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The 1972 FA Cup Final took place on 6 May 1972 at Wembley Stadium. It was the centenary final (although only the 91st final due to world wars) and the 44th to be played at Wembley.

1972 FA Cup Final
Old Wembley Stadium (external view).jpg
Event1971–72 FA Cup
Date6 May 1972
VenueWembley Stadium, London
RefereeDavid Smith (Stonehouse)

It was contested between cup holders Arsenal, who had won the Football League and the FA Cup the previous season, and Leeds United, who had won the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup and finished 2nd in the league the previous season. They had never won the trophy before.

Arsenal planned to make it the third decade for a club to return as Cup-holders and win again for the second successive year, as Newcastle United had done in 1952 and Tottenham Hotspur in 1962.

The final is also the origin of the song "Leeds! Leeds! Leeds!" (commonly known as "Marching On Together") as the B-side of the Leeds cup final song, still played by United and other Leeds sports teams.


Road to WembleyEdit

Leeds UnitedEdit

Home teams listed first.

Round 3: Leeds United 4–1 Bristol Rovers

Round 4: Liverpool 0–0 Leeds United

Replay: Leeds United 2–0 Liverpool

Round 5: Cardiff City 0–2 Leeds United


Round 6: Leeds United 2–1 Tottenham Hotspur

Semi-final: Leeds United 3–0 Birmingham City

(at Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield)


Home teams listed first.

Round 3: Swindon Town 0–2 Arsenal

Round 4: Reading 1 –2 Arsenal


Round 5: Derby County 2–2 Arsenal

Replay: Arsenal 0–0 Derby County
2nd Replay: Arsenal 1–0 Derby County (at Filbert Street)

Round 6: Leyton Orient 0–1 Arsenal

Semi-final: Stoke City 1–1 Arsenal

(at Villa Park, Birmingham)
Replay: Arsenal 2–1 Stoke City
(at Goodison Park, Everton)

Match summaryEdit

The Leeds duo Mick Jones and Allan 'Sniffer' Clarke combined to produce a goal in the fifty-third minute. Jones sent across a hard, shoulder-high centre and Clarke headed powerfully past Arsenal keeper Geoff Barnett's left hand from fifteen yards.

A match that often fell below the highest level began badly with a foul by Clarke on Alan Ball in the first five seconds and the first of four bookings — Bob McNab bringing down Peter Lorimer as early as the second minute. Neither side played consistently up to their capabilities, yet both had their moments. Charlie George's fierce volley cannoned back off the bar for Arsenal, and both Clarke and Lorimer struck the woodwork for Leeds.

Leeds' jubilation at the end was tempered by a last-minute injury to Mick Jones, who dislocated his elbow and had to be helped up the steps by Norman Hunter to receive his winners' medal.

Match factsEdit

Leeds United1–0Arsenal
Clarke   53' (Report)
Attendance: 100,000
Referee: David Smith
Leeds United
GK 1   David Harvey
RB 2   Paul Reaney
LB 3   Paul Madeley
MF 4   Billy Bremner (c)
CB 5   Jack Charlton
CB 6   Norman Hunter
RW 7   Peter Lorimer
FW 8   Allan Clarke
FW 9   Mick Jones
MF 10   Johnny Giles
LW 11   Eddie Gray
MF 12   Mick Bates
  Don Revie
GK 1   Geoff Barnett
RB 2   Pat Rice
LB 3   Bob McNab
MF 4   Peter Storey
CB 5   Frank McLintock (c)
CB 6   Peter Simpson
MF 7   George Armstrong
MF 8   Alan Ball
FW 9   Charlie George
FW 10   John Radford   73'
MF 11   George Graham
FW 12   Ray Kennedy   73'
  Bertie Mee

Match rules

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

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