1970–71 FA Cup

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1970–71 FA Cup
Country England
Champions Arsenal
Runners-up Liverpool

The 1970–71 FA Cup was the 90th season of the world's oldest football cup competition, the Football Association Challenge Cup, commonly known as the FA Cup. First Division champions Arsenal won the competition for the fourth time, beating Liverpool 2–1 in the final at Wembley. In doing so, Arsenal were the fourth team to complete a double of League and Cup victories, following Preston North End, Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur.

Matches were scheduled to be played at the stadium of the team named first on the date specified for each round, which was always a Saturday. Some matches, however, might be rescheduled for other days if there were clashes with games for other competitions or the weather was inclement. If scores were level after 90 minutes had been played, a replay would take place at the stadium of the second-named team later the same week. If the replayed match was drawn further replays would be held until a winner was determined. If scores were level after 90 minutes had been played in a replay, a 30-minute period of extra time would be played.

Calendar[edit]

Round Date
Preliminary Round Saturday 5 September 1970
First Round Qualifying Saturday 19 September 1970
Second Round Qualifying Saturday 10 October 1970
Third Round Qualifying Saturday 24 October 1970
Fourth Round Qualifying Saturday 7 November 1970
First Round Proper Saturday 21 November 1970
Second Round Proper Saturday 12 December 1970
Third Round Proper Saturday 2 January 1971
Fourth Round Proper Saturday 23 January 1971
Fifth Round Proper Saturday 13 February 1971
Sixth Round Proper Saturday 6 March 1971
Semi-Finals Saturday 27 March 1971
Final Saturday 8 May 1971

Results[edit]

First Round Proper[edit]

For the qualifying rounds, see 1970–71 FA Cup Qualifying Rounds.

At this stage clubs from the Football League Third and Fourth Divisions joined those non-league clubs having come through the qualifying rounds. Matches were scheduled to be played on Saturday, 21 November 1970, with the exception of the Great Harwood–Rotherham United match, which was played the following Tuesday. Nine matches were drawn, of which one went to a second replay.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Enfield 0–1 Cambridge United 21 November 1970
2 Chesterfield 2–0 Halifax Town 21 November 1970
3 Darlington 5–1 Bangor City 21 November 1970
4 Barnet 6–1 Newport County 21 November 1970
5 Grantham 2–1 Stockport County 21 November 1970
6 Preston North End 1–1 Chester 21 November 1970
Replay Chester 1–0 Preston North End 25 November 1970
7 Rochdale 2–0 Oldham Athletic 21 November 1970
8 Yeovil Town 1–0 Aveley 21 November 1970
9 Reading 6–1 Bishop's Stortford 21 November 1970
10 Walsall 3–0 Plymouth Argyle 21 November 1970
11 Notts County 1–0 Port Vale 21 November 1970
12 Grimsby Town 0–1 Bury 21 November 1970
13 Crewe Alexandra 0–0 Doncaster Rovers 21 November 1970
Replay Doncaster Rovers 1–3 Crewe Alexandra 24 November 1970
14 Lincoln City 2–1 Barrow 21 November 1970
15 Scarborough 2–3 Workington 21 November 1970
16 Tranmere Rovers 1–1 Scunthorpe United 21 November 1970
Replay Scunthorpe United 0–0 Tranmere Rovers 24 November 1970
Replay Tranmere Rovers 0–1 Scunthorpe United 30 November 1970
17 Wycombe Wanderers 1–1 Slough Town 21 November 1970
Replay Slough Town 1–0 Wycombe Wanderers 25 November 1970
18 Oxford City 1–1 Bournemouth 21 November 1970
Replay Bournemouth 8–1 Oxford City 25 November 1970
19 Fulham 1–2 Bristol Rovers 21 November 1970
20 Barnsley 1–0 Bradford Park Avenue 21 November 1970
21 Brentford 2–1 Gillingham 21 November 1970
22 Great Harwood 2–6 Rotherham United 24 November 1970
23 Brighton & Hove Albion 4–0 Cheltenham Town 21 November 1970
24 Rhyl 1–0 Hartlepool 21 November 1970
25 Bradford City 3–2 Macclesfield Town 21 November 1970
26 Southend United 7–0 Weymouth 21 November 1970
27 Mansfield Town 2–0 Wrexham 21 November 1970
28 Minehead 1–2 Shrewsbury Town 21 November 1970
29 Southport 0–2 Boston United 21 November 1970
30 Torquay United 3–1 Aston Villa 21 November 1970
31 Hereford United 2–2 Northampton Town 21 November 1970
Replay Northampton Town 1–2 Hereford United 24 November 1970
32 Tamworth 0–0 York City 21 November 1970
Replay York City 5–0 Tamworth 23 November 1970
33 Peterborough United 3–1 Wimbledon 21 November 1970
34 South Shields 1–1 Wigan Athletic 21 November 1970
Replay Wigan Athletic 2–0 South Shields 23 November 1970
35 Colchester United 3–0 Ringmer 21 November 1970
36 Walton & Hersham 2–5 Telford United 21 November 1970
37 Hendon 0–2 Aldershot 21 November 1970
38 Dagenham 2–0 Margate 21 November 1970
39 Crawley Town 1–1 Chelmsford City 21 November 1970
Replay Chelmsford City 6–1 Crawley Town 23 November 1970
40 Swansea City 4–1 Exeter City 21 November 1970

Second Round Proper[edit]

The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 12 December 1970. Six matches were drawn, with replays taking place later the same week or the week after. The Lincoln City–Bradford City match required a second replay, which was played on the 21 December.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Chester 1–0 Crewe Alexandra 12 December 1970
2 Chesterfield 0–0 Workington 12 December 1970
Replay Workington 3–2 Chesterfield 16 December 1970
3 Darlington 0–2 Rochdale 12 December 1970
4 Bournemouth 0–1 Yeovil Town 12 December 1970
5 Bury 1–1 Notts County 12 December 1970
Replay Notts County 3–0 Bury 21 December 1970
6 Grantham 1–4 Rotherham United 12 December 1970
7 Lincoln City 2–2 Bradford City 12 December 1970
Replay Bradford City 2–2 Lincoln City 16 December 1970
Replay Lincoln City 4–1 Bradford City 21 December 1970
8 Shrewsbury Town 2–2 Reading 12 December 1970
Replay Reading 1–0 Shrewsbury Town 21 December 1970
9 Brentford 1–0 Walsall 12 December 1970
10 Rhyl 0–0 Barnsley 12 December 1970
Replay Barnsley 1–1 Rhyl 15 December 1970
Replay Rhyl 2–0 Barnsley 21 December 1970
11 Southend United 1–0 Dagenham 12 December 1970
12 Scunthorpe United 3–0 Mansfield Town 12 December 1970
13 Hereford United 1–2 Brighton & Hove Albion 12 December 1970
14 Aldershot 1–1 Bristol Rovers 12 December 1970
Replay Bristol Rovers 1–3 Aldershot 15 December 1970
15 Wigan Athletic 2–1 Peterborough United 12 December 1970
16 Boston United 1–2 York City 12 December 1970
17 Colchester United 3–0 Cambridge United 12 December 1970
18 Chelmsford City 0–1 Torquay United 12 December 1970
19 Slough Town 0–1 Barnet 12 December 1970
20 Swansea City 6–2 Telford United 12 December 1970

Third Round Proper[edit]

The 44 First and Second Division clubs entered the competition at this stage. The matches were scheduled Saturday, 2 January 1971, but ten were played at later dates. Seven matches were drawn and went to replays.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Blackpool 4–0 West Ham United 2 January 1971
2 Chester 1–2 Derby County 2 January 1971
3 Barnet 0–1 Colchester United 5 January 1971
4 Liverpool 1–0 Aldershot 2 January 1971
5 Rochdale 2–1 Coventry City 11 January 1971
6 Southampton 3–0 Bristol City 11 January 1971
7 Watford 5–0 Reading 6 January 1971
8 Yeovil Town 0–3 Arsenal 6 January 1971
9 Leicester City 2–0 Notts County 2 January 1971
10 Nottingham Forest 1–1 Luton Town 2 January 1971
Replay Luton Town 3–4 Nottingham Forest 11 January 1971
11 Wolverhampton Wanderers 5–1 Norwich City 2 January 1971
12 West Bromwich Albion 0–0 Scunthorpe United 2 January 1971
Replay Scunthorpe United 1–3 West Bromwich Albion 11 January 1971
13 Sunderland 0–3 Orient 11 January 1971
14 Everton 2–0 Blackburn Rovers 2 January 1971
15 Newcastle United 1–1 Ipswich Town 11 January 1971
Replay Ipswich Town 2–1 Newcastle United 13 January 1971
16 Tottenham Hotspur 4–1 Sheffield Wednesday 2 January 1971
17 Manchester City 1–0 Wigan Athletic 2 January 1971
18 Queens Park Rangers 1–2 Swindon Town 2 January 1971
19 Portsmouth 2–0 Sheffield United 2 January 1971
20 Manchester United 0–0 Middlesbrough 2 January 1971
Replay Middlesbrough 2–1 Manchester United 5 January 1971
21 Hull City 3–0 Charlton Athletic 2 January 1971
22 Crystal Palace 2–2 Chelsea 2 January 1971
Replay Chelsea 2–0 Crystal Palace 6 January 1971
23 Southend United 0–3 Carlisle United 11 January 1971
24 Huddersfield Town 1–1 Birmingham City 2 January 1971
Replay Birmingham City 0–2 Huddersfield Town 5 January 1971
25 Cardiff City 1–0 Brighton & Hove Albion 2 January 1971
26 Torquay United 4–3 Lincoln City 2 January 1971
27 Workington 0–1 Brentford 2 January 1971
28 York City 2–0 Bolton Wanderers 2 January 1971
29 Stoke City 2–1 Millwall 2 January 1971
30 Rotherham United 0–0 Leeds United 11 January 1971
Replay Leeds United 3–2 Rotherham United 18 January 1971
31 Oxford United 3–0 Burnley 11 January 1971
32 Swansea City 6–1 Rhyl 2 January 1971

Fourth Round Proper[edit]

The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 23 January 1971. Seven matches were drawn, of which one required a second replay.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Liverpool 3–0 Swansea City 23 January 1971
2 Rochdale 3–3 Colchester United 23 January 1971
Replay Colchester United 5–0 Rochdale 25 January 1971
3 Leicester City 3–0 Torquay United 25 January 1971
4 Nottingham Forest 1–1 Orient 23 January 1971
Replay Orient 0–1 Nottingham Forest 1 February 1971
5 West Bromwich Albion 1–1 Ipswich Town 23 January 1971
Replay Ipswich Town 3–0 West Bromwich Albion 26 January 1971
6 Derby County 2–1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 23 January 1971
7 Everton 3–0 Middlesbrough 23 January 1971
8 Portsmouth 1–1 Arsenal 23 January 1971
Replay Arsenal 3–2 Portsmouth 1 February 1971
9 Hull City 2–0 Blackpool 23 January 1971
10 Carlisle United 2–3 Tottenham Hotspur 23 January 1971
11 Chelsea 0–3 Manchester City 23 January 1971
12 Cardiff City 0–2 Brentford 23 January 1971
13 Leeds United 4–0 Swindon Town 23 January 1971
14 York City 3–3 Southampton 23 January 1971
Replay Southampton 3–2 York City 1 February 1971
15 Stoke City 3–3 Huddersfield Town 23 January 1971
Replay Huddersfield Town 0–0 Stoke City 26 January 1971
Replay Stoke City 1–0 Huddersfield Town 8 February 1971
16 Oxford United 1–1 Watford 23 January 1971
Replay Watford 1–2 Oxford United 27 January 1971

Fifth Round Proper[edit]

The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 13 February 1971 with one fixture and two replays played three or four days later.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Liverpool 1–0 Southampton 13 February 1971
2 Leicester City 1–1 Oxford United 13 February 1971
Replay Oxford United 1–3 Leicester City 17 February 1971
3 Everton 1–0 Derby County 13 February 1971
4 Tottenham Hotspur 2–1 Nottingham Forest 13 February 1971
5 Manchester City 1–2 Arsenal 17 February 1971
6 Hull City 2–1 Brentford 13 February 1971
7 Stoke City 0–0 Ipswich Town 13 February 1971
Replay Ipswich Town 0–1 Stoke City 16 February 1971
8 Colchester United 3–2 Leeds United 13 February 1971

Sixth Round Proper[edit]

The four quarter-final ties were played on the 6 March 1971. There were two replays in the midweek fixtures of the following week.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Liverpool 0–0 Tottenham Hotspur 6 March 1971
Replay Tottenham Hotspur 0–1 Liverpool 16 March 1971
2 Leicester City 0–0 Arsenal 6 March 1971
Replay Arsenal 1–0 Leicester City 15 March 1971
3 Everton 5–0 Colchester United 6 March 1971
4 Hull City 2–3 Stoke City 6 March 1971

Semi-Finals[edit]

The semi-final matches were played on Saturday, 27 March 1971 with the Arsenal–Stoke match needing a replay. Liverpool and Arsenal came through the Semi final round to meet at Wembley.

27 March 1971
15:00
Liverpool 2–1 Everton
Evans Goal 60'
Hall Goal 75'
Report Ball Goal 11'
27 March 1971
15:00
Arsenal 2–2 Stoke City
Storey Goal 47' Goal 90' (pen) Report Smith Goal 21'
Ritchie Goal 30'

Replay[edit]

31 March 1971
19:45
Arsenal 2–0 Stoke City
Graham Goal 13'
KennedyGoal 47'
Report
Villa Park, Birmingham
Attendance: 62,500
Referee: Pat Partridge, County Durham

Third place playoff[edit]

Between 1970 and 1974, a third place playoff between the two losing semi-finalists was held.[1]

7 May 1971
Stoke City 3–2 Everton
Bernard Goal
Ritchie Goal Goal
Whittle Goal
Ball Goal
Selhurst Park, London
Attendance: 5,031

Final[edit]

Main article: 1971 FA Cup Final

The 1971 FA Cup Final was contested by Arsenal and Liverpool at Wembley on the 8 May 1971. Arsenal won 2–1 after extra time, with all three goals coming in the added half hour. Steve Heighway scored for Liverpool first, before Arsenal equalised with a scrambled goal from substitute Eddie Kelly - the first time a substitute had ever scored in an FA Cup final. Charlie George scored a dramatic winner late in extra time.

8 May 1971
15:00 BST
Liverpool 1 – 2 Arsenal
Heighway Goal 92' (Report) Kelly Goal 101'
George Goal 111'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 100,000
Liverpool
Arsenal

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