1977 FA Cup Final

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1977 FA Cup Final
1977 FA Cup Final match programme.jpg
Match programme cover
Event1976–77 FA Cup
Date21 May 1977
VenueWembley Stadium, London
RefereeBob Matthewson (Bolton)

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.

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 details

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