1975–76 FA Cup

1975–76 FA Cup
Country England
Champions Southampton
Runners-up Manchester United

The FA Cup 1975–76 was the 95th staging of the world's oldest football knockout competition, The Football Association Challenge Cup, or FA Cup. The final saw Southampton beat Manchester United 1–0, with the only goal coming from Bobby Stokes in the 83rd minute of the game.

First round proper

For the qualifying rounds, see 1975–76 FA Cup Qualifying Rounds.

The first round of games were played on 22 November 1975. Replays were played mainly on the 24th–26th, with second replays performed one or two weeks after.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1Darlington0–0Chester22 November 1975
ReplayChester2–0Darlington26 November 1975
2Dartford1–4Bishop's Stortford22 November 1975
3Hartlepool3–0Stockport County22 November 1975
4Bury4–2Doncaster Rovers22 November 1975
5Grantham2–2Port Vale22 November 1975
ReplayPort Vale4–1Grantham24 November 1975
6Preston North End2–1Scunthorpe United22 November 1975
7Sutton United1–1Bournemouth22 November 1975
ReplayBournemouth1–0Sutton United26 November 1975
8Watford0–3Brighton & Hove Albion22 November 1975
9Weymouth0–2Gillingham22 November 1975
10Yeovil Town1–1Millwall22 November 1975
ReplayMillwall2–2Yeovil Town25 November 1975
ReplayYeovil Town0–1Millwall3 December 1975
11Marine3–1Barnsley22 November 1975
12Walsall0–1Huddersfield Town22 November 1975
13Sheffield Wednesday3–1Macclesfield Town22 November 1975
14Grimsby Town1–3Gateshead United22 November 1975
15Scarborough2–0Morecambe22 November 1975
16Wycombe Wanderers0–0Bedford Town22 November 1975
ReplayBedford Town2–2Wycombe Wanderers24 November 1975
ReplayWycombe Wanderers2–1Bedford Town1 December 1975
17Brentford2–0Northampton Town22 November 1975
18Rossendale United0–1Shrewsbury Town22 November 1975
19Bradford City1–0Chesterfield22 November 1975
20Crystal Palace1–0Walton & Hersham22 November 1975
21Spennymoor United4–1Southport22 November 1975
22Southend United2–0Swansea City22 November 1975
23Mansfield Town1–1Wrexham22 November 1975
ReplayWrexham1–1Mansfield Town24 November 1975
ReplayMansfield Town2–1Wrexham8 December 1975
24Cardiff City6–2Exeter City22 November 1975
25Halifax Town3–1Altrincham22 November 1975
26Newport County2–2Swindon Town22 November 1975
ReplaySwindon Town3–0Newport County25 November 1975
27Workington1–1Rochdale22 November 1975
ReplayRochdale2–1Workington25 November 1975
28Hereford United2–0Torquay United22 November 1975
29Rotherham United2–1Crewe Alexandra22 November 1975
30Aldershot4–3Wealdstone22 November 1975
31Romford0–1Tooting & Mitcham United22 November 1975
32Wigan Athletic4–1Matlock Town22 November 1975
33Boston United0–1Lincoln City22 November 1975
34Peterborough United4–1Winsford United22 November 1975
35Colchester United3–3Dover22 November 1975
ReplayDover4–1Colchester United26 November 1975
36Nuneaton Borough0–1Wimbledon22 November 1975
37Hendon1–0Reading22 November 1975
38Leatherhead2–0Cambridge United22 November 1975
39AP Leamington2–3Stafford Rangers22 November 1975
40Coventry Sporting2–0Tranmere Rovers22 November 1975

Second round proper

The second round of games were played on 13 December 1975. Replays took place on the 15th–17th or the 22nd.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1Bournemouth2–2Hereford United13 December 1975
ReplayHereford United2–0Bournemouth17 December 1975
2Bury3–0Spennymoor United13 December 1975
3Marine1–1Hartlepool13 December 1975
ReplayHartlepool6–3Marine15 December 1975
4Gillingham0–1Brighton & Hove Albion13 December 1975
5Sheffield Wednesday2–0Wigan Athletic13 December 1975
6Stafford Rangers1–3Halifax Town13 December 1975
7Scarborough3–2Preston North End13 December 1975
8Shrewsbury Town3–1Chester13 December 1975
9Millwall1–1Crystal Palace13 December 1975
ReplayCrystal Palace2–1Millwall16 December 1975
10Wimbledon0–2Brentford13 December 1975
11Southend United4–1Dover13 December 1975
12Huddersfield Town2–1Port Vale13 December 1975
13Mansfield Town1–2Lincoln City13 December 1975
14Cardiff City1–0Wycombe Wanderers13 December 1975
15Rotherham United0–3Bradford City13 December 1975
16Aldershot2–0Bishop's Stortford13 December 1975
17Hendon0–1Swindon Town13 December 1975
18Leatherhead0–0Tooting & Mitcham United13 December 1975
ReplayTooting & Mitcham United2–1Leatherhead22 December 1975
19Coventry Sporting0–4Peterborough United13 December 1975
20Gateshead United1–1Rochdale13 December 1975
ReplayRochdale3–1Gateshead United16 December 1975

Third round proper

The third round of games in the FA Cup were mainly played on 3 January 1976, with two matches played two days earlier on New Year's Day. Replays were mainly played midweek over 6–7 January or the week after but one occurred on the 24th instead.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1Blackpool1–0Burnley3 January 1976
2Southampton1–1Aston Villa3 January 1976
ReplayAston Villa1–2Southampton7 January 1976
3Leicester City3–0Sheffield United3 January 1976
4Notts County0–1Leeds United3 January 1976
5Nottingham Forest0–0Peterborough United1 January 1976
ReplayPeterborough United1–0Nottingham Forest7 January 1976
6Wolverhampton Wanderers3–0Arsenal3 January 1976
7Middlesbrough0–0Bury3 January 1976
ReplayBury3–2Middlesbrough6 January 1976
8West Bromwich Albion3–1Carlisle United3 January 1976
9Sunderland2–0Oldham Athletic3 January 1976
10Derby County2–1Everton3 January 1976
11Luton Town2–0Blackburn Rovers3 January 1976
12Swindon Town2–2Tooting & Mitcham United3 January 1976
ReplayTooting & Mitcham United2–1Swindon Town6 January 1976
13Scarborough1–2Crystal Palace3 January 1976
14Shrewsbury Town1–2Bradford City3 January 1976
15Ipswich Town3–1Halifax Town3 January 1976
16Tottenham Hotspur1–1Stoke City3 January 1976
ReplayStoke City2–1Tottenham Hotspur24 January 1976
17Manchester City6–0Hartlepool3 January 1976
18Queens Park Rangers0–0Newcastle United3 January 1976
ReplayNewcastle United2–1Queens Park Rangers7 January 1976
19Fulham2–3Huddersfield Town3 January 1976
20Brentford0–0Bolton Wanderers3 January 1976
ReplayBolton Wanderers2–0Brentford6 January 1976
21Coventry City2–1Bristol City3 January 1976
22Portsmouth1–1Birmingham City3 January 1976
ReplayBirmingham City0–1Portsmouth6 January 1976
23West Ham United0–2Liverpool3 January 1976
24Manchester United2–1Oxford United3 January 1976
25Norwich City1–1Rochdale3 January 1976
ReplayRochdale0–0Norwich City6 January 1976
ReplayNorwich City2–1Rochdale13 January 1976
26Hull City1–1Plymouth Argyle3 January 1976
ReplayPlymouth Argyle1–4Hull City6 January 1976
27Chelsea1–1Bristol Rovers1 January 1976
ReplayBristol Rovers0–1Chelsea3 January 1976
28Southend United2–1Brighton & Hove Albion3 January 1976
29Charlton Athletic2–1Sheffield Wednesday3 January 1976
30York City2–1Hereford United3 January 1976
31Aldershot1–2Lincoln City3 January 1976
32Orient0–1Cardiff City3 January 1976

Fourth round proper

The fourth round of games were mostly played on 28 January 1976, with three replays and a main tie on the 27th and 28th. One of the main ties was played on 2 February instead.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1Southampton3–1Blackpool24 January 1976
2Leicester City1–0Bury24 January 1976
3West Bromwich Albion3–2Lincoln City24 January 1976
4Sunderland1–0Hull City2 February 1976
5Derby County1–0Liverpool24 January 1976
6Ipswich Town0–0Wolverhampton Wanderers24 January 1976
ReplayWolverhampton Wanderers1–0Ipswich Town27 January 1976
7Coventry City1–1Newcastle United24 January 1976
ReplayNewcastle United5–0Coventry City28 January 1976
8Manchester United3–1Peterborough United24 January 1976
9Norwich City2–0Luton Town24 January 1976
10Bradford City3–1Tooting & Mitcham United24 January 1976
11Southend United2–1Cardiff City24 January 1976
12Huddersfield Town0–1Bolton Wanderers24 January 1976
13Charlton Athletic1–1Portsmouth24 January 1976
ReplayPortsmouth0–3Charlton Athletic27 January 1976
14Leeds United0–1Crystal Palace24 January 1976
15York City0–2Chelsea24 January 1976
16Stoke City1–0Manchester City28 January 1976

Fifth round proper

The fifth set of games took place (except for one game) on 14 February 1976. Three games went to a replay which were played on 17–18 February. The Norwich City–Bradford City match and a second replay of the Bolton Wanderers–Newcastle United match were played on 23 February.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1Leicester City1–2Manchester United14 February 1976
2Bolton Wanderers3–3Newcastle United14 February 1976
ReplayNewcastle United0–0Bolton Wanderers18 February 1976
ReplayBolton Wanderers1–2Newcastle United23 February 1976
3Wolverhampton Wanderers3–0Charlton Athletic14 February 1976
4West Bromwich Albion1–1Southampton14 February 1976
ReplaySouthampton4–0West Bromwich Albion17 February 1976
5Derby County1–0Southend United14 February 1976
6Norwich City1–2Bradford City23 February 1976
7Chelsea2–3Crystal Palace14 February 1976
8Stoke City0–0Sunderland14 February 1976
ReplaySunderland2–1Stoke City17 February 1976

Sixth round proper

The sixth round of FA Cup games were played on 6 March 1976. There was one replay on the 9th.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1Sunderland0–1Crystal Palace6 March 1976
2Derby County4–2Newcastle United6 March 1976
3Manchester United1–1Wolverhampton Wanderers6 March 1976
ReplayWolverhampton Wanderers2–3Manchester United9 March 1976
4Bradford City0–1Southampton6 March 1976

Semi finals


Main article: 1976 FA Cup Final

1 May 1976
15:00 BST
Southampton 1–0 Manchester United
Stokes  83'
Wembley, London
Attendance: 100,000
Referee: Clive Thomas
Man United

TV Coverage

The right to show FA Cup games were, as with Football League matches, shared between the BBC and ITV network. All games were shown in a highlights format, except the Final, which was shown live both on BBC1 & ITV. The BBC football highlights programme Match Of The Day would show up to three games and the various ITV regional network stations would cover up to one game and show highlights from other games covered elsewhere on the ITV network. No games from Rounds 1 or 2 were shown. Highlights of replays would be shown on either the BBC or ITV. Third Round BBC West Ham United v Liverpool, Scarborough v Crystal Palace, Queens Park Rangers v Newcastle United, Newcastle United v Queens Park Rangers (Midweek replay), Stoke City v Tottenham Hotspur (Saturday Replay) ITV Derby County v Everton (ATV & Granada), Tottenham Hotspur v Stoke City (LWT), Leicester City v Sheffield United (Yorkshire out of region)Other regions showed those three games. Fourth Round BBC Coventry City v Newcastle United, Manchester United v Peterborough United ''ITV' Derby County v Liverpool (ATV & Granada), Leeds United v Crystal Palace (Yorkshire), Norwich City v Luton Town (Anglia), Charlton Athletic v Portsmouth (LWT & Southern), Stoke City v Manchester City (Midweek All regions) Fifth Round 'BBC Chelsea v Crystal Palace, Bolton Wanderers v Newcastle United, Wolverhampton Wanderers v Charlton Athletic, Newcastle United v Bolton Wanderers (Midweek Both replays) ITV Leicester City v Manchester United (ATV & Granada), Stoke City v Sunderland (Tyne-Tees Out of region), Derby County v Southend United (Anglia Out of Region) Sixth Round BBC Derby County v Newcastle United, Bradford City v Southampton ITV Sunderland v Crystal Palace (Tyne-Tees & LWT), Manchester United v Wolverhampton Wanderers (Granada & ATV), Wolverhampton Wanderers v Manchester United (Midweek replay All regions) Semi-Finals BBC Derby County v Manchester United ITV Crystal Palace v Southampton (All regions) Final Manchester United v Southampton covered Live by BBC & ITV.


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