1977 FA Cup Final

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1977 FA Cup Final
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Event 1976–77 FA Cup
Date21 May 1977
Venue Wembley Stadium, London
Referee Bob Matthewson (Bolton)
Attendance99,252
1976
1978

The 1977 FA Cup Final was the final match of the 1976–77 FA Cup, the 96th season of England's premier cup football competition. The match was played on 21 May 1977 at Wembley Stadium, London, and it was contested by Manchester United and Liverpool. United won the game 2–1. All three goals came in a five-minute period early in the second half. Stuart Pearson opened the scoring when he latched onto a long ball forward and drove a hard shot past Ray Clemence. Liverpool equalised through Jimmy Case soon after, as he turned and hooked a right foot half-volley into the top corner, giving Stepney no chance. However, just three minutes later, United regained the lead when Lou Macari's shot deflected off teammate Jimmy Greenhoff's chest and looped into the net past Clemence and Phil Neal on the line. Jimmy Greenhoff's brother Brian was also in the United line up, making them the first pair of brothers to play in an FA Cup final since George and Ted Robledo played for Newcastle United in 1952.

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Liverpool had already won the league title, which meant Manchester United qualified for the 1977–78 European Cup Winners' Cup regardless of win or loss, and then went on to win the European Cup four days later, so United's victory prevented them from becoming the first club to win the Treble (First Division, FA Cup and European Cup) – Manchester United achieved this feat 22 years later.

Match details

Liverpool 1–2 Manchester United
Case Soccerball shade.svg 53' Report Pearson Soccerball shade.svg 51'
J. Greenhoff Soccerball shade.svg 55'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 99,252
Referee: Bob Matthewson (Lancashire)
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Liverpool
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Manchester United
GK1 Flag of England.svg Ray Clemence
DF2 Flag of England.svg Phil Neal
DF3 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Joey Jones
DF4 Flag of England.svg Tommy Smith
MF5 Flag of England.svg Ray Kennedy
DF6 Flag of England.svg Emlyn Hughes (c)
FW7 Flag of England.svg Kevin Keegan
MF8 Flag of England.svg Jimmy Case
MF9 Flag of Ireland.svg Steve Heighway
FW10 Flag of England.svg David Johnson Sub off.svg 64'
MF11 Flag of England.svg Terry McDermott
Substitute:
MF12 Flag of England.svg Ian Callaghan Sub on.svg 64'
Manager:
Flag of England.svg Bob Paisley
GK1 Flag of England.svg Alex Stepney
DF2 Ulster Banner.svg Jimmy Nicholl
DF3 Flag of Scotland.svg Arthur Albiston
MF4 Ulster Banner.svg Sammy McIlroy
DF5 Flag of England.svg Brian Greenhoff
DF6 Flag of Scotland.svg Martin Buchan (c)
MF7 Flag of England.svg Steve Coppell
MF8 Flag of England.svg Jimmy Greenhoff
FW9 Flag of England.svg Stuart Pearson
FW10 Flag of Scotland.svg Lou Macari
MF11 Flag of England.svg Gordon Hill Sub off.svg 81'
Substitute:
MF12 Ulster Banner.svg David McCreery Sub on.svg 81'
Manager:
Flag of Scotland.svg Tommy Docherty

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary.
  • Replay if scores still level.
  • One named substitute.

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References

    Peter Corrigan and Julie Welch (22 May 1977). "United win the Cup". The Observer. p. 1.