1980–81 FA Cup

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1980–81 FA Cup
Country England
Champions Tottenham Hotspur
Runners-up Manchester City

The FA Cup 1980–81 was the 100th season of the world's oldest football knockout competition, The Football Association Challenge Cup, or FA Cup for short. The final saw Tottenham Hotspur defeat Manchester City in the first ever Wembley replay. The final also saw a memorable solo goal from Ricky Villa which was later voted the greatest goal ever scored at Wembley[1]

First round proper[edit]

For the qualifying rounds, see 1980–81 FA Cup Qualifying Rounds.

The first round of games were played on 22 November 1980. Replays were played mainly on 25 and 26 November, with a couple of games on 1 December.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Enfield 3–0 Wembley 22 November 1980
2 Blackpool 4–0 Fleetwood Town 22 November 1980
3 Chester 1–2 Barnsley 22 November 1980
4 Darlington 0–2 Bury 22 November 1980
5 Barnet 2–2 Minehead 22 November 1980
Replay Minehead 1–2 Barnet 25 November 1980
6 Burnley 1–0 Scarborough 22 November 1980
7 Yeovil Town 2–1 Farnborough Town 22 November 1980
8 Reading 1–2 Fulham 22 November 1980
9 Walsall 3–0 Stafford Rangers 22 November 1980
10 Gillingham 2–1 Dagenham 22 November 1980
11 Northwich Victoria 1–1 Huddersfield Town 22 November 1980
Replay Huddersfield Town 6–0 Northwich Victoria 25 November 1980
12 Lincoln City 1–0 Gateshead 22 November 1980
13 Swindon Town 3–2 Weymouth 22 November 1980
14 Tranmere Rovers 0–0 York City 22 November 1980
Replay York City 1–2 Tranmere Rovers 25 November 1980
15 Stockport County 0–0 Sheffield United 22 November 1980
Replay Sheffield United 3–2 Stockport County 25 November 1980
16 Wycombe Wanderers 0–3 Bournemouth 22 November 1980
17 Kidderminster Harriers 1–1 Millwall 22 November 1980
Replay Millwall 1–0 Kidderminster Harriers 25 November 1980
18 Brentford 2–2 Addlestone & Weybridge Town 22 November 1980
Replay Brentford 2–0 Addlestone & Weybridge Town 25 November 1980
19 Northampton Town 1–4 Peterborough United 22 November 1980
20 Plymouth Argyle 2–0 Newport County 22 November 1980
21 Hull City 2–1 Halifax Town 22 November 1980
22 Wimbledon 7–2 Windsor & Eton 22 November 1980
23 Southend United 0–1 Hereford United 22 November 1980
24 Exeter City 5–0 Leatherhead 22 November 1980
25 Scunthorpe United 3–1 Hartlepool United 22 November 1980
26 Blyth Spartans 2–1 Burton Albion 22 November 1980
27 Mansfield Town 3–1 Rochdale 22 November 1980
28 Port Vale 4–2 Bradford City 22 November 1980
29 Torquay United 2–0 Barton Rovers 22 November 1980
30 Workington 0–0 Carlisle United 22 November 1980
Replay Carlisle United 4–1 Workington 1 December 1980
31 Kettering Town 1–1 Maidstone United 22 November 1980
Replay Maidstone United 0–0 Kettering Town 26 November 1980
Replay Maidstone United 3–1 Kettering Town 1 December 1980
32 Wigan Athletic 2–2 Chesterfield 22 November 1980
Replay Chesterfield 2–0 Wigan Athletic 25 November 1980
33 Boston United 0–4 Rotherham United 22 November 1980
34 Harlow Town 0–2 Charlton Athletic 22 November 1980
35 Colchester United 3–0 Portsmouth 22 November 1980
36 Gravesend & Northfleet 1–2 St Albans City 22 November 1980
37 Burscough 1–2 Altrincham 22 November 1980
38 Mossley F.C. 1–0 Crewe Alexandra 22 November 1980
39 Sutton Coldfield Town 0–2 Doncaster Rovers 22 November 1980
40 Oxford United 1–0 Aldershot 22 November 1980

Second Round Proper[edit]

The second round of games were intended to be played on 13 December 1980. Replays took place over 16–17 December with second replays needed in two cases.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Enfield 2–0 Hereford United 13 December 1980
2 Barnet 0–1 Peterborough United 13 December 1980
3 Burnley 1–1 Port Vale 13 December 1980
Replay Port Vale 2–0 Burnley 16 December 1980
4 Bury 2–0 Lincoln City 13 December 1980
5 Gillingham 0–0 Maidstone United 13 December 1980
Replay Maidstone United 0–0 Gillingham 16 December 1980
Replay Gillingham 0–2 Maidstone United 22 December 1980
6 Doncaster Rovers 2–1 Blackpool 13 December 1980
7 Sheffield United 1–1 Chesterfield 13 December 1980
Replay Chesterfield 1–0 Sheffield United 16 December 1980
8 Tranmere Rovers 0–3 Huddersfield Town 13 December 1980
9 Fulham 1–0 Brentford 13 December 1980
10 Plymouth Argyle 3–0 Oxford United 13 December 1980
11 Millwall 0–1 Exeter City 13 December 1980
12 Hull City 1–1 Blyth Spartans 13 December 1980
Replay Blyth Spartans 2–2 Hull City 16 December 1980
Replay Hull City 2–1 Blyth Spartans 22 December 1980
13 Carlisle United 3–0 Walsall 13 December 1980
14 Wimbledon 2–0 Swindon Town 13 December 1980
15 St Albans City 1–1 Torquay United 13 December 1980
Replay Torquay United 4–1 St Albans City 17 December 1980
16 Scunthorpe United 0–0 Altrincham 13 December 1980
Replay Altrincham 1–0 Scunthorpe United 15 December 1980
17 Charlton Athletic 2–1 Bournemouth 13 December 1980
18 Rotherham United 0–1 Barnsley 13 December 1980
19 Colchester United 1–1 Yeovil Town 13 December 1980
Replay Yeovil Town 0–2 Colchester United 17 December 1980
20 Mossley F.C. 1–3 Mansfield Town 13 December 1980

Third round proper[edit]

The third round of games in the FA Cup were played on 3 January 1981. Replays took place over 6–7 January with second replays needed in two cases.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Bury 1–1 Fulham 3 January 1981
Replay Fulham 0–0 Bury 6 January 1981
Replay Bury 0–1 Fulham 12 January 1981
2 Liverpool 4–1 Altrincham 3 January 1981
3 Preston North End 3–4 Bristol Rovers 3 January 1981
4 Southampton 3–1 Chelsea 3 January 1981
5 Leicester City 3–0 Cardiff City 3 January 1981
6 Notts County 2–1 Blackburn Rovers 3 January 1981
7 Nottingham Forest 3–3 Bolton Wanderers 3 January 1981
Replay Bolton Wanderers 0–1 Nottingham Forest 6 January 1981
8 West Bromwich Albion 3–0 Grimsby Town 3 January 1981
9 Derby County 0–0 Bristol City 3 January 1981
Replay Bristol City 2–0 Derby County 7 January 1981
10 Everton 2–0 Arsenal 3 January 1981
11 Ipswich Town 1–0 Aston Villa 3 January 1981
12 Newcastle United 2–1 Sheffield Wednesday 3 January 1981
13 Manchester City 4–0 Crystal Palace 3 January 1981
14 Queens Park Rangers 0–0 Tottenham Hotspur 3 January 1981
Replay Tottenham Hotspur 3–1 Queens Park Rangers 7 January 1981
15 Barnsley 2–1 Torquay United 3 January 1981
16 Maidstone United 2–4 Exeter City 3 January 1981
17 West Ham United 1–1 Wrexham 3 January 1981
Replay Wrexham 0–0 West Ham United 6 January 1981
Replay Wrexham 1–0 West Ham United 19 January 1981
18 Manchester United 2–2 Brighton & Hove Albion 3 January 1981
Replay Brighton & Hove Albion 0–2 Manchester United 7 January 1981
19 Norwich City 1–0 Cambridge United 3 January 1981
20 Plymouth Argyle 1–2 Charlton Athletic 3 January 1981
21 Hull City 1–0 Doncaster Rovers 3 January 1981
22 Wimbledon 0–0 Oldham Athletic 3 January 1981
Replay Oldham Athletic 0–1 Wimbledon 6 January 1981
23 Huddersfield Town 0–3 Shrewsbury Town 3 January 1981
24 Mansfield Town 2–2 Carlisle United 3 January 1981
Replay Carlisle United 2–1 Mansfield Town 6 January 1981
25 Port Vale 1–1 Enfield 3 January 1981
Replay Enfield 3–0 Port Vale 6 January 1981
26 Leeds United 1–1 Coventry City 3 January 1981
Replay Coventry City 1–0 Leeds United 6 January 1981
27 Stoke City 2–2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 3 January 1981
Replay Wolverhampton Wanderers 2–1 Stoke City 6 January 1981
28 Peterborough United 1–1 Chesterfield 3 January 1981
Replay Chesterfield 1–2 Peterborough United 6 January 1981
29 Colchester United 0–1 Watford 3 January 1981
30 Birmingham City 1–1 Sunderland 3 January 1981
Replay Sunderland 1–2 Birmingham City 7 January 1981
31 Orient 1–3 Luton Town 3 January 1981
32 Swansea City 0–5 Middlesbrough 3 January 1981

Fourth Round Proper[edit]

The fourth round of games were mainly played on 24 January 1981. Replays were played on 27 and 28 January.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Southampton 3–1 Bristol Rovers 24 January 1981
2 Watford 1–1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 24 January 1981
Replay Wolverhampton Wanderers 2–1 Watford 27 January 1981
3 Leicester City 1–1 Exeter City 24 January 1981
Replay Exeter City 3–1 Leicester City 28 January 1981
4 Notts County 0–1 Peterborough United 24 January 1981
5 Nottingham Forest 1–0 Manchester United 24 January 1981
6 Middlesbrough 1–0 West Bromwich Albion 24 January 1981
7 Everton 2–1 Liverpool 24 January 1981
8 Shrewsbury Town 0–0 Ipswich Town 24 January 1981
Replay Ipswich Town 3–0 Shrewsbury Town 27 January 1981
9 Wrexham 2–1 Wimbledon 24 January 1981
10 Newcastle United 2–1 Luton Town 24 January 1981
11 Tottenham Hotspur 2–0 Hull City 24 January 1981
12 Manchester City 6–0 Norwich City 24 January 1981
13 Fulham 1–2 Charlton Athletic 24 January 1981
14 Barnsley 1–1 Enfield 24 January 1981
Replay Enfield 0–3 Barnsley 28 January 1981
15 Coventry City 3–2 Birmingham City 24 January 1981
16 Carlisle United 1–1 Bristol City 24 January 1981
Replay Bristol City 5–0 Carlisle United 28 January 1981

Fifth Round Proper[edit]

The fifth set of games were all played on 14 February 1981. Two replays were played on 17 and 18 February.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Southampton 0–0 Everton 14 February 1981
Replay Everton 1–0 Southampton 17 February 1981
2 Nottingham Forest 2–1 Bristol City 14 February 1981
3 Wolverhampton Wanderers 3–1 Wrexham 14 February 1981
4 Middlesbrough 2–1 Barnsley 14 February 1981
5 Ipswich Town 2–0 Charlton Athletic 14 February 1981
6 Newcastle United 1–1 Exeter City 14 February 1981
Replay Exeter City 4–0 Newcastle United 18 February 1981
7 Tottenham Hotspur 3–1 Coventry City 14 February 1981
8 Peterborough United 0–1 Manchester City 14 February 1981

Sixth Round Proper[edit]

The sixth round of FA Cup games were played on 7 March 1981. There were three replays, taken place over 10–11 March.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Nottingham Forest 3–3 Ipswich Town 7 March 1981
Replay Ipswich Town 1–0 Nottingham Forest 10 March 1981
2 Middlesbrough 1–1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 7 March 1981
Replay Wolverhampton Wanderers 3–1 Middlesbrough 10 March 1981
3 Everton 2–2 Manchester City 7 March 1981
Replay Manchester City 3–1 Everton 11 March 1981
4 Tottenham Hotspur 2–0 Exeter City 7 March 1981

Semi-Finals[edit]

The matches were both played on 11 April 1981, with a replay on 15 April. Tottenham and Manchester City were victorious and reached the Final.


11 April 1981
Tottenham Hotspur 2–2
(a.e.t.)
Wolverhampton Wanderers
Archibald Goal 4'
Hoddle Goal 44'
Hibbitt Goal 5'
Carr Goal 90' (pen)

Replay[edit]

Final[edit]

For more details on this match, see 1981 FA Cup Final.

The final was held at Wembley Stadium on 9 May 1981. The replay was held on 14 May 1981.

9 May 1981
Tottenham Hotspur 1–1
(a.e.t)
Manchester City
Hutchison Goal 79' (o.g.) (Report) Hutchison Goal 30'
Wembley, London
Attendance: 100,000
Referee: Keith Hackett (South Yorkshire)
Tottenham Hotspur
Manchester City
GK 1 England Milija Aleksic
LB 2 Republic of Ireland Chris Hughton
CB 3 England Paul Miller
CB 4 England Graham Roberts
RB 5 England Steve Perryman (c)
CM 6 Argentina Ricardo Villa Substituted off 68'
CM 7 Argentina Osvaldo Ardiles
CF 8 Scotland Steve Archibald
LM 9 Republic of Ireland Tony Galvin
CM 10 England Glenn Hoddle
CF 11 England Garth Crooks
Substitute:
MF 12 England Garry Brooke Substituted in 68'
Manager:
England Keith Burkinshaw
GK 1 England Joe Corrigan
RB 2 England Ray Ranson
LB 3 Scotland Bobby McDonald
CB 4 England Nicky Reid
LM 5 England Paul Power (c)
CB 6 England Tommy Caton
CF 7 England Dave Bennett
CM 8 Scotland Gerry Gow
CM 9 England Steve MacKenzie
RM 10 Scotland Tommy Hutchison Substituted off 105'
CF 11 England Kevin Reeves
Substitute:
MF 12 England Tony Henry Substituted in 105'
Manager:
England John Bond

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary.
  • Replay if scores still level.
  • One substitute.

Replay[edit]

14 May 1981
Tottenham Hotspur 3–2 Manchester City
Villa Goal 8'76'
Crooks Goal 70'
(Report) MacKenzie Goal 11'
Reeves Goal 50' (pen.)
Wembley, London
Attendance: 92,000
Referee: Keith Hackett (Sheffield)
Tottenham Hotspur
Manchester City
GK 1 England Milija Aleksic
LB 2 Republic of Ireland Chris Hughton
CB 3 England Paul Miller
CB 4 England Graham Roberts
CM 5 Argentina Ricardo Villa
RB 6 England Steve Perryman (c)
RM 7 Argentina Osvaldo Ardiles
CF 8 Scotland Steve Archibald
LM 9 Republic of Ireland Tony Galvin
CM 10 England Glenn Hoddle
CF 11 England Garth Crooks
Substitute:
MF 12 England Garry Brooke
Manager:
England Keith Burkinshaw
GK 1 England Joe Corrigan
RB 2 England Ray Ranson
LB 3 Scotland Bobby McDonald Substituted off 79'
CB 4 England Nicky Reid
LM 5 England Paul Power (c)
CB 6 England Tommy Caton
CF 7 England Dave Bennett
CM 8 Scotland Gerry Gow
CM 9 England Steve MacKenzie
RM 10 Scotland Tommy Hutchison
CF 11 England Kevin Reeves
Substitute:
MF 12 England Dennis Tueart Substituted in 79'
Manager:
England John Bond

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary.
  • Replay if scores still level.
  • One substitute.

References[edit]

External links[edit]