1967 FA Cup Final (partially found footage of football match; 1967)

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Tottenham Hotspur players celebrating with the trophy.

Status: Partially Found

The 1967 FA Cup Final culminated the 86th FA Cup season. Occurring on 20th May 1967 in front of 100,000 at Wembley Stadium, the match saw Tottenham Hotspur defeat Chelsea 2-1 to claim its fifth FA Cup.

Background[edit | edit source]

Tottenham and Chelsea, as First Division members, entered the tournament in the Third Round Proper.[1][2] Tottenham's road to the Final saw it defeat Millwall, Portsmouth, Bristol City, Birmingham City, and Nottingham Forrest.[2] Meanwhile, Chelsea's campaign consisted of it overcoming Huddersfield Town, Brighton and Hove Albion, Sheffield United, Sheffield Wednesday, and Leeds United.[2] Chelsea had never previously won the FA Cup, while Tottenham were seeking their fifth crown, in addition to their third within the 1960s.[3][4]

The 1967 FA Cup Final was the first to ever feature two London clubs, with the match also dubbed the "Cockney Cup Final".[5][6][7] While both sides were boasting youthful teams, Spurs had significant momentum heading into the Final, after it racked up an 24-match unbeaten streak since losing to Manchester United on 14th January 1967.[7] Prior to the Final, the long-standing rivalry between the two clubs had yet to fully ignite.[8][6]

The Match[edit | edit source]

The Final itself occurred on 20th May 1967 in front of 100,000 at Wembley Stadium.[9][5][6] Spurs' Jimmy Robertson provided the most goalscoring opportunities in the first-half, firstly by having a 14th minute volley be saved by Chelsea goalkeeper Peter Bonetti.[5] A few minutes later, Bonetti was against forced to save a strong volley from Robertson.[5] Chelsea then launched a counter-attack, where midfielder Charlie Cooke managed to dodge pass several Spurs players before his shot was saved by goalkeeper Pat Jennings.[5] Eventually, Tottenham took the lead after 40 minutes; a shot from Alan Mullery was blocked by Allan Harris, only for it to rebound towards Robertson.[5] Robertson capitalised with a shot that beat Bonetti, enabling Spurs to lead 1-0 heading into half-time.[5][6][7][9]

In the second-half, Tottenham generally controlled play.[5][7] According to FA Cup Finals, the side had the edge in terms of skill, and utilised tactics that enabled them to harness more players during key attacks.[5] This culminated in Spurs leading 2-0 after 68 minutes, where a header by Robertson was converted into a goal by Frank Saul.[5][6][7][9] Tottenham then slowed the pace down for the remainder of the match.[5] Chelsea did pull one back after 85 minutes following a header by Bobby Tambling, but ultimately, Tottenham secured the win and its fifth FA Cup.[5][6][7][9][4] Spurs' performance led to some sources deeming the match more one-sided than the result would suggest.[5][7] Since then, Spurs have won a further three Cups, the last being in 1991.[4] Chelsea would win their first in 1970, and later achieved a further seven, the last as of the present day being in 2018.[3]

The match also ignited the rivalry between the two clubs, originating after one of Spurs' players decided to stand in front of the Chelsea fans and laugh at them post-match.[8][6] This triggered street brawls between both sets of fans, which would spill into further crowd trouble during a match between the sides in November 1967.[8] Since then, the rivalry has remained strong, with some Tottenham players even going as far to claim that Chelsea are bigger rivals than its North London Derby rivals Arsenal.[8][6]

Availability[edit | edit source]

The 1967 FA Cup Final is unusual in that it was not televised live by the BBC.[10][11] Since 1938, the BBC had been providing full live coverage of the FA Cup Final annually.[12] Initially, as noted by Issue 2,271 of Radio Times, the BBC had planned to fully televise the 1967 match as part of Grandstand.[13] However, the fact the Final would feature two London clubs deterred the broadcaster from airing the match live.[11] Instead, the BBC merely opted to air around 50 minutes of highlights later that same day on Match of the Day, with commentary provided by Kenneth Wolstenholme.[14][10][11] This coverage was preserved, but is missing the start of the second-half.[11][14]

In contrast, ITV remained interested in televising the full match.[10][11][14] ATV London, one of several ITV franchises, would provide full live coverage as part of World of Sport, with commentary provided by Hugh Johns and Billy Wright.[15][10][11][14] 40 minutes of highlights were then shown the following Sunday for ATV viewers as part of Star Soccer.[10] Despite the Star Soccer airing indicating the ITV coverage was recorded, the full broadcast has never resurfaced since.[11][14] When the official DVD of the Final was released, it claimed it would provide the full coverage of the match.[16][11][14] In actuality, it only provided the 50 minutes from BBC's Match of the Day broadcast.[11][14] Adding to the problem is that the World of Sport airing no longer exists within the ITV archives.[17] Additionally, the ITV Sport archive indicates that the broadcast only holds coverage of the FA Cup Final from 1969 onwards.[18]

All this evidence strongly implies that the full match tape is now lost media, thus making the BBC highlights the most-complete surviving coverage of the Final.[11][14] Aside from this, colour highlights from a British Pathé newsreel can also be viewed online.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Videos[edit | edit source]

BBC highlights of the match.
British Pathé newsreel of the match.


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See Also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. English Football League Tables detailing the 1966/67 First Division table. Retrieved 1st Oct '22
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 RSSSF detailing the road to the Final. Retrieved 1st Oct '22
  3. 3.0 3.1 Chelsea detailing its trophy cabinet. Retrieved 1st Oct '22
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Tottenham Hotspur detailing its trophy cabinet. Retrieved 1st Oct '22
  5. 5.00 5.01 5.02 5.03 5.04 5.05 5.06 5.07 5.08 5.09 5.10 5.11 5.12 Archived FA Cup Finals summarising the match. Retrieved 1st Oct '22
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 6.7 Evening Standard detailing the "Cockney Cup Final" and how it triggered the Tottenham-Chelsea rivalry. Retrieved 1st Oct '22
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 Spurs Odyssey summarising the match and noting Tottenham's momentum heading into the match. Retrieved 1st Oct '22
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Rivals detailing the Chelsea-Tottenham feud and how it originated at the 1967 FA Cup Final. Retrieved 1st Oct '22
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 11 vs 11 detailing the match result and other statistics. Retrieved 1st Oct '22
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 Archived ITV Football detailing the live ATV London coverage, and how the BBC only provided highlights on Match of the Day. Retrieved 1st Oct '22
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 11.6 11.7 11.8 11.9 Missing Episodes discussing the missing ATV London broadcast of the match and the BBC's rationale for not televising the match live. Retrieved 1st Oct '22
  12. BBC detailing how it televised the 1938 FA Cup Final. Retrieved 1st Oct '22
  13. BBC Genome archive of Radio Times issues detailing the full live BBC broadcast of the match as part of Grandstand that never materialised. Retrieved 1st Oct '22
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 14.5 14.6 14.7 Another Missing Episodes post discussing the ITV and BBC broadcasts of the match and the DVD release that contains the BBC coverage. Retrieved 1st Oct '22
  15. TV Times issue detailing ITV's broadcast of the Final as part of World of Sport. Retrieved 1st Oct '22
  16. Amazon listing for the official DVD of the Final, which erroneously claimed that it contained the full match coverage. Retrieved 1st Oct '22
  17. Kaleidoscope noting the World of Sport episode containing the 1967 FA Cup Final coverage is missing. Retrieved 1st Oct '22
  18. ITV Sport Archive Catalogue noting only ITV's coverage of the FA Cup Final from 1969 onwards is available within the archives. Retrieved 1st Oct '22