1971–72 FA Cup

The 1971–72 FA Cup was the 91st season of the world's oldest football cup competition, the Football Association Challenge Cup, commonly known as the FA Cup. Leeds United won the competition, beating Arsenal 1–0 in the final at Wembley, London.

Several records were set during this FA Cup season. This was the third year in which the losing semifinalists were required to compete in a "match for third place";[1] following a goalless 90 minutes, Birmingham City beat Stoke City in a penalty shootout, the first time this method had been used to determine the result of an FA Cup match.[2] In the first round proper, Ted MacDougall's nine goals for A.F.C. Bournemouth as they beat Margate 11–0 remains the record for goals scored in a match in the FA Cup proper.[3] The fourth qualifying round tie between Alvechurch and Oxford City became the longest FA Cup tie ever, lasting a total of eleven hours before Alvechurch won the fifth replay 1–0.[2]

Matches were scheduled to be played at the stadium of the team named first on the date specified for each round, which was always a Saturday. If scores were level after 90 minutes had been played, a replay would take place at the stadium of the second-named team later the same week. If the replayed match was drawn further replays would be held until a winner was determined. If scores were level after 90 minutes had been played in a replay, a 30-minute period of extra time would be played.

1971–72 FA Cup
Country England
Defending championsArsenal
ChampionsLeeds United
(1st title)
Third placeBirmingham City
Fourth placeStoke City


Round Date
Preliminary round Saturday, 4 September 1971
First qualifying round Saturday, 18 September 1971
Second qualifying round Saturday, 9 October 1971
Third qualifying round Saturday, 23 October 1971
Fourth qualifying round Saturday, 6 November 1971
First round proper Saturday, 20 November 1971
Second round proper Saturday, 11 December 1971
Third round proper Saturday, 15 January 1972
Fourth round proper Saturday, 5 February 1972
Fifth round proper Saturday, 26 February 1972
Sixth round proper Saturday, 18 March 1972
Semi-finals Saturday, 15 April 1972
Final Saturday, 6 May 1972


First round proper

At this stage clubs from the Football League Third and Fourth Divisions joined those non-league clubs having come through the qualifying rounds. Matches were scheduled to be played on Saturday, 20 November 1971, although Aldershot's tie with Alvechurch was delayed until 24 November because non-league clubs Alvechurch and Oxford City were taking part in the longest FA Cup tie on record, the fifth and decisive replay taking place on 22 November, two days after the date set for the first round ties.[2] Nine drawn matches were settled by a single replay. Ted MacDougall set a goalscoring record for the FA Cup proper with nine goals for Third Division A.F.C. Bournemouth as they beat Margate of the Southern League 11–0.[3]

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date Attendance Notes
1 Enfield 2–0 Maidenhead United 20 November 1971
2 Chester 1–1 Mansfield Town 20 November 1971
Replay Mansfield Town 4–3 Chester 22 November 1971
3 Chesterfield 3–0 Oldham Athletic 20 November 1971 10057
4 Hartlepool 6–1 Scarborough 20 November 1971 3,374 [4]
5 A.F.C. Bournemouth 11–0 Margate 20 November 1971 [3]
6 Barrow 0–2 Darlington 20 November 1971
7 Rochdale 1–3 Barnsley 20 November 1971
8 Walsall 4–1 Dagenham 20 November 1971
9 Gillingham 3–2 Plymouth Argyle 20 November 1971
10 Notts County 6–0 Newport County 20 November 1971 11,976 [5]
11 Blackburn Rovers 1–1 Port Vale 20 November 1971
Replay Port Vale 3–1 Blackburn Rovers 22 November 1971 5,717 [6]
12 Bolton Wanderers 3–0 Bangor City 20 November 1971
13 Crewe Alexandra 0–1 Blyth Spartans 20 November 1971
14 Lincoln City 1–2 Bury 20 November 1971
15 Doncaster Rovers 1–2 Stockport County 20 November 1971
16 Wrexham 5–1 Bradford City 20 November 1971
17 Bristol Rovers 3–0 Telford United 20 November 1971
18 Rossendale United 1–0 Altrincham 23 November 1971 1,769 [6]
19 King's Lynn 0–0 Hereford United 20 November 1971
Replay Hereford United 1–0 King's Lynn 24 November 1971 7,758 [6]
20 Brighton & Hove Albion 7–1 Hillingdon Borough 20 November 1971
21 Skelmersdale United 0–4 Tranmere Rovers 20 November 1971
22 Southend United 1–0 Aston Villa 20 November 1971 16,929 [7]
23 Frickley Colliery 2–2 Rotherham United 20 November 1971
Replay Rotherham United 4–0 Frickley Colliery 23 November 1971 9,793 [6]
24 Southport 1–3 Workington 20 November 1971
25 Torquay United 1–0 Nuneaton Borough 20 November 1971
26 Ellesmere Port Town 0–3 Boston United 20 November 1971
27 York City 4–2 Grimsby Town 20 November 1971
28 Witney Town 0–3 Romford 20 November 1971
29 Kettering Town 2–4 Barnet 20 November 1971
30 Aldershot 4–2 Alvechurch 24 November 1971 4,638 [6]
31 Guildford City 0–0 Dover 20 November 1971
Replay Dover 0–2 Guildford City 24 November 1971 2,156 [6]
32 Wigan Athletic 2–1 Halifax Town 20 November 1971
33 South Shields 3–3 Scunthorpe United 20 November 1971
Replay Scunthorpe United 2–3 South Shields 29 November 1971 5,272 [6]
34 Colchester United 1–4 Shrewsbury Town 20 November 1971
35 Basingstoke Town 1–5 Northampton Town 20 November 1971
36 Bridgwater Town 0–3 Reading 20 November 1971
37 Cambridge United 2–1 Weymouth 20 November 1971
38 Crawley Town 0–0 Exeter City 20 November 1971
Replay Exeter City 2–0 Crawley Town 24 November 1971 3,967 [6]
39 Redditch United 1–1 Peterborough United 20 November 1971 4,500 [8]
Replay Peterborough United 6–0 Redditch United 22 November 1971 5,108 [8]
40 Swansea City 1–1 Brentford 20 November 1971
Replay Brentford 2–3 Swansea City 22 November 1971 15,000 [6]

Second round proper

The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 11 December 1971. Six matches were drawn, one of which required a second replay.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date Attendance Notes
1 A.F.C. Bournemouth 2–0 Southend United 11 December 1971 14,643 [7]
2 Barnet 1–4 Torquay United 11 December 1971
3 Reading 1–0 Aldershot 11 December 1971
4 Shrewsbury Town 2–1 Guildford City 11 December 1971
5 Wrexham 4–0 Wigan Athletic 11 December 1971
6 Barnsley 0–0 Chesterfield 11 December 1971
Replay Chesterfield 1–0 Barnsley 15 December 1971 14,500 [6]
7 Bristol Rovers 3–0 Cambridge United 11 December 1971
8 Rossendale United 1–4 Bolton Wanderers 11 December 1971 [A]
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 1–1 Walsall 11 December 1971
Replay Walsall 2–1 Brighton & Hove Albion 14 December 1971 8,014 [6]
10 Blyth Spartans 1–0 Stockport County 11 December 1971
11 Mansfield Town 2–2 Tranmere Rovers 11 December 1971
Replay Tranmere Rovers 4–2 Mansfield Town 15 December 1971 5,703 [6]
12 Port Vale 1–0 Darlington 11 December 1971
13 Workington 1–3 Bury 11 December 1971
14 Hereford United 0–0 Northampton Town 11 December 1971
Replay Northampton Town 2–2 Hereford United 14 December 1971 9,099 [6]
2nd replay Hereford United 2–1 Northampton Town 20 December 1971 8,331 [B][6]
15 Rotherham United 1–1 York City 11 December 1971
Replay York City 2–3 Rotherham United 13 December 1971 10,010 [6]
16 Romford 0–1 Gillingham 11 December 1971
17 Boston United 2–1 Hartlepool 11 December 1971 4,400 [4]
18 Peterborough United 4–0 Enfield 11 December 1971 7,702 [8]
19 South Shields 1–3 Notts County 11 December 1971 8,144 [5]
20 Swansea City 0–0 Exeter City 11 December 1971
Replay Exeter City 0–1 Swansea City 15 December 1971 6,858 [6]

Third round proper

The 44 First and Second Division clubs entered the competition at this stage. The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 15 January 1972; the tie between Newcastle United and Hereford United at Newcastle was twice postponed because of a waterlogged pitch on which snow had fallen.[9] Ten matches were drawn, each of which was settled by a single replay. The replay between Hereford and Newcastle, also the subject of several postponements and eventually played on the day scheduled for the fourth round ties, was voted "best FA Cup tie ever" in a 2007 poll hosted in The Observer newspaper.[9]

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date Attendance Notes
1 Blackpool 0–1 Chelsea 15 January 1972
2 Burnley 0–1 Huddersfield Town 15 January 1972
3 Bury 1–1 Rotherham United 15 January 1972
Replay Rotherham United 2–1 Bury 24 January 1972 14,625 [6]
4 Preston North End 4–2 Bristol City 15 January 1972
5 Southampton 1–1 Manchester United 15 January 1972 30,190 [10]
Replay Manchester United 4–1 Southampton 19 January 1972 50,960 [10]
6 Watford 1–4 Notts County 15 January 1972 13,488 [5]
7 Walsall 1–0 A.F.C. Bournemouth 15 January 1972
8 Bolton Wanderers 2–1 Torquay United 15 January 1972
9 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1–1 Leicester City 15 January 1972
Replay Leicester City 2–0 Wolverhampton Wanderers 19 January 1972 32,060 [6]
10 West Bromwich Albion 1–2 Coventry City 15 January 1972
11 Sunderland 3–0 Sheffield Wednesday 15 January 1972 25,310 [11]
12 Derby County 2–0 Shrewsbury Town 15 January 1972 33,463 [12]
13 Swindon Town 0–2 Arsenal 15 January 1972 31,668 [13]
14 Sheffield United 1–3 Cardiff City 15 January 1972
15 Newcastle United 2–2 Hereford United 24 January 1972 39,381 [14]
Replay Hereford United 2–1 Newcastle United 5 February 1972 14,313 [9][14]
16 Tottenham Hotspur 1–1 Carlisle United 15 January 1972 33,702 [15]
Replay Carlisle United 1–3 Tottenham Hotspur 18 January 1972 21,560 [15]
17 Manchester City 1–1 Middlesbrough 15 January 1972 42,620 [16]
Replay Middlesbrough 1–0 Manchester City 18 January 1972 37,917 [16]
18 Queens Park Rangers 1–1 Fulham 15 January 1972
Replay Fulham 2–1 Queens Park Rangers 18 January 1972 24,181 [6]
19 West Ham United 2–1 Luton Town 15 January 1972 32,099 [17]
20 Norwich City 0–3 Hull City 15 January 1972
21 Millwall 3–1 Nottingham Forest 15 January 1972
22 Crystal Palace 2–2 Everton 15 January 1972 32,331 [18]
Replay Everton 3–2 Crystal Palace 18 January 1972 45,408 [18]
23 Blyth Spartans 2–2 Reading 15 January 1972
Replay Reading 6–1 Blyth Spartans 19 January 1972 10,550 [6]
24 Charlton Athletic 0–0 Tranmere Rovers 15 January 1972
Replay Tranmere Rovers 4–2 Charlton Athletic 17 January 1972 12,512 [6]
25 Leeds United 4–1 Bristol Rovers 15 January 1972 33,565 [19]
26 Stoke City 2–1 Chesterfield 15 January 1972 26,559
27 Boston United 0–1 Portsmouth 15 January 1972 11,000
28 Peterborough United 0–2 Ipswich Town 15 January 1972 16,973 [20]
29 Birmingham City 3–0 Port Vale 15 January 1972 32,937 [21]
30 Oxford United 0–3 Liverpool 15 January 1972 18,000 [22]
31 Orient 3–0 Wrexham 15 January 1972
32 Swansea City 1–0 Gillingham 15 January 1972

Fourth round proper

The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 5 February 1972; Hereford United, unable to play their third-round replay until this date, played their match later that week. Five matches were drawn, of which one required a second replay.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date Attendance Notes
1 Liverpool 0–0 Leeds United 5 February 1972 56,300 [19]
Replay Leeds United 2–0 Liverpool 9 February 1972 45,821 [19]
2 Preston North End 0–2 Manchester United 5 February 1972 27,025 [10]
3 Reading 1–2 Arsenal 5 February 1972
4 Leicester City 0–2 Orient 5 February 1972
5 Derby County 6–0 Notts County 5 February 1972 39,450 [23]
6 Everton 2–1 Walsall 5 February 1972 45,462 [18]
7 Tranmere Rovers 2–2 Stoke City 5 February 1972
Replay Stoke City 2–0 Tranmere Rovers 9 February 1972 25,000 [6]
8 Tottenham Hotspur 2–0 Rotherham United 5 February 1972 36,903 [15]
9 Coventry City 0–1 Hull City 5 February 1972
10 Portsmouth 2–0 Swansea City 5 February 1972 19,782
11 Millwall 2–2 Middlesbrough 5 February 1972
Replay Middlesbrough 2–1 Millwall 8 February 1972 36,489 [6]
12 Chelsea 3–0 Bolton Wanderers 5 February 1972
13 Huddersfield Town 3–0 Fulham 5 February 1972
14 Cardiff City 1–1 Sunderland 5 February 1972 27,000 [11]
Replay Sunderland 1–1 Cardiff City 9 February 1972 39,348 [11]
2nd replay Cardiff City 3–1 Sunderland 14 February 1972 8,868 [C][11]
15 Hereford United 0–0 West Ham United 9 February 1972 15,000 [17]
Replay West Ham United 3–1 Hereford United 14 February 1972 42,271 [17]
16 Birmingham City 1–0 Ipswich Town 5 February 1972 40,709 [21]

Fifth round proper

The matches were played on Saturday, 26 February 1972. Two matches were drawn, of which one required a second replay.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date Attendance Notes
1 Derby County 2–2 Arsenal 26 February 1972 39,622 [24]
Replay Arsenal 0–0 Derby County 29 February 1972 63,077 [25]
2nd replay Derby County 0–1 Arsenal 13 March 1972 40,000 [D][26]
2 Everton 0–2 Tottenham Hotspur 26 February 1972 50,511 [15]
3 Manchester United 0–0 Middlesbrough 26 February 1972 53,850 [10]
Replay Middlesbrough 0–3 Manchester United 29 February 1972 39,683 [10]
4 Huddersfield Town 4–2 West Ham United 26 February 1972 27,080 [17]
5 Cardiff City 0–2 Leeds United 26 February 1972 50,000 [19]
6 Stoke City 4–1 Hull City 26 February 1972
7 Birmingham City 3–1 Portsmouth 26 February 1972 43,886 [21]
8 Orient 3–2 Chelsea 26 February 1972

Sixth round proper

Manchester United1–1Stoke City
Best Goal Greenhoff Goal
Leeds United2–1Tottenham Hotspur
Clarke Goal
Charlton Goal
Pratt Goal
Birmingham City3–1Huddersfield Town
Page Goal
R Latchford Goal
Hatton Goal
Cherry Goal
Ball Goal 49'
Stoke City2–1Manchester United
Smith Goal
Conroy Goal
Best Goal


Arsenal1–1Stoke City
Armstrong Goal 47' Simpson Goal 65' (og)
Leeds United3–0Birmingham City
Jones Goal Goal
Lorimer Goal
Stoke City1–2Arsenal
Greenhoff Goal (pen) George Goal (pen)
Radford Goal 76'

Match for third place

For the third time in what turned out to be a five-year experiment, the losing semifinalists were obliged to play off for third and fourth place.[1] The match was held over until immediately before the 1972–73 season. After a goalless 90 minutes, the result was determined by a penalty shootout, the first time this method was used to settle a match in the FA Cup.[2]

Birmingham City0–0
4–3 (pens.)
Stoke City


The final took place on Saturday, 6 May 1972 at Wembley and ended in a victory for Leeds United over Arsenal by 1–0. The goal was scored by Allan Clarke. The attendance was 100,000.

Leeds United1–0Arsenal
Clarke Goal 53' [27]
Leeds United

TV coverage

The rights 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 Swindon Town v Arsenal, Wolverhampton Wanderers v Leicester City, Blackpool v Chelsea, Manchester United v Southampton (Midweek-replay), Hereford United v Newcastle United (Saturday-replay) ITV Southampton v Manchester United (Southern & Granada), West Ham United v Luton Town (LWT), Leeds United v Bristol Rovers (Yorkshire), Peterborough United v Ipswich Town (Anglia), Sunderland v Sheffield Wednesday (Tyne-Tees). Fourth round BBC Liverpool v Leeds United, Preston North End v Manchester United ITV Reading v Arsenal (Southern & LWT), Birmingham City v Ipswich Town (ATV), Huddersfield Town v Fulham (Yorkshire), Everton v Walsall (Granada), Coventry City v Hull City (Anglia-covered game out of region), Leeds United v Liverpool (Midweek replay-All regions). Fifth round BBC Orient v Chelsea, Cardiff City v Leeds United, Manchester United v Middlesbrough, Middlesbrough v Manchester United (Midweek-replay) ITV Everton v Tottenham Hotspur (Granada & LWT), Birmingham City v Portsmouth (ATV), Huddersfield Town v West Ham United, Stoke City v Hull City (Anglia-covered game out of region). Sixth round BBC Leeds United v Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United v Stoke City ITV Orient v Arsenal (LWT), Birmingham City v Huddersfield Town (ATV & Yorkshire) All regions covered those two games. Semi-final BBC Birmingham City v Leeds United ITV Arsenal v Stoke City All regions covered this game Arsenal v Stoke City (Midweek Replay All Regions) Final Arsenal v Leeds United Shown Live on both BBC & all ITV regions


A. ^ : Match played at Gigg Lane, Bury.
B. ^ : Match played at The Hawthorns, West Bromwich.
C. ^ : Match played at Maine Road, Manchester.
D. ^ : Match played at Filbert Street, Leicester.


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1971–72 Birmingham City F.C. season

The 1971–72 Football League season was Birmingham City Football Club's 69th in the Football League and their 31st in the Second Division. They finished in second place in the 22-team division, so were promoted to the First Division for 1972–73, despite never having been in the promotion positions until after the final game of the season.

They entered the 1971–72 FA Cup in the third round proper and progressed to the semi-final, in which they lost to Leeds United. This was the third year of five in which the losing semifinalists were required to compete in a "Match for third place"; following a goalless 90 minutes, Birmingham beat Stoke City in a penalty shootout, the first time this method had been used to determine the result of an FA Cup match. They lost to Queens Park Rangers in their opening match in the second round of the League Cup, and finished fourth of the six English entrants in the third staging of the Anglo-Italian Cup, a tournament held after the end of the league season.

Twenty-five players made at least one appearance in nationally organised first-team competition, and there were ten different goalscorers. Defender Roger Hynd, midfielder Alan Campbell and centre-forward Bob Latchford played in all 53 first-team matches over the season. Latchford finished as leading goalscorer with 30 goals, of which 23 came in league competition. The average attendance in Second Division matches exceeded 32,000.

1971–72 FA Cup qualifying rounds

The FA Cup 1971–72 is the 91st season of the world's oldest football knockout competition; The Football Association Challenge Cup, or FA Cup for short. The large number of clubs entering the tournament from lower down the English football league system meant that the competition started with a number of preliminary and qualifying rounds. The 30 victorious teams from the Fourth Round Qualifying progressed to the First Round Proper.

1972 FA Cup Final

The 1972 FA Cup Final took place on 6 May 1972 at Wembley Stadium. It was the centenary final (although only the 91st final due to world wars) and the 44th to be played at Wembley.

It was contested between cup holders Arsenal, who had won the Football League and the FA Cup the previous season, and Leeds United, who had won the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup and finished 2nd in the league the previous season. They had never won the trophy before.

Arsenal planned to make it the third decade for a club to return as Cup-holders and win again for the second successive year, as Newcastle United had done in 1952 and Tottenham Hotspur in 1962.

The final is also the origin of the song "Leeds! Leeds! Leeds!" (commonly known as "Marching On Together") as the B-side of the Leeds cup final song, still played by United and other Leeds sports teams.

Allan Clarke (footballer)

Allan John Clarke (born 31 July 1946 in Short Heath, Willenhall, Staffordshire), nicknamed "Sniffer", is a former footballer who played in the Football League for Walsall, Fulham, Leicester City, Leeds United and Barnsley, and won 19 international caps for England.

Colin Addison

Colin Addison (born 18 May 1940) is an English former professional footballer and manager.

Born in Taunton, Somerset, Addison started his playing career with York City before moving to Nottingham Forest, Arsenal and Sheffield United. His managerial career started when he took the post of player-manager of Hereford United in 1971 during their famous 1971–72 FA Cup run, which saw them defeat Newcastle United.

Since then Addison has managed a wide variety of clubs in the UK, as well as in Spain, South Africa, Kuwait and Qatar.

Dennis Rofe

Dennis Rofe (born 1 June 1950, in Epping) is a former professional football player, who spent most of his playing career with Leicester City before spending many years in various coaching capacities at Southampton.

FA Cup

The FA Cup, also known officially as The Football Association Challenge Cup, is an annual knockout football competition in men's domestic English football. First played during the 1871–72 season, it is the oldest national football competition in the world. It is organised by and named after The Football Association (The FA). For sponsorship reasons, from 2015 through to 2019 it is also known as The Emirates FA Cup. A concurrent women's tournament is also held, the FA Women's Cup.

The competition is open to any eligible club down to Level 10 of the English football league system – all 92 professional clubs in the Premier League (Level 1) and the English Football League (Levels 2 to 4), and several hundred "non-league" teams in Steps 1 to 6 of the National League System (Levels 5 to 10). A record 763 clubs competed in 2011–12. The tournament consists of 12 randomly drawn rounds followed by the semi-finals and the final. Entrants are not seeded, although a system of byes based on league level ensures higher ranked teams enter in later rounds – the minimum number of games needed to win, depending on which round a team enters the competition, ranges from six to fourteen.

The first six rounds are the Qualifying Competition, from which 32 teams progress to the first round of the Competition Proper, meeting the first of the 48 professional teams from Leagues One and Two. The last entrants are the Premier League and Championship clubs, into the draw for the Third Round Proper. In the modern era, only one non-league team has ever reached the quarter-finals, and teams below Level 2 have never reached the final. As a result, significant focus is given to those "minnows" (smaller teams) who progress furthest, especially if they achieve an unlikely "giant-killing" victory.

Winners receive the FA Cup trophy, of which there have been two designs and five actual cups; the latest is a 2014 replica of the second design, introduced in 1911. Winners also qualify for the Europa League and a place in the FA Community Shield match. Manchester City are the current holders, having beaten Watford 6–0 in the 2019 final. Arsenal are the most successful club with 13 titles. Arsène Wenger is the most successful manager in the history of the competition, having won seven finals as manager of Arsenal.

FA Cup Third-fourth place matches

The FA Cup Third-fourth place matches were played to determine the order of third and fourth place in the FA Cup. They were introduced in 1970 replacing the traditional pre-final match between England and Young England. They were generally unpopular and were only played for five seasons. The 1972 and 1973 matches were played at the start of the following season and the 1974 match five days after the final. The 1972 match was the first FA Cup match to be decided on penalties.

Hereford United 2–1 Newcastle United

Hereford United v Newcastle United was a football match played on 5 February 1972 at Edgar Street, Hereford. The match was an FA Cup Third Round Replay after the first match had resulted in a 2–2 draw. The result, a 2–1 extra time victory for Hereford, is notable for being the greatest shock of all time in the history of the FA Cup, as Hereford were the lowest-ranked non-league side to beat a top-flight opposition in English footballing history. It was the first time a non-league club had beaten a top-flight club in a competitive fixture since Yeovil Town's victory over Sunderland in 1949.

The home team, Hereford United, were playing in the Southern Football League, the fifth tier of the English football league system. The away team, Newcastle United, played in the English First Division, the first tier.

Hereford United F.C.

Hereford United Football Club was an English association football club based in the city of Hereford that last played in the Southern League Premier Division, the seventh tier of English football. Founded in 1924, the club was elected to the Football League in 1972, and spent 31 seasons in the League in two spells, 25 of them in the fourth tier. The club reached the old Second Division in 1976, its best league performance, but was relegated after only one season at that level.

Hereford achieved national prominence in 1972 when, as a Southern League club, they knocked top-flight Newcastle United out of the FA Cup.Hereford played at Edgar Street for their entire history. They were nicknamed 'The Whites' or 'The Lilywhites', after their predominantly white kit, or 'The Bulls' after the Hereford cattle breed. The club's motto was "Our greatest glory lies not in never having fallen, but in rising when we fall". The club was affiliated to the Herefordshire County FA. On 19 December 2014, the club was wound up in the High Court after a petition had been brought against it by HM Revenue and Customs.

Following the demise of United, a new 'phoenix club' was being set up, Hereford. The new club incorporates the words 'Forever United' into its crest design, as well as the iconic Hereford Bull.

History of Leeds United F.C.

The history of Leeds United Football Club is an article about a professional association football club based in the city of Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. The club was established in 1919, following the demise of Leeds City F.C.

Leeds had their most successful period under the management of Don Revie in the 1960s and 1970s. The club won the English league title twice, the FA Cup once, the League Cup once and the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup twice. They were also finalists in the European Cup Winners Cup in 1973 and the European Cup in 1975. Leeds later won another league title in 1991–92 under manager Howard Wilkinson.

Mick Jones (footballer, born 1945)

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Peter Lorimer

Peter Patrick Lorimer (born 14 December 1946) is a Scottish former footballer, best known for his time with Leeds United and Scotland during the late 1960s and early 1970s. He was an attacking midfielder, generally regarded as having one of the hardest shots in football. From 1984 to 1985 he was club captain of Leeds and holds the record as the club's youngest ever player and record goalscorer. He has been voted as the ninth-greatest Leeds player of all time and voted into the Greatest Leeds United team of all time. After retiring as a player, Lorimer became a director on the board at Leeds, provided match commentary on BBC Radio Leeds and Yorkshire Radio, and written a regular column in the Yorkshire Evening Post. Since April 2013 he has held the position of club ambassador.

Ricky George

Richard Stuart George (born 28 June 1946) is an English former footballer, businessman and columnist. He is notable for scoring the winning goal for Hereford United in their giant killing 1971–72 FA Cup match against Newcastle United. He was also part owner of Earth Summit, which won the 1998 Grand National.

Ronnie Radford

Ronald Radford (born 12 July 1943) is an English former footballer who notably scored a memorable goal in the 1971–72 FA Cup for Hereford United during their shock 2–1 giant-killing of Newcastle United.

St Andrew's (stadium)

St Andrew's, known since June 2018 for sponsorship reasons as St Andrew's Trillion Trophy Stadium, is an association football stadium in the Bordesley district of Birmingham, England. It has been the home ground of Birmingham City Football Club for more than a century. It will be also used as Coventry City F.C.'s home ground for the 2019–20 season.Constructed and opened in 1906 to replace the Muntz Street ground, which had become too small to meet the club's needs, the original St Andrew's could hold an estimated 75,000 spectators, housed in one grandstand and a large uncovered terrace. The attendance record, variously recorded as 66,844 or 67,341, was set at a 1939 FA Cup tie against Everton. During the Second World War, St Andrew's suffered bomb damage and the grandstand, housing a temporary fire station, burned down in an accidental fire. In the 1950s, the club replaced the stand and installed floodlights, and later erected a second small stand and roofed over the open terraces, but there were few further changes.

The ground became dilapidated: a boy was killed when a wall collapsed during rioting in the 1980s. When new owners took the club out of administration in 1993, they began a six-year redevelopment programme during which the ground was converted to an all-seater stadium to comply with the Taylor Report into safety at sports grounds, and all areas apart from the Main Stand were completely rebuilt. The seating capacity of the modern stadium is around 30,000. It has function rooms suitable for business or social events and a club store selling Birmingham City merchandise. A 2004 proposal that the club should sell the ground and move into a multi-purpose City of Birmingham Stadium remains speculative. In 2013, the ground was listed as an Asset of Community Value under the Localism Act 2011.

St Andrew's has been the venue for England international football matches at all levels below the senior national team, and for semifinal matches in the FA Cup and finals of lesser competitions. It has played host to events in other sports, including rugby union and professional boxing, and more recently has staged music concerts.

Terry Cooper (footballer, born 1944)

Terence Cooper (born 12 July 1944) is an English former football player and manager born in Brotherton, West Riding of Yorkshire. He was a full-back in the Leeds United team of the 1960s and 1970s.

Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C.

Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club (listen), commonly known as Wolves, is an English professional football club in Wolverhampton, West Midlands. Formed as St Luke's F.C. in 1877, they have played at Molineux Stadium since 1889 and compete in the Premier League, the top division of English football, after winning the 2017–18 EFL Championship. Wolves will compete in the 2019–20 UEFA Europa League, the first time the club has qualified for a European tournament for thirty-nine years, by virtue of finishing in seventh-place in the 2018–19 Premier League in their first season back in the top tier.

Wolves were one of the founding members of the Football League in 1888. The club in 2018–19 enjoyed its 64th season of top flight football; Wolves's longest continuous period in the top tier was 26 consecutive seasons in the 33 years between 1932 to 1965 (n.b. there was no league football between 1939 and 1946 due to World War II). In the 1950s, Wolves were English League champions three times (1953–54, 1957–58 and 1958–59), under the management of Stan Cullis. Wolves have also finished League runners-up on five occasions, most recently in 1959–60.

Wolves have won the FA Cup four times, most recently in 1960, and finished runners-up on a further four occasions. The club has also won the Football League Cup twice, in 1974 and 1980.

In 1953, Wolves was one of the first British clubs to install floodlights, taking part in televised "floodlit friendlies" against leading overseas club sides between 1953 and 1956 in the run-up to the creation of the European Cup in 1955 and the first participation of an English club side in that competition in 1956. Wolves reached the quarter-finals of the 1959–60 European Cup and the semi-finals of the 1960–61 European Cup Winners' Cup, and were runners-up to Tottenham Hotspur in the inaugural 1972 UEFA Cup Final.

Wolves' traditional kit consists of gold shirts and black shorts and the club badge one or more wolves. Wolves have long-standing rivalries with other West Midlands clubs, the main one being with West Bromwich Albion, against whom they contest the Black Country derby, although the two clubs have not met in a League fixture since 2011–12, the last season they competed in the same division.

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