FA Cup 1979-80

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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Talking Heads

If there ever was a missing link between the 60’s and the 80’s then Talking Heads could just be it. Born out of the late 70’s post punk movement they moved on from the naked simplicity of the original punk movement to come up with some fantastical imagining. Starting in 1980 with:

Once in a Lifetime

Letting the days go by… perhaps I didn’t get this when it was first released? I was only ten! This seminal 80’s single was written by David Byrne and Brian Eno and is taken from their 1980 album, Remain in Light. It is reported that Byrne and Eno came up with the Lyrics after hearing a preacher heard on the car radio whilst driving through New York.

Road To Nowhere

Road To Nowhere was a single from Talking Heads 1985 album Little Creatures. It reached number 6 in the UK singles chart.

And She Was

I have written about And She Was here. Suffice to say, I love this track – that it’s the only single of theirs that I bought says more about me and my choices on limited funds. Talking Heads are: David Byrne, Chris Franz, Jerry Harrison, Tina Weymouth.

Wolves – League Cup Winners 1980

Red hot favourites, current holders and let’s face it reigning and soon to be this season’s European Champions, Nottingham Forest were a shoe-in for the League Cup in 1980.

But, no. Wolves and their bubble permed striker Andy Gray gave that idea short shrift. Forest hammered and hammered on the Wolves goal, but to no avail. On 67 minutes Gray bundled the ball home after a shocking mix up between Shilton and Needham from Peter Daniel’s hopeful punt upfield.

Despite Forest’s best efforts, it was probably the men from Molineux who came closest to scoring again, with George Berry hitting the woodwork. In the end Wolves hung on to see Captain Emlyn Hughes complete his personal set of domestic football trophies.

Nottingham Forest – European Cup Winners 1980

My goodness me. If you thought that 1979’s victory over Malmo was a fluke then Forest only went and won it again. Just to prove that it wasn’t.

This time it was German side Hamburg, boasting a plethora of talent – Kevin Keegan, Horst Hrubesch, Manfred Kaltz and Felix Magath amongst others. And, let’s not be coy, this was the club that would defeat Juventus in the 1982-83 final. So they had some pedigree.

In winning for the second time, Forest became the only team to have won the European Cup more times than they have won their national championship – some feat I can assure you.

In the final, played at the Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid, John Robertson opened the scoring on 20 minutes as he sashayed in from the left wing to steer a right footed shot past Rudolf Kargus in the Hamburg goal and in off the post.

With Peter Shilton playing a blinder in goal for Forest, Robertson’s goal proved decisive and Forest had made history.