1973 FA Cup Final Sunderland v Leeds United





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Upsets dont come much bigger than this. After defeating Arsenal in the Centenary Cup final of 1972, and already in the final of the European Cup Winners Cup, Leeds were now chasing their second Wembley triumph in successive seasons, and the pundits didnt give Bob Stokoes second division Sunderland a prayer.

But Sunderland got their tactics spot on. Tackling defiantly with an unremitting determination, Leeds looked edgy, and the match itself was decided by two crucial moments that would be talked about for years to come.

The first came on 31 minutes, when Ian Porterfield swept home a sweet volley from the edge of the area to open the scoring and send the Sunderland fans into raptures.

Leeds were obviously shocked, yet battled back with predictable determination. But Sunderlands goalkeeper Jim Montgomery was outstanding, preserving his teams lead with a string of fine saves.

And then came the moment that defied belief, as Montgomery produced an unbelievable double save that will go down in goalkeeping folklore as well as F.A. Cup history.

The final whistle prompted delirious celebrations as Bob Stokoe embraced his heroic goalkeeper, and Sunderland became only the second Division Two side to win the Cup since West Bromwich Albion emerged victorious in 1931.

Relive this unforgettable match all over again in this specially produced programme, which also features a rare pre-match interview with Bob Stokoe ahead of the kick-off.

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