1977–78 FA Cup

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1977–78 FA Cup
Country England
Champions Ipswich Town
Runners-up Arsenal

The 1977–78 FA Cup was the 97th season of the world's oldest knockout football competition, The Football Association Challenge Cup, or FA Cup. The final saw Ipswich Town beat Arsenal 1–0, with a single goal from Roger Osborne.

First round proper[edit]

For the qualifying rounds, see 1977–78 FA Cup Qualifying Rounds.

The first round of games were played on 26 November 1977. Replays were played mainly on 28–30 November, with three on 5 and 7 December.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Enfield 3–0 Wimbledon 26 November 1977
2 Chester 4–1 Darlington 26 November 1977
3 Chesterfield 1–0 Halifax Town 26 November 1977
4 Barnet 1–2 Peterborough United 26 November 1977
5 Bath City 0–0 Plymouth Argyle 26 November 1977
Replay Plymouth Argyle 2–0 Bath City 29 November 1977
6 Preston North End 3–2 Lincoln City 26 November 1977
7 Watford 2–0 Hendon 26 November 1977
8 Reading 3–1 Aldershot 26 November 1977
9 Walsall 1–0 Dagenham 26 November 1977
10 Gillingham 1–1 Weymouth 26 November 1977
Replay Weymouth 0–1 Gillingham 30 November 1977
11 Boreham Wood 0–0 Swindon Town 26 November 1977
Replay Swindon Town 2–0 Boreham Wood 29 November 1977
12 Sheffield Wednesday 1–0 Bury 26 November 1977
13 Scarborough 4–2 Rochdale 26 November 1977
14 Doncaster Rovers 0–1 Shrewsbury Town 26 November 1977
15 Wrexham 2–0 Burton Albion 26 November 1977
16 Tranmere Rovers 1–1 Hartlepool United 26 November 1977
Replay Hartlepool United 3–1 Tranmere Rovers 29 November 1977
17 Stockport County 3–0 Scunthorpe United 26 November 1977
18 Barnsley 1–0 Huddersfield Town 26 November 1977
19 Brentford 2–0 Folkestone & Shepway 26 November 1977
20 Lowestoft Town 0–2 Cambridge United 26 November 1977
21 Portsmouth 3–1 Bideford 26 November 1977
22 Bradford City 0–1 Crewe Alexandra 26 November 1977
23 Carlisle United 2–0 Stafford Rangers 26 November 1977
24 Spennymoor United 3–1 Goole Town 26 November 1977
25 Blyth Spartans 1–0 Burscough 26 November 1977
26 Minehead 2–0 Wycombe Wanderers 26 November 1977
27 Newport County 1–1 Exeter City 26 November 1977
Replay Exeter City 4–2 Newport County 30 November 1977
28 Wealdstone 0–0 Hereford United 26 November 1977
Replay Hereford United 2–3 Wealdstone 30 November 1977
29 Southport 2–2 Runcorn 26 November 1977
Replay Runcorn 1–0 Southport 28 November 1977
30 Torquay United 1–2 Southend United 26 November 1977
31 Workington 0–2 Grimsby Town 26 November 1977
32 Rotherham United 3–0 Mossley F.C. 26 November 1977
33 Tilbury 0–1 Kettering Town 26 November 1977
Replay Tilbury 2–2 Kettering Town 5 December 1977
Replay Kettering Town 2–3 Tilbury 7 December 1977
34 Tooting & Mitcham United 1–2 Northampton Town 26 November 1977
35 Wigan Athletic 1–0 York City 26 November 1977
36 Colchester United 1–1 Bournemouth 26 November 1977
Replay Bournemouth 0–0 Colchester United 29 November 1977
Replay Bournemouth 1–4 Colchester United 5 December 1977
37 Nuneaton Borough 2–0 Oxford United 26 November 1977
38 Leatherhead 0–0 Swansea City 26 November 1977
Replay Swansea City 2–1 Leatherhead 29 November 1977
39 Arnold 0–0 Port Vale 26 November 1977
Replay Port Vale 5–2 Arnold 28 November 1977
40 AP Leamington 6–1 Enderby Town 26 November 1977

Second Round Proper[edit]

The second round of games were played on 17 December 1977. Replays took place on 19th–21st.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Preston North End 0–2 Wrexham 17 December 1977
2 Watford 2–0 Colchester United 17 December 1977
3 Walsall 1–1 Port Vale 17 December 1977
Replay Port Vale 1–3 Walsall 19 December 1977
4 Gillingham 1–1 Peterborough United 17 December 1977
Replay Peterborough United 2–0 Gillingham 20 December 1977
5 Grimsby Town 2–0 Barnsley 17 December 1977
6 Crewe Alexandra 0–0 Scarborough 17 December 1977
Replay Scarborough 2–0 Crewe Alexandra 21 December 1977
7 Swindon Town 2–1 Brentford 17 December 1977
8 Shrewsbury Town 1–1 Stockport County 17 December 1977
Replay Stockport County 1–2 Shrewsbury Town 19 December 1977
9 Northampton Town 0–2 Enfield 17 December 1977
10 Portsmouth 2–2 Swansea City 17 December 1977
Replay Swansea City 2–1 Portsmouth 20 December 1977
11 Plymouth Argyle 1–0 Cambridge United 17 December 1977
12 Carlisle United 3–1 Chester 17 December 1977
13 Blyth Spartans 1–0 Chesterfield 17 December 1977
14 Minehead 0–3 Exeter City 17 December 1977
15 Wealdstone 2–1 Reading 17 December 1977
16 Rotherham United 6–0 Spennymoor United 17 December 1977
17 Wigan Athletic 1–0 Sheffield Wednesday 17 December 1977
18 Nuneaton Borough 1–2 Tilbury 17 December 1977
19 AP Leamington 0–0 Southend United 17 December 1977
Replay Southend United 4–0 AP Leamington 19 December 1977
20 Hartlepool United 4–2 Runcorn 17 December 1977

Third round proper[edit]

The third round of games in the FA Cup were played on 6–7 January 1978. Replays were mainly played over 9–11 January but some occurred on 16th instead.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Bristol City 4–4 Wrexham 7 January 1978
Replay Wrexham 3–0 Bristol City 9 January 1978
2 Burnley 1–0 Fulham 7 January 1978
3 Walsall 4–1 Swansea City 7 January 1978
4 Nottingham Forest 4–1 Swindon Town 7 January 1978
5 Blackburn Rovers 2–1 Shrewsbury Town 7 January 1978
6 Grimsby Town 0–0 Southampton 7 January 1978
Replay Southampton 0–0 Grimsby Town 10 January 1978
Replay Grimsby Town 1–4 Southampton 16 January 1978
7 Middlesbrough 3–0 Coventry City 7 January 1978
8 West Bromwich Albion 4–1 Blackpool 7 January 1978
9 Sunderland 0–1 Bristol Rovers 7 January 1978
10 Derby County 3–2 Southend United 7 January 1978
11 Luton Town 1–1 Oldham Athletic 7 January 1978
Replay Oldham Athletic 1–2 Luton Town 10 January 1978
12 Everton 4–1 Aston Villa 7 January 1978
13 Sheffield United 0–5 Arsenal 7 January 1978
14 Tottenham Hotspur 2–2 Bolton Wanderers 7 January 1978
Replay Bolton Wanderers 2–1 Tottenham Hotspur 10 January 1978
15 Queens Park Rangers 4–0 Wealdstone 7 January 1978
16 West Ham United 1–0 Watford 7 January 1978
17 Brighton & Hove Albion 3–0 Scarborough 7 January 1978
18 Hull City 0–1 Leicester City 7 January 1978
19 Carlisle United 1–1 Manchester United 7 January 1978
Replay Manchester United 4–2 Carlisle United 11 January 1978
20 Chelsea 4–2 Liverpool 7 January 1978
21 Exeter City 2–2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 7 January 1978
Replay Wolverhampton Wanderers 3–1 Exeter City 10 January 1978
22 Blyth Spartans 1–0 Enfield 7 January 1978
23 Mansfield Town 1–0 Plymouth Argyle 7 January 1978
24 Cardiff City 0–2 Ipswich Town 7 January 1978
25 Charlton Athletic 0–2 Notts County 6 January 1978
26 Leeds United 1–2 Manchester City 7 January 1978
27 Stoke City 4–0 Tilbury 7 January 1978
28 Rotherham United 1–1 Millwall 7 January 1978
Replay Millwall 2–0 Rotherham United 10 January 1978
29 Peterborough United 1–1 Newcastle United 7 January 1978
Replay Newcastle United 2–0 Peterborough United 11 January 1978
30 Birmingham City 4–0 Wigan Athletic 7 January 1978
31 Orient 1–1 Norwich City 6 January 1978
Replay Norwich City 0–1 Orient 16 January 1978
32 Hartlepool United 2–1 Crystal Palace 7 January 1978

Fourth Round Proper[edit]

The fourth round of games were intended to be played on 28 January 1978, but by this time only nine matches had been played, of which three went to replays. The other matches and replays were completed either midweek on 31 January – 1 February, or on 6 February. Replays were played at various times after the initial games.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Walsall 1–0 Leicester City 28 January 1978
2 Nottingham Forest 2–1 Manchester City 31 January 1978
3 Bolton Wanderers 1–0 Mansfield Town 6 February 1978
4 Middlesbrough 3–2 Everton 28 January 1978
5 Derby County 2–1 Birmingham City 1 February 1978
6 Ipswich Town 4–1 Hartlepool United 28 January 1978
7 Newcastle United 2–2 Wrexham 28 January 1978
Replay Wrexham 4–1 Newcastle United 6 February 1978
8 Bristol Rovers 2–0 Southampton 28 January 1978
9 West Ham United 1–1 Queens Park Rangers 28 January 1978
Replay Queens Park Rangers 6–1 West Ham United 31 January 1978
10 Brighton & Hove Albion 1–2 Notts County 31 January 1978
11 Manchester United 1–1 West Bromwich Albion 28 January 1978
Replay West Bromwich Albion 3–2 Manchester United 1 February 1978
12 Millwall 4–0 Luton Town 31 January 1978
13 Chelsea 6–2 Burnley 31 January 1978
14 Arsenal 2–1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 28 January 1978
15 Stoke City 2–3 Blyth Spartans 6 February 1978
16 Orient 3–1 Blackburn Rovers 28 January 1978

Fifth Round Proper[edit]

The fifth set of games mainly took place on 18 February 1978, with two of the games played on 22nd and 27th. Four games went to replays which were played on 27–28 February. A second replay was then played on 2 March.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Middlesbrough 2–0 Bolton Wanderers 27 February 1978
2 Derby County 2–3 West Bromwich Albion 22 February 1978
3 Wrexham 1–1 Blyth Spartans 18 February 1978
Replay Blyth Spartans 1–2 Wrexham 27 February 1978
4 Queens Park Rangers 1–1 Nottingham Forest 18 February 1978
Replay Nottingham Forest 1–1 Queens Park Rangers 27 February 1978
Replay Nottingham Forest 3–1 Queens Park Rangers 2 March 1978
5 Bristol Rovers 2–2 Ipswich Town 18 February 1978
Replay Ipswich Town 3–0 Bristol Rovers 28 February 1978
6 Millwall 2–1 Notts County 18 February 1978
7 Arsenal 4–1 Walsall 18 February 1978
8 Orient 0–0 Chelsea 18 February 1978
Replay Chelsea 1–2 Orient 27 February 1978

Sixth Round Proper[edit]

The sixth round of FA Cup games were played on 11 March 1978. There was one replay on 14th.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Middlesbrough 0–0 Orient 11 March 1978
Replay Orient 2–1 Middlesbrough 14 March 1978
2 West Bromwich Albion 2–0 Nottingham Forest 11 March 1978
3 Wrexham 2–3 Arsenal 11 March 1978
4 Millwall 1–6 Ipswich Town 11 March 1978

Semi-Finals[edit]

8 April 1978
Ipswich Town 3–1 West Bromwich Albion
Talbot Goal 8'
Mills Goal 20'
Wark Goal 90'
Report Brown Goal 80'
Highbury, London
Attendance: 51,000
Referee: Clive Thomas, Treorchy

8 April 1978
Arsenal 3–0 Orient
Macdonald Goal 16' Goal 20'
Rix Goal 65'
Report

Final[edit]

Main article: 1978 FA Cup Final
6 May 1978
15:00 BST
Arsenal 0–1 Ipswich Town
Osborne Goal 77'
Wembley, London
Attendance: 100,000
Referee: Derek Nippard
Arsenal
Ipswich

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