Tuesday, May 12, 2009

12 May 1979 - Anyone Who Left Early Probably Lies About It Now

On 12 May 1979, Arsenal won the F.A. Cup Final, beating Manchester United 3-2 before a crowd of over 99,000 at Wembley Stadium.

Often referred to as "The 5-Minute Final," the match seemed well in hand for the Gunners, who, after first-half goals from midfielder Brian Talbot (12') and striker Frank Stapleton (43'), were leading 2-0 with four minutes left in the second half. In the 86th minute however, United pulled one back when Scottish defender Gordon McQueen scored off a set piece. United then equalized two minutes later with a goal from Northern Ireland international Sammy McIlroy.

The match appeared to be headed for extra time when Arsenal forward Alan Sunderland volleyed in a last minute stunner, giving the Gunners their fifth F.A. Cup in one of the more dramatic finals in F.A. Cup history.

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