1981 FA Cup Final
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Final
Event1980–81 FA Cup
Date9 May 1981
VenueWembley Stadium, London
RefereeKeith Hackett (South Yorkshire)
Attendance100,000
Replay
Date14 May 1981
VenueWembley Stadium, London
RefereeKeith Hackett (South Yorkshire)
Attendance92,000
1980
1982

The 1981 FA Cup Final was the 100th final of the FA Cup, and was contested by Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City.

The original match took place on Saturday 9 May 1981 at Wembley, and finished 1–1 after extra-time. Tommy Hutchison opened the scoring for City in the 30th minute, but scored an own-goal in the 79th minute to bring Spurs level.

The replay took place five days later, on Thursday 14 May 1981, and was the first replay since 1970 and the first to be staged at Wembley. Ricky Villa opened the scoring for Spurs in the eighth minute, before Steve MacKenzie equalised for City three minutes later. A Kevin Reeves penalty five minutes into the second half put the Manchester side ahead, before Garth Crooks brought Spurs level again in the 70th minute. Then, in the 76th minute, Tony Galvin passed to Villa 30 yards from City's goal, and the Argentinian proceeded to skip past four defenders before slotting the ball past City goalkeeper Joe Corrigan. This goal was voted Wembley Goal of the Century in 2001, and it won Tottenham the match, 3–2, and the FA Cup for the sixth time.

Match details

9 May 1981
Tottenham Hotspur 1–1
(a.e.t)
Manchester City Wembley, London
Attendance: 100,000
Referee: Keith Hackett (South Yorkshire)
Hutchison Goal 79' (o.g.) (Report) Hutchison Goal 30'
Tottenham Hotspur
Manchester City
GK 1 Flag of England Milija Aleksic
LB 2 Flag of Republic of Ireland Chris Hughton
CB 3 Flag of England Paul Miller
CB 4 Flag of England Graham Roberts
RB 5 Flag of England Steve Perryman (c)
CM 6 Flag of Argentina Ricardo Villa Substituted off in the 68th minute 68'
CM 7 Flag of Argentina Osvaldo Ardiles
CF 8 Flag of Scotland Steve Archibald
LM 9 Flag of Republic of Ireland Tony Galvin
CM 10 Flag of England Glenn Hoddle
CF 11 Flag of England Garth Crooks
Substitute:
MF 12 Flag of England Garry Brooke Substituted on in the 68th minute 68'
Manager:
Flag of England Keith Burkinshaw
GK 1 Flag of England Joe Corrigan
RB 2 Flag of England Ray Ranson
LB 3 Flag of Scotland Bobby McDonald
CB 4 Flag of England Nicky Reid
LM 5 Flag of England Paul Power (c)
CB 6 Flag of England Tommy Caton
CF 7 Flag of England Dave Bennett
CM 8 Flag of Scotland Gerry Gow
CM 9 Flag of England Steve MacKenzie
RM 10 Flag of Scotland Tommy Hutchison Substituted off in the 105th minute 105'
CF 11 Flag of England Kevin Reeves
Substitute:
MF 12 Flag of England Tony Henry Substituted on in the 105th minute 105'
Manager:
Flag of England John Bond

Match rules

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

Replay

14 May 1981
Tottenham Hotspur 3–2 Manchester City Wembley, London
Attendance: 92,000
Referee: Keith Hackett (South Yorkshire)
Villa Goal 8'76'
Crooks Goal 70'
(Report) MacKenzie Goal 11'
Reeves Goal 50' (pen.)
Tottenham Hotspur
Manchester City
GK 1 Flag of England Milija Aleksic
LB 2 Flag of Republic of Ireland Chris Hughton
CB 3 Flag of England Paul Miller
CB 4 Flag of England Graham Roberts
CM 5 Flag of Argentina Ricardo Villa
RB 6 Flag of England Steve Perryman (c)
RM 7 Flag of Argentina Osvaldo Ardiles
CF 8 Flag of Scotland Steve Archibald
LM 9 Flag of Republic of Ireland Tony Galvin
CM 10 Flag of England Glenn Hoddle
CF 11 Flag of England Garth Crooks
Substitute:
MF 12 Flag of England Garry Brooke
Manager:
Flag of England Keith Burkinshaw
GK 1 Flag of England Joe Corrigan
RB 2 Flag of England Ray Ranson
LB 3 Flag of Scotland Bobby McDonald Substituted off in the 79th minute 79'
CB 4 Flag of England Nicky Reid
LM 5 Flag of England Paul Power (c)
CB 6 Flag of England Tommy Caton
CF 7 Flag of England Dave Bennett
CM 8 Flag of Scotland Gerry Gow
CM 9 Flag of England Steve MacKenzie
RM 10 Flag of Scotland Tommy Hutchison
CF 11 Flag of England Kevin Reeves
Substitute:
MF 12 Flag of England Dennis Tueart Substituted on in the 79th minute 79'
Manager:
Flag of England John Bond

Match rules

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

Cup final song

Tottenham's cup final song was "Ossie's dream", recorded by the musical duo Chas and Dave with the Tottenham squad. Argentine player Ossie Ardiles famously sang the line "In the cup for Tottingham". [1]

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