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Cup Finals on itv
1968/69 - 1982/83

The FA Cup Final
The FA Cup was still arguably the most sought after trophy in the English game during the years 1968-1983 when players and fans were more likely to dream of scoring the winning goal in the cup final than being crowned league champions, playing for their country or even lifting the European Cup. Both ITV and BBC1 continued to screen the FA Cup final live simultaneously*, Brian Moore took over as ITV's cup final commentator in 1969 and he would then describe all FA Cup finals for ITV until they ceased showing it in 1988, the BBC replaced Ken Wolstenholme with David Coleman in 1972, John Motson (after voicing the 1977 final) took over in 1979. Highlights of the final were also screened, BBC1 showed them under the Match of the Day banner on the Saturday night whilst ITV eventually settled on the LWT produced How The Cup Was Won (or Drawn) for their networked Sunday afternoon highlights from 1972. A year earlier, ITV showed the first of their annual late Friday night cup final previews Who'll Win The Cup? which lasted until 1980. Preview programmes and networked highlights of the final were dropped altogether in 1983.

*BBC2 also screened the 1968 (WBA v Everton) and 1969 (Man City v Leicester) finals live as they were the only channel then able to show them in colour.

The League Cup Final
After struggling to justify its' existense in the early-mid 1960's, many sceptics began to warm to the League Cup towards the end of the decade after two memorable Wembley finals in which 3rd tier clubs Queens Park Rangers and Swindon Town defeated top flight opponents. Entry into the competition was made compulsory from 1971/72, by which time the League Cup final was fast becoming one of the most eagerly anticipated fixtures on the football calendar.
ITV showed exclusive highlights of all Wembley League Cup finals from 1968-1980, Brian Moore commentated on all but the first of these (Hugh Johns did 1968). Gerald Sinstadt voiced the 1978 replay at Old Trafford, highlights of the 1977 2nd replay (also at Old Trafford) were shown on BBC1*. From 1981 the two channels took it in turns to show the Wembley finals, Match of the Day showed highlights of the drawn final in 1981 but ITV broadcast the Villa Park replay LIVE and then showed highlights of the 1982 final. The BBC screened highlights in 1983 - this being the last year in which the final was played on a Saturday afternoon before being switched to a Sunday in order for it to be televised live. By this time the competition had become known by its' sponsor's name, and there was a new trophy to go with it**. Coupled with declining attendances, the sponsorship deal threatened the integrity of the League Cup, although the five year European ban on English clubs from 1985/86 ensured that all participants continued to take the competition seriously.

* Nothing more than a news report of the 1st replay in 1977 is thought to have been shown by either channel.
**From 1981/82 season the League Cup competition was officially known as "The Milk Cup", this lasted until the end of season 1985/86.

The Charity Shield
Following a run of BBC broadcasts, ITV began showing exclusive highlights of the Charity Shield in 1971, but the annual curtain raiser was not staged at Wembley until 1974 (Liverpool v Leeds) which was on Match of the Day on BBC1 (best remembered for Keegan and Bremner being sent off for fighting), BBC1 showed the Wembley Charity Shield fixtures for four consecutive season's until ITV screened the 1978 match, the two channels then took it in turns.

This page only deals with the finals, ITV coverage of earlier rounds is dealt with on our Regional pages here and Midweek page here.

ITV finals are listed in white, BBC or non-televised finals are in grey.
Viewers in Scotland were generally unable to view the English finals unless they lived in the Border region (The FA Cup final was usually played on the same afternoon as the Scottish Cup final), but those able to tune into BBC2 would have been able to watch the colour simulcasts of the 1968 and 1969 English finals. Curiously, Grampian did not relay STV's coverage of the Scottish Cup final in 1969 and it was not on BBC1 Scotland either.

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1968/69

Charity Shield
Sat 3rd Aug        Manchester City 6 (Owen 2, Lee 2, Lovett(og), Young) West Bromwich Albion 1 (Krzywicki)
Venue: Maine Road
BBC Highlights
Ken Wolstenholme
*BBC1 showed highlights of this in black & white from 10:25-11:10pm, it was billed in the Times as an edition of "Match of the Day" but it is not included in John Motson's book "MOTD The Complete Record". Footage does still exist.

League Cup Final
Sat 15th Mar      Swindon Town 3 (Smart, Rogers 2) Arsenal 1 (Gould) [AET]
ITV Highlights
Brian Moore
*All ITV region's (except Scottish, but including Grampian and Ulster) showed a special networked highlights programme in black & white on Sunday afternoon (2:30-3:40pm), Brian Moore was commentating on his first Wembley final for TV. The Royal International Horse Show held at Wembley the previous summer and a pre-match downpour resulted in an unrecognizable playing surface, but the match proved to be one of the most memorable League Cup finals of all time as top flight Arsenal were defeated by 3rd tier Swindon Town. Roger Smart had put Town ahead on 35 - only for Bobby Gould to equalise on 86, but two goals by Don Rogers on 104 and 109 won it for Swindon in extra-time.

ITV League Cup Final 1969

FA Cup Final
Sat 26th Apr      Manchester City 1 (Young) Leicester City 0
ITV LIVE
Brian Moore & Jimmy Hill
*BBC coverage began first with "Cup Final Grandstand" at 11:25am (There was also some Cricket and Boxing, but they did concentrate solely on the final from 1:05pm onwards). ITV's coverage was part of "World of Sport" which began at 12noon introduced by Richard Davies with "Wembley in the Sixties" at 12:05pm, "Footballer of the Year" at 12:30 and a 5 minute preview of the Scottish Cup Final at 12:40. After a news bulletin they then showed Wrestling and Racing - only returning to football at 2:15pm with "Goals! Goals! Goals!" (action from the earlier rounds) followed by "Final Analysis" at 2:35 (with Jimmy Hill, Bobby Charlton and Jimmy Greaves who also did the half-time analysis) and then "Here Come The Teams" at 2:45. Barry Davies and Danny Blanchflower were also involved, probably as interviewers and most likely the last job Blanchflower did for ITV. Those who had a colour TV were able to watch the final in all its' polyluminous glory on BBC2 from 2:30pm (commentator Ken Wolstenholme was heard on both BBC channels). Neil Young scored the only goal of the game on 24 minutes and it was Leicester's third FA Cup final defeat of the decade, but from a TV production point of view the afternoon was most memorable for a fist fight which broke out between BBC and ITV personal jostling for interviews, both broadcasters were later reprimanded by the FA. BBC1 aired highlights of the game on "Match of the Day" in black & white later that night (10:05-10:55pm). All four major ITV regions produced their own Cup final highlights package for Sunday afternoon, LWT's "Big Match Special" (2:30-3:50pm) also included a profile of England manager Sir Alf Ramsey (this may have actually been an edition of "Sports Arena" introduced by Brian Moore), whilst ATV Midlands produced a special cup final edition of "Star Soccer" (2:15-3:10pm), Yorkshire also had their own show (2:30-3:25pm) as did Granada (2:55-3:50pm). Other region's all relayed one of the aforementioned versions.

1969/70

Charity Shield
Sat 2nd Aug       Leeds United 2 (Gray, Charlton) Manchester City 1 (Bell)
Elland Road
BBC Highlights
Ken Wolstenholme
*BBC1's "Match of the Day" featured highlights of this match from 10:15-11:15pm in black & white (the last fixture on this page not to be shown in colour). All the goals were scored in the 2nd half.

League Cup Final
Sat 7th Mar        Manchester City 2 (Doyle, Pardoe) West Bromwich Albion 1 (Astle) [AET]
ITV Highlights
Brian Moore
*The 10th League Cup final and the first to be televised in colour. Extended highlights were shown on ITV on Sunday afternoon, all of the major regions had their own presentation. LWT's "The Big Match" aired at 3:15-4:15pm, ATV's "Star Soccer" at 2:15-3:15pm, Granada's "Football" at 2:25-3:20pm and Yorkshire's "Soccer" at 2:15-3:15pm (it's also possible that one or more of these regions had their own commentator present), other regions all selected one of the four variations. On a muddy pitch with snow piled up beind the goals, Jeff Astle put Albion ahead on 5 minutes, Mike Doyle equalised to send the match into extra-time in which Glyn Pardoe netted City's winner.
 
 

FA Cup Final
Sat 11th Apr    Chelsea 2 (Houseman, Hutchinson) Leeds United 2 (Charlton, Jones) [AET]
ITV LIVE
Brian Moore & Jimmy Hill
*With both BBC1 and ITV now in colour, there was no longer any need for BBC2 to also simulcast the final. BBC1 were again first on air - "Cup Final Grandstand" began at 11:45am, "World of Sport" started at 12noon and included a somewhat bizarre series of primitive "Computer forecasts" overseen by a very young looking Fred Dineage (pictured), Wrestling was shown from 12:55-2:05pm but other than that (and a brief news bulletin) it was football all the way. "Cup Finals of the Sixties" was shown at 12-15-12:35pm, "My Dad's at Wembley" at 12:40-12:50 (players' children talking to Brian Moore and Keith Macklin) and "It's Goals That Count" from 2:20 (goals from the earlier rounds). The game itself turned out to be the first Wembley FA Cup final to end in a draw - The pitch was in an appalling state but it was still a good game in which Leeds took the lead after 20 mins through Jack Charlton's header, Chelsea equalised before half-time on 41 when Leeds keeper Gary Sprake fumbled Peter Houseman's strike, Leeds then appeared to have won the game late in the 2nd half when Mick Jones reacted first to a rebound to make it 2-1 on 84, but Chelsea levelled again two minutes later through Ian Hutchinson's headed goal to end the scoring at 2-2. Later that night both ITV and BBC1 covered the launch of Apollo 13, BBC1 also showed highlights of the Cup final on "Match of the Day" with Ken Wolstenholme's commentary (10:15-11:15pm). Sunday afternoon again saw all four major ITV stations present their own Cup final highlights packages, LWT's "The Big Match" at 3:15-4:15pm, ATV's "Star Soccer" at 2:15-3:15pm, Yorkshire's "Soccer" 2:20-3:20pm and Granada's "Football" 2:25-3:20pm. Other regions all took one of these variations. 1970 was also the year in which the short lived 3rd & 4th place play off was first introduced; Manchester United 2 (Kidd 2) Watford 0 was played at Highbury on the Friday night before the final, there were two top flight league fixtures played that night also, but the play off is the most likely reason"Association Football" with Barry Davies was scheduled for BBC1 at 11:10-11:55pm.


Fred Dineage with the computer forecast

Replay
Wed 29th Apr    Chelsea 2 (Osgood, Webb) Leeds United 1 (Jones) [AET]
Old Trafford
ITV LIVE
Brian Moore & Jimmy Hill
*The spectacle of an FA Cup final replay was strange enough (the first since 1912), it was also NOT played at Wembley, yet it turned out to be one of the best (and dirtiest!) matches ever seen on Television. Combined viewing figures exceeded 28 million and it's still among the top ten most watched UK broadcasts of all time. BBC1 (Ken Wolstenholme commentating) were on air 30 minutes before ITV who's coverage didn't begin until 7:15pm (Kick off at 7:30pm). None of the Scottish channels showed it live, but STV did show highlights on "Scotsport special" (10:50-11:35pm). Leeds took the lead (for the 3rd time in the tie) on 35mins, Peter Osgood levelled on 78 which led to another period of extra-time, David Webb put Chelsea ahead for the first time on 104 and that was enough to win the cup. Incredibly, nobody was sent off. Some 25-30 years later Brian Moore dubbed a new commentary for the replay as the original was lost.

1970/71

Charity Shield
Sat 8th Aug      Chelsea 1 (Hutchinson) Everton 2 (Whittle, Kendall)
Stamford Bridge
BBC Highlights
Ken Wolstenholme
*BBC1's "Match of the Day" showed highlights from 10:05-10:55pm.

League Cup Final
Sat 27th Feb    Tottenham Hotspur 2 (Chivers 2) Aston Villa 0
ITV Highlights
Brian Moore
*All region's except Granada and ATV (who had their own presentations) showed LWT's production on the Sunday afternoon (2:15-3:15pm). 3rd tier Aston Villa kept top flight Spurs out until the 79th minute when Martin Chivers broke the deadlock, the same player added a 2nd three minutes later. Jimmy Hill was joined in the studio by Chivers and also Aston Villa's Chico Hamilton.

FA Cup Final
Sat 8th May     Arsenal 2 (Kelly, George) Liverpool 1 (Heighway) [AET]
ITV LIVE
Brian Moore & Jimmy Hill
*ITV were first on air this year with "World of Sport: FA Cup Final" starting at 11:30am, they also had a networked Friday night preview show "Who'll win the Cup" at 10:30-11pm. The Saturday show had a series of "Wembley Starspot's" and kicked off with "It's Goals That Count", the panel were introduced at 11:50am (Jimmy Hill, Malcolm Allison, Derek Dougan and Pat Crerand), followed by "Arsenal or Liverpool?" at 12:05pm (historical pointers) then "Penalty Prize" at 12:25 (15 year old "On the Ball" penalty champion taking on Bob McNab) and "My Dad's at Wembley", they then showed Wrestling and Racing before returning to Wembley at 2:10 for "Final Analysis", interviews were conducted by Gerald Sinstadt. BBC1's "Cup Final Grandstand" began at 11:45am and included "It's A Cup Final Knock-out" (basically a slap-stick sports day for grown ups) at 12:55-1:40pm. The match was 0-0 after 90 minutes, Steve Heighway put Liverpool ahead two minutes into extra-time, Eddie Kelly was credited with the equaliser on 101 (making him the first ever sub to score in an FA Cup final) and a legendary strike by Charlie George on 111 mins completed Arsenal's League title and FA Cup double (10 years after Spurs had become the first club to achieve this feat in the 1900's). "Match of the Day" highlights were on BBC1 from 10-11pm, Ken Wolstenholme commentated on his last FA Cup final having first voiced the final for BBC television in 1949. Most ITV regions had something called "Cup Final Inquest" scheduled for Sunday afternoon at various times (London 2-3pm), ATV are listed as showing "FA Cup Final Highlights" from 2:15-3:15pm.

1971/72

Charity Shield
Sat 7th Aug    Leicester City 1 (Whitworth) Liverpool 0
Filbert Street
ITV Highlights
Brian Moore
*ITV now had the rights to show the Charity Shield, the BBC may have simply lost interest as the fixture entered a difficult phase which saw clubs declining to take part. Arsenal had won the League and cup double in 1971 but it was FA Cup final losers Liverpool and 2nd tier champions Leicester City who contested this year's shield, Steve Whitworth scored the only goal of the game to win it for Leicester. Both ATV and Granada had "Star Soccer" scheduled for Sunday afternoon (Granada starting 20 minutes earlier at 1:55-2:55pm), LWT packaged the game as "The Big Match" (2:45-3:50pm), other region's showed either ATV or LWT's presentation.

League Cup Final
Sat 4th Mar    Stoke City 2 (Conroy, Eastham) Chelsea 1 (Osgood)
ITV Highlights
Brian Moore
*LWT, ATV & Granada all had their own Sunday afternoon presentation of the final, the rest mostly showed LWT's "Big Match" programme. The Times lists ATV as taking "The Big Match" but this was not the case, a "Star Soccer" edition featuring the League Cup final of 1972 is held by the BFI. An early goal by Terry Conroy was cancelled out by Peter Osgood just before half-time, George Eastham scored the winner for Stoke with just under 20 mins remaining. The final of a penalty prize competition which took place ahead of the final was shown live from Wembley on "On the Ball".

FA Cup Final
Sat 6th May    Leeds United 1 (Clarke) Arsenal 0
ITV LIVE
Brian Moore & Jimmy Hill
*BBC1's "Cup Final Grandstand" was on the air from 10:45am this year, including "100 years of the FA Cup" from 11:40-12noon and "It's a Cup final knock-out"  from 12:55-1:40pm. ITV again showed a Friday night preview show "Who'll Win The Cup?" (10:30-11pm), "World of Sport" began at 11:15am, including "Cup Final Comedians" from 1:25-1:40pm, see the TVTimes page here for full details. "Cup Final Match of the Day" showed highlights from 10:30-11:30pm, LWT packaged their Sunday highlights as "How The Cup Was Won" (the first season this long running title was used) with Brian Moore presenting and analysis from Jimmy Hill, Malcom Allison, Derek Dougan and Jack Charlton, it was shown in all region's (mostly at 2:15-3:15pm) except Granada who produced a show called "Battle for the Cup"  and Southern (who are also billed as taking the Granada version - which is odd because they took LWT's "Big Match" most weekends during the season). Allan Clarke won the cup for Leeds with a header on 53 minutes. David Coleman commentated on his first FA Cup final for the BBC.

1972/73

Charity Shield
Sat 5th Aug    Aston Villa 0 Manchester City 1 (Lee(pen))
Villa Park
ITV Highlights
Brian Moore
*This year's fixture should have been contested by Derby County and Leeds United, but it was 3rd Division champions Aston Villa and Manchester City (only 4th in the top tier) who agreed to take part. LWT produced an edition of "The Big Match" which was shown in most region's on Sunday afternoon (2:15-3:15pm), but there were notable exceptions as YTV, Tyne Tees and Anglia didn't show it at all.

League Cup Final
Sat 3rd Mar    Tottenham Hotspur 1 (Coates) Norwich City 0
ITV Highlights
Brian Moore
*Norwich City's debut appearance at Wembley, but it was Spurs who made the addition to the trophy cabinet and became the first club to win the League Cup for a 2nd time. LWT produced a higlights show for Sunday afternoon (2:15-3:15pm) and this appears to have been shown in most region's, but ATV are listed in the Times as having an edition of "Star Soccer" (2-3pm) whilst Anglia showed highlights at the later time of 3:30-4:30pm (which may have been Anglia's own presentation).

FA Cup Final
Sat 5th May    Sunderland 1 (Porterfield) Leeds United 0
ITV LIVE
Brian Moore & Jimmy Hill
*Competing for an ever earlier start-time, ITV were first out of the blocks with this season's "World of Sport" introduced by Dickie Davies at 10:30am (the earliest start time ever!) and this included a special edition of "Who Do You Do?" at 12:25-12:45pm and "My Man's At Wembley" at 1:15-1:20pm as well as several "Wembley Starspot's", ITV also had a camera on the Sunderland coach as well as a "Sky High camera giving a sensational plan-view of the stadium", panelists this year were Malcolm Allison, Derek Dougan and Jack Charlton. BBC1 coverage began at 11:15am and they again presented a special cup final edition of "It's a knock out". Of all the Wembley Cup finals played in the 1970's, this would probably be regarded as the most memorable - 2nd Division Sunderland performing a giant killing act against the team that many people loved to hate. Ian Porterfield's goal on 31 mins won the cup for a non-top flight club for the first time since 1931. BBC1's "Cup final Match of the Day" was screened at 10:05-11:05pm, ITV highlights were networked the following afternoon by LWT as "How The Cup Was Won" (the time slot varied from region to region). Tyne Tees also abandoned their prime time evening schedule in favour of "The Heroes Return" and later broadcast a documentary "Meanwhile, Back In Sunderland" on 30/Dec/1973 which captured the mood of the town whilst the final was being played (it was repeated in the North East on 29/May/1989).

1973/74

Charity Shield
Sat 18th Aug    Manchester City 0 Burnley 1 (Waldron)
Maine Road
ITV Highlights
Gerald Sinstadt (for Granada), Brian Moore (network)
*Liverpool and Sunderland should have competed this year's fixture, but instead it was holders Manchester City (only 11th in the league) who took on 2nd tier champions Burnley. Despite the highly questionable merits of the game, all ITV region's showed Sunday afternoon highlights this year with most taking LWT's coverage, but Granada and ATV apparently had their own presentation.

League Cup Final
Sat 2nd Mar    Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 (Hibbitt, Richards) Manchester City 1 (Bell)
ITV Highlights
Brian Moore
*All ITV region's took LWT's Sunday highlights package (roughly 2:15-3:15pm). Kenny Hibbitt volleyed Wolves into the lead just before half-time, Colin Bell equalised for City on 59, John Richards scored the winner on 85 but it was Wolves keeper Gary Pierce who was man of the match.

FA Cup Final
Sat 4th May    Liverpool 3 (Keegan 2, Heighway) Newcastle United 0
ITV LIVE
Brian Moore & Jack Charlton
*ITV's Cup final coverage began at the later time of 11am in 1974, but they were still on-air before BBC1 who's "Cup Final Grandstand" began at 11:15am (which again included a Cup final edition of "It's a knock-out"), ITV's schedule boasted "Camera on the Coach" at 1:20-1:30pm and Fred Dineage was "Man in the crowd" giving away tickets to those locked outside the ground, but ace pundit Jimmy Hill was now working for the BBC - he was replaced as ITV's co-commentator by ex Leeds and 1966 England hero Jack Charlton. Brian Moore later revealed that his trouser zip broke just as they went on air and he had to sit with his legs crossed for the rest of the afternoon. The game turned out to be one of the most one-sided FA Cup finals in living memory and Liverpool romped to a 3-0 win (it would have been 4-0 had a fine strike by Alec Lindsay not been ruled out). In spite of their dominance, the reds had to wait until the 57th minute to open the scoring through Kevin Keegan, Steve Heighway added the 2nd on 74 and Keegan finished off an impressive build up to make it 3-0 on 88. "Cup Final Match of the Day" went out on BBC1 at 10:05-11:05am, "How The Cup Was Won" on ITV Sunday 2:05-3:05pm.


Dickie Davies presenting (left) and Fred Dineage as 'Our Man in the Crowd'

1974/75

Charity Shield
Sat 10th Aug    Liverpool 1 (Boersma) Leeds United 1 (Cherry) [Liverpool win 6-5 on pens]
Wembley
BBC Highlights
Barry Davies
*For the first time in four season's the curtain raiser was contested by the first choice participants - the league champions and the FA Cup winners - and it proved to be the most memorable and ugly Charity Shield match of all time, climaxing with a fist fight between Liverpool's Kevin Keegan and Leeds United's Billy Bremner which resulted in both players being sent off (the first players ever to be dismissed at Wembley) and both ripping off their shirts as they made their way to the tunnel and throwing them to the ground (which earned them an 11 match ban). It was Leeds first competitive match under new manager Brian Clough whilst Liverpool boss Bill Shankly would reture a few days later. The Reds took the lead on 19 after Phil Boersma scrambled home Keegan's cross, the double sending off occurred 15 mins into the 2nd half before Trevor Cherry headed an equaliser on 70mins. It had been customary for teams to share the shield in the event of a draw, but it had now been decided to introduce a penalty shoot out - Both sides converted all 5 spot kicks, sudden death saw Leeds goalkeeper David Harvey blast high and wide and Ian Callaghan then scored to win it for Liverpool. The highlights were shown on BBC1's "Match of the Day" at 10:15-11:15pm with Barry Davies voicing his first Wembley 'final'.

League Cup Final
Sat 1st Mar      Aston Villa 1 (Graydon) Norwich City 0
ITV Highlights
Brian Moore
*This was the only time an FA Cup or League Cup final was contested by two non-top flight clubs (there were no top flight clubs in the Semi-finals of this season's competition either!). It was third time lucky for Villa boss Ron Saunders who'd managed the two previous League Cup runners-up (including Norwch), Ray Graydon was Villa's match winner - following up his saved penalty to score from the rebound late in the game. All regions's (except ATV who had their own "Star Soccer" programme) showed LWT's coverage which was broadcast in the London area on Sunday 2-3pm.

FA Cup Final
Freddie Starr, Dickie Davies and Alan Ball, 1975 Cup final daySat 3rd May    West Ham United 2 (Taylor 2) Fulham 0
ITV LIVE
Brian Moore & Jack Charlton
*ITV were again first on air at 11am with "World of Sport: Wembley '75" kicking off with a section called "Football Crazy" (11-11:40am), they also had two segments devoted to comedian Freddie Starr who was on the pitch dressed as Adolf Hitler, other star guests included DJ Ed Stewart, "The Goodies" comedy actor Bill Oddie and pop star Gary Glitter whilst the panel of experts were all current players - Alan Ball, Malcom MacDonald and Kevin Keegan. ITV were clearly targetting a younger audience in a bid to lure viewers from the BBC who claimed to have attracted 16 million viewers for the '74 final as opposed to 6 million on ITV. Brian Moore was worried that he would have to miss this year's final after injuring himself whilst clearing out his garage, Malcom Allison invited him to recieve treatment at Selhurst Park from the Crystal Palace physio to help him recover in time. Over on BBC1 "Cup Final Grandstand" began at 11:15am, they had a special section on Bobby Moore (the legendary West Ham and England captain who was now playing for Fulham) and the sit-com character and Hammers fan Alf Garnett as well as what had now become the traditional Cup final "It's a knock-out" (12:45am-1:35pm). As for the match, West Ham's all English team beat 2nd tier Fulham with 2 goals by Alan Taylor on 60 and 64 mins, BBC1 highlights went out on the Saturday night (10:10-11:10pm), ITV's Sunday afternoon "How The Cup Was Won" was aired by all regions at 2:10-3-10pm.

1975/76

Charity Shield
Sat 9th Aug     Derby County 2 (Hector, McFarland) West Ham United 0
Wembley
BBC Highlights
Barry Davies
*Derby were one of the greatest teams of the period, yet this was their first visit to Wembley since 1946 and they wouldn't make a return visit until the 1990's. The Ram's one-off appearance under the twin towers did however turn out to be a happy occassion for Derby supporters with goals by Kevin Hector (a low diaganol strike into the corner) and Roy McFarland (as a result of a corner) earning them a 2-0 victory with Charlie George making his debut following a move from Arsenal. The match also saw numbered placards signalling substitutions being used for the first time in England. BBC1 showed highlights from 10-11pm.

League Cup Final
Sat 28th Feb     Manchester City 2 (Barnes, Tueart) Newcastle United 1 (Gowling)
ITV Highlights
Brian Moore
*All ITV regions showed LWT's Sunday afternoon highlights programme from 2-3pm. Peter Barnes gave City an early lead, Alan Gowling equalised on 35, Dennis Tueart (who had supported Newcastle as a boy) scored the winning goal for City early in the 2nd half with an overhead kick.

FA Cup Final
Sat 1st May    Southampton 1 (Stokes) Manchester United 0
ITV LIVE
Brian Moore & Jack Charlton
*ITV coverage didn't start until noon this year which meant BBC1 were first on air for the first time since 1972. "Cup Final Grandstand" began at 11:15am and included "A Cure for the Doc" (11:50am-12pm) and "Women's FA Cup Final" (12-12:20pm) followed by another special Cup final edition of "It's a Knock-Out". ITV had a couple of "Man in the Crowd" segments and "Be A Soccer Commentator" at 1:15-1:25pm. 2nd tier Southampton emulated Sunderland's achievment of 3 years prior by performing a giant killing act at the final hurdle, Bobby Stokes goal on 83 being enough to defeat Manchester United. BBC1 "Match of the Day" highlights were broadcast at 10:25-11:25pm, ITV showed "How The Cup Was Won" on Sunday afternoon at 2:10-3:10pm with Saints boss Lawrie McMenemy among the four guest panelists.


ITV's Sunday afternoon highlights show "How The Cup Was Won"

1976/77

Charity Shield
Sat 14th Aug    Liverpool 1 (Toshack) Southampton 0
Wembley
BBC Highlights
Barry Davies
*BBC1 showed highlights on "Match of the Day" from 10pm. The programme was extended and finished at 11:20pm to inlcude swimming.

League Cup Final
Sat 12th Mar     Aston Villa 0 Everton 0
ITV Highlights
Brian Moore
*A contender for the most boring Wembley final of all time with neither side managing a decent effort on goal. LWT's coverage was networked on Sunday afternoon, 2:15-3:15pm.

Replay
Wed 16th Mar    Aston Villa 1 (Kenyon(og)) Everton 1 (Latchford) [AET]
At Hillsborough
*No highlights were shown. ITV did have "The Mid-week Match" scheduled for 10:40-11:35pm but this only showed highlights of the European Cup QF between Liverpool and St Etienne. BBC1 had a "Sportsnight" at 9:35-10:25 covering cricket and racing. The goals from the League Cup final replay were only shown as part of a newsreel on one or both channel's news bulletins. Bob Latchford equalised with Everton's last attack in normal time after Roger Kenyon had fumbled the ball into his own net to put Villa ahead.

2nd Replay
Wed 13th Apr    Aston Villa 3 (Nicholl, Little 2) Everton 2 (Latchford, Lyons) [AET]
Old Trafford
BBC Highlights
John Motson
*The BBC showed highlights of a League Cup final for the first time since 1967, they were included on "Sportsnight" (9:25-10:55pm - the programme also included Boxing). Bob Latchford put Everton ahead, but two goals in a minute from Chris Nicholl and Brian Little turned the match on its' head. Mike Lyons sent the match into extra-time but another goal from Brian Little (2 mins from the end) saw Villa lift the trophy after 330 minutes play (A penalty shoot out would have settled the final had this 2nd replay been drawn).

FA Cup Final
Sat 21st May    Manchester United 2 (Pearson, J.Greenhoff) Liverpool 1 (Case)
ITV LIVE
Brian Moore & Jack Charlton
*ITV stuck to a noon start for "World of Sport - FA Cup Final Special", BBC1 coverage began at 11:30am and included what turned out to be the last Cup final edition of "It's a Knock Out". Liverpool were going for a League Championship, FA Cup and European Cup treble, but it was to be United's day - All three goals came in a 5 minute spell early in the 2nd half, Stuart Pearson gave United the lead on 50, Jimmy Case equalised on 52 and Jimmy Greenhoff's chest deflected in a Lou Macari shot to restore United's lead on 55. BBC1 highlights were aired on the Saturday night at 10:45-11:35pm, a 31 year old John Motson commentated on the Cup final for the first time because David Coleman was involved in a legal dispute with the BBC at the time. ITV's "How The Cup Was Won" was screened on Sunday afternoon at 2:15-3:15pm hosted by Brian Moore with guests Jack Charlton and United manager Tommy Docherty.

1977/78

Charity Shield
Sat 13th Aug     Liverpool 0 Manchester United 0
Wembley
BBC Highlights
John Motson
*"Match of the Day" highlights on BBC1, 10-11pm. Kenny Dalglish, Liverpool's big summer signing from Celtic, made his debut. Dave Sexton took charge of his first match as manager of Manchester United. There was no extra-time or penalties this year and so the shield was shared.

League Cup Final
Sat 18th Mar     Nottingham Forest 0 Liverpool 0
ITV Highlights
Brian Moore
*ITV networked Sunday afternoon highlights at 2:15-3:15pm, except ATV Midlands who were scheduled to show the match as part of their own "Star Soccer" presentation at 2:20-3:15pm. Neither team had previously got beyond the 4th Round (last 16) in this competition. Forest stand-in keeper Chris Woods was man of the match, Terry McDermott did manage to beat him but his goal was ruled out because another player was standing in an offside position.

Replay
Wed 22nd Mar  Nottingham Forest 1 (Robertson(pen)) Liverpool 0
At Old Trafford
ITV Highlights
Gerald Sinstadt
*Networked Wednesday night ITV highlights as "Football League Cup Final Replay", 10:30-11:40pm. The match was memorable for two highly controversial refereeing decisions, firstly Forest were awarded a penalty after Liverpool defender Phil Thompson had clearly fouled John O'Hare outside the box, the spot kick was converted by John Robertson, secondly a fine goal by Liverpool's Terry McDermott was ruled out for hand-ball - but the TV replay showed he had brought the ball under control with his chest before lashing it into the net. Referee Pat Partridge also managed to book Ian Callaghan (the only time Callaghan was ever cautioned in his 18 year Liverpool career).

FA Cup Final
Sat 6th May     Ipswich Town 1 (Osbourne) Arsenal 0
ITV LIVE
Brian Moore & Jack Charlton
*BBC1 were again first on air at 11:30am and this year's coverage included "Cup Final Mastermind" at 12:12-12:40pm, ITV kicked off at mid-day and "On the ball" saw Malcom MacDonald profile his fellow Arsenal players and Mick Mills ran through the Ipswich camp, celebrities Eric Morecambe and Elton John also gave their views as did Kevin Keegan (now playing in West Germany). There was a look back at the last ten finals and Gerald Sinstadt, Gerry Harrison and Martin Tyler were inside the stadium to interview players. Underdogs Ipswich rose to the occasion and dominated the match, hitting the woodwork three times before Roger Osbourne netted the winning goal on 77 mins, the Suffolk born scorer was so overcome that he fainted and had to be substituted. BBC1 "Match of the Day" highlights went out at 10:10-11:10pm, David Coleman commentated on an FA Cup final for the last time. ITV's Sunday afternoon highlights were drastically shorter than usual and were included as part of a "World of Sport Special" which featured the Monaco Grand Prix, the football highlights were squeezed into a 30 minute slot (2:45-3:15pm) in a section listed as "The Two Cup Finals" which also included Scottish Cup final highlights (Aberdeen v Rangers).

1978/79

Charity Shield
Sat 12th Aug     Nottingham Forest 5 (O'Neill 2, Withe, Lloyd, Robertson) Ipswich Town 0
ITV Highlights
Brian Moore
*ITV had the rights to show a Charity shield match at Wembley for the first time and (with no "Match of the Day" on BBC1) they seized the opportunity to show the highlights on a Saturday night at 10-11pm, it was Brian Clough's first win at Wembley as a manager.

League Cup Final
Sat 17th Mar     Nottingham Forest 3 (Birtles 2, Woodcock) Southampton 2 (Peach, Holmes)
ITV Highlights
Brian Moore
*ITV showed networked Sunday afternoon highlights as "Football League Cup Final" at 2:30-3:30pm. Southampton took the lead on 16 through David Peach, Garry Birtles equalised in the 2nd half and the same player then had 2 goals ruled out before putting Forest ahead 10 minutes from the end, Tony Woodcock added another two minutes later to make it 3-1, Nick Holmes pulled one back for Saints with 3 minutes to go. The final whistle saw Forest become the first club to retain the League Cup.

FA Cup Final
Sat 12th May    Arsenal 3 (Talbot, Stapleton, Sunderland) Manchester United 2 (McQueen, McIlroy)
ITV LIVE
Brian Moore & Brian Clough
*The famous "Five minute final" which saw three goals scored in the closing minutes. Both BBC1 and ITV began coverage at 11:30am, "World of Sport Cup Final Special" was hosted by Dickie Davies and Brian Moore with guests Jack Charlton and Brian Clough, the "Meet the teams" section saw Brian Talbot run through the Arsenal players, Mickey Thomas introduced the United squad and ITV had a camera on their coach, there was also a "Matchwinners of the Seventies" sequence which looked back at players who became overnight heroes by scoring the winner at Wembley (and what had become of them since). The BBC included another Cup final edition of "Mastermind" and John Motson permanently took over as their Cup final commentator. The match itself was a pretty drab affair until the thrilling climax, Brian Talbot (on 12) and Frank Stapleton (43) had given Arsenal a 2-0 half time lead and United were then unable to penetrate Arsenal's resilient defence. With the game petering out, it looked as though 2-0 would be the final score, but on 86 Gordon McQueen pulled one back and two minutes later Sammy McIlroy's mazey run and finish sent the United fans wild with an equaliser on 88, only for Arsenal to immediately launch an attack from the re-start which Alan Sunderland finished off to win the cup in the dying seconds. "Match of the Day" highlights were shown on BBC1 at 10:05-11:05pm, ITV highlights, as with last season, were included in a Sunday afternoon "World of Sport Special" along with the Belgian grand prix - the English cup final was scheduled to be shown between 2:45 and 3:20, highlights of the Scottish final (Hibernian v Rangers) were scheduled from 4pm.

1979/80

Charity Shield
Sat 11th Aug     Liverpool 3 (McDermott 2, Dalglish) Arsenal 1 (Sunderland)
BBC Highlights
John Motson
*It was the BBC's turn to show this year's curtain raiser, which they did on "Match of the Day" at 11pm-12am.

League Cup Final
Sat 15th Mar     Wolverhampton W. 1 (Gray) Nottingham Forest 0
ITV Highlights
Brian Moore
*ITV showed Sunday afternoon highlights at 2:30-3:30pm. Wolves had the ball in the net shortly after half-time but the ref blew for a foul against Forest keeper Peter Shilton, then in the 66th minute a mis-understanding between Shilton and his defender Dave Needham left Andy Gray with an open goal and he made no mistake. Forest pressed hard for an equaliser but Wolves were closest to scoring again when George Berry hit the woodwork. The result meant that Wolves captain Emlyn Hughes finally got to lift the League Cup having won every other major club honour with his former team Liverpool.

FA Cup Final
Sat 10th May    West Ham United 1 (Brooking) Arsenal 0
ITV LIVE
Brian Moore & Brian Clough
*"World of Sport" began at 11:15am (ITV's earliest cup final start time since the last all London final in 1975) and included "Bruce Forsyth's All Star Secrets Cup Final Special" (12-12:30pm), BBC1's "Cup Final Grandstand" kicked off at 11:30am with guest comedian/impersonator Mike Yarwood and another Cup Final edition of "Mastermind". For the third time in eight FA Cup finals, a 2nd tier team defeated top flight opponents, Trevor Brooking's header on 13 minutes being enough to win it. Towards the end of the game, Paul Allen (the then youngest player to ever line-up in a Wembley final) was clean through on goal but he was upended by a cynical foul for which defender Willie Young only received a yellow card. "Match of the Day" highlights were shown on BBC1 at 10:05-11:05pm with Jimmy Hill and Lawrie McMenemy providing the analysis. Over on ITV, following a two season absence, "How The Cup Was Won" returned to Sunday afternoon at 2:30-3:30pm, Brian Moore and Jim Rosenthal were joined in the studio by Ian St.John.

1980/81

Charity Shield
Sat 9th Aug     Liverpool 1 (McDermott) West Ham United 0
ITV Highlights
Brian Moore
*ITV showed highlights on Saturday night, 10:15-11:15pm. Terry McDermott's goal on 17 minutes was enough to beat Liverpool's 2nd tier opponents.

League Cup Final
Sat 14th Mar   Liverpool 1 (A.Kennedy) West Ham United 1 (Stewart(pen)) [AET]
BBC Highlights
Barry Davies
*The BBC's first Wembley League Cup final in 14 season's, but as the BBC and ITV had swapped their highlights slots at the start of 1980/81 the League Cup Final continued to be shown on Sunday afternoon - "Match of the Day" devoted the whole programme to the final which was shown at 4:15-5:15pm. The game was locked up at 0-0 after 90 minutes and remained that way until 3 minutes from the end of extra time when Alan Kennedy appeared to have won it for Liverpool with a controversial goal (Referee Clive Thomas overruling his flagging linesman), but Ray Stewart converted a penalty to equalise with the last kick of the game.

Replay
Wed 1st Apr   Liverpool 2 (Dalglish, Hansen) West Ham United 1 (Goddard)
At Villa Park
ITV LIVE
Brian Moore & Brian Clough
*The first League Cup final to be shown LIVE on television, albeit a mid-week replay at Villa Park staged over 2 weeks after the Wembley clash. ITV's coverage began at 7:30pm and was due to end at 10pm (with Boxing highlights also scheduled), Dickie Davies presented from the studio in London alongside Jimmy Greaves and Ian St. John. Liverpool won the replay with goals from Kenny Dalglish on 25 and Alan Hansen on 28 after Paul Goddard had headed West Ham into an early lead. The Hammers recovered from their loss and went on to win promotion. Barry Davies did an off-tube commentary for the BBC (at least of the goals, possibly at a later date for inclusion on a home-video) whilst Martin Tyler did an off tube on the Wembley drawn match goals for inclusion on ITV's build up to this replay.

FA Cup Final
Sat 9th May    Tottenham Hotspur 1 (Hutchison(og)) Manchester City 1 (Hutchison) [AET]
ITV LIVE
Brian Moore & Jack Charlton
*ITV's annual late Friday night preview show "Who'll win the Cup?" was this year replaced by "The Wembley Way" which focussed more on the nostalgia angle with legends Bill Shankly, Matt Busby, Jack Charlton and Jimmy Greaves looking back on past glories. Although the Saturday programme was billed as "World of Sport: The One Hundredth FA Cup Final" ITV used a new exclusive theme tune for this and the following year's cup final (a synthesizer tune called "Flash" by Keith Mansfield), coverage began at 11:30am and included a special cup final edition of "Punchlines" at 12-12:30pm, this being a then popular game show hosted by the permed-haired scouse comedian Lennie Bennett, Manchester City manager John Bond was a celebrity companion to one of the two contestants, presumably Spurs boss Keith Burkinshaw had also been asked to appear but turned it down (I think Jimmy Greaves took his place). At Wembley, Ian St.John, Jimmy Greaves and Jack Charlton were the summarisers with Dickie Davies hosting and Martin Tyler interviewing the players. BBC1 coverage also began at 11:30am and they had a special edition of "Jim'll Fix It" (12:25-12:55pm) with Jimmy Savile making youngsters dreams come true (I have a memory of a fan being given the opportunity to pump up the match ball for the final, but minutes into the game it had to be replaced because it was too soft!). A flying header by Tommy Hutchison gave City a first half lead, but the same player deflected in a Glenn Hoddle free-kick for the equaliser on 79 mins. The swapping of the BBC & ITV's highlights slots dictated that "How The Cup Was Drawn" now went out on Saturday night at 10:05-11:05pm (Brian Moore and Jim Rosenthal were again joined in the studio by Ian St.John, highlights of the Scottish Cup final were also included), BBC1 showed "The 100th FA Cup Final" on Sunday afternoon at 1:55-2:40pm.

Replay
Thu 14th May   Tottenham Hotspur 3 (Villa 2, Crooks) Manchester City 2 (MacKenzie, Reeves(pen))
ITV LIVE
Brian Moore & Jack Charlton
*This was the first FA Cup final replay to be held at Wembley and it proved to be one of the best cup finals ever. Both ITV and BBC1 showed it live, ITV were first on air at 7pm but were due to finish earlier (in time for Kenny Everett's show) at 9:30pm, ITV had the same team at Wembley as they had 5 days earlier (Davies presenting, Moore commentating, Charlton, Greaves and St.John summarising and Tyler interviewing). BBC1 began at 7:15pm (following a 20 minute edition of "Top of the Pops") with Bob Wilson and Lawrie McMenemy joining presenter Jimmy Hill and commentator John Motson, they were due to remain on air until 9:40pm. Ricky Villa, whom the TV cameras had shown trudging forlornly off the pitch in the first match after being substituted, gave Spurs the lead on 8 mins, but just three minutes later a screamer from Steve MacKenzie on the volley levelled it up at 1-1, Dave Bennett won City a penalty (the first in an FA cup final since 1962) four minutes into in the 2nd half and Kevin Reeves slotted home to put City ahead, Garth Crooks made it 2-2 on 70 mins, then came one of the all-time greatest cup final goals, a fantastic run by Ricky Villa who scored his 2nd of the game on 76 mins to make it 3-2.

1981/82

Charity Shield
Sat 22nd Aug     Aston Villa 2 (Withe 2) Tottenham Hotspur 2 (Falco 2)
BBC Highlights
John Motson
*BBC1's "Match of the Day" returned to its' traditional Saturday night slot this season with highlights of this Charity Shield fixture shown at 10:55-11:55pm. Peter Withe put Villa ahead, Mark Falco equalised with a terrfic shot and the same player put Spurs ahead in the 2nd half, but another goal from Peter Withe meant that the shield had to be shared.

League Cup Final
Brian Moore presenting 1982 League Cup final highlightsSat 13th Mar   Liverpool 3 (Whelan 2, Rush) Tottenham Hotspur 1 (Archibald) [AET]
ITV Highlights
Brian Moore
*The League Cup was now sponsored and this was the first "Milk Cup Final" although the lettering behind Brian Moore in the studio still referred to it as the League Cup. Steve Archibald's 11th minute goal for Spurs looked set to be the matchwinner, but an equaliser from Ronnie Whelan just three minutes from the end sent the game into extra-time, the same player fired Liverpool into the lead on 111mins and Ian Rush sealed it in the final minute. ITV showed highlights on Sunday afternoon at 2:30-3:30pm with Brian Moore presenting from the studio alongside Ian St John and Jimmy Greaves, Wembley interviews were conducted by Jim Rosenthal. Although the programme was a networked special, it used the current "Big Match"/"Match Time" theme tune.
 
 

Sat 22nd May    Tottenham Hotspur 1 (Hoddle) Queens Park Rangers 1 (Fenwick) [AET]
ITV LIVE
Brian Moore & Brian Clough
*Another all London final and yet another appearance by a 2nd tier team (the 5th in ten finals), this year's underdogs being QPR managed by Terry Venables. ITV's Friday night preview show went out as "Cup Final Forum" at 10:45-11:15pm with John Bond, Jack Charlton, Mick Channon and Ian St. John on the panel. ITV's Saturday coverage began at 11:15am (screen grab pictured) but there was a fair amount of Snooker interrupting proceedings. The usual ITV faces were at Wembley including summarisers Jack Charlton and Ian St.John, whilst it was Brian Clough's turn to join Moore in the commentary box. "Cup Final Grandstand" began at 11:30am and included "A Question of Sport" at 12:45pm. The match was 0-0 after 90 minutes and extra time saw Spurs take the lead through a deflected Glenn Hoddle strike on 110mins, but Terry Fenwick equalised 5 minutes later with a header to take the game to a replay. "Match of the Day" highlights were shown on BBC1 at 10:40-11:40pm, ITV showed Sunday afternoon highlights at 2:30-3:30pm on "How The Cup Was Drawn".
 

Replay
Thu 27th May    Tottenham Hotspur 1 (Hoddle(pen)) Queens Park Rangers 0
ITV LIVE *Except Yorkshire region
Brian Moore & ?Brian Clough?
*ITV's scheduling of the 1982 Cup final replay very much illustrated the decline in football's popularity, London ITV viewers' coverage began at 7pm but the other region's delayed until 7:30pm (with most joining the feed after showing "Emmerdale Farm") whilst the Yorkshire TV region decided not to bother showing it at all - instead opting to screen a John Wayne movie ("The sons of Katie Elder"). Brian Moore was commentating on his 2nd match in 24 hours having described the European Cup final the previous evening. BBC1 coverage began at 7:15pm, David Coleman presented, John Motson and Jimmy Hill commentated, the BBC also broke off for a News bulletin at half-time for an update on the Falklands conflict, a crisis that had led to Spurs' Argentinean midfield star Ossie Ardiles returning home a day after the semi-final - His fellow countryman and last season's cup final hero Ricky Villa remained in England (and was seen donning an England shirt in front of the press in an attempt to dampen hostility from the English fans) but he too was missing from this year's FA Cup final matches after the Spurs manager decided that it would be too contoversial to inlcude him. QPR were without captain Glen Roeder and key striker Clive Allen for the replay which was decided by a 6th minute penalty scored by Glenn Hoddle, QPR then had a goal disallowed as well hitting the woodwork and were arguably the better side on the night, but at least Spurs captain Steve Perryman was this time able to savour the moment of lifting the cup without being jumped on by an over enthusiastic supporter. Spurs became the first club to retain the FA Cup since they had last done it themselves twenty years earlier.

1982/83

Charity Shield
Sat 21st Aug      Liverpool 1 (Rush) Tottenham Hotspur 0
ITV Highlights
Brian Moore
*ITV showed this on the Saturday night at 10:30-11:30pm. Ian Rush scored the only goal of the game on 32 minutes.

League Cup Final
Sat 26th Mar      Liverpool 2 (Kennedy, Whelan) Manchester United 1 (Whiteside) [AET]
BBC Highlights
John Motson
*The last League Cup final to be played on a Saturday afternoon and the last final not to be broadcast live, highlights were aired on a Sunday afternoon edition of "Match of the Day" on BBC1 at 4:05-5:05pm. Seventeen year old Norman Whiteside put United ahead on 12 mins, Alan Kennedy equalised on 75, Ronnie Whelan's fabulous curler won the match in extra-time on 98. Liverpool became the first club to win the League Cup three consecutive times and their manager Bob Paisley, who was to retire at the end of the season, was encouraged by his captain Graeme Souness to lead the team up the steps and collect the trophy. ITV had a camera on the Liverpool coach as they returned home and, although they couldn't show any footage of the game, interviews conducted on the coach were shown on the Saturday night editions of Granada's "Match Time" and LWT's "The Big Match".

FA Cup Final
Sat 21st May      Manchester United 2 (Stapleton, Wilkins) Brighton & Hove Albion 2 (Smith, Stevens) [AET]
ITV LIVE
Brian Moore & Graeme Souness
*ITV dropped their traditional Friday night preview show, although TVS (the ITV regional service for the South) did have a special Cup final edition of "Coast to Coast" at 6-7pm. Both BBC1 and ITV began their Saturday coverage at 11am, but much of the first hour of ITV's output was given over to snooker. Comedian Jimmy Tarbuck popped up throughout and Dennis Norden hosted "It'll Be Alright On The Day" (2:10-2:40pm) which was a compilation of sporting clangers, ITV's summarisers at Wembley were Jack Charlton, Jimmy Greaves and Ian St. John. Jim Rosenthal brought exclusive live pictures from the United team bus. Over on BBC1 "Grandstand: FA Cup Final Day" included "A Question of Sport" (in two parts), a review of the season and goal of the season. Brighton, who arrived at Wembley via helicopter, took the lead through a Gordon Smith header on 14 mins, Frank Stapleton equalised for United by finishing off a goal-line cross on 55, Ray Wilkins' finely placed strike put United ahead on 72, but Gary Stevens levelled it again on 87 from a corner. Seconds from the end of extra-time, Brighton had a great chance to win it but Gordon Smith's shot was saved. As well as dropping the Friday preview, ITV decided to axe networked Cup final highlights, but Granada viewers in the North West did get to see an exclusive FA Cup final edition of "Match Time" (10:55-11:40pm) and TVS had a programme scheduled for Sunday afternoon at 2-3pm called "Welcome Home Brighton" which, given the result, was likely replaced by a programme that purely focussed on highlights of the match. The BBC relegated their highlights (with John Motson commentating) to BBC2 as part of "Sunday Grandstand" (1:55-6:50pm).

Replay
Thu 26th May    Manchester United 4 (Robson 2, Whiteside, Muhren(pen)) Brighton & Hove Albion 0
ITV LIVE *Not Channel TV
Brian Moore & Ian St. John
*ITV coverage began at 7pm although many regions only joined from 7:15pm, Yorkshire DID show the replay this year but Channel (the Channel Islands ITV station) opted out. The ITV summarisers on the night were Jimmy Greaves and Denis Law, whilst Ian St.John joined Moore in the commentary box. BBC1 coverage began at 7:15pm with John Motson commentating, both channels were due to leave Wembley at 9:30pm. Bryan Robson's strike put United ahead on 25, Norman Whiteside headed United further ahead on 30, Bryan Robson prodded in another on 44 to give United a 3-0 HT lead, Arnold Muhren added a fourth goal from the penalty spot on 62.
 
 

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