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Monday, 29 May, 2000, 09:19 GMT 10:19 UK
Which is your favourite Wembley final?

Chelsea's 1-0 win over Aston Villa was the last FA Cup final to take place beneath the Twin Towers of Wembley Stadium, before the famous stadium is redeveloped.

Wembley has been staging FA Cup finals since 1923 - when the crowd famously had to be removed from the pitch by a policeman on a white horse.

The ground has seen triumphs against the odds, such as Sunderland's upset of Leeds and Southampton's defeat of Manchester United in the 1970s and later fairytale successes for Wimbledon and Coventry.

Then there have been the thrilling matches, like Blackpool's 4-3 win over Bolton in the "Matthews final", Everton's 3-2 triumph against Sheffield Wednesday in 1966 or Tottenham's dramatic replay defeat of Manchester City.

But maybe you think the final has lost its sense of theatre and that there has not been a genuinely entertaining match for years. So which is your favourite Wembley final? HAVE YOUR SAY

Any final that Manchester United did not play in was great!

Ernie Barrow, Virginia, USA
As a Liverpool fan, the finals featuring the combination of Ian Rush, John Barnes, Peter Beardsley etc were the best.
Patrick Manjoe, USA,

I really enjoyed watching Liverpool getting beat by the Dons in 1988!
Chris Kelly, England (Liverpool)

Best ever was Coventry v Spurs 1987. Even though I'm a Spurs fan, it was good, entertaining, open, attacking football and on the day I was just as happy to see Coventry win.
Stuart Reynolds, UK

Any final that Manchester United did not play in was great!
Ernie Barrow, Virginia, USA

It has got to be 1976, when the super Saints stunned an over confident Man Utd side. It wasn't the first and won't be the last time that Man U fail to beat the mighty Southerners.
Keith Paskins, England



Cup final day used to be one of the best days of the year so it is sad that the magic has waned in the last ten years.

Steve Richards, Oxford, UK
Liverpool tearing Newcastle apart in the second half of the 1974 final to record a 3-0 win. The Reds walked the ball into the net for the final goal (Mr Keegan getting the last touch) and even Alec Lindsay scoring the finest disallowed goal I've ever seen. Being only seven, it was only the second Cup Final I remember watching (after Sunderland the previous year). Cup final day used to be one of the best days of the year so it is sad that the magic has waned in the last ten years.
Steve Richards, Oxford, UK

Best final ever? Coventry v Spurs 1987. Fantastic! Worst one? Liverpool v Man Utd when Eric Cantona scored and Liverpool slumbered. Dull. Everyone is, as ever, banging on about that Ricky Villa goal against my team Man City, but what about Steve Mackenzie's goal in that game for City? A thumping volley from the edge of the box. Deserved more than a losers medal! I cried my eyes out!
Mike, UK

1986, Liverpool's double, and beating Everton too! Life doesn't get better than that.
Graham Turvey, UK

Best final has to be 1977.
Ian Barnes, UK

All of these people saying 1979 Utd vs Arsenal. It's funny how the memory plays tricks. This was a very poor game, saved by an incredible last 5 minutes.
Steve Rodgers, USA

The sight of Des Walker nodding the ball into the top corner of his own net... Superb. Come on you Spurs!
Mike Hodge, Gravesend, UK

It has to be Wimbledon's gutsy 1-0 defeat of Liverpool. The classic David v Goliath encounter that epitomised the "Crazy Gang" spirit! Good luck to the Dons in Div 1!
Fripono, UK



I do have a soft spot for Arsenal and I think the 1979 final remains one of the best

Henry Cachia, Malta
Although not an avid fan of English football I do have a soft spot for Arsenal and I think the 1979 final remains one of the best. I can still remember listening to the game on the BBC World Service with my father and brother. My mother, who's interest in football is negligible entered the room with Arsenal 2-0 in front and left a couple of minutes later with the score 2-2 and my father passing comments that she brought bad luck. As if to prove his point as soon she left the room Sunderland stepped up and netted the winner. Wow!
Henry Cachia, Malta

My favourite FA Cup Final has to be the 1989 game between Liverpool and Everton. I am a Liverpool fan, and this was the year of the Hillsborough disaster. It was filled with emotion in the stands and the game was electric. An incredible game that went into extra-time with Liverpool pulling off a 3-2 victory.
Kevin Sweeney, USA

1979 - Man Utd v Arsenal. I was at my Gran's watching the final with a friend (a rabid Arsenal fan) at two in the morning. It was just a classic, edge-of-the-seat game that turned me from a dyed-in-the-wool Villa fan to a proud and loyal Stretford-ender. Great stuff.
Gretta Hawkes, New Zealand

1987 Spurs Vs Sky Blues I can still picture Houchen's diving header and I shudder at the memory of my kid sister snogging Jimmy Greaves on the way out of the stadium.
Keith Gallois, Cambridge, England



The 1987 final was made of boyhood dreams

Darren Whittington, UK
The 1987 final was made of boyhood dreams. Houchen's head, Mabbutts knee and all under glorious sunshine. There was only one real winner that day, FOOTBALL!
Darren Whittington, UK

You will never beat the 1973 FA Cup final between Sunderland and Leeds. I was not even born but the stories that I have heard have made me become a huge supporter of English football and the mighty underdogs Sunderland. May it not be long until they reign again.
Sucrose Dell, USA

Arsenal fans always remember 1979 for 2 reasons - firstly it's one of the few times Arsenal beat United and secondly it was so boring, a typical Arsenal game.
Alan MacFadyen, USA

Has to be 1980. The last time my team, West Ham ever won anything!!
John Boram, England



The greatest final for me was the 1973 Sunderland win over Leeds... It was a great advert for football.

Paul Hopper, UK
Although an Arsenal supporter, the greatest final for me was the 1973 Sunderland win over Leeds. Anyone who saw the last 10 minutes with Leeds pounding the Sunderland goal cannot forget the tension - I swear the ball was only kept out by the combined will-power of the entire nation (less the Leeds fans, of course). Even flatmates who normally could not stand football were gripped and in tears of joy for the underdog when the final whistle went. It was a great advert for football.
Paul Hopper, UK

If only for the greatest headed goal Wembley has ever seen, it has to be Coventry v Spurs in 1987.
Richard Morris, UK

As an Everton fan, the best moment - Linekar scoring against Liverpool in '86. The best finals - probably Tottenham vs Coventry when the underdogs just kept coming back.
Simon Thomas, Australia



In the words of Alan Parry on the radio that warm Thursday evening in May 1981: "Villa with the ball...Villa with a chance...Villa's still there.......Oh! And he's scorrrrrred!

Bernard Gibbes, USA
In the words of Alan Parry on the radio that warm Thursday evening in May 1981: "Villa with the ball...Villa with a chance...Villa's still there.......Oh! And he's scorrrrrred! 3-2 to Tottenham Hotspur. Beautiful control. He took it past four players, he saw Corrigan, and he slid it under Corrigan." Excitement of the highest order!
Bernard Gibbes, USA

I do agree that the best final was the 1979 final between Man Utd and Arsenal. I became a fan of Man Utd after the match. I also agree that the game is not the same as it used to be. I was in the Gulf area at the time and watching the FA Cup was the most waited for event of the year. The last 15 minutes was a great game by itself. It reminds me of the all time great final between Valencia and M. Gladbach in the Cup Winners Cup of 1979
Sam Bazzari, USA

Without doubt, the best cup final I have had the pleasure of watching is the 1996 final which saw Eric Cantona cap off a magnificent return season with that last gasp goal. What a way to end a season!
Paul Rushworth, England

Chelsea v Leeds (1970). It had all the right ingredients. Skilful teams - loads of passion, testing pitch...for part I, and the right result for part II. We'll always remember you Webby!
Graham Sewell, UK



I can't believe that handouts are being given to keep the Dome open, and one of London's greatest landmarks is to be scrapped

Donna, UK
The atmosphere of any cup final is thrilling, no matter what team is playing, and anyone who has been there on the day will agree with that. Anyone who enjoys football should walk down Wembley Way once in their lifetime. So many supporters and children of supporters will not now be able to do that. What a shame the Twin Towers are to go. I can't believe that handouts are being given to keep the Dome open, and one of London's greatest landmarks is to be scrapped.
Donna, UK

In response to the comments of Paul Meehan, USA: "...this most English tradition has been surrendered to commercialism"; I would agree that commercialism has had a very visible effect on football. But which country wanted to change "soccer" for World Cup 1998 from a game of two halves into one of four quarters? Such changes simply for extra in-game advertisement time.
Martin Doré, Switzerland

For me the greatest cup final has got to be 1973 when Sunderland overcame the best team in the country at that time. It's a shame that the cup final isn't quite the spectacle it used to be but with so much football on television today, it's hardly surprising that most viewers don't really see the final as anything out of the ordinary.
Peter Sawford, England



My fondest memory of Wembley was just after the 1966 World Cup Final. I was standing on the balcony above the main entrance, below the twin towers

Roly, Canada
Remember that one with end to end action, lots of goals, thrills and spills, and the display of great skill? That's funny, neither do I!
Mac, Scotland

The best final I have seen? Spurs v Coventry 1987. The worst? Every one in the last 10 years. I don't even bother to watch now. I just video and fast forward later looking for some highlights.
Terry Brown, West Australia

What about the 1990 final between Palace and Man Utd? This was the game when the world first heard of Ian Wright. Who will ever forget the game see-sawing between both teams.
Lee Barnes, England

My fondest memory of Wembley was from after the 1966 World Cup Final. I was standing on the balcony above the main entrance, below the twin towers. A few paces away, Eamon Andrews was wrapping up the day's broadcast and talking about the Twin Towers and their influence on England's victory. I have often wondered if a tape of that broadcast still exists. It would make a fine tribute to that great team in their and Wembley's finest hour
Roly, Canada

No contest. Chelsea v Leeds 1970.
Simon Hooker, England

Despite being a ardent Tottenham fan, the Final that remains most memorable to me is Arsenal's 1971 2-1 extra-time win against Liverpool. Great games are relative to other events, and Arsenal was going for a rare double at the end of a spectacular season. In retrospect, I later realised I was witnessing the maturation of one of the greatest British football team, Liverpool. Listening to the game on the BBC, the emotion I felt from the commentary has never been equalled. I still listen to the LP of the game and it always runs chills down my back.
John Tziatas, Greece

I agree with many comments here about the FA Cup itself - the day of the Final - the build up - made this sporting event beyond comparison with any other. I became an Arsenal supporter after the CG goal in 1971. But like many here the most memorable Final was 1979. Where I came from in Ireland you were either an Arsenal or Man Utd supporter so this final had particular passion.
I was so upset when Man Utd equalized with seconds to go but I will always remember the build up to Alan's goal, Brady, Rix and Sunderland. I also was in tears - but not for long before going to rub it in with my Man Utd mates.
Toby Watkins, Russia (expat)

1979 Arsenal v Man Utd. Man Utd thought they had done it equalising with two goals in the last two minutes (no change there then), but Brady had one last mazy run in him, Rix with the cross and Sunderland to blast home the winner.
Great stuff.
Colm Earner, UK



The 1989 final between Liverpool and Everton. I didn't really follow football then, but I remember being encapsulated by the sheer excitement of it all.

Nick Frost, England
I go back further than most - the Manchester City v Birmingham City final, in around 1955 or 56. No great player individuals, but superb teamwork from both sides. That was the game in which the Man City goalkeeper, Trautnman, broke his neck, but that wasn't diagnosed until after the game.
John Marshall, Western Australia

The first FA Cup Final I remember was the 1989 final between Liverpool and Everton. I didn't really follow football then but I remember being encapsulated by the sheer excitement of it all... the last minute goals, extra time, the pressure, what it all meant... and when Liverpool held up the cup at the end I relised I wanted to be a part of this. A final like that can influence many a heart.
Nick Frost, England

Without a doubt the 1953 final between Bolton & Blackpool. Blackpool were down 3-1 with only twenty minutes to go. Then the great Stanley Matthews put on a show, and Blackpool scored three times. The winner came on a set up from Sir Stan to Bill Perry in the closing minutes of injury time.
Michael Grint, Canada

1970 Leeds v Chelsea has to rank among the best ever. Eddie Gray's magic moments came to nothing as Chelsea won the replay. Even though I'm a Leeds fan it was still a great game.
Perry Mayer, USA

1988 Wimbledon v Liverpool
The glory days of the Crazy Gang, who fended off the double tipped Liverpool in John Barnes's finest season. Dave Beasent saved the first penalty ever saved in a FA Cup Final. A fairy tale...pity it wasn't to last!
Nick R, UK

It has to be the 1966 Everton V Sheff Wed final - Everton 2 goals down, came back with 2 goals from Mike Trebilcock (a late replacement for the injured Fred Pickering) and that unbelievable winner from Derek Temple after a slip up by Gerry Young. Never to be forgotten!
Dave R, Canada

It's got to be 1973, Sunderland conquering the then mighty Leeds Utd. Who can ever forget Porterfields goal or Montgomeries double save, but this was a victory by the entire team from 1 to 11 and a victory for commitment and endeavour. Every player deserves a mention, Montgomerie, Malone, Guthrie, Horsewill, Watson, Pitt, Kerr, Hughes, Halom, Porterfield and Tuart. Even if Sunderland never win the FA cup again, nothing can ever match '73. This really was something special, May the 5th 1973 will live in my heart forever!
Michael Quayle, UK



Dave Beasent saved the first penalty ever saved in a FA Cup Final. A fairy tale.

Nick R, UK
The 1970 final between Chelsea and Leeds, with Chelsea coming from behind twice to force the first replay of a final since before the First World War sticks in the memory. I'll always remember Kenneth Wolstenholme's description of the pitch as 'resembling a rice pudding'. That was back in the days when they had the Horse of the year show at Wembley just before the final which used to tear the pitch up.
Dave Moss, St George, Utah, USA

The first FA Cup Final I remember was the 1989 final between Liverpool and Everton. I didn't really follow football then, but I remember being encapsulated by the sheer excitement of it all...the last minute goals, extra time, the pressure, what it all meant... and when Liverpool held up the cup at the end I realised I wanted to be a part of this. A final like that can influence many a heart.
Nick Frost, England

I still recall the victory by Southampton over Man Utd in the 1970's, shortly before I emigrated to NZ. Southampton have never emulated their performance since, but on that day they played with such fire and emotion.
Graham, New Zealand



May the 5th 1973 will live in my heart forever!

Michael Quayle, UK
1981 Spurs v Man City replay had the greatest tension and atmosphere. Ricky Villa's goal was totally majestical. Everyone recalls the dribbling ability and strength of Best and Matthews, and more recently Giggs. However, Ricky's goal was above all. One should not forget that when Spurs bought him with Ardiles, Villa was rated as one of the best players in Argentina. His tenure in England was patchy. It was fitting that he should prove his ability at such a great occasion.
Graham Meaden, UK

Chelsea v Villa 2000... only joking!
George Tatch, England

Undoubtedly for me the only final was in 1978 when Ipswich Town beat Arsenal thanks to Osborne. I watched the match on TV in Sweden - the other finals don't really matter.
Alan Hart, UK, now in Japan

The best final was the 79 Arsenal v Man United, for two reasons. One - United were beaten, and two - the fact that it was a superb game, far better then the sterile games of the last few years
Martin Crocker, UK

The 1973 final, Sunderland against Leeds, is by far the highlight of the FA Cup. Second Division Sunderland beet the mighty First Division Leeds. It gave every lower team fan a dream that they could do it too.
Madmac, Canada



Ian Porterfield, who scored the winner in 1973, lived just round the corner from us and had his house besieged for weeks afterwards by hoards of football crazy schoolboys

Dave Smith, USA (ex-Sunderland)
As far as I know, Roger Osborne is the only man to have fainted immediately after scoring a goal at Wembley. It was in the 1978 Cup final when Ipswich - a team put together on a budget that was considered small even in those days and far from favourites to win - played some of the most determined and stylish football I have ever seen. May we see a repeat of that wondrous spirit in the play-off final next Monday.
Neil Hallows, UK

The 1979 final - Alan Sunderland's last gasp winner and his amazing reaction.
David Williams, UK

I would have to say that the greatest FA Cup final is 1976 between Southampton and Manchester United. It was Great to see David conquer Goliath and it is nice to see a different name on the cup other then that of the select few.
Ian, England

Without doubt Sunderland beating Leeds 1-0 in 1973. I was nine and lived in Sunderland: the build-up to the match was amazing, the game fraught with tension; Montgomery brilliant in goal; then the winner from Ian Porterfield (who lived just round the corner from us and had his house besieged for weeks afterwards by hoards of football crazy schoolboys). To top it all, seeing the Cup paraded through the town - from the top of a bus shelter - was unforgettable. I still have the scarf somewhere!
Dave Smith, USA (ex-Sunderland)

Without doubt the 1979 cup final will forever be a classic. As a boy I had to immediately run out into the back garden with my friends and recreate Alan Sunderland's far post lunge to score the winner with the last kick of the game. 3-2 to Arsenal against Man Utd, Arsenal 2-0 up with 20 minutes to play, then a Gordon McQueen free kick and a Sammy McLlroy toe poke that took 20 seconds to find the very far corner of the net to tie the game. Let's hope tomorrow's game can be half as good.
Henry Emmerson, Portland,Oregon,USA



It's got to be the 1979 final and those fantastic last 15 minutes, and the last-gasp winnner from Alan Sunderland against Man Utd

Mark Kent, Paraguay
1978 Ipswich v Arsenal was a great match
Matthew, USA

It was my eighth birthday and Leeds were my team. It was a great day in my life to see them beat Arsenal.
Andrew, USA

I was 13, it was 1979: Brady, Rix, Sunderland! For me Arsenal's dramatic 3-2 win over Man Utd will take some beating.
Gary Kilminster, England

Man Utd v Everton in 1985. The first cup final when a team was reduced to 10 men. Everton were one of the best teams in Europe and United produced an unbelievable performance to beat them 1-0 and stop them winning a treble. Norman Whiteside's magnificent goal and Frank Stapleton's performance at emergency centre-half will live long in the memory.
Mark Ryan, UK

Beyond a shadow of doubt, the 1970 clash between Chelsea and Leeds. I was 11 at the time and have been a Chelsea fan ever since...
Patrick Govaerts, Belgium



Norman Whiteside's magnificent goal in 1985 and Frank Stapleton's performance at emergency centre-half will live long in the memory

Mark Ryan, UK
1979. Arsenal v Man Utd. Apart from being an Arsenal fan, this is very simply the most dramatic final I can recall. Nothing, to my mind, can ever beat seeing Alan Sunderland put the ball in the back of the net in those dying minutes, after United clawed back from 2-0 down to 2-2.

The moment was unbelievable and almost carried me through the heartbreak of Brooking's headed goal a year later.
Michael Argue Australia

1977. Man Utd v Liverpool and the Queen's Silver Jubilee really made my year legendary (I'm a Pom living down under so I'm one of the few who really does like the Queen).
Tom Riley, Australia

Coventry beating Spurs 3-2. Good, open, action packed game with the underdogs winning.
Chris Wigram, UK

Spurs' FA Cup replay victory in 1981. Ricky Villa's goal was the best cup final goal ever. No question about it.
Dave Platt USA

The 1939 Final. Portsmouth beating the hotest favourites for years. All the rubbish about the monkey gland treatment, Pompey certainly gave the Wolves a thrashing. We still hold the record for retaining the Cup.
Walter L Rogers, Sultanate of Oman

I would say my favourite FA Cup final would have to be the original match in 1990, between Manchester United and Crystal Palace, when it ended 3-3. That was when I started watching football, I was only about eight and I was hooked on football from that match.
Nik Cameron, England

The 1989 final: Liverpool v Everton. It all came alive after 90 minutes. You really didn't know who was going to win it. It was an absolute classic, topped-off by being Merseyside rivals. Five goals in an FA Cup Final; what more could you ask for?
David Pacquette., England.

Everton's 3-2 victory over Sheffield Wednesday in 1966. I was only seven at the time but my Dad went and said it was one of the best days of his life!
Neil Cohen, UK

For me it's got to be the 1979 final and those fantastic last 15 minutes, and the last gasp winnner from Alan Sunderland against Man Utd. I was 14 at the time and although I'm not a fan of either, that's the one that comes straight to mind as being full of excitement. It's a shame that over recent years the FA Cup seems to have lost the magic that it once had. Man Utd should never have been allowed to withdraw, and it should never have a sponsor, but as money rules these days it's just another aspect of football which is changing for the worse. Back in the 70's and early 80's FA Cup Final day for me always started early in the morning with the build up, the interviews at the hotels, celebrity opinions and quiz shows....can anyone say that in the last few years the magic has still been there. Or am I being too nostalgic? Also, I think it's daft that the new Wembley (or whatever it will be called) is only going to have a slightly bigger capacity than the present one, which means the same problems of ticket allocation,and a stadium which, if things carry on as they are, will end up being smaller than Old Trafford in a few years!!
Mark Kent, Paraguay



I am disappointed that this most English tradition has been surrendered to commercialism

Paul Meehan, USA
The 1981 cup final replay - great game, excellent winning goal from Ricky Villa.
Geoff Plumb, USA

The greatest Cup Final ever? Easy! 1966. Unlike more recent games - which have featured a few minutes of spectacular football - the 90 minutes of Cup heroics displayed by Everton against Sheffield Wednesday in 1966, makes that year doubly memorable to English football fanatics! Was it any surprise, I wonder, that the '66 Cup final set the stage for England's greatest moment?
Adrian Pritchard, Canada

I first started supporting Arsenal as a five-year-old when Charlie George scored the winner in extra time over Liverpool. The 1979 final however, will always remain my favourite: what a swing of emotion that was. With 20 muinutes to go I was comfortable in the expectation that Arsenal would win; just a few minutes later the momentum had completely swung the other way, and I was almost in tears on the carpet; and then finally the Alan Sunderland winner. Ecstasy!
Richard Cripps, US (expat)

Spurs v Forest, 1991
Stacey, England

For the last 22 years, I have lived outside the UK and have not seen all the finals. I'm an Everton fan, and although the 1995 final against Man Utd was the best in recent years, I have to admit that the best final of my lifetime was played in 1979 between Arsenal and Man Utd, with the 1987 classic between Coventry and Tottenham, and the 1977 game between Liverpool and Man Utd a close joint second. I agree with many of the comments made here that the final is not what it used to be. I used to look forward to the pre-match build up as part of the game itself, with the community singing - especially "Abide with Me" - and all the other elements of tradition being covered by the BBC. I have not seen any of that since 1977, and am disappointed that this most English tradition has been surrendered to commercialism.
Paul Meehan, USA

It's very hard to choose a particular game - so many have given us all the best in football. But I think the Spurs win in 1981 in the replay against Manchester City gets it. The quality of the winning goal from Ricky Villa - sublime!
Stephen Walker, UK


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