This Saturday it will be exactly half-a-century since a titanic contest began between Chelsea and Leeds United for the right to lift football’s most famous club competition trophy.
It would take two matches, both of which went to extra-time, to separate these two sides but with the eventual victors being the team from west London rather than the one from West Yorkshire, this is a golden jubilee well worth celebrating.To do so, The 5th Stand app will be showing the 1970 FA Cup final in full on Saturday from 3pm, matching the exact kick-off back in the day, and it will be doing the same at the end of the month for the FA Cup final replay. Saturday’s video will be available to view on demand any time after 3 o’clock UK time.Ahead of this weekend’s Wembley game, look out for special match preview articles on this website and the 5th Stand, plus the game reported in the style of our Match Centre coverage from 2020, not to mention a 1970 ‘Spot The Ball’ quiz too.Make no mistake – this final between Chelsea and Leeds was a clash for the ages!
Two big clubs who had not won the FA Cup before – and it was a competition just as prestigious as winning the league was 50 years ago.Two teams who had both gone close to winning the Cup in recent seasons, only to suffer heartache.Two teams considered among the best in the land, and among the best supported.Two teams of contrasting styles and reputations – one the gritty northerners; talented, skilful but capable of overcoming opponents by sheer intimidation; the other the epitome of London’s fashionable swagger but with a hard edge too. There was certainly no love lost, and this Chelsea side could not be intimidated!When the two teams met for the big prize, sparks flew and although the replay at Old Trafford has gone down as one of the most notorious matches ever played (in front of a record TV audience), the first game at Wembley is not for the faint-hearted either.And then there is the state of the pitch!See for yourself from 3pm on Saturday.
Click to view the 1970 anniversary range in the Online Megastore