1978 FA Cup Final

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1978 FA Cup Final
Old Wembley Stadium (external view).jpg
Event1977–78 FA Cup
Date6 May 1978
VenueWembley Stadium, London
RefereeDerek Nippard (Dorset)

The 1978 FA Cup Final took place on 6 May 1978 at Wembley Stadium. It was contested between Arsenal and Ipswich Town. While Ipswich were considered underdogs,[1] having been beaten 6–1 by Aston Villa in the league the previous Saturday[2] and facing Arsenal's England striker Malcolm Macdonald, Ipswich won the match 1–0.

Ipswich dominated the game, hitting the woodwork three times (including twice from John Wark) before Clive Woods and David Geddis combined to produce a chance for Roger Osborne, who scored with a left-foot shot. Osborne promptly fainted at the emotion of the moment and was brought round by smelling salts before being substituted.[3]

It remains Ipswich Town's only FA Cup triumph to date and they have not appeared in the final since, although they did appear in the semi-final three years later. Their only major trophy since then was the UEFA Cup in 1981.[4]

Road to Wembley[edit]


Home teams listed first.

Round 3: Sheffield United 0–5 Arsenal

Round 4: Arsenal 2–1 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Round 5: Arsenal 4–1 Walsall


Round 6: Wrexham 2–3 Arsenal

Semi-final: Orient 0–3 Arsenal (at Stamford Bridge, London)

Ipswich Town[edit]

Home teams listed first.

Round 3: Cardiff City 0–2 Ipswich Town

Round 4: Ipswich Town 4–1 Hartlepool United

Round 5: Bristol Rovers 2–2 Ipswich Town

Replay: Ipswich Town 3–0 Bristol Rovers

Round 6: Millwall 1–6 Ipswich Town

Semi-final: Ipswich 3–1 West Bromwich Albion (at Highbury, London)


The Final was televised by both the BBC and ITV as part of their respective Grandstand and World of Sport shows. David Coleman and Lawrie McMenemy were the commentary team for the BBC with Brian Moore and Jack Charlton for ITV. BBC Radio coverage was anchored by Des Lynam with commentary from Alan Parry and Peter Jones alongside Ray Clemence

Match details[edit]

Arsenal0–1Ipswich Town
(Report) Osborne Goal 77'
Attendance: 100,000
Referee: Derek Nippard
GK 1 Northern Ireland Pat Jennings
DF 2 Northern Ireland Pat Rice (c)
DF 3 Northern Ireland Sammy Nelson
MF 4 England David Price
DF 5 Republic of Ireland David O'Leary
DF 6 Scotland Willie Young
MF 7 Republic of Ireland Liam Brady Substituted off 66'
MF 8 England Alan Sunderland
FW 9 England Malcolm Macdonald
FW 10 Republic of Ireland Frank Stapleton
MF 11 England Alan Hudson
MF 12 England Graham Rix Substituted in 66'
Northern Ireland Terry Neill
GK 1 England Paul Cooper
DF 2 Scotland George Burley
DF 3 England Mick Mills (c)
MF 4 England Brian Talbot
DF 5 Northern Ireland Allan Hunter
DF 6 England Kevin Beattie
MF 7 England Roger Osborne Substituted off 78'
MF 8 Scotland John Wark
FW 9 England Paul Mariner
FW 10 England David Geddis
FW 11 England Clive Woods
MF 12 England Mick Lambert Substituted in 78'
England Bobby Robson

Match rules

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


  1. ^ "1978 – Osbourne's year". BBC Sport. 10 May 2001. Retrieved 8 January 2007.
  2. ^ Smailes, Gordon (2000). The Breedon Book of Football Records. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 140. ISBN 1859832148.
  3. ^ "1978 FA Cup winners". BBC Sport. 1 May 2008. Retrieved 30 April 2014.
  4. ^ "Ipswich's '78 FA Cup-winning team". BBC Sport. 1 May 2008. Retrieved 30 April 2014.

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