1972 FA Cup Final

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

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.

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 Wembley

Leeds United

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 summary

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 facts

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