West ham v Arsenal 1980 FA Cup Final
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West Ham v Arsenal 1980 FA Cup Final This time around it was Second Division Hammer????????s turn to be the underdogs against Terry Neill????????s FA Cup holders Arsenal, making their record third successive final appearance. In this, the 99th final, it took only 13 minutes for the Hammers to break the dead-lock, when Trevor Brooking was on-hand to head the ball past Pat Jennings in the Arsenal goal. And with a goal in the bag ???????? West Ham United????????s astute manager John Lyall played all the right cards. Using David Cross as a lone striker and Stuart Pearson slightly withdrawn in the midfield, the Hammers simply out-foxed the Gunners in all areas. Paul Allen, at 17 years, 256 days became the youngest player ever to appear in an FA Cup final, and nearly added a second before he was upended by the late challenge of Willie Young. On a day that Wembley basked in the May sunshine, West Ham United outshone Arsenal, and for the second time in five years the FA Cup headed back to the East End. Relive the day all over again as the Hammers outgunned the mighty Gunners to achieve one of the most sensational Cup final victories in the history of the famous competition.