Tuesday, March 12, 2013

FA Cup - The Sixth Round

Then as now, in most years every quarter final of the FA Cup was televised by someone. Now we are spoiled by live coverage of all four games – but before it was, of course, just the highlights.

The first quarter final to be shown live was on BBC One on Sunday 11 March 1984 – ending in a rather tepid 0-0 draw between Sheffield Wednesday and Southampton.

Not surprisingly that match does not appear to have been put on YouTube so instead here is a sixth round game from our featured year of 1978 when Nottingham Forest, going for a domestic treble, came up against West Bromwich Albion, managed by the young Big Ron.

FA Cup televised games that weekend:

Saturday 11 March 1978 – Match of the Day
West Bromwich Albion 2-0 Nottingham Forest
Millwall 1-6 Ipswich

Sunday 12 March 1978 – The Big Match
Wrexham 2-3 Arsenal
Middlesbrough 0-0 Orient


  1. A great blog, but just a little point, ITV had the Sheffield Wednesday v Southampton game on March 11th 1984, not the BBC. The BBC showed highlights of Birmingham v Watford, Plymouth v Derby County & Notts County v Everton on the Saturday night. The BBC showed live coverage of 2 games in the FA Cup that season before the Final both on Friday nights from the 3rd & 5th rounds, Liverpool v Newcastle & Blackburn v Southampton, whilst ITV had shown the Brighton v Liverpool game from the 4th round & Sheffield Wednesday v Southampton from the 6th round both on Sunday's.

  2. Thank you for your comments and clarification