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1965 FA Cup Final

 

1965 FA Cup Final

1965 FA Cup Final
Event 1964–65 FA Cup
Date 1 May 1965
Venue Wembley Stadium, London

The 1965 FA Cup Final took place on 1 May 1965 at Wembley Stadium. It was the 93rd year, 84th final (due to World Wars) and the 37th to be played at Wembley. It was contested between Liverpool, who had won the First Division the previous season and had lost their two previous attempts at the cup (1914 and 1950), and Leeds United, who had won the Second Division Championship and been promoted the previous season.

The twentieth post-war Final was a hard one to pick. On the previous season's performance (1963–64), Liverpool would have been the favourites after winning the First Division and Leeds winning the Second Division. However, Leeds finished 2nd in the league in 1964–65 and Liverpool finished 7th. Three seasons earlier, Leeds had been only one match away from relegation from the Second Division, so their position in the league and reaching their first FA Cup Final was a remarkable achievement, which was pointed out in the final programme.[1]

This was also the first FA Cup Final to feature a black player; Albert Johanneson.

Contents

  • Road to Wembley 1
    • Liverpool 1.1
    • Leeds United 1.2
  • Match summary 2
  • Match facts 3
  • Post-match 4
  • Notes 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Road to Wembley

Home teams listed first.

Liverpool

Round 3: West Bromwich Albion 1–2 Liverpool

Round 4: Liverpool 1–1 Stockport County

Replay: Stockport County 0–2 Liverpool

Round 5: Bolton Wanderers 0–1 Liverpool

Round 6: Leicester City 0–0 Liverpool

Replay: Liverpool 1–0 Leicester City

Semi-final: Liverpool 2–0 Chelsea

(at Villa Park, Birmingham)
 
 

Leeds United

Round 3: Leeds United 3–0 Southport

Round 4: Leeds United 1–1 Everton

Replay: Everton 1–2 Leeds United

Round 5: Leeds United 2–0 Shrewsbury Town

Round 6: Crystal Palace 0–3 Leeds United

 

Semi-final: Leeds United 0–0 Manchester United

(at Hillsborough, Sheffield)
Replay: Manchester United 0–1 Leeds United
(at City Ground, Nottingham)

Match summary

The game ran to extra time — the first Final to do so since 1947, and the additional period was played out in an atmosphere of great tension and drama before Liverpool were victorious.

Defensively, Leeds were excellent, but there was a lack of inventiveness in their attack. The Collins-Bremner midfield machine for once failed to function, their passes down the middle were invariably mastered by Yeats and Smith. Liverpool, on the other hand, were always forcing their way forward, with St. John and Hunt showing tremendous bursts of energy in particular. Every raid looked full of danger, but Leeds survived.

Three minutes into extra time the deadlock was finally broken when Liverpool scored. Left-back Byrne, who had played most of the match with a broken collar bone, took the ball to the bye-line and crossed for Hunt, stooping low, to nod home. But they quickly lost the advantage when Leeds equalised. Charlton headed the ball down and Bremner lashed a half-volley into the top corner. Then Liverpool contrived to score again, St. John diving to head in Callaghan's low centre from the right.[2]

Match facts

1 May 1965
15:00 BST
Liverpool 2–1
(a.e.t.)
Leeds United
Hunt  93'
St. John  113'
(Report) Bremner  100'
Wembley, London
Attendance: 100,000
Referee: W. Clements (Birmingham)
Liverpool
Leeds United
GK 1 Tommy Lawrence
DF 2 Chris Lawler
DF 3 Gerry Byrne
DF 4 Geoff Strong
DF 5 Ron Yeats (c)
MF 6 Willie Stevenson
MF 7 Ian Callaghan
FW 8 Roger Hunt
FW 9 Ian St. John
MF 10 Tommy Smith
MF 11 Peter Thompson
Manager:
Bill Shankly
GK 1 Gary Sprake
DF 2 Paul Reaney
DF 3 Willie Bell
MF 4 Billy Bremner
DF 5 Jack Charlton
DF 6 Norman Hunter
MF 7 Johnny Giles
FW 8 Jim Storrie
FW 9 Alan Peacock
MF 10 Bobby Collins (c)
MF 11 Albert Johanneson
Manager:
Don Revie

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary.
  • Replay if scores still level.

Post-match

Liverpool manager Bill Shankly was asked after the match whether Leeds United had failed during the season: "Failed? Second in the championship. Cup finalists. Ninety per cent of managers would pray for 'failures' like that."[3]

Notes

  1. ^ The FA (01/05/1965) Leeds Make History, FA Cup Final Programme 1965 (Accessed 12 October 2006)
  2. ^ "1965 FA Cup Final Report". Daily Mirror. 3 May 1965. Retrieved 17 June 2011. 
  3. ^ Hutchings & Nawrat 1995, p. 64.

References

  • Hutchings, Steve; Nawrat, Chris (1995). The Sunday Times Illustrated History of Football: The Post-War Years. London: Chancellor Press.  

External links

  • 1965 FA Cup Final at fa-cupfinals.co.uk
  • Game facts at soccerbase.com
  • Full Results from the 1965 FA Cup competition
  • LFC History Match Report
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