6th May 1972, Clarke One Nil

At 4.10pm on Saturday 6th May 1972, the forehead of striker Allan Clarke arrowed the ball past Geoff Barnett’s desperate dive and into the Arsenal net to take the FA Cup to Leeds for the first and, to date, the only time. The game began sensationally when full-back Bob McNab was cautioned in the first minute. He was the first player to be booked in a Wembley Final. He was later joined by Norman Hunter and Charlie George, although it wasn’t an overly physical game, much tamer than some of the previous encounters. Neither United nor Arsenal took the slightest risk, which was hardly surprising in such an important game. Yet Revie’s men were the more adventurous. Particularly in the second...

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