Final part of our journey through Terry Neill’s cup finals. The first picture is undated but is the original from a photo used on page 5 of David O’Leary’s testimonial programme.
“Arsenal Come Back. April 24th 1980.
Luton Airport, Thursday.
Arsenal goal scorer Paul Vaessen arriving back from his team’s Cup-winners Cup success last night, is confronted with autograph hunters at Luton Airport today.
The final score in Turin was Juventus 0 – Arsenal 1.
“Winners rejoice. May 1st 1980.
Brian Talbot (centre right), arms raised in jubilation, exclaims his victory after scoring Arsenal’s 12th-minute lead over Liverpool in tonight’s third replay of the FA cup Semi-Final game at Highfield Road, Coventry.
Liverpool defender Phil Neal is seen (centre of picture) on Talbot’s left, and their goalkeeper Ray Clemence prostrate in his net.”
“Cup Winners Cup Final Arsenal v Valencia.
Liam Brady – Arsenal – after losing the match.”
Continuing the three part journey through Terry Neill’s Cup Finals. as always details below are from backslips but althought the third mentione Alan Sunderland it looks more like Graham Rix to me.
“Arsenal Ecstasy. May 12th 1979.
Wembley, London, Saturday.
Athletic embrace for Arsenal pair Liam Brady (left) and Alan Sunderland as they celebrate their 3-2 win over Manchester United as the final whistle ends this afternoon’s FA Cup Final at Wembley.
Both played major parts in the dramatic clash. Brady made all three Arsenal goals and Sunderland snatched the winner with just seconds to go.”
Whilst Terry Neill’s period as manager never resulted in any real challenge for the League title, Cup Finals became commonplace with 3 FA Cup Finals and 1 Cup Winners Cup Final within 3 seasons.
Today’s post, and the next two , are a ‘snapshot’ of that time in press photo scans with backslips copied below where present.
“Arsenal v Orient. F.A.Cup Semi-Final. 8.4.78.
Malcolm MacDonald after scoring 1 of the 2 goals he claimed he scored during the game.”
“F.A.Cup Semi-Final. Saturday march 31st 1979.
Wolverhampton Wanderers (0) v. Arsenal (2) at Villa Park.
Arsenal striker Alan Sunderland (8, left) shoots their second goal of the match, through the legs of Wolves goalkeeper Paul Bradshaw”