1979 FA Cup Final - Wikipedia

1979 FA Cup Final

The 1979 FA Cup Final was a football match played on 12 May 1979 at Wembley Stadium. The match was contested by Arsenal and Manchester United. It is regarded as one of the greatest-ever finishes in an FA Cup final.[1][2] For over 85 minutes the game had been unremarkable, with Arsenal taking a 2–0 half time lead through goals from Brian Talbot and Frank Stapleton. In the 86th minute, however, Gordon McQueen scored following a set-piece, and two minutes later Sammy McIlroy dribbled past two Arsenal players to score a dramatic equaliser. With the game poised for extra time, United's celebrations proved short-lived, as Alan Sunderland scored a last-minute winner, making the final result Arsenal 3–2 Manchester United. This match is often referred to as the "Five-minute Final".

1979 FA Cup Final
1979 FA Cup Final match programme.jpg
Match programme cover
Event1978–79 FA Cup
Date12 May 1979
VenueWembley Stadium, London
RefereeRon Challis (Kent)

The 1979 FA Cup was the only major trophy that Arsenal won during the seven-year management of Terry Neill, who was appointed in 1976 after Bertie Mee's retirement. He was dismissed in 1983.

It was also the only cup final that Manchester United reached under the management of Dave Sexton, who had been appointed as manager in 1977 and remained there until 1981 when he was sacked having failed to bring a major trophy to the club.

Match detailsEdit

Arsenal3–2Manchester United
Talbot   12'
Stapleton   43'
Sunderland   89'
(Report) McQueen   86'
McIlroy   88'
Wembley, London
Attendance: 99,219
Referee: Ron Challis (Kent)
Manchester United
GK 1   Pat Jennings
RB 2   Pat Rice (c)
LB 3   Sammy Nelson
CM 4   Brian Talbot
CB 5   David O'Leary
CB 6   Willie Young
RM 7   Liam Brady
CF 8   Alan Sunderland
CF 9   Frank Stapleton
CM 10   David Price   83'
LM 11   Graham Rix
DF 12   Steve Walford   83'
  Terry Neill
GK 1   Gary Bailey
RB 2   Jimmy Nicholl
LB 3   Arthur Albiston
CM 4   Sammy McIlroy
CB 5   Gordon McQueen
CB 6   Martin Buchan (c)
RM 7   Steve Coppell
CF 8   Jimmy Greenhoff
CF 9   Joe Jordan
CM 10   Lou Macari
LM 11   Mickey Thomas
DF 12   Brian Greenhoff
  Dave Sexton


  1. ^ "1979 FA Cup Final". BBC Manchester. 13 May 2005. Archived from the original on 30 August 2007. Retrieved 5 September 2007.
  2. ^ "What a finish!". TheFA.com. 20 May 2005. Archived from the original on 6 September 2008. Retrieved 5 September 2007.

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