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1981 FA Cup Final
Old Wembley Stadium (external view)
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 Soccerball 79' (o.g.) (Report) Hutchison Soccerball 30'
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Tottenham Hotspur
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Manchester City
GK 1 England Milija Aleksic
LB 2 Flag of Republic Ireland Chris Hughton
CB 3 England Paul Miller
CB 4 England Graham Roberts
RB 5 England Steve Perryman (c)
CM 6 Flag of Argentina Ricardo Villa Sub off 68'
CM 7 Flag of Argentina Osvaldo Ardiles
CF 8 Scotland Steve Archibald
LM 9 Flag of Republic Ireland Tony Galvin
CM 10England Glenn Hoddle
CF 11England Garth Crooks
Substitute:
MF 12England Garry Brooke Sub on 68'
Manager:
England Keith Burkinshaw
GK 1 England Joe Corrigan
RB 2 England Ray Ranson
LB 3 Scotland Bobby McDonald
CB 4 England Nicky Reid
LM 5 England Paul Power (c)
CB 6 England Tommy Caton
CF 7 England Dave Bennett
CM 8 Scotland Gerry Gow
CM 9 England Steve MacKenzie
RM 10Scotland Tommy Hutchison Sub off 105'
CF 11England Kevin Reeves
Substitute:
MF 12 England Tony Henry Sub on 105'
Manager:
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 Soccerball 8'76'
Crooks Soccerball 70'
(Report) MacKenzie Soccerball 11'
Reeves Soccerball 50' (pen.)
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Tottenham Hotspur
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Manchester City
GK 1 England Milija Aleksic
LB 2 Flag of Republic Ireland Chris Hughton
CB 3 England Paul Miller
CB 4 England Graham Roberts
CM 5 Flag of Argentina Ricardo Villa
RB 6 England Steve Perryman (c)
RM 7 Flag of Argentina Osvaldo Ardiles
CF 8 Scotland Steve Archibald
LM 9 Flag of Republic Ireland Tony Galvin
CM 10England Glenn Hoddle
CF 11England Garth Crooks
Substitute:
MF 12England Garry Brooke
Manager:
England Keith Burkinshaw
GK 1 England Joe Corrigan
RB 2 England Ray Ranson
LB 3 Scotland Bobby McDonald Sub off 79'
CB 4 England Nicky Reid
LM 5 England Paul Power (c)
CB 6 England Tommy Caton
CF 7 England Dave Bennett
CM 8 Scotland Gerry Gow
CM 9 England Steve MacKenzie
RM 10Scotland Tommy Hutchison
CF 11England Kevin Reeves
Substitute:
MF 12 England Dennis Tueart Sub on 79'
Manager:
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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