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1978 FA Cup Final

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1978 FA Cup Final

1978 FA Cup Final
Event FA Cup 1977–78
Date 6 May 1978
Venue Wembley Stadium, London

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 prior to 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 1
    • Arsenal 1.1
    • Ipswich Town 1.2
  • Coverage 2
  • Match details 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Road to Wembley


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: Leyton Orient 0–3 Arsenal (at Stamford Bridge, London)

Ipswich Town

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

6 May 1978
15:00 BST
Arsenal 0–1 Ipswich Town
(Report) Osborne Goal 77'
Wembley, London
Attendance: 100,000
Referee: Derek Nippard
GK 1 Pat Jennings
DF 2 Pat Rice (c)
DF 3 Sammy Nelson
MF 4 David Price
DF 5 David O'Leary
DF 6 Willie Young
MF 7 Liam Brady Substituted off 66'
MF 8 Alan Sunderland
FW 9 Malcolm Macdonald
FW 10 Frank Stapleton
MF 11 Alan Hudson
MF 12 Graham Rix Substituted in 66'
Terry Neill
GK 1 Paul Cooper
DF 2 George Burley
DF 3 Mick Mills (c)
MF 4 Brian Talbot
DF 5 Allan Hunter
DF 6 Kevin Beattie
MF 7 Roger Osborne Substituted off 78'
MF 8 John Wark
FW 9 Paul Mariner
FW 10 David Geddis
FW 11 Clive Woods
MF 12 Mick Lambert Substituted in 78'
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.  
  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. 

External links

  • Match report at
  • Game facts at
  • Photo gallery on BBC Suffolk
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