1976–77 FA Cup

1976–77 FA Cup
Country England
Champions Manchester United
Runners-up Liverpool

The FA Cup 1976-77 was the 96th staging of the world's oldest football knockout competition, The Football Association Challenge Cup, or FA Cup. The final saw Manchester United beat Liverpool 2–1.

First round proper

For the qualifying rounds, see 1976–77 FA Cup Qualifying Rounds.

The first round of games were played on 20 November 1976. Replays were played mainly on 22-24, with some on 29 November, and 2 and 6 December.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1Enfield0–0Harwich & Parkeston20 November 1976
ReplayHarwich & Parkeston0–3Enfield23 November 1976
2Chester1–0Hartlepool20 November 1976
3Bournemouth0–0Newport County20 November 1976
ReplayNewport County3–0Bournemouth23 November 1976
4Barrow0–2Goole Town20 November 1976
5Bury6–0Workington20 November 1976
6Rochdale1–1Northwich Victoria20 November 1976
ReplayNorthwich Victoria0–0Rochdale22 November 1976
ReplayRochdale1–2Northwich Victoria29 November 1976
7Weymouth1–1Hitchin Town20 November 1976
ReplayHitchin Town2–2Weymouth24 November 1976
ReplayWeymouth3–3Hitchin Town29 November 1976
ReplayHitchin Town3–1Weymouth2 December 1976
8Reading1–0Wealdstone20 November 1976
9Walsall0–0Bradford City20 November 1976
ReplayBradford City0–2Walsall24 November 1976
10Gillingham0–1Watford20 November 1976
11Sheffield Wednesday2–0Stockport County20 November 1976
12Crewe Alexandra1–1Preston North End20 November 1976
ReplayPreston North End2–2Crewe Alexandra23 November 1976
ReplayCrewe Alexandra0–3Preston North End29 November 1976
13Lincoln City1–0Morecambe20 November 1976
14Stafford Rangers0–0Halifax Town20 November 1976
ReplayHalifax Town1–0Stafford Rangers23 November 1976
15Swindon Town7–0Bromley20 November 1976
16Scarborough0–0Darlington20 November 1976
ReplayDarlington4–1Scarborough22 November 1976
17Doncaster Rovers2–2Shrewsbury Town20 November 1976
ReplayShrewsbury Town4–3Doncaster Rovers23 November 1976
18Wrexham6–0Gateshead United20 November 1976
19Tranmere Rovers0–4Peterborough United20 November 1976
20Barnsley3–1Boston20 November 1976
21Brentford2–0Chesham United20 November 1976
22Crook Town1–4Nuneaton Borough20 November 1976
23Brighton & Hove Albion2–2Crystal Palace20 November 1976
ReplayCrystal Palace1–1Brighton & Hove Albion23 November 1976
ReplayBrighton & Hove Albion0–1Crystal Palace6 December 1976
24Wimbledon1–0Woking20 November 1976
25Exeter City1–1Southend United20 November 1976
ReplaySouthend United2–1Exeter City22 November 1976
26Scunthorpe United1–2Chesterfield20 November 1976
27Huddersfield Town0–0Mansfield Town20 November 1976
ReplayMansfield Town2–1Huddersfield Town22 November 1976
28Southport1–2Port Vale20 November 1976
29Matlock Town2–0Wigan Athletic20 November 1976
30Torquay United1–2Hillingdon Borough20 November 1976
31Kettering Town1–1Oxford United20 November 1976
ReplayOxford United0–1Kettering Town23 November 1976
32Rotherham United5–0Altrincham20 November 1976
33Aldershot1–1Portsmouth20 November 1976
ReplayPortsmouth2–1Aldershot23 November 1976
34Droylsden0–0Grimsby Town20 November 1976
ReplayGrimsby Town5–3Droylsden23 November 1976
35Tooting & Mitcham United4–2Dartford20 November 1976
36Dudley Town1–1York City20 November 1976
ReplayYork City4–1Dudley Town23 November 1976
37Leatherhead2–0Northampton Town20 November 1976
38Cambridge United1–1Colchester United20 November 1976
ReplayColchester United2–0Cambridge United24 November 1976
39Waterlooville1–2Wycombe Wanderers20 November 1976
40Swansea City0–1Minehead20 November 1976

Second round proper

The second round of games were mainly played on 11 December 1976, with some taking place midweek over 14–15 December and one on 20th. Replays took place on 14th or 21st.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1Chesterfield1–1Walsall11 December 1976
ReplayWalsall0–0Chesterfield14 December 1976
ReplayChesterfield0–1Walsall21 December 1976
2Darlington1–0Sheffield Wednesday15 December 1976
3Bury0–0Shrewsbury Town14 December 1976
ReplayShrewsbury Town2–1Bury21 December 1976
4Grimsby Town0–1Chester11 December 1976
5Northwich Victoria4–0Peterborough United14 December 1976
6Lincoln City6–0Nuneaton Borough11 December 1976
7Wrexham1–1Goole Town11 December 1976
ReplayGoole Town0–1Wrexham14 December 1976
8Wycombe Wanderers1–2Reading11 December 1976
9Portsmouth2–1Minehead11 December 1976
10Crystal Palace4–0Enfield11 December 1976
11Hitchin Town1–1Swindon Town11 December 1976
ReplaySwindon Town3–1Hitchin Town21 December 1976
12Southend United3–0Newport County11 December 1976
13Mansfield Town2–5Matlock Town15 December 1976
14Port Vale3–0Barnsley11 December 1976
15Halifax Town1–0Preston North End14 December 1976
16Kettering Town1–0Tooting & Mitcham United11 December 1976
17Rotherham United0–0York City11 December 1976
ReplayYork City1–1Rotherham United14 December 1976
ReplayRotherham United2–1York City21 December 1976
18Colchester United3–2Brentford20 December 1976
19Leatherhead1–3Wimbledon14 December 1976
20Hillingdon Borough2–3Watford11 December 1976

Third round proper

The third round of games in the FA Cup were played on 8 January 1977. Replays were mainly played midweek over 10–12 January or the week after but one occurred on 24th instead.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1Blackpool0–0Derby County8 January 1977
ReplayDerby County3–2Blackpool19 January 1977
2Darlington2–2Orient8 January 1977
ReplayOrient0–0Darlington11 January 1977
ReplayDarlington0–3Orient17 January 1977
3Burnley2–2Lincoln City8 January 1977
ReplayLincoln City0–1Burnley12 January 1977
4Liverpool0–0Crystal Palace8 January 1977
ReplayCrystal Palace2–3Liverpool11 January 1977
5Southampton1–1Chelsea8 January 1977
ReplayChelsea0–3Southampton12 January 1977
6Leicester City0–1Aston Villa8 January 1977
7Notts County0–1Arsenal8 January 1977
8Nottingham Forest1–1Bristol Rovers8 January 1977
ReplayBristol Rovers1–1Nottingham Forest11 January 1977
ReplayNottingham Forest6–0Bristol Rovers18 January 1977
9Northwich Victoria3–2Watford8 January 1977
10Wolverhampton Wanderers3–2Rotherham United8 January 1977
11Sunderland2–2Wrexham8 January 1977
ReplayWrexham1–0Sunderland12 January 1977
12Everton2–0Stoke City8 January 1977
13Sheffield United0–0Newcastle United8 January 1977
ReplayNewcastle United3–1Sheffield United24 January 1977
14Ipswich Town4–1Bristol City8 January 1977
15Manchester City1–1West Bromwich Albion8 January 1977
ReplayWest Bromwich Albion0–1Manchester City11 January 1977
16Queens Park Rangers2–1Shrewsbury Town8 January 1977
17Fulham3–3Swindon Town8 January 1977
ReplaySwindon Town5–0Fulham11 January 1977
18Coventry City1–0Millwall8 January 1977
19West Ham United2–1Bolton Wanderers8 January 1977
20Manchester United1–0Walsall8 January 1977
21Hull City1–1Port Vale8 January 1977
ReplayPort Vale3–1Hull City10 January 1977
22Carlisle United5–1Matlock Town8 January 1977
23Oldham Athletic3–0Plymouth Argyle8 January 1977
24Wimbledon0–0Middlesbrough8 January 1977
ReplayMiddlesbrough1–0Wimbledon11 January 1977
25Southend United0–4Chester8 January 1977
26Cardiff City1–0Tottenham Hotspur8 January 1977
27Halifax Town0–1Luton Town8 January 1977
28Charlton Athletic1–1Blackburn Rovers8 January 1977
ReplayBlackburn Rovers2–0Charlton Athletic12 January 1977
29Leeds United5–2Norwich City8 January 1977
30Hereford United1–0Reading8 January 1977
31Kettering Town2–3Colchester United8 January 1977
32Birmingham City1–0Portsmouth8 January 1977

Fourth round proper

The fourth round of games were played on 29 January 1977. Four games required a replay, played midweek on 1st–2 February.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1Chester1–0Luton Town29 January 1977
2Liverpool3–0Carlisle United29 January 1977
3Nottingham Forest3–3Southampton29 January 1977
ReplaySouthampton2–1Nottingham Forest1 February 1977
4Blackburn Rovers3–0Orient29 January 1977
5Aston Villa3–0West Ham United29 January 1977
6Northwich Victoria1–3Oldham Athletic29 January 1977
7Middlesbrough4–0Hereford United29 January 1977
8Swindon Town2–2Everton29 January 1977
ReplayEverton2–1Swindon Town1 February 1977
9Ipswich Town2–2Wolverhampton Wanderers29 January 1977
ReplayWolverhampton Wanderers1–0Ipswich Town2 February 1977
10Newcastle United1–3Manchester City29 January 1977
11Manchester United1–0Queens Park Rangers29 January 1977
12Cardiff City3–2Wrexham29 January 1977
13Port Vale2–1Burnley29 January 1977
14Arsenal3–1Coventry City29 January 1977
15Colchester United1–1Derby County29 January 1977
ReplayDerby County1–0Colchester United2 February 1977
16Birmingham City1–2Leeds United29 January 1977

Fifth round proper

The fifth set of games took place on 26 February 1977. One game went to a replay which was played on 8 March.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1Liverpool3–1Oldham Athletic26 February 1977
2Southampton2–2Manchester United26 February 1977
ReplayManchester United2–1Southampton8 March 1977
3Aston Villa3–0Port Vale26 February 1977
4Wolverhampton Wanderers1–0Chester26 February 1977
5Middlesbrough4–1Arsenal26 February 1977
6Derby County3–1Blackburn Rovers26 February 1977
7Cardiff City1–2Everton26 February 1977
8Leeds United1–0Manchester City26 February 1977

Sixth round proper

The sixth round of FA Cup games were played on 19 March 1977. There were no replays.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1Liverpool2–0Middlesbrough19 March 1977
2Wolverhampton Wanderers0–1Leeds United19 March 1977
3Everton2–0Derby County19 March 1977
4Manchester United2–1Aston Villa19 March 1977

Semi finals

Semi Final 1

23 April 1977
Liverpool 2 – 2 Everton
McDermott  10'
Case  73'
Report McKenzie  34'
Rioch  83'


27 April 1977
Everton 0 – 3 Liverpool
Report Neal  30' (pen)
Maine Road, Manchester
Attendance: 52,579
Referee: Clive Thomas, Treorchy

Semi Final 2

23 April 1977
Manchester United 2 – 1 Leeds United
J. Greenhoff  7'
Coppell  15'
Report Clarke  70' (pen)
Hillsborough, Sheffield
Referee: T. Reynolds, Wiltshire


Main article: 1977 FA Cup Final

21 May 1977
15:00 BST
Manchester United 2 – 1 Liverpool
Pearson  51'
J. Greenhoff  55'
Case  53'
Wembley, London
Attendance: 99,252
Referee: Robert Matthewson
Manchester 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. BBC were only able to cover one of the three planned Fifth round ties due to cameraman strike. Third Round BBC Southampton v Chelsea, Cardiff City v Tottenham Hotspur, Blackpool v Derby County, Derby County v Blackpool (Midweek replay) ITV Leeds United v Norwich City (Yorkshire & Anglia), Wimbledon v Middlesbrough (LWT & Tyne-Tees), Everton v Stoke City (Granada), Leicester v Aston Villa (ATV), Chelsea v Southampton (Midweek replay All regions) Fourth Round BBC Colchester United v Derby County, Cardiff City v Wrexham, Manchester United v Queens Park Rangers, Derby County v Colchester United (Midweek Replay) ITV Swindon Town v Everton (HTV & Granada), Arsenal v Coventry City (LWT), Ipswich Town v Wolverhampton Wanderers (Anglia), Birmingham City v Leeds United (ATV & Yorkshire) Fifth RoundBBC Leeds United v Manchester City ITVSouthampton v Manchester United (Southern & LWT), Middlesbrough v Arsenal (Tyne-Tees & Yorkshire), Liverpool v Oldham Athletic (Granada), Aston Villa v Port Vale (ATV) Sixth Round BBC Manchester United v Aston Villa, Everton v Derby County ITV Liverpool v Middlesbrough (Granada & Tyne-Tees), Wolverhampton Wanderers v Leeds United (ATV & Yorkshire) All ITV regions showed these two games Semi-FinalsBBC Everton v Liverpool, Everton v Liverpool (Midweek replay) ITVLeeds United v Manchester United Shown in all ITV regions Final Liverpool v Manchester United Shown live by both BBC & ITV


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