Great Games – The 1971 FA Cup Final

History was written on the 8th May 1971 when Arsenal beat Liverpool in the FA Cup Final to seal their first League and Cup double. Arsenal won their fourth FA Cup by overcoming Liverpool 2-1 in a game that didn’t really come to life until extra-time.

The regulation 90 minutes resulted in a tactical stalemate which saw few chances, Arsenal’s George Graham hitting the bar from a header with 12 minutes remaining was the closest that either side came.

But two minutes into extra-time Steve Heighway caught Arsenal ‘keeper Bob Wilson out of position and struck the ball home from an acute angle to give Liverpool the advantage. Despite defences coming out on top during the normal time it took Arsenal only nine minutes to respond. After a hopeful ball was lofted into the Liverpool box a scramble for the ball resulted with Eddie Kelly poking the ball past Ray Clemence, although George Graham was credited with the goal at the time.

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The goal flurry was topped off by a Charlie George strike which lives long in the memory of Arsenal fans. George hit a vicious 20 yard drive past Clemence to seal a dramatic Arsenal victory. On what was an especially hot day, an exhausted George sank to the ground with his arms outstretched to celebrate his winner before being hoisted up by team-mates.

To watch the highlights of the classic 70s encounter click on the video below.

1971 FA Cup Final Arsenal v Liverpool

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