East Anglian underdogs Ipswich overcame the Cup favourites Arsenal causing one of the biggest final upsets in modern times. A late goal from Roger Osbourne clinched the tie, but Arsenal would be back next year.
From the record books this looks like one of the great shocks in FA Cuphistory. However, for those who have not seen the game before will see theresult did not reflect the game which Ipswich dominated virtuallythroughout. Arsenal were well and truly thrashed 1-0! This game has been on release before in VHS video format and what wasdisapointing before was the lack of extra coverage outside the 90 minutesof play. This has been partially rectified by this release though therecould have been more. That said we do get the players arrival on the pitch, the National Anthem,VIP intro to the players, award of the trophy, lap of honour and a shortpost-match interview with the winning team. The worst part of the match coverage is perhaps that the commentry andpictures were from the ITV production team rather than the BBC (For thosewho can remember both the BBC and ITV always transmitted the Cup Final).Personally I have always prefered the BBC coverage to the ITV as it seemsthat little bit more polished. Excellent price too so overall 4 stars, but could have been 5 if therewere more pre and post-match coverage.
I remember it well. A fairly heavy pitch after the rain of the previous week, (which left some players looking pretty drained towards the end). From the mid-70's to early 80's, Ipswich's star was in the ascendency, so the club's disappointing 1977-78 league campaign made the cup run all the more welcome. Despite both clubs residing in the top division, Arsenal went into the game firm favourites. After the match settled down, Ipswich took control for the rest of the game, hitting the crossbar & later the same upright twice, before Roger Osborne's left-foot shot found the bottom corner of the Arsenal net for the winner. Amid jubilant scenes the emotionally drained goalscorer had to be substituted.
Interesting to compare the match with the modern game, with one moment seeing Town winger Clive Woods almost having time to stand over the ball while weighing up his options. The sight of players springing straight to their feet after a hefty challenge is a refreshing reminder of how the game was played before the widespread play-acting of today. The then legal back-pass to the goalie now appears strange & may bring a nostalgic lump to the throat.
I agree with another reviewer in their preference for the Beeb's coverage, but this release (taken from the ITV archives) is OK, with the familiar tones of Brian Moore commentating, along with coverage of the two teams entering the arena and the pre-match line up for the Royal presentation. Post-match coverage includes the obligatory lap of honour (with the ref and 2 linesmen having one of their own!) followed by short interviews with manager Bobby Robson and a few members of the milk-swigging victorious side.
The videotape source used for this presentation does show it's age occasionally, and the picture quality may not be Hi-Def but it's still OK. The chapter points are also well placed. I enjoyed my trip down memory lane.
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brought as a christmas present for my father who is a life time supporter of ipswich town fc; he was very pleased with it and although he knew the outcome he enjoyed reliving the dream. dvd was in perfect condition and arrived promptly.
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