1976 FA Cup Final

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1976 FA Cup Final
Old Wembley Stadium (external view).jpg
Event1975–76 FA Cup
Date1 May 1976
VenueWembley Stadium, London
RefereeClive Thomas (Treorchy)

The 1976 FA Cup Final was the 95th final of the FA Cup. It took place on 1 May 1976 at Wembley Stadium and was contested between Manchester United and Southampton.

United had finished third in the First Division that season, and were strong favourites, while unfancied Southampton had finished sixth in the Second Division, Southampton had players with FA Cup Final experience more than Manchester United, Peter Rodrigues (1969), Peter Osgood (1970) and Jim McCalliog (1966). In one of the biggest shocks in the history of the final, Southampton won 1–0 through an 83rd-minute goal from Bobby Stokes. It was the first time Southampton won a major trophy, and the last time that the Queen attended a final and presented the trophy to the winners.[1]

Road to Wembley

Manchester United

Home teams listed first.

Round 3: Manchester United 2–1 Oxford United


Round 4: Manchester United 3–1 Peterborough United

Round 5: Leicester City 1–2 Manchester United


Round 6: Manchester United 1–1 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Replay: Wolverhampton Wanderers 2–3 Manchester United

Semi-final: Manchester United 2–0 Derby County (at Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield)


Home teams listed first.

Round 3: Southampton 1–1 Aston Villa

Replay: Aston Villa 1–2 Southampton

Round 4: Southampton 3–1 Blackpool

Round 5: West Bromwich Albion 1–1 Southampton

Replay: Southampton 4–0 West Bromwich Albion

Round 6: Bradford City 0–1 Southampton


Semi-final: Southampton 2–0 Crystal Palace (at Stamford Bridge, London)

Match summary

Manchester United started stronger, and missed several early goalscoring opportunities, with Southampton goalkeeper Ian Turner making a series of impressive saves to deny Gerry Daly and Gordon Hill. Southampton in turn began to create chances; Mick Channon was put through on goal before being denied by goalkeeper Alex Stepney. As extra time loomed, Southampton's Bobby Stokes received Jim McCalliog's pass and slotted the ball across Stepney and into the far corner to score a late winner and with it his side's first major trophy.

Match details

Manchester United0–1Southampton
Report Stokes Goal 83'
Attendance: 99,115
Referee: Clive Thomas
Manchester United
GK 1 England Alex Stepney
RB 2 Scotland Alex Forsyth
LB 3 Scotland Stewart Houston
CM 4 Republic of Ireland Gerry Daly
CB 5 England Brian Greenhoff
CB 6 Scotland Martin Buchan (c)
RM 7 England Steve Coppell
CM 8 Northern Ireland Sammy McIlroy
CF 9 England Stuart Pearson
CF 10 Scotland Lou Macari
LM 11 England Gordon Hill Substituted off 66'
MF 12 Northern Ireland David McCreery Substituted in 66'
Scotland Tommy Docherty
GK 1 England Ian Turner
RB 2 Wales Peter Rodrigues (c)
LB 3 England David Peach
CM 4 England Nick Holmes
CB 5 England Mel Blyth
CB 6 Scotland Jim Steele
RM 7 England Paul Gilchrist
CF 8 England Mick Channon
CF 9 England Peter Osgood
CM 10 Scotland Jim McCalliog
LM 11 England Bobby Stokes
MF 12 Scotland Hugh Fisher
England Lawrie McMenemy

In popular culture

Jasper Carrott immortalised the match in his song Cup Final 1976.



  • Tim Manns (2006). Tie a Yellow Ribbon: How the Saints Won the Cup. Hagiology Publishing. ISBN 0-9534474-6-4.


  1. ^ Hytner, David (25 February 2017). "Lawrie McMenemy: 'Southampton didn't have a cat in hell's chance'". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 February 2017.

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