because of racist remarks by the club’s owner, Campbell was successful with Everton, and later had spells at West Brom and Cardiff.
Manager: George Graham – The Cup Winners Cup was Graham’s last trophy for Arsenal, as the Scot was sacked in 1995 and banned by the Football League for accepting bungs from agents. Did well at Leeds and then joined Arsenal’s hated rivals Spurs in 1998. Hated because of his ties with Arsenal, Graham was sacked in 2001 and has not been a manager since.