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The 1973 FA Cup Final was the 92nd final of the FA Cup. It took place on 5 May 1973 at Wembley Stadium and was contested between Leeds United, the previous season's winners and one of the dominant teams in English football at the time, and Sunderland, then playing in the Second Division.

1973 FA Cup Final
Old Wembley Stadium (external view).jpg
Event1972–73 FA Cup
Date5 May 1973
VenueWembley Stadium, London
RefereeKen Burns
Attendance100,000
1972
1974

In one of the biggest shocks in the history of the competition, Sunderland won 1–0 to become the first Second Division side to lift the Cup since West Bromwich Albion in 1931. It remains Sunderland's only major trophy since World War II. Sunderland's team were the only FA Cup winners of the 20th century not to field any full internationals, although some of their players were capped later.

Contents

Road to WembleyEdit

Leeds United
Home teams listed first. Round 3: Norwich City 1–1 Leeds United

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

 

Round 5: Leeds United 2–0 WBA

 

Quarter-Final: Derby County 0–1 Leeds United

Semi-Final: Leeds United 1–0 Wolverhampton Wanderers

(at Maine Road, Manchester)

Sunderland
Home teams listed first. Round 3: Notts County 1–1 Sunderland

Replay: Sunderland 2–0 Notts County
 

Round 4: Sunderland 1–1 Reading

Replay: Reading 1–3 Sunderland

Round 5: Manchester City 2–2 Sunderland

Replay: Sunderland 3–1 Manchester City

Quarter-Final: Sunderland 2–0 Luton Town

Semi-Final: Sunderland 2–1 Arsenal

(at Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield)

Match summaryEdit

 
The only goal scored
 
The final match ball with the Golden Boot awarded to Ian Porterfield of Sunderland

Sunderland established their tactics immediately from the kick-off and refused to be intimidated by their more illustrious opponents, tackling fiercely and 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 32 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.

The turning point of the match came midway 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 goalward from 10 yards but Montgomery 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 FIFA World Cup match against Brazil.[1]

The North East team survived more pressure from Leeds to secure a notable upset.[2]

The 1973 showpiece is the only FA Cup final ever to be played with an orange ball.

Sunderland's FA Cup record, "Sunderland All the Way", was recorded by comedian Bobby Knoxall.[3]

Match detailsEdit

Leeds United0–1Sunderland
(Report) Porterfield   32'
Attendance: 100,000
 
 
 
 
 
Leeds United
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sunderland
GK 1   David Harvey
DF 2   Paul Reaney
DF 3   Trevor Cherry
MF 4   Billy Bremner (c)
DF 5   Paul Madeley
DF 6   Norman Hunter
FW 7   Peter Lorimer
FW 8   Allan Clarke
FW 9   Mick Jones
MF 10   Johnny Giles
MF 11   Eddie Gray   75'
Substitute:
MF 12   Terry Yorath   75'
Manager:
  Don Revie
GK 1   Jimmy Montgomery
RB 2   Dick Malone
LB 3   Ron Guthrie
CM 4   Micky Horswill
CB 5   David Watson
CB 6   Richie Pitt
RCM 7   Bobby Kerr (c)
RW 8   Billy Hughes
ST 9   Vic Halom
LCM 10   Ian Porterfield
LW 11   Dennis Tueart
Substitute:
CB 12   David Young
Manager:
  Bob Stokoe

Match rules

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Dream comes true for Sunderland". Glasgow Herald (page 4). 7 May 1973. Retrieved 23 July 2013.
  2. ^ "1973 FA Cup Rune". Roker Roar.com. Retrieved 23 July 2013.
  3. ^ Tim Booler and Jessica Forster (21 July 2009). "Comic legend Bobby Knoxall dies". Sunderland Echo.

External linksEdit

 
Fans line the streets as the Sunderland team return home after winning the FA Cup