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1973 FA Cup Final

1973 FA Cup Final
Event FA Cup 1972–73
Date 5 May 1973
Venue Wembley Stadium, London
Referee Ken Burns
Attendance 100,000

The 1973 FA Cup Final was the 92nd final of the FA Cup. It took place on 5 May 1973 at Wembley Stadium (celebrating its 50th anniversary in this year) and was contested between Leeds United, the previous season's winners and one of the dominant teams in English football at the time, and Sunderland, then playing in the Second Division.

In one of the biggest shocks in the history of the competition, Sunderland won 1–0 to become the first Second Division side to lift the Cup since West Bromwich Albion in 1931. It remains Sunderland's only major trophy since World War II. Sunderland's team were the only FA Cup winners of the 20th century not to field any full internationals, although some of their players were capped later.


  • Road to Wembley 1
  • Match summary 2
  • Match details 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Road to Wembley

Leeds United
Home teams listed first. Round 3: Norwich City 1–1 Leeds United

Replay: Leeds United 1–1 Norwich City
2nd Replay: Leeds United 5–0 Norwich City (at Villa Park)

Round 4: Leeds United 2–1 Plymouth Argyle


Round 5: Leeds United 2–0 WBA


Quarter-Final: Derby County 0–1 Leeds United

Semi-Final: Leeds United 1–0 Wolverhampton Wanderers

(at Maine Road, Manchester)

Home teams listed first. Round 3: Notts County 1–1 Sunderland

Replay: Sunderland 2–0 Notts County

Round 4: Sunderland 1–1 Reading

Replay: Reading 1–3 Sunderland

Round 5: Manchester City 2–2 Sunderland

Replay: Sunderland 3–1 Manchester City

Quarter-Final: Sunderland 2–0 Luton Town

Semi-Final: Sunderland 2–1 Arsenal

(at Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield)

Match summary

Ian Porterfield's goal
The 1973 English FA Cup match ball with the Golden Boot awarded to Ian Porterfield, Sunderland AFC

Sunderland established their tactics immediately from the kick off and refused to be intimidated by their more illustrious opponents (who had earned the nickname 'Dirty' Leeds due to their aggressive style), tackling fiercely and defiantly with an unremitting determination. Leeds looked anxious, lacking their usual composure. The match itself was decided by two crucial moments that would be talked about for years to come.

After 31 minutes Sunderland took the lead when Vic Halom chested down a corner from Billy Hughes. Assisted by Dave Watson between two defenders, the deflected high ball was controlled by Ian Porterfield who shot home from 12 yards. Leeds, shocked, battled back with predictable determination. Sunderland’s goalkeeper Jimmy Montgomery was outstanding, defying Leeds with a string of fine saves and preserving his team’s lead.

The turning point of the match came mid-way through the second half. Montgomery dived to palm away a close range header from Trevor Cherry. It fell into the path of Lorimer who blasted goalward from 10 yards but Montgomery managed to divert the ball on to the underside of the bar and Malone scrambled the ball clear. The save has been compared with that made by England’s Gordon Banks in the 1970 FIFA World Cup match against Brazil.[1]

The North East team survived more pressure from Leeds to secure a notable upset.[2]

Sunderland's triumph made them the first FA Cup winners to lift the trophy with a side featuring no full international players, although some were capped later.

The 1973 showpiece is the only FA Cup final ever to be played with an orange ball.

Sunderland's FA Cup record, "Sunderland All the Way", was recorded by comedian Bobby Knoxall.[3]

Match details

5 May 1973
15:00 BST
Leeds United 0–1 Sunderland
(Report) Porterfield  31'
Wembley, London
Attendance: 100,000
Referee: Ken Burns, Stourbridge
Leeds United
GK 1 David Harvey
DF 2 Paul Reaney
DF 3 Trevor Cherry
MF 4 Billy Bremner (c)
DF 5 Paul Madeley
DF 6 Norman Hunter
FW 7 Peter Lorimer
FW 8 Allan Clarke
FW 9 Mick Jones
MF 10 Johnny Giles
MF 11 Eddie Gray  75'
MF 12 Terry Yorath  75'
Don Revie
GK 1 Jimmy Montgomery
RB 2 Dick Malone
LB 3 Ron Guthrie
CM 4 Micky Horswill
CB 5 David Watson
CB 6 Richie Pitt
RCM 7 Bobby Kerr (c)
RW 8 Billy Hughes
ST 9 Vic Halom
LCM 10 Ian Porterfield
LW 11 Dennis Tueart
CB 12 David Young
Bob Stokoe

Match rules

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


  1. ^ "Dream comes true for Sunderland". Glasgow Herald (page 4). 7 May 1973. Retrieved 23 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "1973 FA Cup Rune". Roker Retrieved 23 July 2013. 
  3. ^ Tim Booler and Jessica Forster (2009-07-21). "Comic legend Bobby Knoxall dies". Sunderland Echo. 

External links

Fans line the streets as the Sunderland team return home after winning the FA Cup
  • Game facts at
  • Match report in "Daily Telegraph"
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