It may have escaped your attention, but it is the FA Cup final on Saturday. Manchester City and Stoke City will take the pitch at Wembley on Saturday afternoon, with both clubs looking for their first major trophy since the 1970s. With shameless nostalgia in the back of our minds, then, it’s time to take a look back at six terrific FA Cup finals – unless your team happened to be on the losing side, that is – from the days when Cup Final day was the crowning glory of the domestic season. So, with no further ado and no boring words to have to read between them, here are six classics from the archive. If Saturday’s match can live up to any of these matches, we will have had a very good afternoon indeed.

1953 – Blackpool vs Bolton Wanderers

1964 – West Ham United vs Preston North End

1973 – Sunderland vs Leeds United

1979 – Arsenal vs Manchester United

1981 Replay – Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester City

1987 – Coventry City vs Tottenham Hotspur

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