Jimmy Case (52)
Stuart Pearson (50)
Jimmy Greenhoff (55)
FA Cup final,
May 21, 1977
Wembley, Referee: Robert Matthewson, Att: 99, 252
Manchester United fans enjoy nothing more than a win over Liverpool, and this one would have given them added pleasure as it ended Liverpool's hopes of that much-coveted Treble - a triple haul of trophies that United themselves would claim 22 years later.
The men from Old Trafford had finished a full 10 points behind their Anfield rivals in the First Division table, but they made light of that gap to claim the famous trophy for the first time since 1963.
Stuart Pearson gave United the lead in the 50th minute when he latched on to a long through ball and drove his shot past Ray Clemence. That advantage lasted just two minutes, however, as Jimmy Case fired Liverpool level with a fierce half-volley from the edge of the area that gave United keeper Alex Stepney no chance.
As the pendulum swung one way and then the other, though, United restored their lead within three minutes with what turned out to be the winning goal when Lou Macari's shot deflected off Jimmy Greenhoff's chest and looped into the net, evading the desperate attempts of goalkeeper Ray Clemence and defender Phil Neal to clear.
Could be described as the missing piece of United's jigsaw that made the difference between cup success in 1977, and failure the year before. Signed from Stoke in November 1976 for £120,000, he scored three goals in the run to the Final, and then netted the winner in the Wembley showpiece.
The United skipper was a rock at the heart of United's defence throughout their cup run. The only opponents to score more than once against them en route to Wembley was Southampton, and they were then dispatched in the replay following their initial 2-2 draw. And in the final itself he played a large part in shackling Liverpool's danger man, Kevin Keegan.
The day was supposed to belong to Keegan, but United refused to adhere to the fairytale script. Playing his final game for Liverpool on home soil before his £500,000 move to German giants Hamburg, Keegan was shackled by the United rearguard and bowed out with more of a whimper than a bang. He made it for up just a few days later, however, by starring in the Reds' European Cup win over Borussia Moenchengladbach.
In his fifth year at Old Trafford, Docherty delivered the club's first trophy for a decade. It was a fitting reward for the work he had done guiding them to promotion back to the First Division and then re-establishing them as a top-flight club.
Did You Know...?
Martin Buchan is the only player to have captained a team which won the Scottish Cup (Aberdeen 1970) as well as one which won the English FA Cup - United in 1977.
The 1977 FA Cup win was the first time a pair of brothers - Jimmy and Brian Greenhoff - helped United claim the trophy. That feat was repeated in 1996, again against Liverpool, by Gary and Phil Neville.
Remarkably, given the huge haul of trophies he won as Liverpool manager - 14 in 11 years - Bob Paisley never won the FA Cup. This defeat was the closest he came, he never even reached another final.
What Happened Next
Just four days later, Liverpool won the European Cup with a 3-1 win over Borussia Moenchengladbach, and they continued their dominance of the English game for the remainder of the 70s and throughout the 80s.
As for United, Docherty was sacked just two months after the Wembley triumph when it became public that he was having an affair with the wife of club physio, Laurie Brown. He was replaced by Dave Sexton, but it would be six years - under the guidance of Ron Atkinson - before United next won the FA Cup.
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