West Ham, Tottenham, Arsenal and Chelsea have all played at Wembley for the domestic jewel
SATURDAY’S FA Cup final between champions Chelsea and Arsenal will be just the sixth all-London affair.
Considering the number of big clubs in the capital that figure might come as something of a surprise.
Yet, when London neighbours have done battle at Wembley in the past the outcome is usually special.
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We asked our friends at Football Whispers to recount the five previous meetings between London rivals.
1967: Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Chelsea
Dubbed the ‘Cockney Cup final’ this was the first meeting between two London sides in the FA Cup final at Wembley.
In front of 100,000 spectators a great Spurs side, which included Pat Jennings, Alan Mullery, Dave Mackay and Terry Venables and was managed by the legendary Bill Nicholson, ran out 2-1 winners.
Jimmy Robertson struck five minutes before half-time and Frank Saul doubled the lead in the 67th minute.
Bobby Tambling, who had been Chelsea’s all-time top scorer before Frank Lampard, pulled one back for the Blues with five minutes remaining but it wasn’t enough.
1975: West Ham United 2-0 Fulham
England’s World Cup winning captain Bobby Moore made his final appearance at Wembley in this game and it ended in heartbreak as his Fulham side were beaten 2-0 by his beloved West Ham.
It was a Hammers side full of quality – Mervyn Day, Frank Lampard Snr, Billy Bonds and Trevor Brooking the spine – but it was former Rochdale striker Alan Taylor who proved the hero with a brace.
Taylor, who joined from Oxford United for £40,000 six months earlier, had scored four times en-route to the final and bagged two in the semi-final replay victory over Ipswich Town.
He repeated the trick once more in the final, scoring a double to to secure cult status with Hammers fans.
1980: West Ham United 1-0 Arsenal
The second division Hammers were back at Wembley five years later with a side that still included Lampard, Bonds and Brooking.
But they were up against a formidable Arsenal side who could call upon Pat Jennings, Pat Rice, David O’Leary, Liam Brady and Alan Sunderland – hero of the previous year’s comeback win over Manchester United in the final.
But it was the underdogs who got the all-important goal after 13 minutes against Terry Neill’s much-fancied Arsenal side.
The moment arrived when Stuart Pearson tried a shot which turned into a cross for Brooking to stoop and head past Gunners keeper Jennings.
1982: Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 Queens Park Rangers
Ninety minutes of largely dull action passed without a goal meaning extra time would be required to separate the two sides.
QPR’s young keeper Peter Hucker was named man-of-the-match but that did not mean Tottenham, who had Ray Clemence, Steve Perryman, Steve Archibald and Glenn Hoddle, dominated at Wembley.
In the 110th minute Spurs struck what appeared to be the decisive blow. Hoddle shot from outside the penalty area and, via a deflection off of Tony Currie, Hucker was beaten.
But five minutes from time the Hoops forced a replay when Terry Fenwick headed home from close range.
1982: Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Queens Park Rangers (Replay)
Five days after the original final ended in a stalemate the sides met again in front of a slightly reduced 90,000 Wembley crowd.
Spurs were without Argentine playmaker Ricky Villa, who opted not to play due to the ongoing Falklands War.
Meanwhile, the Hoops were missing skipper Glenn Roeder through suspension.
Six minutes in the game was settled. Roberts broke into the Spurs penalty area only to be brought down by stand-in Rangers captain Tony Currie.
Hoddle, who had scored in the first game, dispatched the penalty to put Spurs in front.