The 1977 FA Cup Final was the final match of the 1976–77 FA Cup, the 96th season of England's premier cup football competition. The match was played on 21 May 1977 at Wembley Stadium, London, and it was contested by Manchester United and Liverpool. United won the game 2–1. All three goals came in a five-minute period early in the second half. Stuart Pearson opened the scoring when he latched onto a long ball forward and drove a hard shot past Ray Clemence. Liverpool equalised through Jimmy Case soon after, as he turned and hooked a right foot half-volley into the top corner, giving Stepney no chance. However, just three minutes later, United regained the lead when Lou Macari's shot deflected off teammate Jimmy Greenhoff's chest and looped into the net past Clemence and Phil Neal on the line.
Having already won the league title (which meant Manchester United qualified for the 1977–78 European Cup Winners' Cup regardless of win or loss) and then going on to win the European Cup four days later, United's victory prevented Liverpool from becoming the first club to win the Treble (First Division, FA Cup and European Cup) – Manchester United achieved this feat 22 years later.
|1977 FA Cup Final|
|Event||1976–77 FA Cup|
|Date||21 May 1977|
|Venue||Wembley Stadium, London|
|Referee||Bob Matthewson (Bolton)|
|Case 53'||Report||Pearson 51'
J. Greenhoff 55'
Peter Corrigan and Julie Welch (22 May 1977). "United win the Cup". The Observer. p. 1.
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