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Encyclopedia > FA Cup Final 1973

The 1973 FA Cup Final took place on 5 May 1973 at Wembley Stadium. It was contested between cup holders Leeds United who were one of the dominant teams of the time and totally unfancied second division Sunderland. The result was one of the biggest shocks in the history of the competition as the second division side won 1-0 becoming only the second Division Two side to win the Cup since West Bromwich Albion in 1931. May 5 is the 125th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (126th in leap years). ... 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday. ... For the railway station of the same name, see Wembley Stadium railway station Wembley Stadium is a football stadium in Wembley, London, England, which is currently being rebuilt, although is well behind schedule. ... Leeds United Football Club is the only professional association football club in the city of Leeds. ... From the 1992-93 to the 2003-04 season, the Football League Second Division was the second-highest division of The Football League and the third-highest division in the overall English football league system. ... Sunderland Association Football Club is a football club based in Sunderland, on Wearside in the North-East of England. ... West Bromwich Albion Football Club is an English football club formed by workers from Salters Spring Works in West Bromwich, West Midlands in 1878. ...

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Match summary

Sunderland established their tactics immediately from the kick off. Tackling fiercely, defiantly with an unremitting determination. Leeds looked anxious, lacking their usual composure. The match itself was decided by two crucial moments that would be talked about for years to come.


After 31 minutes Sunderland took the lead when Vic Halom chested down a corner from Billy Hughes. Assisted by Dave Watson between two defenders, the deflected high ball was controlled by Ian Porterfield who shot home from 12 yards. Leeds, shocked, battled back with predictable determination. Sunderland’s goalkeeper Jimmy Montgomery was outstanding, defying Leeds with a string of fine saves and preserving his team’s lead. Dave Watson (born October 5, 1946 in Stapleford, Nottinghamshire) was a towering centre half who shot to stardom as part of the Sunderland team which won the FA Cup in 1973. ... Ian Porterfield (born in Dunfermline, Scotland on 11th February 1946) is an experienced football coach who has worked at both club and international level in the past 25 years. ... Jimmy Montgomery (born 9th October 1943 in Sunderland) was a footballer who will be forever remembered as the goalkeeper who pulled off an incredible double save in the 1973 F.A. Cup final, the famous 1:0 victory for Sunderland A.F.C. over Leeds United. ...


The turning point of the match came mid-way through the second half. Montgomery dived to palm away a close range header from Trevor Cherry. It fell into the path of Lorimer who blasted goal ward from 10 yards but Montgomery, miraculously, managed to divert the ball on to the underside of the bar and Malone scrambled the ball clear. The save has been compared with that made by England’s Gordon Banks in the 1970 World Cup match against Brazil. First international Scotland 0 - 0 England (Partick, Scotland; 30 November 1872) Largest win Ireland 0 - 13 England (Belfast, Northern Ireland; 18 February 1882) Worst defeat Hungary 7 - 1 England (Budapest, Hungary; 23 May 1954) World Cup Appearances 12 (First in 1950) Best result Winners, 1966 European Championship Appearances 7 (First... Gordon Banks, OBE (born Sheffield, England, 30th December, 1937) is a former English footballer, considered by many to be the best goalkeeper to have played the game. ... The FIFA World Cup Trophy, which has been awarded to the world champions since 1974. ...


The North East team survived more pressure from Leeds to secure a notable upset.


Match facts

Leeds United
White shirts/White shorts and socks
0 — 1
(final score after 90 minutes)
Sunderland
Red and White striped shirts/Black shorts/Red socks
Manager: Don Revie

Team:
Harvey (GK)
Reaney
Cherry
Bremner (c)
Madley
Hunter
Lorimer
Clark
Jones
Giles
Gray sub 75 Don Revie, OBE, (10 July 1927 - 26 May 1989), was a football player for Leicester City, Hull City, Sunderland, Manchester City and Leeds United as a deep lying centre-forward. ... David Harvey (born February 7, 1948 in Leeds, England) was for many years the reserve goalkeeper for Leeds United during their glory era of the 1960s and 1970s and yet is more fondly remembered than the man who blocked his path for so long. ... Paul Reaney(born in Fulham, London, October 22 1944) was a long-serving full back with Leeds United F.C.team of the 1960s and 1970s. ... Trevor John Cherry (born February 23, 1948 in Huddersfield, England) was a defender who made his name with Leeds United in the 1970s and is synonymous with the game in the whole of West Yorkshire. ... Billy Bremner (born Stirling, Scotland, 9 December 1942; died Doncaster, England, 7 December 1997) was the inspirational captain of the legendary Leeds United football team of the 1960s and 1970s. ... Paul Madeley (born September 20, 1944 in Leeds, England) was a footballer during Leeds Uniteds glory era of the 1960s and 1970s and the last high-profile utility player. ... Norman Bite Yer Legs Hunter (born October 24, 1943 in Eighton Banks, Gateshead, England) was one of the more uncompromising members of the much respected and feared Leeds United team of the 1960s and 1970s. ... Peter Lorimer (born Dundee, Scotland, December 14, 1946) was a footballer who formed part of the much-admired and feared Leeds United team of the 1960s and 1970s. ... Allan Clarke (born July 31, 1946 in Short Heath, Derbyshire) was one of English footballs greatest goalscorers who shot to fame in the much-admired and feared Leeds United team of the 1970s. ... Mick Jones (born Worksop, England, 24th April 1945) was a strong, traditional centre forward who led the line for the great Leeds United team of the 1960s and 1970s. ... Johnny Giles (born as Michael John Giles on November 6, 1940 in Cabra, Republic of Ireland) was the all-round midfield general who was at the heart of the great Leeds United team of the 1960s and 1970s. ... Edward Gray (born January 17, 1948 in Glasgow, Scotland) was a cultured winger who was an integral member of the legendary Leeds United football team of the 1960s and 1970s, later twice becoming the clubs manager. ...


Substitutes:
Yorath on 75 Terence Charles Yorath (born in Cardiff, Wales on March 27, 1950) is a former footballer and football manager who has twice managed the Wales national football team and the Lebanon national football team. ...


Scorers:

  • None

Half-time:
0-1


Competition:
FA Cup (Final) The FA Cup - this is the fourth trophy, in use since 1992, and identical in design to the third trophy introduced in 1911. ...


Date:
15.00 BST Saturday 5 May 1973


Venue:
Wembley Stadium, London For the railway station of the same name, see Wembley Stadium railway station Wembley Stadium is a football stadium in Wembley, London, England, which is currently being rebuilt, although is well behind schedule. ... This article is about the British city. ...


Attendance:
100,000


Referee:
K Burns


Match rules:
90 minutes.
30 minutes extra-time if necessary.
Match replayed if scores still level.
One named subsititute.

Manager: Bob Stokoe

Team:
Montgomery (GK)
Malone
Guthrie
Horswill
Watson
Pitt
Bobby Kerr (c)
Billy Hughes
Halom
Porterfield
Tueart Bob Stokoe (1930 - February 1, 2004) was a footballer and a manager who managed, almost uniquely, to transcend the traditional North-East rivalry between the regions footballing giants, Newcastle United and Sunderland. ... Jimmy Montgomery (born 9th October 1943 in Sunderland) was a footballer who will be forever remembered as the goalkeeper who pulled off an incredible double save in the 1973 F.A. Cup final, the famous 1:0 victory for Sunderland A.F.C. over Leeds United. ... Dave Watson (born October 5, 1946 in Stapleford, Nottinghamshire) was a towering centre half who shot to stardom as part of the Sunderland team which won the FA Cup in 1973. ... Ian Porterfield (born in Dunfermline, Scotland on 11th February 1946) is an experienced football coach who has worked at both club and international level in the past 25 years. ...


Substitutes:
David Young


Scorers:

Ian Porterfield (born in Dunfermline, Scotland on 11th February 1946) is an experienced football coach who has worked at both club and international level in the past 25 years. ...

Road to Wembley

Leeds United
Home teams listed first.


Round 3: Norwich City 1-1 Leeds United Norwich City Football Club is a football club based in Norwich, England. ...

Replay: Leeds United 1-1 Norwich City
2nd Replay: Leeds United 5-0 Norwich City (at Villa Park)

Round 4: Leeds United 2-1 Plymouth Argyle Villa Park, in Birmingham, England; is the stadium at which Aston Villa Football Club play their home games. ... Plymouth Argyle Football Club (commonly known as the Pilgrims) are an English football team, playing in the Championship league. ...

 

Round 5: Leeds United 2-0 WBA West Bromwich Albion Football Club is an English football club formed by workers from Salters Spring Works in West Bromwich, West Midlands in 1878. ...

 

Quarter-Final: Derby County 0-1 Leeds United Derby County Football Club are an English football club based in Derby, currently playing in the Football League Championship. ...


Semi-Final: Leeds United 2-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. is a Wolverhampton-based football club playing at Molineux stadium. ...

(at Maine Road, Manchester)

Sunderland
Home teams listed first. Maine Road was a football stadium that was home to Manchester City, before their move to the City of Manchester Stadium. ... Manchester is a city in the United Kingdom, famous for being the worlds first industrial city and considered by many to be UKs second city [1][2]. It is a centre of the arts, the media and big business. ...


Round 3: Notts County 1-1 Sunderland Notts County Football Club are a football club based in Nottingham, England and are the oldest professional football team in the world. ...

Replay: Sunderland 2-0 Notts County
 

Round 4: Sunderland 1-1 Reading Reading Football Club is a football club, based in the English town of Reading. ...

Replay: Reading 1-3 Sunderland

Round 5: Manchester City 2-2 Sunderland Manchester City Football Club is a football club based in Manchester, United Kingdom. ...

Replay: Sunderland 3-1 Manchester City

Quarter-Final: Sunderland 2-0 Luton Town Luton Town F.C. are an English football team based in the town of Luton. ...


Semi-Final: Sunderland 2-1 Arsenal Arsenal Football Club (also known as Arsenal or The Gunners) are an English professional football club based in north London. ...

(at Hillsborough, Sheffield)

This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Sheffield Wednesday are a football club in the English Football League. ...

External links

  • Match report at fa-cupfinals.co.uk
  • Game facts at soccerbase.com

 
 

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