The FA Cup 1975–76 was the 95th staging of the world's oldest football knockout competition, The Football Association Challenge Cup, or FA Cup. The final saw Southampton beat Manchester United 1–0, with the only goal coming from Bobby Stokes in the 83rd minute of the game.
|1975–76 FA Cup|
|Defending champions||West Ham United|
|Champions||Southampton (1st title)|
The first round of games were played on 22 November 1975. Replays were played mainly on the 24th–26th, with second replays performed one or two weeks after.
|Tie no||Home team||Score||Away team||Date|
|1||Darlington||0–0||Chester||22 November 1975|
|Replay||Chester||2–0||Darlington||26 November 1975|
|2||Dartford||1–4||Bishop's Stortford||22 November 1975|
|3||Hartlepool||3–0||Stockport County||22 November 1975|
|4||Bury||4–2||Doncaster Rovers||22 November 1975|
|5||Grantham||2–2||Port Vale||22 November 1975|
|Replay||Port Vale||4–1||Grantham||24 November 1975|
|6||Preston North End||2–1||Scunthorpe United||22 November 1975|
|7||Sutton United||1–1||Bournemouth||22 November 1975|
|Replay||Bournemouth||1–0||Sutton United||26 November 1975|
|8||Watford||0–3||Brighton & Hove Albion||22 November 1975|
|9||Weymouth||0–2||Gillingham||22 November 1975|
|10||Yeovil Town||1–1||Millwall||22 November 1975|
|Replay||Millwall||2–2||Yeovil Town||25 November 1975|
|Replay||Yeovil Town||0–1||Millwall||3 December 1975|
|11||Marine||3–1||Barnsley||22 November 1975|
|12||Walsall||0–1||Huddersfield Town||22 November 1975|
|13||Sheffield Wednesday||3–1||Macclesfield Town||22 November 1975|
|14||Grimsby Town||1–3||Gateshead United||22 November 1975|
|15||Scarborough||2–0||Morecambe||22 November 1975|
|16||Wycombe Wanderers||0–0||Bedford Town||22 November 1975|
|Replay||Bedford Town||2–2||Wycombe Wanderers||24 November 1975|
|Replay||Wycombe Wanderers||2–1||Bedford Town||1 December 1975|
|17||Brentford||2–0||Northampton Town||22 November 1975|
|18||Rossendale United||0–1||Shrewsbury Town||22 November 1975|
|19||Bradford City||1–0||Chesterfield||22 November 1975|
|20||Crystal Palace||1–0||Walton & Hersham||22 November 1975|
|21||Spennymoor United||4–1||Southport||22 November 1975|
|22||Southend United||2–0||Swansea City||22 November 1975|
|23||Mansfield Town||1–1||Wrexham||22 November 1975|
|Replay||Wrexham||1–1||Mansfield Town||24 November 1975|
|Replay||Mansfield Town||2–1||Wrexham||8 December 1975|
|24||Cardiff City||6–2||Exeter City||22 November 1975|
|25||Halifax Town||3–1||Altrincham||22 November 1975|
|26||Newport County||2–2||Swindon Town||22 November 1975|
|Replay||Swindon Town||3–0||Newport County||25 November 1975|
|27||Workington||1–1||Rochdale||22 November 1975|
|Replay||Rochdale||2–1||Workington||25 November 1975|
|28||Hereford United||2–0||Torquay United||22 November 1975|
|29||Rotherham United||2–1||Crewe Alexandra||22 November 1975|
|30||Aldershot||4–3||Wealdstone||22 November 1975|
|31||Romford||0–1||Tooting & Mitcham United||22 November 1975|
|32||Wigan Athletic||4–1||Matlock Town||22 November 1975|
|33||Boston United||0–1||Lincoln City||22 November 1975|
|34||Peterborough United||4–1||Winsford United||22 November 1975|
|35||Colchester United||3–3||Dover||22 November 1975|
|Replay||Dover||4–1||Colchester United||26 November 1975|
|36||Nuneaton Borough||0–1||Wimbledon||22 November 1975|
|37||Hendon||1–0||Reading||22 November 1975|
|38||Leatherhead||2–0||Cambridge United||22 November 1975|
|39||AP Leamington||2–3||Stafford Rangers||22 November 1975|
|40||Coventry Sporting||2–0||Tranmere Rovers||22 November 1975|
The second round of games were played on 13 December 1975. Replays took place on the 15th–17th or the 22nd.
|Tie no||Home team||Score||Away team||Date|
|1||Bournemouth||2–2||Hereford United||13 December 1975|
|Replay||Hereford United||2–0||Bournemouth||17 December 1975|
|2||Bury||3–0||Spennymoor United||13 December 1975|
|3||Marine||1–1||Hartlepool||13 December 1975|
|Replay||Hartlepool||6–3||Marine||15 December 1975|
|4||Gillingham||0–1||Brighton & Hove Albion||13 December 1975|
|5||Sheffield Wednesday||2–0||Wigan Athletic||13 December 1975|
|6||Stafford Rangers||1–3||Halifax Town||13 December 1975|
|7||Scarborough||3–2||Preston North End||13 December 1975|
|8||Shrewsbury Town||3–1||Chester||13 December 1975|
|9||Millwall||1–1||Crystal Palace||13 December 1975|
|Replay||Crystal Palace||2–1||Millwall||16 December 1975|
|10||Wimbledon||0–2||Brentford||13 December 1975|
|11||Southend United||4–1||Dover||13 December 1975|
|12||Huddersfield Town||2–1||Port Vale||13 December 1975|
|13||Mansfield Town||1–2||Lincoln City||13 December 1975|
|14||Cardiff City||1–0||Wycombe Wanderers||13 December 1975|
|15||Rotherham United||0–3||Bradford City||13 December 1975|
|16||Aldershot||2–0||Bishop's Stortford||13 December 1975|
|17||Hendon||0–1||Swindon Town||13 December 1975|
|18||Leatherhead||0–0||Tooting & Mitcham United||13 December 1975|
|Replay||Tooting & Mitcham United||2–1||Leatherhead||22 December 1975|
|19||Coventry Sporting||0–4||Peterborough United||13 December 1975|
|20||Gateshead United||1–1||Rochdale||13 December 1975|
|Replay||Rochdale||3–1||Gateshead United||16 December 1975|
The third round of games in the FA Cup were mainly played on 3 January 1976, with two matches played two days earlier on New Year's Day. Replays were mainly played midweek over 6–7 January or the week after but one occurred on the 24th instead.
|Tie no||Home team||Score||Away team||Date|
|1||Blackpool||1–0||Burnley||3 January 1976|
|2||Southampton||1–1||Aston Villa||3 January 1976|
|Replay||Aston Villa||1–2||Southampton||7 January 1976|
|3||Leicester City||3–0||Sheffield United||3 January 1976|
|4||Notts County||0–1||Leeds United||3 January 1976|
|5||Nottingham Forest||0–0||Peterborough United||1 January 1976|
|Replay||Peterborough United||1–0||Nottingham Forest||7 January 1976|
|6||Wolverhampton Wanderers||3–0||Arsenal||3 January 1976|
|7||Middlesbrough||0–0||Bury||3 January 1976|
|Replay||Bury||3–2||Middlesbrough||6 January 1976|
|8||West Bromwich Albion||3–1||Carlisle United||3 January 1976|
|9||Sunderland||2–0||Oldham Athletic||3 January 1976|
|10||Derby County||2–1||Everton||3 January 1976|
|11||Luton Town||2–0||Blackburn Rovers||3 January 1976|
|12||Swindon Town||2–2||Tooting & Mitcham United||3 January 1976|
|Replay||Tooting & Mitcham United||2–1||Swindon Town||6 January 1976|
|13||Scarborough||1–2||Crystal Palace||3 January 1976|
|14||Shrewsbury Town||1–2||Bradford City||3 January 1976|
|15||Ipswich Town||3–1||Halifax Town||3 January 1976|
|16||Tottenham Hotspur||1–1||Stoke City||3 January 1976|
|Replay||Stoke City||2–1||Tottenham Hotspur||24 January 1976|
|17||Manchester City||6–0||Hartlepool||3 January 1976|
|18||Queens Park Rangers||0–0||Newcastle United||3 January 1976|
|Replay||Newcastle United||2–1||Queens Park Rangers||7 January 1976|
|19||Fulham||2–3||Huddersfield Town||3 January 1976|
|20||Brentford||0–0||Bolton Wanderers||3 January 1976|
|Replay||Bolton Wanderers||2–0||Brentford||6 January 1976|
|21||Coventry City||2–1||Bristol City||3 January 1976|
|22||Portsmouth||1–1||Birmingham City||3 January 1976|
|Replay||Birmingham City||0–1||Portsmouth||6 January 1976|
|23||West Ham United||0–2||Liverpool||3 January 1976|
|24||Manchester United||2–1||Oxford United||3 January 1976|
|25||Norwich City||1–1||Rochdale||3 January 1976|
|Replay||Rochdale||0–0||Norwich City||6 January 1976|
|Replay||Norwich City||2–1||Rochdale||13 January 1976|
|26||Hull City||1–1||Plymouth Argyle||3 January 1976|
|Replay||Plymouth Argyle||1–4||Hull City||6 January 1976|
|27||Chelsea||1–1||Bristol Rovers||1 January 1976|
|Replay||Bristol Rovers||0–1||Chelsea||3 January 1976|
|28||Southend United||2–1||Brighton & Hove Albion||3 January 1976|
|29||Charlton Athletic||2–1||Sheffield Wednesday||3 January 1976|
|30||York City||2–1||Hereford United||3 January 1976|
|31||Aldershot||1–2||Lincoln City||3 January 1976|
|32||Orient||0–1||Cardiff City||3 January 1976|
The fourth round of games were mostly played on 28 January 1976, with three replays and a main tie on the 27th and 28th. One of the main ties was played on 2 February instead.
|Tie no||Home team||Score||Away team||Date|
|1||Southampton||3–1||Blackpool||24 January 1976|
|2||Leicester City||1–0||Bury||24 January 1976|
|3||West Bromwich Albion||3–2||Lincoln City||24 January 1976|
|4||Sunderland||1–0||Hull City||2 February 1976|
|5||Derby County||1–0||Liverpool||24 January 1976|
|6||Ipswich Town||0–0||Wolverhampton Wanderers||24 January 1976|
|Replay||Wolverhampton Wanderers||1–0||Ipswich Town||27 January 1976|
|7||Coventry City||1–1||Newcastle United||24 January 1976|
|Replay||Newcastle United||5–0||Coventry City||28 January 1976|
|8||Manchester United||3–1||Peterborough United||24 January 1976|
|9||Norwich City||2–0||Luton Town||24 January 1976|
|10||Bradford City||3–1||Tooting & Mitcham United||24 January 1976|
|11||Southend United||2–1||Cardiff City||24 January 1976|
|12||Huddersfield Town||0–1||Bolton Wanderers||24 January 1976|
|13||Charlton Athletic||1–1||Portsmouth||24 January 1976|
|Replay||Portsmouth||0–3||Charlton Athletic||27 January 1976|
|14||Leeds United||0–1||Crystal Palace||24 January 1976|
|15||York City||0–2||Chelsea||24 January 1976|
|16||Stoke City||1–0||Manchester City||28 January 1976|
The fifth set of games took place (except for one game) on 14 February 1976. Three games went to a replay which were played on 17–18 February. The Norwich City–Bradford City match and a second replay of the Bolton Wanderers–Newcastle United match were played on 23 February.
|Tie no||Home team||Score||Away team||Date|
|1||Leicester City||1–2||Manchester United||14 February 1976|
|2||Bolton Wanderers||3–3||Newcastle United||14 February 1976|
|Replay||Newcastle United||0–0||Bolton Wanderers||18 February 1976|
|Replay||Bolton Wanderers||1–2||Newcastle United||23 February 1976|
|3||Wolverhampton Wanderers||3–0||Charlton Athletic||14 February 1976|
|4||West Bromwich Albion||1–1||Southampton||14 February 1976|
|Replay||Southampton||4–0||West Bromwich Albion||17 February 1976|
|5||Derby County||1–0||Southend United||14 February 1976|
|6||Norwich City||1–2||Bradford City||23 February 1976|
|7||Chelsea||2–3||Crystal Palace||14 February 1976|
|8||Stoke City||0–0||Sunderland||14 February 1976|
|Replay||Sunderland||2–1||Stoke City||17 February 1976|
The sixth round of FA Cup games were played on 6 March 1976. There was one replay on the 9th.
|Tie no||Home team||Score||Away team||Date|
|1||Sunderland||0–1||Crystal Palace||6 March 1976|
|2||Derby County||4–2||Newcastle United||6 March 1976|
|3||Manchester United||1–1||Wolverhampton Wanderers||6 March 1976|
|Replay||Wolverhampton Wanderers||2–3||Manchester United||9 March 1976|
|4||Bradford City||0–1||Southampton||6 March 1976|
|Manchester United||2–0||Derby County|
|Hill 12', 83'||Report|
Peach 80' (pen)
The right 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 West Ham United v Liverpool, Scarborough v Crystal Palace, Queens Park Rangers v Newcastle United, Newcastle United v Queens Park Rangers (Midweek replay), Stoke City v Tottenham Hotspur (Saturday Replay) ITV Derby County v Everton (ATV & Granada), Tottenham Hotspur v Stoke City (LWT), Leicester City v Sheffield United (Yorkshire out of region)Other regions showed those three games. Fourth Round BBC Coventry City v Newcastle United, Manchester United v Peterborough United ''ITV' Derby County v Liverpool (ATV & Granada), Leeds United v Crystal Palace (Yorkshire), Norwich City v Luton Town (Anglia), Charlton Athletic v Portsmouth (LWT & Southern), Stoke City v Manchester City (Midweek All regions) Fifth Round 'BBC Chelsea v Crystal Palace, Bolton Wanderers v Newcastle United, Wolverhampton Wanderers v Charlton Athletic, Newcastle United v Bolton Wanderers (Midweek Both replays) ITV Leicester City v Manchester United (ATV & Granada), Stoke City v Sunderland (Tyne-Tees Out of region), Derby County v Southend United (Anglia Out of Region) Sixth Round BBC Derby County v Newcastle United, Bradford City v Southampton ITV Sunderland v Crystal Palace (Tyne-Tees & LWT), Manchester United v Wolverhampton Wanderers (Granada & ATV), Wolverhampton Wanderers v Manchester United (Midweek replay All regions) Semi-Finals BBC Derby County v Manchester United ITV Crystal Palace v Southampton (All regions) Final Manchester United v Southampton covered Live by BBC & ITV.
During the 1974–75 English football season, Arsenal F.C. competed in the Football League First Division.1974–75 Everton F.C. season
During the 1974–75 English football season, Everton F.C. competed in the Football League First Division. They finished 4th in the table with 50 points.1974–75 Football League
The 1974–75 season was the 76th completed season of The Football League.
Dave Mackay guided Derby County to their second league title in four years having overcome strong competition from Liverpool, Ipswich Town, Everton, Stoke City, Sheffield United and Middlesbrough in a title race which went right to the wire. There was disappointment at Bramall Lane after Sheffield United's title challenge ended in a failure without even a UEFA Cup place, but this would be as good as it got for the Blades as a sharp decline soon set in and within a few seasons had pushed them into the Fourth Division.
Carlisle United, in the First Division for the first time, topped the league three games into the season but were unable to keep up their winning ways and were relegated in bottom place. Joining the Cumbrians in the drop zone were Luton Town and Chelsea.
Brian Clough was named as Don Revie's successor at Leeds United but left after just 44 days in charge. He was replaced by Jimmy Armfield.
Manchester United's directors kept faith in Tommy Docherty after their relegation to the Second Division, and he rewarded them with the Second Division championship to return them to the top flight. They were joined by Aston Villa (who also won the League Cup) and Norwich City. Docherty had built a new-look team containing players like Jim Holton, Stuart Pearson and Brian Greenhoff. Meanwhile, FIFA finally lifted George Best's worldwide ban from football; however, Manchester United manager Tommy Docherty was not prepared to give him another chance at Old Trafford and he joined Stockport County F.C. on a free transfer.
Millwall, Cardiff City and Sheffield Wednesday were the three unlucky clubs who were unable to escape the Second Division drop zone. In the space of a few years, Sheffield Wednesday had slumped to the Third Division having previously been a strong First Division side.
Blackburn Rovers, Plymouth Argyle and Charlton Athletic occupied the three promotion places in the Third Division.
Going down were Bournemouth, Tranmere Rovers, Watford and Huddersfield Town. This meant that Huddersfield would be playing Fourth Division football for the first time in their history (the first former English champion to do so) during the 1975 - 1976 season, just a few seasons earlier they had been in the First Division and 50 years earlier they had been one of the strongest sides in England. Watford, meanwhile, were enduring their last unsuccessful season for many years to come.
Mansfield Town, Shrewsbury Town, Rotherham United and Chester occupied the four promotion places in the Fourth Division. Chester had finally managed promotion after 44 years of league membership, narrowly edging out Lincoln on goal average.
Scunthorpe United, who had narrowly missed out on top-division football during the 1960s, found themselves bottom of the league but retained their league status after being re-elected along with the three clubs placed above them.1974–75 Football League First Division
Statistics of Football League First Division in the 1974-75 season.1974–75 Leicester City F.C. season
During the 1974–75 English football season, Leicester City F.C. competed in the Football League First Division.1975–76 Birmingham City F.C. season
The 1975–76 Football League season was Birmingham City Football Club's 73rd in the Football League and their 42nd in the First Division. They were in the bottom four from mid-October onwards, and eventually finished in 19th position in the 22-team division, one place above the relegation positions. They entered the 1975–76 FA Cup at the third round proper and lost to Portsmouth in that round after a replay, and lost to Wolverhampton Wanderers in the third round of the League Cup. To celebrate the centenary of the club's foundation in 1875, they played a friendly match against Celtic, winning 1–0.
Twenty-seven players made at least one first-team appearance, and there were thirteen different goalscorers. Defender Joe Gallagher missed only one of the 46 competitive matches played over the season, and Trevor Francis was the club's leading scorer with 18 goals, all but one scored in the league.
Keith Coombs took over the chairmanship following the death of his father Clifford.1975–76 FA Cup qualifying rounds
The FA Cup 1975–76 is the 95th 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.1976 FA Cup Final
The 1976 FA Cup Final was the 95th final of the FA Cup. It took place on 1 May 1976 at Wembley Stadium and was contested between Manchester United and Southampton.
United had finished third in the First Division that season, and were strong favourites, while unfancied Southampton had finished sixth in the Second Division, Southampton had players with FA Cup Final experience more than Manchester United, Peter Rodrigues (1969), Peter Osgood (1970) and Jim McCalliog (1966). In one of the biggest shocks in the history of the final, Southampton won 1–0 through an 83rd-minute goal from Bobby Stokes. It was the first time Southampton won a major trophy, and the last time that the Queen attended a final and presented the trophy to the winners.Alec Lindsay
Alec Lindsay (born 27 February 1948) is an English former footballer who played in the Football League for Bury, Liverpool and Stoke City.Billy McGinley
William David "Billy" McGinley (born 12 November 1954 in Dumfries) is a former professional footballer, who played for Leeds United, Huddersfield Town, Bradford City and Crewe Alexandra.Crystal Palace F.C.
Crystal Palace Football Club is an English professional football club based in Selhurst, South London, that competes in the Premier League, the highest level of English football. They were founded in 1905 at the famous Crystal Palace Exhibition building and played their home games at the FA Cup Final stadium situated inside the historic Palace grounds. The club were forced to leave the Palace in 1915 due to the outbreak of the First World War, and played at Herne Hill Velodrome and the Nest until 1924, when they moved to their current home at Selhurst Park.
Palace were elected to the Football League in 1920 and have overall spent the majority of their time competing in the top two leagues of English football. Since 1964, they have only dropped below the second tier once, for three seasons between 1974 and 1977. Palace enjoyed a successful period in the top flight in the late 1980s and early 1990s, during which they achieved their highest ever league finish in 1990–91 of third place in the First Division, now known as the Premier League, and were only denied a place in Europe because of the partial UEFA ban on English clubs at that time following the Heysel Stadium disaster. The club became one of the original founding members of the Premier League. It was also during this period that Palace reached the 1990 FA Cup Final. Palace set two unwanted Premier League records for relegation, in 1992–93 they were relegated on 49 points, which is still a record number of points for a relegated Premier League club and are also the only club ever to be relegated from the Premier League even though they finished fourth from bottom in 1994–95, as it had been decided that at the end of that season the league would be reduced in size from 22 to 20 clubs. The club suffered severe financial problems towards the end of the 1990s and into the 2000s, and went into administration twice in 1999 and 2010. Palace recovered and gained promotion back to the Premier League in 2012–13 where they have remained ever since and they reached another FA Cup final in 2016.
The club's traditional kit colours were originally claret and blue, but in 1973 they decided to change to the red and blue vertical stripes now worn today. Palace have a fierce rivalry with Brighton & Hove Albion, with whom they contest the M23 derby and also share rivalries with fellow South London clubs Millwall and Charlton Athletic.Kevin Beattie
Thomas Kevin Beattie (18 December 1953 – 16 September 2018) was an English footballer. Born into poverty, he played at both professional and international levels, mostly as a centre-half. He spent the majority of his playing career at Ipswich Town, with whom he won both the FA Cup and the UEFA Cup. He was also named the inaugural Professional Footballers' Association Young Player of the Year at the end of the 1972–73 season and featured in the film Escape to Victory alongside many of his Ipswich teammates.
Beattie's playing career took him from rags to riches, but according to The Daily Telegraph he was "cursed by being both injury and accident prone". His playing career included some controversy, notably when he went missing when selected for England's under-23 team. After retiring from playing, he descended into unemployment, alcohol abuse and contemplated suicide before finding purpose once more and a new career in later life, as a football commentator on television and radio.
Beattie has been called Ipswich Town's best ever player by many pundits and polls. Former Ipswich (and later England) manager Bobby Robson called him the best England player he had seen.
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