Arsenal Finish Fourth In FA Cup On This Day, 18th August 1973

It is a match that has disappeared into the footballing ether. If you look at the official FA Cup archives on the Football Association’s website, there is no record of it. Not that there is a great deal of point in the staging of a third/fourth place play-off in a knockout competition.

The FA – in their infinite wisdom – conducted a five-season experiment with this match. Arsenal had been beaten by eventual winners Sunderland in the 1973 semi-final whilst Wolves had lost to Leeds United. It is interesting to read the pre-match build-up with injuries apparently ripping the Arsenal squad to shreds. Yet there was a full-strength team on show at Ibrox on the following Monday as Arsenal beat Rangers 2 – 1 in the Glaswegian club’s Centenary Match.

More coverage was given to the Rangers match than this one. The media, it seems, had as little appetite for the match as the footballing public hence the lack of national coverage for the match in terms of reports. For the record, Wolves won this match 3 – 1 at Highbury

2 thoughts on “Arsenal Finish Fourth In FA Cup On This Day, 18th August 1973

  1. There is another Arsenal connection to this fixture. The first one was in April 1970 between Manchester United and Burnley (United won 2-0). The game was played at Highbury.

    The 1973 game was the shape of things to come…

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