1965 FA Cup Final

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1965 FA Cup Final
Old Wembley Stadium (external view).jpg
Event 1964–65 FA Cup
Date 1 May 1965
Venue Wembley Stadium, London

The 1965 FA Cup Final took place on 1 May 1965 at Wembley Stadium. It was the 93rd year, 84th final (due to World Wars) and the 37th to be played at Wembley. It was contested between Liverpool, who had won the First Division the previous season and had lost their two previous attempts at the cup (1914 and 1950), and Leeds United, who had won the Second Division Championship and been promoted the previous season.

The twentieth post-war Final was a hard one to pick. On the previous season's performance (1963–64), Liverpool would have been the favourites after winning the First Division and Leeds winning the Second Division. However, Leeds finished 2nd in the league in 1964–65 and Liverpool finished 7th. Three seasons earlier, Leeds had been only one match away from relegation from the Second Division, so their position in the league and reaching their first FA Cup Final was a remarkable achievement, which was pointed out in the final programme.[1]

This was also the first FA Cup Final to feature a black player; Albert Johanneson.

Road to Wembley[edit]

Home teams listed first.


Round 3: West Bromwich Albion 1–2 Liverpool

Round 4: Liverpool 1–1 Stockport County

Replay: Stockport County 0–2 Liverpool

Round 5: Bolton Wanderers 0–1 Liverpool

Round 6: Leicester City 0–0 Liverpool

Replay: Liverpool 1–0 Leicester City

Semi-final: Liverpool 2–0 Chelsea

(at Villa Park, Birmingham)

Leeds United[edit]

Round 3: Leeds United 3–0 Southport

Round 4: Leeds United 1–1 Everton

Replay: Everton 1–2 Leeds United

Round 5: Leeds United 2–0 Shrewsbury Town

Round 6: Crystal Palace 0–3 Leeds United


Semi-final: Leeds United 0–0 Manchester United

(at Hillsborough, Sheffield)
Replay: Manchester United 0–1 Leeds United
(at City Ground, Nottingham)

Match summary[edit]

The game ran to extra time — the first Final to do so since 1947, and the additional period was played out in an atmosphere of great tension and drama before Liverpool were victorious.

Defensively, Leeds were excellent, but there was a lack of inventiveness in their attack. The Collins-Bremner midfield machine for once failed to function, their passes down the middle were invariably mastered by Yeats and Smith. Liverpool, on the other hand, were always forcing their way forward, with St. John and Hunt showing tremendous bursts of energy in particular. Every raid looked full of danger, but Leeds survived.

Three minutes into extra time the deadlock was finally broken when Liverpool scored. Left-back Byrne, who had played most of the match with a broken collar bone, took the ball to the bye-line and crossed for Hunt, stooping low, to nod home. But they quickly lost the advantage when Leeds equalised. Charlton headed the ball down and Bremner lashed a half-volley into the top corner. Then Liverpool contrived to score again, St. John diving to head in Callaghan's low centre from the right.[2]

Match facts[edit]

1 May 1965
15:00 BST
Liverpool 2–1
Leeds United
Hunt Goal 93'
St. John Goal 113'
(Report) Bremner Goal 100'
Wembley, London
Attendance: 100,000
Referee: W. Clements (Birmingham)
Leeds United
GK 1 Scotland Tommy Lawrence
DF 2 England Chris Lawler
DF 3 England Gerry Byrne
DF 4 England Geoff Strong
DF 5 Scotland Ron Yeats (c)
MF 6 Scotland Willie Stevenson
MF 7 England Ian Callaghan
FW 8 England Roger Hunt
FW 9 Scotland Ian St. John
MF 10 England Tommy Smith
MF 11 England Peter Thompson
Scotland Bill Shankly
GK 1 Wales Gary Sprake
DF 2 England Paul Reaney
DF 3 Scotland Willie Bell
MF 4 Scotland Billy Bremner
DF 5 England Jack Charlton
DF 6 England Norman Hunter
MF 7 Republic of Ireland Johnny Giles
FW 8 Scotland Jim Storrie
FW 9 England Alan Peacock
MF 10 Scotland Bobby Collins (c)
MF 11 South Africa Albert Johanneson
England Don Revie

Match rules

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


Liverpool manager Bill Shankly was asked after the match whether Leeds United had failed during the season: "Failed? Second in the championship. Cup finalists. Ninety per cent of managers would pray for 'failures' like that."[3]


  1. ^ The FA (01/05/1965) Leeds Make History, FA Cup Final Programme 1965 (Accessed 12 October 2006)
  2. ^ "1965 FA Cup Final Report". Daily Mirror. 3 May 1965. Retrieved 17 June 2011. 
  3. ^ Hutchings & Nawrat 1995, p. 64.


  • Hutchings, Steve; Nawrat, Chris (1995). The Sunday Times Illustrated History of Football: The Post-War Years. London: Chancellor Press. ISBN 1-85153-014-2. 

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