Ipswich Town’s greatest games: Roger Osborne wins the FA Cup for Blues

At last! Ecstatic Town players after the winning goal at Wembley in 1978. Roger Osborne is in the mi

At last! Ecstatic Town players after the winning goal at Wembley in 1978. Roger Osborne is in the middle somewhere.

In the latest in our series of Ipswich Town’s greatest games, we look back nearly 40 years to the 1978 FA Cup Final.

Saturday, May 6, 1978 is a date firmly imprinted into the hearts and minds of all Ipswich Town fans of a certain age.

It's THAT moment - the most famous goal in Ipswich Town's entire history. Roger Osborne has just swu

It's THAT moment - the most famous goal in Ipswich Town's entire history. Roger Osborne has just swung his left boot and the ball is on its way into the back of the Arsenal net, despite the best efforts of Pat Jennings - then one of the best goalkeepers in the world. Cue wild celebrations at the blue and white end of Wembley Stadium, and legendary status for Osborne, the unassuming local boy from Otley. - Credit: Archant

It was the day when Ipswich overcame mighty Arsenal to win the FA Cup for the first (and so far only) time.

Paul Cooper celebrating at the final whistle after keeping a clean sheet, ensuring victory

Paul Cooper celebrating at the final whistle after keeping a clean sheet, ensuring victory - Credit: Archant

The Gunners were overwhelming favourites, but Town dominated. They hit the woodwork three times through Paul Mariner and John Wark (twice), while Arsenal keeper Pat Jennings produced a wonder save to keep out a George Burley header.

Bobby Robson (left) with coach Cyril Lea and players David Geddis and captain Mick Mills (hat) as th

Bobby Robson (left) with coach Cyril Lea and players David Geddis and captain Mick Mills (hat) as they parade the FA Cup in triumph at Wembley Stadium in London - Credit: PA

The magic moment arrived in the 77th minute. Clive Woods gave the ball to David Geddis, he went past Sammy Nelson and whipped in a cross which Willie Young made a mess of clearing.

Ipswich goalkeeper Paul Cooper doing a lap of honour after the match; George Burley, right

Ipswich goalkeeper Paul Cooper doing a lap of honour after the match; George Burley, right - Credit: Archant


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