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Remembering Bruce Forsyth's Outstanding Pre-Match Entertainment at 1974 FA Cup Final

Remembering Bruce Forsyth's Outstanding Pre-Match Entertainment at 1974 FA Cup Final

Bruce Forsyth has passed away, aged 89.

The popular entertainer, was famous for his love of golf, but he also played a starring role at Wembley before one of the biggest games of the 1970s.

In 1974, Forsyth provided the pre-match entertainment for the FA Cup Final between Liverpool and Newcastle United.

In a one-side match on front of an estimated 100,000 fans, Liverpool won the match 3-0 with Kevin Keegan scoring twice, with former Republic of Ireland international Steve Heighway getting the goal in-between.

Forsyth (who was presenting The Generation Game at the time) was booked to sing Abide With Me before the match.

In his typical effervescent style, the entertainer came out on the pitch with a football and dribbled it toward the Liverpool end, before his shot went into the back of the net, drawing one of the biggest cheers of the day.

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Somehow, he was able to keep both sets of fans onside with his customary catchphrase. "Nice to see you. To see you? Nice!"

While there is no footage from Wembley of Bruce's singing capabilities, his ability to keep 100,000 football fans onside is very impressive.

Daniel Kelly

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