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1978 FA Cup Final
Old Wembley Stadium (external view)
EventFA Cup 1977–78
Date6 May 1978
VenueWembley Stadium, London
1977
1979

The 1978 FA Cup Final took place on 6 May 1978 at Wembley Stadium. It was contested between Arsenal and Ipswich Town. While Ipswich were considered underdogs, having been beaten 6–1 by Aston Villa in the league the previous Saturday and facing Arsenal's England striker Malcolm Macdonald, Ipswich won the match 1–0.

Ipswich dominated the game, hitting the woodwork three times (including twice from John Wark) before Clive Woods and David Geddis combined to produce a chance for Roger Osborne, who scored with a left-foot shot. Osborne promptly fainted at the emotion of the moment and was brought round by smelling salts prior to being substituted.

It remains Ipswich Town's only FA Cup triumph to date and they have not appeared in the final since, although they did appear in the semi-final three years later. Their only major trophy since then was the UEFA Cup in 1981.

Road to Wembley

Arsenal

Home teams listed first.

Round 3: Sheffield United 0–5 Arsenal

Round 4: Arsenal 2–1 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Round 5: Arsenal 4–1 Walsall

 

Round 6: Wrexham 2–3 Arsenal

Semi-final: Leyton Orient 0–3 Arsenal (at Stamford Bridge, London)

Ipswich Town

Home teams listed first.

Round 3: Cardiff City 0–2 Ipswich Town

Round 4: Ipswich Town 4–1 Hartlepool United

Round 5: Bristol Rovers 2–2 Ipswich Town

Replay: Ipswich Town 3–0 Bristol Rovers

Round 6: Millwall 1–6 Ipswich Town

Semi-final: Ipswich 3–1 West Bromwich Albion (at Highbury, London)

Coverage

The Final was televised by both the BBC and ITV as part of their respective Grandstand and World of Sport shows. David Coleman and Lawrie McMenemy were the commentary team for the BBC with Brian Moore and Jack Charlton for ITV. BBC Radio coverage was anchored by Des Lynam with commentary from Alan Parry and Peter Jones alongside Ray Clemence.

Match details

6 May 1978
15:00 BST
Arsenal 0–1 Ipswich Town Wembley, London
Attendance: 100,000
Referee: Derek Nippard
(Report) Osborne Soccerball 77'
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Arsenal
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Ipswich
GK 1 Flag of Northern Ireland Pat Jennings
DF 2 Flag of Northern Ireland Pat Rice (c)
DF 3 Flag of Northern Ireland Sammy Nelson
MF 4 England David Price
DF 5 Flag of Republic Ireland David O'Leary
DF 6 Scotland Willie Young
MF 7 Flag of Republic Ireland Liam Brady Sub off 66'
MF 8 England Alan Sunderland
FW 9 England Malcolm Macdonald
FW 10Flag of Republic Ireland Frank Stapleton
MF 11England Alan Hudson
Substitute:
MF 12England Graham Rix Sub on 66'
Manager:
Flag of Northern Ireland Terry Neill
GK 1 England Paul Cooper
DF 2 Scotland George Burley
DF 3 England Mick Mills (c)
MF 4 England Brian Talbot
DF 5 Flag of Northern Ireland Allan Hunter
DF 6 England Kevin Beattie
MF 7 England Roger Osborne Sub off 78'
MF 8 Scotland John Wark
FW 9 England Paul Mariner
FW 10England David Geddis
FW 11England Clive Woods
Substitute:
MF 12England Mick Lambert Sub on 78'
Manager:
England Bobby Robson

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary.
  • Replay if scores still level.
  • One named substitute.

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