1976 FA Cup Final
|Event||FA Cup 1975–76|
|Date||1 May 1976|
|Venue||Wembley Stadium, London|
United had finished third in the First Division that season, and were strong favourites, while unfancied Southampton had finished sixth in the Second Division. In one of the biggest shocks in the history of the final, Southampton won 1–0 through an 83rd-minute goal from Bobby Stokes. It was the first time Southampton won a major trophy.
Road to Wembley
Home teams listed first. Round 3: Manchester United 2–1 Oxford United
Round 4: Manchester United 3–1 Peterborough United
Round 5: Leicester City 1–2 Manchester United
Round 6: Manchester United 1–1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Home teams listed first. Round 3: Southampton 1–1 Aston Villa
Round 4: Southampton 3–1 Blackpool
Round 5: West Bromwich Albion 1–1 Southampton
Round 6: Bradford City 0–1 Southampton
Manchester United started stronger, and missed several early goalscoring opportunities, with Southampton goalkeeper Ian Turner making a series of impressive saves to deny Gerry Daly and Gordon Hill. Southampton in turn began to create chances; Mick Channon was put through on goal before being denied by goalkeeper Alex Stepney. As extra time loomed, Southampton's Bobby Stokes received Jim McCalliog's pass and slotted the ball across Stepney and into the far corner to score a late winner and with it his side's first major trophy.
1 May 1976
In popular culture
Jasper Carrott immortalised the match in his song Cup Final 1976.
- Tim Manns (2006). Tie a Yellow Ribbon: How the Saints Won the Cup. Hagiology Publishing. ISBN 0-9534474-6-4.
- Game facts at soccerbase.com