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Last Updated: Thursday, 19 May, 2005, 15:41 GMT 16:41 UK
Five-minute final: Where are they now?
Arsenal celebrate their victory

Arsenal's 1979 victory over Manchester United has gone down in FA Cup folklore for a famous last five minutes.

The Gunners were cruising at 2-0, but Gordon McQueen and Sammy McIlroy scored late goals to level, only for Alan Sunderland to hit an even later winner to make it 3-2.

The 2005 final will feature an eclectic mix of nations in Cardiff compared to the Wembley match which was made up entirely of players from the four Home Nations and Ireland.

But what happened to the 23 players involved in that Wembley match? BBC Sport gives you the lowdown.


Pat Jennings: An FA Cup winner with Spurs in 1967, the Northern Ireland keeper moved across north London in 1977. He retired from Arsenal in 1985 after 237 games but won the last of his 119 international caps at the 1986 World Cup. The "gentle giant" is a part-time goalkeeping coach at Spurs.

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Pat Rice: The right-back was the sole survivor from the 1971 Double-winning team and this victory sealed his third honour in an Arsenal career that lasted 14 years before he joined Watford in 1981. Has been on the Highbury staff since 1984 and is now assistant to Arsene Wenger.

Sammy Nelson: The Arsenal 1-2-3 was an all-Ulster triumvirate. The Wembley win came weeks after Nelson served a two-week suspension for baring his backside after scoring an equaliser in the league against Coventry. He left in 1981 and is now an insurance salesman in Brighton.

Willie Young: The centre-half swapped white for red and joined from Spurs in 1977. He is best remembered in his four years at Arsenal for a cynical foul on Paul Allen in the 1980 FA Cup final against West Ham. He moved to Nottingham Forest in 1981 and still lives in the area running a pub.

David O'Leary: The Irishman made 772 Arsenal appearances between 1975 and 1993 - a club record. This was his first honour with his sixth and final one coming in his last match in Arsenal colours, the 1993 FA Cup final replay. He then played and managed at Leeds and is now Aston Villa boss.

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Brian Talbot: The midfielder beat Arsenal with Ipswich in the 1978 final before joining the Gunners and scored the opener 12 months on. He is still in the footballing frontline as a manager and recently joined Oxford after spells at West Brom, Aldershot, Rushden and Oldham.

Liam Brady: A genius in a workmanlike team. The Irishman was at his brilliant best in 1979, when he was named PFA Player of the Year, and enjoyed a successful career in Italy after moving to Juventus in 1981. He later tried his hand at management but now runs the blossoming Arsenal Academy.

David Price: A right-sided midfielder who had a crucial part to play in the exciting finale even though he was not on the pitch. His late substitution for Steve Walford, with the score at 2-0, upset Arsenal's balance and helped United's late comeback. He is now a taxi driver in Croydon.

Graham Rix: He went on to win 17 England caps but this was his only honour in 14 seasons with Arsenal. After finishing his career in France he went into coaching, enjoying notable success at Chelsea - a job interrupted by a 12-month jail term for having unlawful sex with a 15 year-old girl. Recently left Oxford where he was director of football.

Alan Sunderland scores the winning goal

Alan Sunderland:
The bubble-permed striker will forever be remembered for scoring one of Wembley's most famous FA Cup final goals. After his career he ran a pub in Ipswich and now lives in Malta where he used to manage local team Birkirkara FC. He will be working with the BBC at the 2005 final.

Frank Stapleton: This was the second of the Irishman's five FA Cup final appearances - three for Arsenal and two for United. He won it twice, once with each club, and scored in both wins. Tried his hand at management in the USA and now works as a pundit and in corporate hospitality.

Steve Walford: The then 21-year-old was only ever a bit-part player in four seasons at Highbury and a second-half appearance at Wembley was the high point. Spells at Norwich and West Ham followed and he is now Martin O'Neill's right-hand man at Celtic.


Gary Bailey: The English-born South African-bred keeper was just 21 in 1979 but had time to get his hands on the FA Cup and duly did with Wembley wins in 1983 and 1995. He was forced to retire with a knee injury in 1987 after 373 appearances and is now a TV presenter in South Africa.

Jimmy Nicholl: He won the FA Cup with United in 1977 but there was to be no second success. After Old Trafford the Northern Ireland international enjoyed stints with Glasgow Rangers, Sunderland and Toronto before returning north of the border where he is now assistant boss at Aberdeen.

Arthur Albiston: The Scottish full-back played in four FA Cup finals in 14 years with United and this was his only loss. He played in Sir Alex Ferguson's first game in charge before moving on to West Brom in 1988. Now works in the media and hosts tours of Old Trafford.

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Gordon McQueen: A domineering centre-back who joined United from rivals Leeds for a British record transfer fee. He left in 1985 after 228 appearances and later took the helm at St Mirren and Airdrie and was reserve team manager at Middlesbrough under Bryan Robson. Now a pundit.

Martin Buchan: The Scot lifted the FA Cup as the winning captain in 1977, but there was no repeat in 1979. Injuries finally caught up with him in 1984 and he retired after 445 games with United. He had a short spell as Burnley boss and now works for the Professional Footballers Association.

Steve Coppell: A knee injury he picked up playing for England in 1981 ultimately forced the flying winger to retire in 1983 at the age of 28. He has since embarked on a successful management career and just missed out on a place in this season's Championship play-offs with Reading.

Sammy McIlroy: Scored United's equaliser with a superb solo goal that ultimately counted for nothing. Won 88 caps for Northern Ireland, who he later managed after steering Macclesfield into the Football League. He left Stockport by mutual consent in November.

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Lou Macari: The Scotsman, whose full name is Luigi, made 373 appearances for United between 1972 and 1984, scoring 97 goals. Stepped into management in 1984 and enjoyed a good spell at Swindon, but had less success with West Ham, Celtic and Huddersfield.

Mickey Thomas: Skilful Welsh winger who enjoyed a nomadic career. Memorably helped Wrexham knock Arsenal out of the FA Cup in 1992 at the age of 37, but found himself in jail for passing counterfeit money to Wrexham trainees just over a year later. Now a pundit and works in corporate hospitality.

Jimmy Greenhoff: His superb header against Liverpool in the semi-final had booked United's place at Wembley. Remembered as one of the best players not to win an England cap, the former Leeds and Stoke striker now lives in the Potteries in retirement.

Joe Jordan: An aggressive striker who played in three World Cups for Scotland and also terrorised defences with Leeds and AC Milan and Verona in Serie A. Has since turned his hand to management with Bristol City, Hearts and Stoke and is now on Portsmouth's coaching staff.


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