Question, if Sunderland won it in 1979 and Villa won it in 1981, who won the FA Cup in 1980?
Answer, Sir Trevor Brooking, or just Trev as he was known then. Easy. Do you remember it? I do, he stooped to conquer after only a few minutes, on the left hand goal as you watch on telly. I think though that Arsenal had had just about enough of the FA Cup by this stage.
This was after all, their 3rd consecutive Final, having lost to Ipswich and Roger Osborne in 78, and having memorably defeated Man Utd in 1979 – you must remember Alan Sunderland’s winning goal with seconds to spare, only seconds after Utd had pulled it back to 2-2…
And in this season’s semi, Arsenal had taken 4 games to defeat Liverpool, finally running out 1-0 winners after the 3rd replay at Highfield Rd. West Ham had needed just the one replay to see off Everton at Elland Rd.
Just briefly looking at the earlier rounds, we saw an almighty shock in the 3rd round when Leicester City, then of the 1st Division were beaten by Harlow Town. There was another shock with Wigan beating Chelsea, also in the 3rd round.
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