• Short Summary

    Second division English football team, Sunderland, achieved one of the biggest upsets in English soccer history on Saturday (5 May) when they beat Leeds United One-Nil int eh English Football Association Cup final at Wembley Stadium.

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    Second division English football team, Sunderland, achieved one of the biggest upsets in English soccer history on Saturday (5 May) when they beat Leeds United One-Nil int eh English Football Association Cup final at Wembley Stadium.

    Sunderland's Ian Porterfield scored the only goal of the match in the 31st minute. A capacity 100,000 crowd, who paid a record 233,800 pounds sterling (561,000 $ U.S.) saw the game. Sunderland is the first second division team in 42 years to win the Cup. Leeds, last year's winners came close to scoring in the 71st minute when England striker, Allan Clarke headed the ball towards the goalmouth. It was saved by Sunderland goalkeeper, Jim Montgomery who then finger-tipped Peter Lorimer's follow-up shot onto the crossbar.

    Leeds, with nine internationals int he side to Sunderland's none, were expected to prove too experienced for their second division opponents. But Sunderland showed great determination with David Watson outstanding in the heart of the defence. Heavy rain, which continued until just before the match started, made conditions difficult for the players as they struggled to keep their grip on the slippery surface.

    Sunderland, 500 to 1 outsiders four months ago, lacked the method of their opponents, but made up for it with their non-stop harassing. Leeds were making their fourth appearance in the Cup final in nine years, winning last year over Arsenal. The Sunderland club showed that their successes over Manchester City and Arsenal in previous rounds were not chance wins as they claimed their third victim from the first division.

    The only time Sunderland had won the F.A. Cup was in 1937 when they were in the First Division. Sunderland now becomes the first second division team to represent England in the European Cup Winners' Cup.

    SYNOPSIS: Leeds players looked the more polished team and dominated play territorially. Heavy rain which continued until just before the start of play made conditions difficult, but both teams provided the capacity crowd with attractive attacking football. There were frequent attempts at the Sunderland goal, but Leeds were unable to penetrate the determined defence.

    This shot at goal by Sunderland was pushed wide of the mark but resulted in a decisive corner by Billy Hughes. It was only partially cleared and Ian Porterfield hooked the ball into the net for the only goal of the match.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADHGM7B51ZV2Y4O48UJ2N4KLTG
    Media URN:
    VLVADHGM7B51ZV2Y4O48UJ2N4KLTG
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/05/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:01:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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