Competition: FA Cup Final.
Attendance: 100,000 (Receipts £128,272).
Referee: Mr E. T. Jennings (Stourbridge, Worcestershire).
Few FA Cup Finals could match this classic game for drama
and excitement. For United it represented the last real opportunity for glory
in a season that had promised so much. In the days leading up to the big game
at Wembley, jaded United were forced to concede their League title to Everton
and had seen Celtic win 1-0 at
United, sensing the game was their last real chance of
ending the season with a trophy, outplayed Chelsea for most of the match, with
a sparkling display of attacking football with ‘Man of the Match’ Eddie Gray
being in devastating form and totally dominating his opposing full-back, David Webb.Yet United could never convert their superiority into
goals that would put the game beyond the reach of the resilient Londoners.
Even as the sand sapped aching limbs in extra-time, United still carried the game to
At the final whistle two weary teams, who had become the first to fail to find a winner since the Final had moved to Wembley in 1923, shared a lap of honour knowing that battle would recommence eighteen days later to extend United’s marathon season still further.
Billy Bremner and
Gary Sprake before the Billy Bremner
greets Princess Margaret
Billy Bremner, Gary Sprake, Paul Madeley, Johnny
Giles, Norman Hunter, David Webb gets his
Terry Cooper, Mick Jones, Eddie Gray, Peter Lorimer, Mick Bates, Allan Clarke
and Jack Charlton line up for the formal introduction
Jack Charlton watches as Eddie McCreadie and Ron Harris fail to stop his header
Allan Clarke’s header hits the post, but Mick
Jones was on hand to score United’s second goal
Gary Sprake saves as
Jack Charlton and Norman Hunter look on
Mick Jones wins a heading duel with David Webb
as Allan Clarke looks on
Allan Clarke tries a diving header
Eddie Gray taunts David Webb Eddie Gray on the run
Jack Charlton takes on Tommy Baldwin
Eddie Gray skips past David Webb
Jack Charlton takes the ball from Tommy