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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.

1977 FA Cup Final
Old Wembley Stadium (external view).jpg
Event1976–77 FA Cup
Date21 May 1977
VenueWembley Stadium, London
RefereeBob Matthewson (Bolton)

Having 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 going on to win the European Cup four days later, United's victory prevented Liverpool 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 detailsEdit

Liverpool1–2Manchester United
Case   53' Report Pearson   51'
J. Greenhoff   55'
Attendance: 99,252
Manchester United
GK 1   Ray Clemence
DF 2   Phil Neal
DF 3   Joey Jones
DF 4   Tommy Smith
MF 5   Ray Kennedy
DF 6   Emlyn Hughes (c)
FW 7   Kevin Keegan
MF 8   Jimmy Case
MF 9   Steve Heighway
FW 10   David Johnson   64'
MF 11   Terry McDermott
MF 12   Ian Callaghan   64'
  Bob Paisley
GK 1   Alex Stepney
DF 2   Jimmy Nicholl
DF 3   Arthur Albiston
MF 4   Sammy McIlroy
DF 5   Brian Greenhoff
DF 6   Martin Buchan (c)
MF 7   Steve Coppell
MF 8   Jimmy Greenhoff
FW 9   Stuart Pearson
FW 10   Lou Macari
MF 11   Gordon Hill   81'
MF 12   David McCreery   81'
  Tommy Docherty

Match rules

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


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

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