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.