1975–76 FA Cup

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
Country England
Defending championsWest Ham United
ChampionsSouthampton (1st title)
Runners-upManchester United

First round proper

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

Second round proper

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

Third round proper

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

Fourth round proper

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

Fifth round proper

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

Sixth round proper

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

Semi finals

Manchester United2–0Derby County
Hill Goal 12'83' Report
Southampton2–0Crystal Palace
Gilchrist Goal 74'
Peach Goal 80' (pen)


Southampton1–0Manchester United
Stokes Goal 83'
Man United

TV Coverage

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.


1974–75 Arsenal F.C. season

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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