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Last Updated: Wednesday, 3 January 2007, 08:38 GMT
Were you there?

... when Charlie George won at Wembley?

By Chris Bevan

Whichever club you support, Charlie George's celebration after scoring the winner in the 1971 FA Cup final remains one of football's most enduring images.

After smashing an unstoppable shot past Liverpool goalkeeper Ray Clemence, George collapsed to the Wembley turf, lying flat with his arms outstretched.

His goal secured the Double for Arsenal that season, with the league title having arrived five days earlier.

Both clubs have repeated the feat since - Liverpool in 1986 and the Gunners again in 1998 and 2002.

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They also have enviable FA Cup records, with Liverpool defending the trophy they won in Cardiff last year while Arsenal lost to the Merseyside outfit in 2001 but triumphed in 2002, 2003 and 2005.

It all points to a very special third round tie at Anfield on Saturday 6 January - which you can watch live on the BBC at 1715 GMT.

But what do you remember from Arsenal's 2-1 win at Wembley almost 36 years ago - and do you have other memories of the players involved?

Here BBC Sport finds out what happened to George and the rest of the teams who lined up all those years ago.


Bertie Mee and Bob McNab celebrate Arsenal's 1971 FA Cup final triumph
Bertie Mee and Bob McNab celebrate winning the 1971 FA Cup
Arsenal

Manager - Bertie Mee Was Arsenal's physio when they asked him to be manager in 1966 and remained in charge until 1976. Became Graham Taylor's assistant at Watford in 1978 and was later a director at Vicarage Road. Mee died aged 82 in 2001.


Bob Wilson Upon retiring aged 32 in 1974 he became the face of BBC's Football Focus for 20 years before switching to ITV until 2002. Was also goalkeeper coach at Highbury and a co-founder of the Willow Foundation, a charity for seriously ill young adults set up in memory of his daughter Anna.


Pat Rice Stalwart right-back who returned to coach the Gunners' youth teams in 1984 and stepped up to become assistant manager when Arsene Wenger arrived as boss in 1996. Along with Wilson he has been involved in all three of Arsenal's Double successes.


Bob McNab Long-serving left-back who missed just two of 64 games in the Double season. Now a property developer in Los Angeles, his actress daughter Mercedes is a Hollywood actress who has also appeared in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.


Peter Storey
Peter Storey Right-back who played 501 games for Arsenal and won 18 England caps. He was fined for running a brothel in 1979 and has spent time in prison for coin counterfeiting and importing pornography. Now a driver in south London.


Frank McLintock Captained the 1971 team. After retiring he managed Leicester and ran a pub. Now he runs his own security company, is an after-dinner speaker and a TV pundit.


Peter Simpson McLintock's partner in the centre of defence, Simpson spent 18 years at Highbury from 1960-78. He later played for the New England Teamen and Hendon and now owns a haulage company.


George Armstrong
George Armstrong 'Geordie' made 621 appearances for the Gunners. Later a coach in Kuwait and Norway and at Aston Villa and Fulham, he returned to Highbury as reserve-team coach in 1990. He died of a brain haemorrhage aged 56 in 2000 after collapsing at Arsenal's training complex.


George Graham
George Graham 'Gorgeous George' or 'Stroller' coached at Palace and QPR before becoming Millwall boss in 1982 and took charge of Arsenal in 1986. Won two League titles, two League Cups, the FA Cup and the European Cup Winners Cup before being sacked in disgrace over a bung scandal in 1995. Later managed Leeds and Tottenham and now a TV pundit.


John Radford Still the youngest Arsenal player to score a hat-trick after his treble against Wolves aged 17 in 1965, Radford went on to play for West Ham, Blackburn and Bishop's Stortford - who he later managed. Once a pub landlord and chauffeur, he is now a property developer.


Ray Kennedy
Ray Kennedy Kennedy became Bill Shankly's last signing when he joined Liverpool for 180,000 in 1974. Later played for Swansea and Hartlepool before Parkinson's disease forced him to retire aged 32. He is still battling the condition and had to sell his medals after falling on hard times.


Charlie George
Charlie George The fan who became a terrace idol, he worked in a garage after retiring and was a tour guide at his beloved Highbury until it was demolished in 2006. Now works at the Arsenal museum at their new Emirates Stadium - where his 1971 Cup final shirt is among the memorabilia.


Substitute:
Eddie Kelly Replaced Storey on 70 minutes
Scorer of Arsenal's equaliser at Wembley, he became captain in 1974 but left to play under Frank McLintock at Leicester in 1976. Went on to enjoy a nomadic career which ended at Torquay United and he still lives in Devon, working for a double-glazing firm.


Liverpool

Bill Shankly
Manager - Bill Shankly In charge at Anfield from 1959 to 1974 . Remembered as Liverpool's greatest manager who laid the foundations for their subsequent success in the 1970s and 80s but his relationship with the club sadly deteriorated after he left. He died aged 68 in 1981.


Ray Clemence
Ray Clemence Coached at Tottenham after retiring in 1988 and briefly managed Barnet. England's goalkeeping coach since 1996 and also involved in the FA's youth development programme, he had treatment for prostate cancer in 2005.


On 8 May 1971
Jamaican duo Dave & Ansil Collins are at number one with 'Double Barrel'
World War II epic Patton dominates the Oscars, winning seven Academy Awards including Best Picture
Protests disrupt the trials of members of the Welsh Language Society accused of damaging English road signs in Wales
Space Hoppers had just bounced into the UK

Chris Lawler Returned to run Liverpool's successful reserve team in the 1980s. Now living in North Wales, the 'Silent Knight' helps run an NVQ course for young soccer coaches and marked the 25th anniversary of Bill Shankly's death in September 2006 by appearing in a play about his old manager's life at Bootle Town Hall.


Alec Lindsay
Alec Lindsay His spectacular disallowed goal in the 1974 FA Cup final is still a bone of contention for many Reds fans but it did not stop Liverpool beating Newcastle. Lindsay now runs a pub in Leigh.


Tommy Smith
Tommy Smith Forced to go to a social security tribunal to explain how he took a penalty at half-time of the 1996 FA Cup final despite being on incapacity benefit because of his chronic arthritis. Now an after-dinner speaker.


Larry Lloyd His career appeared to be in decline when he left Anfield in 1976 but he later won the European Cup at Nottingham Forest. Coached at Wigan, managed Notts County and now runs a pub in Nottingham.


Emlyn Hughes
Emlyn Hughes 'Crazy Horse' was the son of a Welsh rugby league player. Skippered Liverpool and England and went on to be a team captain on BBC's A Question of Sport in the 1980s. He died from a brain tumour aged 57 in 2004.


Ian Callaghan Played a record 843 games in 21 years at Anfield. Has his own insurance sales company and still regularly watches Liverpool games.


Alun Evans England's first 100,000 teenager, he ended his playing career in Australia and stayed on in Melbourne where he worked as a car salesman, a delivery driver and a painter and decorator but is now back in the UK, playing cricket for Lancashire's Over-50 side.


Steve Heighway
Steve Heighway Completed a degree in economics at Warwick University before being snapped up by Shankly in 1970. He put Liverpool ahead in this game and played at Anfield until 1982. Has been in charge of the club's youth academy since 1989.


John Toshack Tall striker who also wrote some dubious poetry. He formed a famous attacking partnership with Kevin Keegan at Anfield in the 1970s before launching a successful management career that saw him take charge of Real Madrid twice. Now Wales boss.


Brian Hall Hall studied maths at Liverpool University before his football career took off. Since 1991 he has been community liaison manager and public relations chief at Anfield, running the international supporters club as well as working as an after-dinner speaker.


Substitute:
Peter Thompson (replaced Evans on 70 minutes)
Played over 400 games for Liverpool and won 16 England caps. He ran a caravan park after his playing days finished and now owns a hotel and pub in the Lake District.


SEE ALSO
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BBC to show Liverpool v Arsenal
05 Dec 06 |  FA Cup
Liverpool v Arsenal
05 Jan 07 |  FA Cup
1971 - King George of Wembley
10 May 01 |  FA Cup
Remembering Bill Shankly
29 Sep 06 |  Liverpool
End of an era
04 May 06 |  Arsenal
McClaren keeps Clemence as coach
03 Aug 06 |  Internationals
Wales unveil Toshack as new boss
12 Nov 04 |  Internationals
Football bids farewell to Hughes
17 Nov 04 |  Football
Arsenal legend Armstrong dies
01 Nov 00 |  Arsenal


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