1978 FA Charity Shield

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1978 FA Charity Shield
Date12 August 1978 (1978-08-12)
VenueWembley Stadium, London
RefereePeter Reeves (Leicester)

The 1978 FA Charity Shield was the 56th FA Charity Shield, an annual football match played between the winners of the previous season's Football League and FA Cup competitions. The match took place on 12 August 1978 at Wembley Stadium and played between 1977–78 Football League champions Nottingham Forest and FA Cup winners Ipswich Town. It ended in a 5–0 victory for Nottingham Forest.[1]


Martin O'Neill scored two goals before being substituted by his manager Brian Clough.

Forest had won the league in the previous season, seven points clear of Liverpool and having been undefeated at home at the City Ground throughout the season.[2] Despite finishing 18th in the league the previous season,[2] Ipswich had beaten Arsenal at Wembley in the FA Cup final three months earlier, the only goal coming from Roger Osborne midway through the second half of the match.[3]

Forest had lost in their only previous Charity Shield final in 1959, beaten 3–1 by Wolves; Ipswich had played in the 1962 FA Charity Shield, a game in which they also conceded five goals, that time against 1962 FA Cup final winners Tottenham Hotspur. As of 2018, neither Ipswich Town nor Nottingham Forest have played in a Charity Shield match since 1978.[4]

Match summary[edit]

Ipswich were playing without FA Cup winners and international central defenders Kevin Beattie and Allan Hunter, nicknamed Bacon and Eggs by Bobby Robson.[3] On top of this, Ipswich's Tommy Parkin was called upon to make his full professional debut at Wembley.[5] Despite this, Ipswich had the better of the opening half, testing England international goalkeeper Peter Shilton who made two "superhuman" saves.[6] However, Martin O'Neill scored in the tenth minute after a defensive error in their own area, and Peter Withe doubled Forest's lead 17 minutes later with a header over the goalkeeper, sending Forest into half-time with a 2–0 lead.

The second half saw Forest increase their lead, with Lloyd scoring a third before O'Neill volleyed in his team's fourth, and his second, from a Robertson cross. O'Neill was substituted by Forest manager Brian Clough before he could complete his hat-trick.[7] Just three minutes before full-time, Robertson scored Forest's fifth and final goal to no reply, a winning margin that, as of 2018, remains unbeaten.[4]

Match details[edit]

Nottingham Forest:
GK 1 England Peter Shilton
DF 2 England Viv Anderson
DF 3 England Colin Barrett
MF 4 Scotland John McGovern (c)
DF 5 England Larry Lloyd
DF 6 Scotland Kenny Burns
MF 7 Northern Ireland Martin O'Neill Substituted off
MF 8 Scotland Archie Gemmill
FW 9 England Peter Withe
FW 10 England Tony Woodcock
MF 11 Scotland John Robertson
DF 12 England David Needham Substituted in
England Brian Clough
Ipswich Town
GK 1 England Paul Cooper
DF 2 Scotland George Burley
DF 3 England Mick Mills (c)
MF 4 England Brian Talbot
DF 5 England Russell Osman
DF 6 Scotland John Wark
MF 7 England Tommy Parkin
FW 8 England Eric Gates
FW 9 England Paul Mariner
FW 10 England Trevor Whymark Substituted off
MF 11 England Clive Woods
FW 12 England Robin Turner Substituted in
England Bobby Robson

Match rules

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


Nottingham Forest went on to finish as First Division runners-up in the 1978–79 season, once again undefeated at home, finishing eight points behind Liverpool. Ipswich finished sixth in the division.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "English Charity Shield 1978–1979 : Results". Statto.com. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 27 May 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Nottingham Forest 1977–1978 : Home". Statto.com. Archived from the original on 2011-04-30. Retrieved 27 May 2011.
  3. ^ a b "Ipswich's '78 FA Cup-winning team". BBC Sport. 1 May 2008. Retrieved 27 May 2011.
  4. ^ a b "England – List of FA Charity/Community Shield Matches". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 17 September 2010. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  5. ^ Abrahall, Csaba (20 October 2003). "Parkin's restrictions". When Saturday Comes. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 11 June 2011.
  6. ^ Malam, Colin. "Nottingham Forest (2) 5–0 (0) Ipswich Town". Daily Telegraph. Pride of Anglia. Archived from the original on 8 October 2012. Retrieved 11 June 2011.
  7. ^ Gemmill, Archie (4 September 2005). "When Robbo and O'Neill set Forest on fire". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 11 June 2011.
  8. ^ "English Division One (old) 1978–1979 : Table". Statto.com. Archived from the original on 2011-06-07. Retrieved 12 June 2011.