On May 12th 1979, Arsenal.com has it that the Alan Sunderland scored the 89th minute winner against Manchester United to register the club’s 5th FA Cup triumph. The Gunners seemed to have overcome their loss to Ipswich Town the previous year in the final, winning 3-2 against the Old Trafford outfit in as sold out Wembley Stadium.
Terry Neill’s side were in firm control of the game after Brian Talbot and Frank Stapleton scored in the 12th and 43th minute respectively to make it 2-0 at the break. According to the Official Arsenal website, a rejuvenated United side pressed forward after the interval but their breakthrough was not to come until in the 86th minute when Gordon McQueen got one back for the Red Devils. Sammy McIlroy levelled the score two minutes later and with that, United were right back in it.
However Arsenal were never going to suffer a second consecutive defeat in the FA Cup Final. Right after the start following United’s equaliser, Liam Brady picked up Graham Rix on the left wing who swung the ball right inside the opposition’s box with a first-time cross. Although the cross was misjudged, Sunderland raced to the far post and slid the ball into the back of the net.
The emotions that followed were indescribable. Arsenal had made up for their shock defeat the previous season.
What a day it was!
Let’s hope we experience another on March 30th, eh…?