1973 FA Cup Final

The 1973 FA Cup Final was the 92nd final of the FA Cup. It took place on 5 May 1973 at Wembley Stadium 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.

1973 FA Cup Final
Old Wembley Stadium (external view)
Event1972–73 FA Cup
Sunderland Leeds United
1 0
Date5 May 1973
VenueWembley Stadium, London
RefereeKen Burns

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

The only goal scored
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The final match ball with the Golden Boot awarded to Ian Porterfield of Sunderland

Sunderland established their tactics immediately from the kick-off and refused to be intimidated by their more illustrious opponents, 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 32 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 midway 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]

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

Leeds United0–1Sunderland
(Report) Porterfield Goal 32'
Leeds United
GK 1 Scotland David Harvey
DF 2 England Paul Reaney
DF 3 England Trevor Cherry
MF 4 Scotland Billy Bremner (c)
DF 5 England Paul Madeley
DF 6 England Norman Hunter
FW 7 Scotland Peter Lorimer
FW 8 England Allan Clarke
FW 9 England Mick Jones
MF 10 Republic of Ireland Johnny Giles
MF 11 Scotland Eddie Gray Substituted off 75'
MF 12 Wales Terry Yorath Substituted in 75'
England Don Revie
GK 1 England Jimmy Montgomery
RB 2 Scotland Dick Malone
LB 3 England Ron Guthrie
CM 4 England Micky Horswill
CB 5 England David Watson
CB 6 England Richie Pitt
RCM 7 Scotland Bobby Kerr (c)
RW 8 Scotland Billy Hughes
ST 9 England Vic Halom
LCM 10 Scotland Ian Porterfield
LW 11 England Dennis Tueart
CB 12 England David Young
England 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 Roar.com. Retrieved 23 July 2013.
  3. ^ Tim Booler and Jessica Forster (21 July 2009). "Comic legend Bobby Knoxall dies". Sunderland Echo.

External links

Fans line the streets as the Sunderland team return home after winning the FA Cup
1931 FA Cup Final

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