Competition: FA Cup Final.
Attendance: 100,000 (Receipts £233,800).
Referee: K.H. Burns (Stourbridge).
As United came
clattering down in the 1973 FA Cup Final, the thud could be heard from John O’Groats to Lands End.
After thirty-two minutes, diminutive midfield man Bobby Kerr put in a cunning lob which David Harvey was forced to tip away for a corner. Billy Hughes curled the kick in from the right, beyond United’s defensive cover under the challenge of Dave Watson, where Porterfield cushioned the ball on his thigh before crashing in a superb knee-high, right foot volley for the goal which was to win the Cup.
United’s all stars found
themselves chasing the game immediately
Inevitably, the game is often remembered for the save that enabled the Wear-siders to hang on to the Cup rather than for the goal that won it. Midway through the second half Trevor Cherry linked up with his attack and put in a diving header which goalkeeper Jim Montgomery did well to parry. The goalkeeper, who had been immaculate throughout, flung himself to his right to brilliantly palm away the close range header from Cherry, who had sneaked unnoticed into the box. The ball ran loose to Peter Lorimer who, unchallenged, hit the ball hard and true from short range, only for Montgomery to twist in the air and fling out his arms to tip the ball onto the underside of the bar for an amazing double reflex save which defied belief.
Montgomery‘s superb effort sapped the United spirit and, although they pushed forward belatedly, anything less than victory would have been harsh on underdogs Sunderland. Leeds had a loud appeal for a penalty, after Dave Watson brought down Billy Bremner in the box, turned down and it was Sunderland who finished on an upbeat note as Vic Halom drew a marvellous save out of David Harvey, United just hadn’t played up to scratch, particularly in attack, where Eddie Gray, who had sparkled against Chelsea in the 1970 Final, was shut out to such an extent that he was withdrawn before the end.
Teams from Wembley Programme:
introduces Allan Clarke to the Duke of
Billy Bremner fights hard in midfield Mick Jones flies high but is foiled by Jim Montgomery
Norman Hunter and Paul Madeley combine to win a high ball Norman Hunter beats Dennis Tueart to the ball
Cherry gets the ball in the net but it was disallowed
Ian Porterfield volleys home the winner for Sunderland
Ian Porterfield scores the winner much to the annoyance of Billy Bremner
Bobby Kerr shows off the Cup