The 12 May 1979 FA Cup Final is regarded, not just by Arsenal fans, as one of the great games and certainly one of the most exciting FA Cup Finals.
For 85 minutes we played them off the park. It wasn’t sensational football – it was effective football with moments of fun and the enjoyment of being comfortably in command throughout.
Talbot and Stapleton scored, although I seem to remember Talbot getting a bit uptight that no one ran to congratulate him.
McQueen scored on 86 minutes, and all Arsenal had to do was hold on and get through the remaining few minutes. Two minutes on, McIlroy found his way through and equalised.
United supporters celebrated as if they had just beaten us 10-0, but then Sunderland got his goal, and we were there. It was the only trophy Terry Neill won as a manager. But that was one better than the United manager Dave Sexton.
The team was
Rice O’Leary Young Nelson
Rix Price Talbot Brady
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