On this day - Watch footage of Ipswich Town’s 1978 FA Cup victory over Arsenal

Goal hero Roger Osborne and Mick Mills with the FA Cup at Wembley.

Goal hero Roger Osborne and Mick Mills with the FA Cup at Wembley. - Credit: Archant

Thirty eight years ago today, Sir Bobby Robson’s underdogs pulled off a superb victory in front of a 100,000 fans as they beat Arsenal 1-0 to win the FA Cup.

Roger Osborne scored the only goal of the game as he slotted past Arsenal goalkeeper Pat Jennings, after David Geddis’s cross was knocked into his path - prompting the famous words “taking the defender on and winning, Osborne, 1-0”.

It remains the Blues only FA Cup success, although the victory over Arsenal was following three years later by a memorable UEFA Cup triumph in what was the most glorious period in the club’s history.

Speaking in 2008, when the squad were together to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their success, Osborne admitted it was one which has probably never really sunk in.

“I don’t know whether it ever has really. I didn’t sign as a professional with Ipswich until I was 21, when I joined the club I just wanted to get in the first team, and because I was not one of the better players at the club I always had to play to my maximum to get in the team.

“I could never, ever have imagined when I was 18 that I could do that.


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“I still find it all a little unbelievable myself that I scored the winning goal in the cup final.”

Ipswich Town: Cooper, Burley, Mills, Talbot, Hunter, Beattie, Osborne (Lambert), Wark, Mariner, Geddis, Woods.

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Arsenal: Jennings, Rice, Nelson, Price, O’Leary, Young, Brady, Sunderland, MacDonald, Stapleton, Hudson.

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