1979 FA Cup Final

1979 FA Cup Final
Event FA Cup 1978–79
Date 12 May 1979
Venue Wembley Stadium, London
Referee Ron Challis (Kent)
Attendance 99,219

The 1979 FA Cup Final was a football match played on 12 May 1979 at Wembley Stadium. The match was contested by Arsenal and Manchester United. It is widely regarded as one of the greatest-ever finishes in an FA Cup final.[1][2] For over 85 minutes the game had been unremarkable, with Arsenal taking a 2–0 half time lead through goals from Brian Talbot and Frank Stapleton. In the 86th minute, however, Gordon McQueen scored following a set-piece, and two minutes later Sammy McIlroy dribbled past two Arsenal players to score a dramatic equaliser. With the game poised for extra time, United's celebrations proved short-lived, as Alan Sunderland scored a last-minute winner, making the final result Arsenal 3–2 Manchester United. This match is often referred to as the "Five-minute Final".

The 1979 FA Cup was the only major trophy that Arsenal won during the seven-year management of Terry Neill, who was appointed in 1976 and remained as manager until he was dismissed in 1983.

It was also the only cup final that Manchester United reached under the management of Dave Sexton, who had been appointed as manager in 1977 and remained there until 1981 when he was sacked having failed to bring a major trophy to the club.

Match details

12 May 1979
Arsenal 3–2 Manchester United
Talbot  12'
Stapleton  43'
Sunderland  89'
(Report) McQueen  86'
McIlroy  88'
Wembley, London
Attendance: 99,219
Referee: Ron Challis (Kent)
Manchester United
GK 1 Northern Ireland Pat Jennings
RB 2 Northern Ireland Pat Rice (c)
LB 3 Northern Ireland Sammy Nelson
CM 4 England Brian Talbot
CB 5 Republic of Ireland David O'Leary
CB 6 Scotland Willie Young
RM 7 Republic of Ireland Liam Brady
CF 8 England Alan Sunderland
CF 9 Republic of Ireland Frank Stapleton
CM 10England David Price  83'
LM 11England Graham Rix
DF 12England Steve Walford  83'
Northern Ireland Terry Neill
GK 1 England Gary Bailey
RB 2 Northern Ireland Jimmy Nicholl
LB 3 Scotland Arthur Albiston
CM 4 Northern Ireland Sammy McIlroy
CB 5 Scotland Gordon McQueen
CB 6 Scotland Martin Buchan (c)
RM 7 England Steve Coppell
CF 8 England Jimmy Greenhoff
CF 9 Scotland Joe Jordan
CM 10Scotland Lou Macari
LM 11Wales Mickey Thomas
DF 12England Brian Greenhoff
England Dave Sexton


  1. "1979 FA Cup Final". BBC Manchester. 13 May 2005. Archived from the original on 30 August 2007. Retrieved 5 September 2007.
  2. "What a finish!". TheFA.com. 20 May 2005. Retrieved 5 September 2007.

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