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1972 FA Cup Final

1972 FA Cup Final
Event FA Cup 1971–72
Date 6 May 1972
Venue Wembley Stadium, London

The 1972 FA Cup Final took place on 6 May 1972 at Wembley Stadium. It was the Centenary final (although only the 91st final due to world wars) and the 44th to be played at Wembley.

It was contested between cup holders Arsenal, who had won the English Championship and FA Cup the previous season, and Leeds United, who had won the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup and finished 2nd in the league the previous season. They had never won the trophy before.

Arsenal planned to make it the third decade for a club to return as Cup-holders and win again for the second successive year, as Newcastle had done in 1952 and Tottenham in 1962.

The final is also the origin of the song Leeds! Leeds! Leeds! (commonly known as Marching On Together) as the B-side of the Leeds cup final song, played to this day by United and several other Leeds sports teams.


  • Road to Wembley 1
    • Leeds United 1.1
    • Arsenal 1.2
  • Match summary 2
  • Match facts 3
  • External links 4

Road to Wembley

Leeds United

Home teams listed first.

Round 3: Leeds United 4–1 Bristol Rovers

Round 4: Liverpool 0–0 Leeds United

Replay: Leeds United 2–0 Liverpool

Round 5: Cardiff City 0–2 Leeds United


Round 6: Leeds United 2–1 Tottenham Hotspur

Semi-final: Leeds United 3–0 Birmingham City

(at Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield)


Home teams listed first.

Round 3: Swindon Town 0–2 Arsenal

Round 4: Reading 1 –2 Arsenal


Round 5: Derby County 2–2 Arsenal

Replay: Arsenal 0–0 Derby County
2nd Replay: Arsenal 1–0 Derby County (at Filbert Street)

Round 6: Leyton Orient 0–1 Arsenal

Semi-final: Stoke City 1–1 Arsenal

(at Villa Park, Birmingham)
Replay: Arsenal 2–1 Stoke City
(at Goodison Park, Everton)

Match summary

The Jones-Clarke combination produced a goal in the fifty-third minute. Jones sent across a hard, shoulder-high centre and 'Sniffer' Clarke headed powerfully past Barnett's left hand from fifteen yards.

A match that often fell below the highest level began badly with a foul by Arsenal, and both Clarke and Lorimer struck the woodwork for Leeds.

Leeds' jubilation at the end was tempered by a last-minute injury to Mick Jones, who dislocated his elbow and had to be helped up the steps by Norman Hunter to receive his winners' medal.

Match facts

6 May 1972
15:00 BST
Leeds United 1–0 Arsenal
Clarke  53' (Report)
Wembley, London
Attendance: 100,000
Referee: David Smith
Leeds United
GK 1 David Harvey
RB 2 Paul Reaney
LB 3 Paul Madeley
MF 4 Billy Bremner (c)
CB 5 Jack Charlton
CB 6 Norman Hunter
RW 7 Peter Lorimer
FW 8 Allan Clarke
FW 9 Mick Jones
MF 10 Johnny Giles
LW 11 Eddie Gray
MF 12 Mick Bates
Don Revie
GK 1 Geoff Barnett
RB 2 Pat Rice
LB 3 Bob McNab
MF 4 Peter Storey
CB 5 Frank McLintock (c)
CB 6 Peter Simpson
MF 7 George Armstrong
MF 8 Alan Ball
FW 9 Charlie George
FW 10 John Radford  73'
MF 11 George Graham
FW 12 Ray Kennedy  73'
Bertie Mee

Match rules

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

External links

  • Match Programme at
  • Game facts at
  • Full Results from the 1972 FA Cup competition at
  • Match Report at Mighty Whites
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