1976 FA Cup Final
Old Wembley Stadium (external view).jpg
EventFA Cup 1975–76
Date1 May 1976
VenueWembley Stadium, London
RefereeClive Thomas
Attendance99,115
1975
1977

The 1976 FA Cup Final took place on 1 May 1976 at Wembley Stadium. It 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. 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.

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)

Southampton

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

1 May 1976
15:00 BST
Manchester United 0–1 Southampton Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 99,115
Referee: Clive Thomas
Report Stokes Goal 83'
Manchester United
Southampton
GK 1 Flag of England Alex Stepney
RB 2 Flag of Scotland Alex Forsyth
LB 3 Flag of Scotland Stewart Houston
CM 4 Flag of Republic of Ireland Gerry Daly
CB 5 Flag of England Brian Greenhoff
CB 6 Flag of Scotland Martin Buchan (c)
RM 7 Flag of England Steve Coppell
CM 8 Flag of Northern Ireland Sammy McIlroy
CF 9 Flag of England Stuart Pearson
CF 10 Flag of Scotland Lou Macari
LM 11 Flag of England Gordon Hill Substituted off in the 66th minute 66'
Substitute:
MF 12 Flag of Northern Ireland David McCreery Substituted on in the 66th minute 66'
Manager:
Flag of Scotland Tommy Docherty
GK 1 Flag of England Ian Turner
RB 2 Flag of Wales Peter Rodrigues (c)
LB 3 Flag of England David Peach
CM 4 Flag of England Nick Holmes
CB 5 Flag of England Mel Blyth
CB 6 Flag of Scotland Jim Steele
RM 7 Flag of England Paul Gilchrist
CF 8 Flag of England Mick Channon
CF 9 Flag of England Peter Osgood
CM 10 Flag of Scotland Jim McCalliog
LM 11 Flag of England Bobby Stokes
Substitute:
MF 12 Flag of Scotland Hugh Fisher
Manager:
Flag of England Lawrie McMenemy

In popular culture

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

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