1971–72 FA Cup

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1971–72 FA Cup
Country England
Champions Leeds United
Runners-up Arsenal

The 1971–72 FA Cup was the 91st season of the world's oldest football cup competition, the Football Association Challenge Cup, commonly known as the FA Cup. Leeds United won the competition, beating Arsenal 1–0 in the final at Wembley, London.

Several records were set during this FA Cup season. This was the third year in which the losing semifinalists were required to compete in a "Match for third place";[1] following a goalless 90 minutes, Birmingham City beat Stoke City in a penalty shootout, the first time this method had been used to determine the result of an FA Cup match.[2] In the First Round Proper, Ted MacDougall's nine goals for A.F.C. Bournemouth as they beat Margate 11–0 remains the record for goals scored in a match in the FA Cup proper.[3] The Fourth Qualifying Round tie between Alvechurch and Oxford City became the longest FA Cup tie ever, lasting a total of eleven hours before Alvechurch won the fifth replay 1–0.[2]

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. 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 4 September 1971
First Round Qualifying Saturday 18 September 1971
Second Round Qualifying Saturday 9 October 1971
Third Round Qualifying Saturday 23 October 1971
Fourth Round Qualifying Saturday 6 November 1971
First Round Proper Saturday 20 November 1971
Second Round Proper Saturday 11 December 1971
Third Round Proper Saturday 15 January 1972
Fourth Round Proper Saturday 5 February 1972
Fifth Round Proper Saturday 26 February 1972
Sixth Round Proper Saturday 18 March 1972
Semi-Finals Saturday 15 April 1972
Final Saturday 6 May 1972

Results[edit]

First Round Proper[edit]

For the qualifying rounds, see 1971–72 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, 20 November 1971, although Aldershot's tie with Alvechurch was delayed until 24 November because non-league clubs Alvechurch and Oxford City were taking part in the longest FA Cup tie on record, the fifth and decisive replay taking place on 22 November, two days after the date set for the first round ties.[2] Nine drawn matches were settled by a single replay. Ted MacDougall set a goalscoring record for the FA Cup proper with nine goals for Third Division A.F.C. Bournemouth as they beat Margate of the Southern League 11–0.[3]

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date Attendance Notes
1 Enfield 2–0 Maidenhead United 20 November 1971
2 Chester 1–1 Mansfield Town 20 November 1971
Replay Mansfield Town 4–3 Chester 22 November 1971
3 Chesterfield 3–0 Oldham Athletic 20 November 1971
4 Hartlepool 6–1 Scarborough 20 November 1971 3,374 [4]
5 A.F.C. Bournemouth 11–0 Margate 20 November 1971 [3]
6 Barrow 0–2 Darlington 20 November 1971
7 Rochdale 1–3 Barnsley 20 November 1971
8 Walsall 4–1 Dagenham 20 November 1971
9 Gillingham 3–2 Plymouth Argyle 20 November 1971
10 Notts County 6–0 Newport County 20 November 1971 11,976 [5]
11 Blackburn Rovers 1–1 Port Vale 20 November 1971
Replay Port Vale 3–1 Blackburn Rovers 22 November 1971 5,717 [6]
12 Bolton Wanderers 3–0 Bangor City 20 November 1971
13 Crewe Alexandra 0–1 Blyth Spartans 20 November 1971
14 Lincoln City 1–2 Bury 20 November 1971
15 Doncaster Rovers 1–2 Stockport County 20 November 1971
16 Wrexham 5–1 Bradford City 20 November 1971
17 Bristol Rovers 3–0 Telford United 20 November 1971
18 Rossendale United 1–0 Altrincham 23 November 1971 1,769 [6]
19 King's Lynn 0–0 Hereford United 20 November 1971
Replay Hereford United 1–0 King's Lynn 24 November 1971 7,758 [6]
20 Brighton & Hove Albion 7–1 Hillingdon Borough 20 November 1971
21 Skelmersdale United 0–4 Tranmere Rovers 20 November 1971
22 Southend United 1–0 Aston Villa 20 November 1971 16,929 [7]
23 Frickley Colliery 2–2 Rotherham United 20 November 1971
Replay Rotherham United 4–0 Frickley Colliery 23 November 1971 9,793 [6]
24 Southport 1–3 Workington 20 November 1971
25 Torquay United 1–0 Nuneaton Borough 20 November 1971
26 Ellesmere Port Town 0–3 Boston United 20 November 1971
27 York City 4–2 Grimsby Town 20 November 1971
28 Witney Town 0–3 Romford 20 November 1971
29 Kettering Town 2–4 Barnet 20 November 1971
30 Aldershot 4–2 Alvechurch 24 November 1971 4,638 [6]
31 Guildford City 0–0 Dover 20 November 1971
Replay Dover 0–2 Guildford City 24 November 1971 2,156 [6]
32 Wigan Athletic 2–1 Halifax Town 20 November 1971
33 South Shields 3–3 Scunthorpe United 20 November 1971
Replay Scunthorpe United 2–3 South Shields 29 November 1971 5,272 [6]
34 Colchester United 1–4 Shrewsbury Town 20 November 1971
35 Basingstoke Town 1–5 Northampton Town 20 November 1971
36 Bridgwater Town 0–3 Reading 20 November 1971
37 Cambridge United 2–1 Weymouth 20 November 1971
38 Crawley Town 0–0 Exeter City 20 November 1971
Replay Exeter City 2–0 Crawley Town 24 November 1971 3,967 [6]
39 Redditch United 1–1 Peterborough United 20 November 1971 4,500 [8]
Replay Peterborough United 6–0 Redditch United 22 November 1971 5,108 [8]
40 Swansea City 1–1 Brentford 20 November 1971
Replay Brentford 2–3 Swansea City 22 November 1971 15,000 [6]

Second Round Proper[edit]

The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 11 December 1971. Six matches were drawn, one of which required a second replay.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date Attendance Notes
1 A.F.C. Bournemouth 2–0 Southend United 11 December 1971 14,643 [7]
2 Barnet 1–4 Torquay United 11 December 1971
3 Reading 1–0 Aldershot 11 December 1971
4 Shrewsbury Town 2–1 Guildford City 11 December 1971
5 Wrexham 4–0 Wigan Athletic 11 December 1971
6 Barnsley 0–0 Chesterfield 11 December 1971
Replay Chesterfield 1–0 Barnsley 15 December 1971 14,500 [6]
7 Bristol Rovers 3–0 Cambridge United 11 December 1971
8 Rossendale United 1–4 Bolton Wanderers 11 December 1971 [A]
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 1–1 Walsall 11 December 1971
Replay Walsall 2–1 Brighton & Hove Albion 14 December 1971 8,014 [6]
10 Blyth Spartans 1–0 Stockport County 11 December 1971
11 Mansfield Town 2–2 Tranmere Rovers 11 December 1971
Replay Tranmere Rovers 4–2 Mansfield Town 15 December 1971 5,703 [6]
12 Port Vale 1–0 Darlington 11 December 1971
13 Workington 1–3 Bury 11 December 1971
14 Hereford United 0–0 Northampton Town 11 December 1971
Replay Northampton Town 2–2 Hereford United 14 December 1971 9,099 [6]
2nd replay Hereford United 2–1 Northampton Town 20 December 1971 8,331 [B][6]
15 Rotherham United 1–1 York City 11 December 1971
Replay York City 2–3 Rotherham United 13 December 1971 10,010 [6]
16 Romford 0–1 Gillingham 11 December 1971
17 Boston United 2–1 Hartlepool 11 December 1971 4,400 [4]
18 Peterborough United 4–0 Enfield 11 December 1971 7,702 [8]
19 South Shields 1–3 Notts County 11 December 1971 8,144 [5]
20 Swansea City 0–0 Exeter City 11 December 1971
Replay Exeter City 0–1 Swansea City 15 December 1971 6,858 [6]

Third Round Proper[edit]

The 44 First and Second Division clubs entered the competition at this stage. The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 15 January 1972; the tie between Newcastle United and Hereford United at Newcastle was twice postponed because of a waterlogged pitch on which snow had fallen.[9] Ten matches were drawn, each of which was settled by a single replay. The replay between Hereford and Newcastle, also the subject of several postponements and eventually played on the day scheduled for the fourth round ties, was voted "best FA Cup tie ever" in a 2007 poll hosted in The Observer newspaper.[9]

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date Attendance Notes
1 Blackpool 0–1 Chelsea 15 January 1972
2 Burnley 0–1 Huddersfield Town 15 January 1972
3 Bury 1–1 Rotherham United 15 January 1972
Replay Rotherham United 2–1 Bury 24 January 1972 14,625 [6]
4 Preston North End 4–2 Bristol City 15 January 1972
5 Southampton 1–1 Manchester United 15 January 1972 30,190 [10]
Replay Manchester United 4–1 Southampton 19 January 1972 50,960 [10]
6 Watford 1–4 Notts County 15 January 1972 13,488 [5]
7 Walsall 1–0 A.F.C. Bournemouth 15 January 1972
8 Bolton Wanderers 2–1 Torquay United 15 January 1972
9 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1–1 Leicester City 15 January 1972
Replay Leicester City 2–0 Wolverhampton Wanderers 19 January 1972 32,060 [6]
10 West Bromwich Albion 1–2 Coventry City 15 January 1972
11 Sunderland 3–0 Sheffield Wednesday 15 January 1972 25,310 [11]
12 Derby County 2–0 Shrewsbury Town 15 January 1972 33,463 [12]
13 Swindon Town 0–2 Arsenal 15 January 1972 31,668 [13]
14 Sheffield United 1–3 Cardiff City 15 January 1972
15 Newcastle United 2–2 Hereford United 24 January 1972 39,381 [14]
Replay Hereford United 2–1 Newcastle United 5 February 1972 14,313 [9][14]
16 Tottenham Hotspur 1–1 Carlisle United 15 January 1972 33,702 [15]
Replay Carlisle United 1–3 Tottenham Hotspur 18 January 1972 21,560 [15]
17 Manchester City 1–1 Middlesbrough 15 January 1972 42,620 [16]
Replay Middlesbrough 1–0 Manchester City 18 January 1972 37,917 [16]
18 Queens Park Rangers 1–1 Fulham 15 January 1972
Replay Fulham 2–1 Queens Park Rangers 18 January 1972 24,181 [6]
19 West Ham United 2–1 Luton Town 15 January 1972 32,099 [17]
20 Norwich City 0–3 Hull City 15 January 1972
21 Millwall 3–1 Nottingham Forest 15 January 1972
22 Crystal Palace 2–2 Everton 15 January 1972 32,331 [18]
Replay Everton 3–2 Crystal Palace 18 January 1972 45,408 [18]
23 Blyth Spartans 2–2 Reading 15 January 1972
Replay Reading 6–1 Blyth Spartans 19 January 1972 10,550 [6]
24 Charlton Athletic 0–0 Tranmere Rovers 15 January 1972
Replay Tranmere Rovers 4–2 Charlton Athletic 17 January 1972 12,512 [6]
25 Leeds United 4–1 Bristol Rovers 15 January 1972 33,565 [19]
26 Stoke City 2–1 Chesterfield 15 January 1972
27 Boston United 0–1 Portsmouth 15 January 1972
28 Peterborough United 0–2 Ipswich Town 15 January 1972 16,973 [20]
29 Birmingham City 3–0 Port Vale 15 January 1972 32,937 [21]
30 Oxford United 0–3 Liverpool 15 January 1972 18,000 [22]
31 Orient 3–0 Wrexham 15 January 1972
32 Swansea City 1–0 Gillingham 15 January 1972

Fourth Round Proper[edit]

The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 5 February 1972; Hereford United, unable to play their third-round replay until this date, played their match later that week. Five matches were drawn, of which one required a second replay.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date Attendance Notes
1 Liverpool 0–0 Leeds United 5 February 1972 56,300 [19]
Replay Leeds United 2–0 Liverpool 9 February 1972 45,821 [19]
2 Preston North End 0–2 Manchester United 5 February 1972 27,025 [10]
3 Reading 1–2 Arsenal 5 February 1972
4 Leicester City 0–2 Orient 5 February 1972
5 Derby County 6–0 Notts County 5 February 1972 39,450 [23]
6 Everton 2–1 Walsall 5 February 1972 45,462 [18]
7 Tranmere Rovers 2–2 Stoke City 5 February 1972
Replay Stoke City 2–0 Tranmere Rovers 9 February 1972 25,000 [6]
8 Tottenham Hotspur 2–0 Rotherham United 5 February 1972 36,903 [15]
9 Coventry City 0–1 Hull City 5 February 1972
10 Portsmouth 2–0 Swansea City 5 February 1972
11 Millwall 2–2 Middlesbrough 5 February 1972
Replay Middlesbrough 2–1 Millwall 8 February 1972 36,489 [6]
12 Chelsea 3–0 Bolton Wanderers 5 February 1972
13 Huddersfield Town 3–0 Fulham 5 February 1972
14 Cardiff City 1–1 Sunderland 5 February 1972 27,000 [11]
Replay Sunderland 1–1 Cardiff City 9 February 1972 39,348 [11]
2nd replay Cardiff City 3–1 Sunderland 14 February 1972 8,868 [C][11]
15 Hereford United 0–0 West Ham United 9 February 1972 15,000 [17]
Replay West Ham United 3–1 Hereford United 14 February 1972 42,271 [17]
16 Birmingham City 1–0 Ipswich Town 5 February 1972 40,709 [21]

Fifth Round Proper[edit]

The matches were played on Saturday, 26 February 1972. Two matches were drawn, of which one required a second replay.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date Attendance Notes
1 Derby County 2–2 Arsenal 26 February 1972 39,622 [24]
Replay Arsenal 0–0 Derby County 29 February 1972 63,077 [25]
2nd replay Derby County 0–1 Arsenal 13 March 1972 40,000 [D][26]
2 Everton 0–2 Tottenham Hotspur 26 February 1972 50,511 [15]
3 Manchester United 0–0 Middlesbrough 26 February 1972 53,850 [10]
Replay Middlesbrough 0–3 Manchester United 29 February 1972 39,683 [10]
4 Huddersfield Town 4–2 West Ham United 26 February 1972 27,080 [17]
5 Cardiff City 0–2 Leeds United 26 February 1972 50,000 [19]
6 Stoke City 4–1 Hull City 26 February 1972
7 Birmingham City 3–1 Portsmouth 26 February 1972 43,886 [21]
8 Orient 3–2 Chelsea 26 February 1972

Sixth Round Proper[edit]

18 March 1972
15:00
Manchester United 1 – 1 Stoke City
Best Goal Greenhoff Goal
Old Trafford, Manchester
Attendance: 54,226[10]
Referee: John Homewood
18 March 1972
15:00
Leeds United 2 – 1 Tottenham Hotspur
Clarke Goal
Charlton Goal
Pratt Goal
Elland Road, Leeds
Attendance: 43,937[19]
Referee: Jack Taylor
18 March 1972
15:00
Birmingham City 3 – 1 Huddersfield Town
Page Goal
R Latchford Goal
Hatton Goal
Cherry Goal
St Andrew's, Birmingham
Attendance: 52,470[21]
Referee: Pat Partridge
18 March 1972
15:00
Orient 0 – 1 Arsenal
Ball Goal 49'
Brisbane Road, London
Attendance: 32,000[6]
Referee: Bob Matthewson
Replay
22 March 1972
19:30
Stoke City 2 – 1 Manchester United
Smith Goal
Conroy Goal
Best Goal
Victoria Ground, Stoke-on-Trent
Attendance: 49,192[10]
Referee: John Homewood

Semi-Finals[edit]

15 April 1972
15:00
Arsenal 1 – 1 Stoke City
Armstrong Goal 47' Simpson Goal 65' (og)
Villa Park, Birmingham
Referee: Keith Walker
15 April 1972
15:00
Leeds United 3 – 0 Birmingham City
Jones Goal Goal
Lorimer Goal
Hillsborough, Sheffield
Attendance: 55,000[19]
Referee: Norman Burtenshaw
Replay
19 April 1972
19:30
Stoke City 1 – 2 Arsenal
Greenhoff Goal George Goal
Radford Goal 76'
Goodison Park, Liverpool
Attendance: 38,970[6]
Referee: Keith Walker

Match for third place[edit]

For the third time in what turned out to be a five-year experiment, the losing semifinalists were obliged to play off for third and fourth place.[1] The match was held over until immediately before the 1972–73 season. After a goalless 90 minutes, the result was determined by a penalty shootout, the first time this method was used to settle a match in the FA Cup.[2]

5 August 1972
Birmingham City 0 – 0
4–3 (pens.)
Stoke City
St Andrew's, Birmingham
Attendance: 25,841[21]

Final[edit]

Main article: 1972 FA Cup Final

The final took place on Saturday, 6 May 1972 at Wembley and ended in a victory for Leeds United over Arsenal by 1–0. The goal was scored by Allan Clarke. The attendance was 100,000.

6 May 1972
15:00 BST
Leeds United 1 – 0 Arsenal
Clarke Goal 53' [27]
Wembley, London
Attendance: 100,000
Referee: David Smith
Leeds United
Arsenal

Notes[edit]

A. ^ : Match played at Gigg Lane, Bury.
B. ^ : Match played at The Hawthorns, West Bromwich.
C. ^ : Match played at Maine Road, Manchester.
D. ^ : Match played at Filbert Street, Leicester.

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