1979 FA Charity Shield

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1979 FA Charity Shield
Date 11 August 1979
Venue Wembley Stadium, London
Referee George Courtney (County Durham)
Attendance 92,800
Weather 20 °C (68 °F)[1]

The 1979 FA Charity Shield was the 57th Charity Shield, an annual English football match played between the winners of the previous season's Football League and FA Cup. It was held at Wembley Stadium on 11 August 1979. The match was contested by Liverpool, champions of the 1978–79 Football League and Arsenal, who beat Manchester United in the final of the 1978–79 FA Cup. Watched by a crowd of 92,800, Liverpool won the match 3–1.

Liverpool opened the scoring in the 38th minute with a low drive from Terry McDermott from 25-yards past Pat Jennings. Kenny Dalglish then added a second in the 63rd minute before McDermott added his second two minutes later. Alan Sunderland got a consolation for Arsenal.

Background and pre-match[edit]

Wembley Stadium was the venue for the Charity Shield.

The FA Charity Shield was founded in 1908 as a successor to the Sheriff of London Charity Shield.[2] It was a contest between the respective champions of the Football League and Southern League, and then by 1913 teams of amateur and professional players.[3] In 1921, it was played by the Football League champions and FA Cup winners for the first time.[4] This was the fifth year that Wembley Stadium played host to the Shield.[5]

Liverpool qualified for the 1979 FA Charity Shield as winners of the previous season's First Division.[6] Under manager Bob Paisley, the team amassed a then-record points total of 68 and conceded the fewest goals in a 42-game Football League season with 16.[7] The other Charity Shield place went to Arsenal who beat Manchester United to win the final of the 1978–79 FA Cup.[6] Arsenal led the game 2–0, but conceded twice late into the match before retaking the lead in the 89th minute; the final score was 3–2.[8] The game is referred to as the "Five-minute final" as three goals were scored in that time frame.[9]

Liverpool had won three previous Shields outright (1966, 1974, 1976), shared two with Manchester United (1965 and 1977) and one apiece with Everton (1986) and West Ham United (1984). The club lost one Shield contest – against Leicester City in 1971. This was Arsenal's first appearance in the Charity Shield in 10 years; prior to the game they had won seven Shields (1930, 1931, 1933, 1934, 1938, 1948 and 1953), and lost two (1935, 1936).[10]

Paisley told reporters before the match: "Basically it is a conditioning game, part of the process of getting the players fit."[6]



11 August 1979
15:00 BST[11]
Liverpool 3–1 Arsenal
McDermott Goal 38'65'
Dalglish Goal 63'
Sunderland Goal ?'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 92,800
Referee: George Courtney (County Durham)
GK 1 England Ray Clemence
DF 2 England Phil Neal
DF 3 England Alan Kennedy
DF 4 England Phil Thompson
MF 5 England Ray Kennedy
DF 6 Scotland Alan Hansen
FW 7 Scotland Kenny Dalglish
MF 8 England Jimmy Case
FW 9 England David Johnson
MF 10 England Terry McDermott
MF 11 Scotland Graeme Souness
MF 12 Republic of Ireland Steve Heighway
MF 13 England Sammy Lee
DF 14 Israel Avi Cohen
FW 15 England David Fairclough
GK 16 England Steve Ogrizovic
England Bob Paisley
GK 1 Northern Ireland Pat Jennings
DF 2 Northern Ireland Pat Rice
DF 3 Northern Ireland Sammy Nelson Substituted off
MF 4 England Brian Talbot
DF 5 Republic of Ireland David O'Leary
DF 6 England Steve Walford
MF 7 Republic of Ireland Liam Brady
FW 8 England Alan Sunderland
FW 9 Republic of Ireland Frank Stapleton
MF 10 England David Price Substituted off
MF 11 England Graham Rix
GK England Paul Barron
DF Scotland Willie Young Substituted in
DF England Steve Gatting
FW England Paul Vaessen
MF England John Hollins Substituted in
Northern Ireland Terry Neill

Match rules

  • 90 minutes, no extra time
  • Five named substitutes
  • Maximum of three substitutions


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Weather". Daily Express (London). 11 August 1979. p. 2. 
  2. ^ "Abandonment of the Sheriff Shield". The Observer (London). 19 April 1908. p. 11. 
  3. ^ "The F.A. Charity Shield". The Times (London). 7 October 1913. p. 10. 
  4. ^ Ferguson, Peter (4 August 2011). "The FA Community Shield history". mcfc.co.uk (Manchester City FC). Retrieved 21 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "The FA Community Shield history". TheFA.com (The Football Association). Archived from the original on 5 July 2013. Retrieved 3 July 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c Lacey, David (11 August 1979). "The end of the beginning". The Guardian (London). p. 20. 
  7. ^ Roberts, John (18 May 1979). "Liverpool are Superchampions". The Guardian (London). p. 28.  Liverpool's Football League points record has since been bettered, see:
  8. ^ McIlvanney, Hugh (13 May 1979). "Arsenal at the last gasp". The Observer (London). p. 1. 
  9. ^ "Five-minute final: Where are they now?". BBC Sport (BBC). 19 May 2005. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  10. ^ Ross, James (15 August 2013). "England – List of FA Charity/Community Shield Matches". Rec. Sport. Soccer Statistics Foundation (RSSSF). Retrieved 2 April 2014. 
  11. ^ "Weekend fixtures". The Guardian (London). 11 August 1979. p. 19. 

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