1978 FA Cup Final

The 1978 FA Cup Final took place on 6 May 1978 at Wembley Stadium. It was contested between Arsenal and Ipswich Town. While Ipswich were considered underdogs,[1] having been beaten 6–1 by Aston Villa in the league the previous Saturday[2] and facing Arsenal's England striker Malcolm Macdonald, Ipswich won the match 1–0.

Ipswich dominated the game, hitting the woodwork three times (including twice from John Wark) before Clive Woods and David Geddis combined to produce a chance for Roger Osborne, who scored with a left-foot shot. Osborne promptly fainted at the emotion of the moment and was brought round by smelling salts before being substituted.[3]

It remains Ipswich Town's only FA Cup triumph to date and they have not appeared in the final since, although they did appear in the semi-final three years later. Their only major trophy since then was the UEFA Cup in 1981.[4]

1978 FA Cup Final
Old Wembley Stadium (external view)
Event1977–78 FA Cup
Ipswich Town Arsenal
1 0
Date6 May 1978
VenueWembley Stadium, London
RefereeDerek Nippard (Dorset)

Road to Wembley


Home teams listed first.

Round 3: Sheffield United 0–5 Arsenal

Round 4: Arsenal 2–1 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Round 5: Arsenal 4–1 Walsall


Round 6: Wrexham 2–3 Arsenal

Semi-final: Orient 0–3 Arsenal (at Stamford Bridge, London)

Ipswich Town

Home teams listed first.

Round 3: Cardiff City 0–2 Ipswich Town

Round 4: Ipswich Town 4–1 Hartlepool United

Round 5: Bristol Rovers 2–2 Ipswich Town

Replay: Ipswich Town 3–0 Bristol Rovers

Round 6: Millwall 1–6 Ipswich Town

Semi-final: Ipswich 3–1 West Bromwich Albion (at Highbury, London)


The Final was televised by both the BBC and ITV as part of their respective Grandstand and World of Sport shows. David Coleman and Lawrie McMenemy were the commentary team for the BBC with Brian Moore and Jack Charlton for ITV. BBC Radio coverage was anchored by Des Lynam with commentary from Alan Parry and Peter Jones alongside Ray Clemence

Match details

Arsenal0–1Ipswich Town
(Report) Osborne Goal 77'
GK 1 Northern Ireland Pat Jennings
DF 2 Northern Ireland Pat Rice (c)
DF 3 Northern Ireland Sammy Nelson
MF 4 England David Price
DF 5 Republic of Ireland David O'Leary
DF 6 Scotland Willie Young
MF 7 Republic of Ireland Liam Brady Substituted off 66'
MF 8 England Alan Sunderland
FW 9 England Malcolm Macdonald
FW 10 Republic of Ireland Frank Stapleton
MF 11 England Alan Hudson
MF 12 England Graham Rix Substituted in 66'
Northern Ireland Terry Neill
GK 1 England Paul Cooper
DF 2 Scotland George Burley
DF 3 England Mick Mills (c)
MF 4 England Brian Talbot
DF 5 Northern Ireland Allan Hunter
DF 6 England Kevin Beattie
MF 7 England Roger Osborne Substituted off 78'
MF 8 Scotland John Wark
FW 9 England Paul Mariner
FW 10 England David Geddis
FW 11 England Clive Woods
MF 12 England Mick Lambert Substituted in 78'
England Bobby Robson

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary.
  • Replay if scores still level.
  • One named substitute.


  1. ^ "1978 – Osbourne's year". BBC Sport. 10 May 2001. Retrieved 8 January 2007.
  2. ^ Smailes, Gordon (2000). The Breedon Book of Football Records. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 140. ISBN 1859832148.
  3. ^ "1978 FA Cup winners". BBC Sport. 1 May 2008. Retrieved 30 April 2014.
  4. ^ "Ipswich's '78 FA Cup-winning team". BBC Sport. 1 May 2008. Retrieved 30 April 2014.

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Alan Hudson

Alan Anthony Hudson (born 21 June 1951) is an English former footballer who played for Arsenal, Chelsea, Stoke City and the Seattle Sounders as well as the England national football team.

Alan Sunderland

Alan Sunderland (born 1 July 1953) is an English former footballer who played as a Forward. Sunderland featured in the Football League for clubs Wolverhampton Wanderers, Arsenal and Ipswich Town. He was also capped once for England.

Allan Hunter (footballer)

Allan Hunter (born 30 June 1946) is a former international footballer and manager. Hunter began his career with Coleraine before playing for Oldham Athletic, Blackburn Rovers, Ipswich Town and Colchester United. He managed Colchester United for eight months, only to return for a brief period as a coach at Layer Road.As an international, he represented his country 53 times, 47 of which while he was at Ipswich, becoming the club's most capped player in the club's history.

Bobby Ferguson (footballer, born 1938)

Robert Burnitt Ferguson (8 January 1938 – 28 March 2018) was an English professional football player and manager. He was best known for his spell at Ipswich Town, as a coach and then manager, from 1970 to 1987. While at Ipswich, he was reserve team coach and first team coach in Bobby Robson's FA Cup and UEFA Cup-winning teams, and was appointed manager after Robson's exit.

Dale Gordon

Dale Andrew Gordon (born 9 January 1967) is a former professional association football player who played predominantly as a right-sided midfielder for Norwich City, Rangers, West Ham United, Peterborough United, Millwall and AFC Bournemouth.

Mick Lambert

Michael Arnold Lambert (born 20 May 1950) is an English former footballer who played as a winger. He started his career with Newmarket Town before becoming a professional and played for both Ipswich Town and Peterborough United.

Lambert was also a cricketer and was on the staff at Lord's. He once represented England as 12th man against The West Indies and although he didn't get to field at any point, he did carry the drinks on and got to meet Muhammad Ali in The Windies dressing room.

Whilst playing for Ipswich, he made 210 appearances, and played as a substitute in the 1978 FA Cup Final

He ended his professional career with Peterborough United. Lambert is now a regular supporter at Portman Road.

Otley, Suffolk

Otley is a village located in the county of Suffolk, England, about eight miles north of Ipswich. The village is home to Otley Hall, a 16th-century, Grade I listed house which was historically the seat of the family of Bartholomew Gosnold, and Easton & Otley College, offering vocationally focused courses in a number of areas. It is the birthplace of Roger Osborne who scored the only goal of the game in the 1978 FA Cup Final for Ipswich Town against Arsenal. Otley was also for many years, the home of the late Percy Edwards famous for impressions of birds and other animal noises.

Roger Osborne

Roger Charles Osborne (born 9 March 1950) is a former professional footballer who is best known for scoring the winning goal in the 1978 FA Cup Final.

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