1946–47 FA Cup

The 1946–47 FA Cup was the 66th season of the world's oldest football cup competition, the Football Association Challenge Cup, commonly known as the FA Cup. Charlton Athletic, the previous season's runners-up, won the competition for the first time, beating Burnley 1–0 after extra time in the final at Wembley.

Matches were scheduled to be played at the stadium of the team named first on the date specified for each round, which was always a Saturday. Some matches, however, might be rescheduled for other days if there were clashes with games for other competitions or the weather was inclement. If scores were level after 90 minutes had been played, a replay would take place at the stadium of the second-named team later the same week. If the replayed match was drawn further replays would be held until a winner was determined. If scores were level after 90 minutes had been played in a replay, a 30-minute period of extra time would be played.

1946–47 FA Cup
Country England
Defending championsDerby County
ChampionsCharlton Athletic
(1st title)


Round Date
Extra Preliminary Round Saturday 7 September 1946
Preliminary Round Saturday 21 September 1946
First Round Qualifying Saturday 5 October 1946
Second Round Qualifying Saturday 19 October 1946
Third Round Qualifying Saturday 2 November 1946
Fourth Round Qualifying Saturday 16 November 1946
First Round Proper Saturday 30 November 1946
Second Round Proper Saturday 14 December 1946
Third Round Proper Saturday 11 January 1947
Fourth Round Proper Saturday 25 January 1947
Fifth Round Proper Saturday 8 February 1947
Sixth Round Proper Saturday 1 March 1947
Semi-Finals Saturday 29 March 1947
Final Saturday 26 April 1947

First round proper

At this stage 43 clubs from the Football League Third Division North and South joined 23 non-league clubs that had advanced through the qualifying rounds. Chester, Cardiff City and Crystal Palace were given a bye to the Third Round. To make the number of matches up, non-league Barnet and Bishop Auckland, the previous season's F. A. Amateur Cup winners and runners-up respectively, were given byes to this round. 34 matches were played on Saturday, 30 November 1946. Six were drawn and went to replays in the following midweek fixture.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Bournemouth 4–2 Exeter City 30 November 1946
2 Barnet 3–0 Sutton United 30 November 1946
3 Barrow 0–0 Halifax Town 30 November 1946
Replay Halifax Town 1–0 Barrow 4 December 1946
4 Bristol City 9–3 Hayes 30 November 1946
5 Rochdale 6–1 Bishop Auckland 30 November 1946
6 Yeovil Town 2–2 Peterborough United 30 November 1946
Replay Peterborough United 1–0 Yeovil Town 5 December 1946
7 Reading 5–0 Colchester United 30 November 1946
8 Gillingham 4–1 Gravesend & Northfleet 30 November 1946
9 Gainsborough Trinity 1–2 Darlington 30 November 1946
10 Swindon Town 4–1 Cambridge Town 30 November 1946
11 Stockton 2–4 Lincoln City 30 November 1946
12 Doncaster Rovers 2–2 Accrington Stanley 30 November 1946
Replay Accrington Stanley 0–5 Doncaster Rovers 4 December 1946
13 Wrexham 5–0 Marine 30 November 1946
14 Ipswich Town 2–0 Torquay United 30 November 1946
15 Stockport County 2–0 Southport 30 November 1946
16 Wellington Town 1–1 Watford 30 November 1946
Replay Watford 1–0 Wellington Town 4 December 1946
17 Queens Park Rangers 2–2 Poole Town 30 November 1946
Replay Poole Town 0–6 Queens Park Rangers 4 December 1946
18 Leytonstone 1–6 Walsall 30 November 1946
19 Northampton Town 2–0 Mansfield Town 30 November 1946
20 South Liverpool 2–1 Workington 30 November 1946
21 Norwich City 7–2 Brighton & Hove Albion 30 November 1946
22 Hull City 0–0 New Brighton 30 November 1946
Replay New Brighton 1–2 Hull City 4 December 1946
23 Carlisle United 4–0 Runcorn 30 November 1946
24 Oldham Athletic 1–0 Tranmere Rovers 30 November 1946
25 Hartlepools United 6–0 North Shields 30 November 1946
26 Port Vale 5–0 Finchley 30 November 1946
27 York City 0–1 Scunthorpe United 30 November 1946
28 Rotherham United 2–0 Crewe Alexandra 30 November 1946
29 Aldershot 4–2 Cheltenham Town 30 November 1946
30 Gateshead 3–1 Bradford City 30 November 1946
31 Lancaster City 1–0 Spennymoor United 30 November 1946
32 Leyton Orient 1–2 Notts County 30 November 1946
33 Brush Sports 1–6 Southend United 30 November 1946
34 Merthyr Tydfil 3–1 Bristol Rovers 30 November 1946

Second Round Proper

The matches were played on Saturday, 14 December 1946. Six matches were drawn, with replays taking place in the following midweek fixture. Two of these then went to a second replay.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Darlington 1–2 Hull City 14 December 1946
2 Bournemouth 4–2 Aldershot 14 December 1946
3 Barnet 2–9 Southend United 14 December 1946
4 Bristol City 1–2 Gillingham 14 December 1946
5 Rochdale 6–1 Hartlepools United 14 December 1946
6 Watford 1–1 Port Vale 14 December 1946
Replay Port Vale 2–1 Watford 16 December 1946
7 Walsall 0–0 Ipswich Town 14 December 1946
Replay Ipswich Town 0–1 Walsall 18 December 1946
8 Notts County 2–1 Swindon Town 14 December 1946
9 Lincoln City 1–1 Wrexham 14 December 1946
Replay Wrexham 3–3 Lincoln City 18 December 1946
Replay Lincoln City 2–1 Wrexham 23 December 1946
10 South Liverpool 2–3 Carlisle United 14 December 1946
11 Norwich City 4–4 Queens Park Rangers 14 December 1946
Replay Queens Park Rangers 2–0 Norwich City 18 December 1946
12 Oldham Athletic 1–2 Doncaster Rovers 14 December 1946
13 Halifax Town 1–1 Stockport County 14 December 1946
Replay Stockport County 2–1 Halifax Town 18 December 1946
14 Rotherham United 4–1 Scunthorpe United 14 December 1946
15 Gateshead 4–0 Lancaster City 14 December 1946
16 Peterborough United 1–1 Northampton Town 14 December 1946
Replay Northampton Town 1–1 Peterborough United 19 December 1946
Replay Northampton Town 8–1 Peterborough United 23 December 1946
17 Merthyr Tydfil 1–3 Reading 14 December 1946

Third round proper

The 44 First and Second Division clubs entered the competition at this stage, along with Chester, Cardiff City and Crystal Palace. The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 11 January 1947. Five matches were drawn and went to replays, with one of these requiring a second replay to settle the fixture.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Chester 2–0 Plymouth Argyle 11 January 1947
2 Chesterfield 2–1 Sunderland 11 January 1947
3 Bournemouth 0–2 Derby County 11 January 1947
4 Burnley 5–1 Aston Villa 11 January 1947
5 Southampton 5–1 Bury 11 January 1947
6 Reading 2–2 Grimsby Town 11 January 1947
Replay Grimsby Town 3–1 Reading 14 January 1947
7 Walsall 2–5 Liverpool 11 January 1947
8 Blackburn Rovers 1–1 Hull City 11 January 1947
Replay Hull City 0–3 Blackburn Rovers 16 January 1947
9 Sheffield Wednesday 4–1 Blackpool 11 January 1947
10 Bolton Wanderers 5–1 Stockport County 11 January 1947
11 Wolverhampton Wanderers 3–0 Rotherham United 11 January 1947
12 West Bromwich Albion 2–1 Leeds United 11 January 1947
13 Lincoln City 0–1 Nottingham Forest 11 January 1947
14 Luton Town 6–0 Notts County 11 January 1947
15 Everton 4–2 Southend United 11 January 1947
16 Doncaster Rovers 2–3 Portsmouth 11 January 1947
17 Sheffield United 3–0 Carlisle United 11 January 1947
18 Newcastle United 6–2 Crystal Palace 11 January 1947
19 Tottenham Hotspur 2–2 Stoke City 11 January 1947
Replay Stoke City 1–0 Tottenham Hotspur 15 January 1947
20 Manchester City 3–0 Gateshead 11 January 1947
21 Queens Park Rangers 1–1 Middlesbrough 11 January 1947
Replay Middlesbrough 3–1 Queens Park Rangers 15 January 1947
22 Fulham 1–2 Birmingham City 11 January 1947
23 Brentford 1–0 Cardiff City 11 January 1947
24 Northampton Town 1–2 Preston North End 11 January 1947
25 Coventry City 5–2 Newport County 11 January 1947
26 West Ham United 1–2 Leicester City 11 January 1947
27 Millwall 0–3 Port Vale 11 January 1947
28 Chelsea 1–1 Arsenal 11 January 1947
Replay Arsenal 1–1 Chelsea 15 January 1947
Replay Arsenal 0–2 Chelsea 20 January 1947
29 Bradford Park Avenue 0–3 Manchester United 11 January 1947
30 Huddersfield Town 3–4 Barnsley 11 January 1947
31 Swansea Town 4–1 Gillingham 11 January 1947
32 Charlton Athletic 3–1 Rochdale 11 January 1947

Fourth Round Proper

The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 25 January 1947. Five games were drawn and went to replays, of which one went to a second replay.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Chester 0–0 Stoke City 25 January 1947
Replay Stoke City 3–2 Chester 29 January 1947
2 Burnley 2–0 Coventry City 25 January 1947
3 Liverpool 2–0 Grimsby Town 25 January 1947
4 Preston North End 6–0 Barnsley 25 January 1947
5 Blackburn Rovers 2–0 Port Vale 25 January 1947
6 Sheffield Wednesday 2–1 Everton 25 January 1947
7 Bolton Wanderers 3–3 Manchester City 25 January 1947
Replay Manchester City 1–0 Bolton Wanderers 29 January 1947
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 0–0 Sheffield United 25 January 1947
Replay Sheffield United 2–0 Wolverhampton Wanderers 29 January 1947
9 Middlesbrough 2–1 Chesterfield 25 January 1947
10 West Bromwich Albion 1–2 Charlton Athletic 25 January 1947
11 Luton Town 2–0 Swansea Town 25 January 1947
12 Newcastle United 3–1 Southampton 25 January 1947
13 Brentford 0–0 Leicester City 25 January 1947
Replay Leicester City 0–0 Brentford 30 January 1947
Replay Leicester City 4–1 Brentford 3 February 1947
14 Manchester United 0–2 Nottingham Forest 25 January 1947
15 Chelsea 2–2 Derby County 25 January 1947
Replay Derby County 1–0 Chelsea 29 January 1947
16 Birmingham City 1–0 Portsmouth 25 January 1947

Fifth Round Proper

The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 8 February 1947. There were three replays.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Liverpool 1–0 Derby County 8 February 1947
2 Nottingham Forest 2–2 Middlesbrough 8 February 1947
Replay Middlesbrough 6–2 Nottingham Forest 12 February 1947
3 Sheffield Wednesday 0–2 Preston North End 20 February 1947
4 Luton Town 0–0 Burnley 8 February 1947
Replay Burnley 3–0 Luton Town 11 February 1947
5 Newcastle United 1–1 Leicester City 8 February 1947
Replay Leicester City 1–2 Newcastle United 20 February 1947
6 Charlton Athletic 1–0 Blackburn Rovers 8 February 1947
7 Stoke City 0–1 Sheffield United 8 February 1947
8 Birmingham City 5–0 Manchester City 8 February 1947

Sixth Round Proper

The four quarter-final ties were scheduled to be played on Saturday, 1 March 1947. There was one replay, in the Burnley–Middlesbrough match.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Liverpool 4–1 Birmingham City 1 March 1947
2 Middlesbrough 1–1 Burnley 1 March 1947
Replay Burnley 1–0 Middlesbrough 4 March 1947
3 Sheffield United 0–2 Newcastle United 1 March 1947
4 Charlton Athletic 2–1 Preston North End 1 March 1947


The semi-final matches were played on Saturday, 29 March 1947. Burnley and Liverpool needed to replay their match, which was settled two weeks later in Burnley's favour. They went on to meet Charlton Athletic in the final at Wembley.

Charlton Athletic4–0Newcastle United


The 1947 FA Cup Final was contested by Charlton Athletic and Burnley at Wembley, England on 26 April 1947. Charlton, losing finalists the previous year, won by a single goal, scored in extra time by Chris Duffy. History repeated itself this year as the ball again burst during the game. Later, the reason for these problems in 1946 and 1947 was put down to the poor quality of leather available after World War II.

Match details

Charlton Athletic1 – 0
Duffy Goal 114' (Report)
Charlton Athletic

See also


1946–47 Birmingham City F.C. season

The 1946–47 Football League season – the first Football League season after the end of the Second World War – was Birmingham City Football Club's 44th in the Football League and their 18th in the Second Division, to which they were relegated at the end of the last completed season before the war. They finished in third position in the 22-team division, three points adrift of the promotion places. They entered the 1946–47 FA Cup at the third round proper and lost to Liverpool in the sixth (quarter-final).

Twenty-five players made at least one appearance in nationally organised competition, and there were fourteen different goalscorers. Goalkeeper Gil Merrick missed only one of the 45 matches over the season, and Cyril Trigg was leading scorer with 19 goals, of which 17 came in the league.

1946–47 FA Cup qualifying rounds

The FA Cup 1946–47 is the 66th season of the world's oldest football knockout competition; The Football Association Challenge Cup, or FA Cup for short. The large number of clubs entering the tournament from lower down the English football league system meant that the competition started with a number of preliminary and qualifying rounds. The 25 victorious teams from the Fourth Round Qualifying progressed to the First Round Proper.

1946–47 Southampton F.C. season

The 1946–47 Southampton F.C. season was the club's 18th season in the Football League Second Division and their 20th in the Football League. Southampton finished the season in 14th place in the league table, having won 15, drawn 9 and lost 18 of their 42 matches. The club also made it to the fourth round of the FA Cup. Inside forward Jack Bradley finished the season as the club's top scorer in the league with 14 goals, while centre forward George Lewis finished as joint top scorer in all competitions alongside Bradley, with 15 goals.

League football in England resumed in 1946 following the Second World War. The first post-war season was Southampton's first to feature Bill Dodgin as manager, who had previously played for the club during wartime and was appointed in March 1946. In the summer the club signed a number of new players, including Bill Rochford and George Lewis, and due to the lack of official competition during wartime many first team players made their official debuts for the club during the campaign (including eight in the first game of the season).

1947 FA Cup Final

The 1947 FA Cup Final was the 66th final of the FA Cup. It took place on 26 April 1947 at Wembley Stadium and was contested between Charlton Athletic and Burnley. Charlton were appearing in their second consecutive final after losing to Derby County the previous year, while Second Division Burnley were appearing in their first final since 1914.

Charlton won the match 1–0 after extra time, with Chris Duffy scoring the winning goal. For the second consecutive year, the ball burst during the match; both incidents were later put down to the poor quality of leather available after World War II.

Bill Robinson (English footballer)

Bill Robinson (4 April 1919 – 7 October 1992) was an English professional footballer who played in the Football League as a centre forward for Sunderland, Charlton Athletic and West Ham United. He later became assistant manager at West Ham United and went on to manage Hartlepools United.

Billy Liddell

William Beveridge Liddell (10 January 1922 – 3 July 2001) was a Scottish footballer, who played his entire professional career with Liverpool. He signed with the club as a teenager in 1938 and retired in 1961, having scored 228 goals in 534 appearances (placing Liddell fourth and 12th in the respective club rankings as of August 2010). He was Liverpool's leading goalscorer in the league in eight out of nine seasons from 1949–50 to 1957–58, and surpassed Elisha Scott's club record for most league appearances in 1957.

With Liverpool, Liddell won a league championship in 1947 and featured in the club's 1950 FA Cup Final defeat by Arsenal. He represented Scotland at international level on 29 occasions. While serving as a Royal Air Force navigator during the Second World War, Liddell continued his career by appearing in unofficial games for Liverpool and guesting for various teams in the United Kingdom and Canada. After his retirement from football, in 1961, Liddell occupied himself as a Justice of the Peace (from 1958), bursar of Liverpool University, and voluntary worker. He died in 2001.

Primarily a left winger, Liddell's versatility enabled him to play comfortably on the opposite wing and as a striker, at centre and inside forward. Liddell became noted for his strong physique, acceleration, powerful shot, professionalism, and good conduct on the pitch. Such was his influence and popularity that the club acquired the contemporary nickname "Liddellpool". Posthumous recognition has included a plaque unveiled in 2004 at Anfield and sixth place in a poll of Liverpool fans, conducted in 2006 under the title "100 Players Who Shook The Kop". He was inducted into the Scottish Football Hall of Fame in November 2008.

Eric Lancelotte

Eric Charles Lancelotte (26 February 1917 – 1 September 2007) was a British professional footballer who made 100 Football League appearances playing as an inside forward for Charlton Athletic and Brighton & Hove Albion.

George Kay

George Kay (21 September 1891 – 18 April 1954) was an English football player and manager of Luton Town, Southampton and Liverpool.

The highlight of his playing career was when he captained West Ham United in the first FA Cup final to be played at Wembley, the White Horse Final.

He was manager of Liverpool for 15 years (1936–1951) and led them to the Football League title in 1947, the first post-war football season.

Jackie Milburn

John Edward Thompson "Jackie" Milburn (11 May 1924 – 9 October 1988) was a football player principally associated with Newcastle United and England, though he also spent four seasons at Linfield. He was also known as Wor Jackie (particularly in North East England, a Geordie dialectal version of 'Our Jackie') and as the First World Wor (in reference to his global fame).Cousin to the mother of Bobby and Jack Charlton, Milburn played two trial matches at St James' Park as a 19-year-old in 1943. In the second of these, he scored six second half goals. Milburn made his competitive debut in the FA Cup in the 1945–46 season and was initially deployed on the left wing as a supplier to Charlie Wayman. However, Wayman was dropped before a 4-0 defeat to eventual winners Charlton Athletic in a 1947 FA Cup semi-final and when he afterwards vowed not to play for United again, manager George Martin made the decision to switch Milburn to centre forward. In his next match, on 18 October 1947, Milburn wore the number nine shirt for the first time and scored a hat-trick.Milburn's subsequent achievements, particularly his two goals which won the 1951 FA Cup Final and his 45-second opener in the 1955 FA Cup Final which was the fastest ever Wembley FA Cup Final goal until it was beaten by Roberto Di Matteo in 1997, brought him national recognition and afforded him iconic status on Tyneside. In total, Milburn played in three FA Cup winning finals for United; 1951, 1952 and 1955. Despite his achievements, Milburn was reportedly a very shy and self-deprecating individual, whose modesty further endeared him to Newcastle United supporters, though according to Tom Finney, this stemmed from an "innate inferiority complex".By the time Milburn left Newcastle in 1957, he had become the highest goalscorer in Newcastle United's history. He remained so until he was surpassed by Alan Shearer in February 2006. Milburn remains Newcastle's second highest goalscorer, having scored 200 competitive goals. Milburn's transfer to Linfield in 1957 was almost jeopardised when the Newcastle board demanded a substantial signing fee, and much to the anger of fans, Milburn was not immediately granted a testimonial. His signing for Linfield "added thousands to the gate" and he made 54 appearances, scoring 68 goals in four seasons in all competitions for the club. He was finally granted a testimonial ten years later, in 1967.

Milburn died of lung cancer on 9 October 1988, aged 64. His funeral took place on 13 October, and was attended by over 1,000 mourners at St Nicholas's Cathedral in Newcastle. Tens of thousands of people lined the streets to watch the cortège pass. A statue of Milburn, costing £35,000 and paid for by donations received from Newcastle United supporters was erected on Newcastle's Northumberland Street before it was relocated in 1999 to St James' Boulevard and then moved again to its present position on Strawberry Place, just outside St James' Park.

Milburn was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in October 2006. In 2009, Goal.com listed Milburn as 43rd in their list of the top English players of all time.

Portsmouth F.C.

Portsmouth Football Club (listen) is an English professional association football club in Portsmouth, Hampshire, which plays in EFL League One, the third tier of English football. The club was founded on 5 April 1898 and home matches are played at Fratton Park in Milton, Portsmouth.

Portsmouth have been the top tier Football League Champions of England twice consecutively in 1949 and 1950. Portsmouth have also won the FA Cup twice in 1939 and 2008, the FA Charity Shield once in 1949 and the EFL Trophy once in 2019.Portsmouth have also won the second tier division title once in 2002–03, the third tier division title three times in 1923–24 (South), 1961–62, 1982–83 and the fourth tier division title once in 2016–17. In the early twentieth century, Portsmouth were also champions of the Southern Football League in 1901–02 and 1919–20. Portsmouth were also champions of the Western Football League in 1900–01, 1901–02 and 1902–03. These, and their more recent wins, make Portsmouth southern England’s most successful club (in terms of cups, honours and titles) outside of London.

Portsmouth have played in European competition for only one season in their history, the 2008–09 UEFA Cup (now UEFA Europa League), a result of winning the 2008 FA Cup Final. In this period, the club had international footballers including England players Glen Johnson, Jermain Defoe, Peter Crouch, David James and Sol Campbell. Between 2003 and 2010 the club spent seven consecutive seasons in the Premier League. The club's fortunes declined in 2010–13 when the club entered administration twice and were relegated three times, reaching the fourth tier (EFL League Two) and their lowest point since the 1979–80 season. The club were saved from liquidation after being bought out by the fan-owned Pompey Supporters Trust (PST). This made Portsmouth the largest fan-owned football club in England until 3 August 2017, when the PST sold it to The Tornante Company, an investment company owned by former Disney CEO Michael Eisner.During the last few months of the PST's ownership, Portsmouth were promoted to EFL League One after winning the fourth tier EFL League Two divisional championship title on 6 May 2017 in the final league game of the 2016–17 season. Portsmouth then became only the fifth English football club to win all four tiers of current English professional football (after Wolves, Burnley, Preston North End and Sheffield United). In addition, Portsmouth are also one of only two English football clubs to have been champions of five professional divisions including the former regional Football League Third Division South championship in the 1923–24 season. Wolverhampton Wanderers also share this distinction, having won all four divisions, plus a Football League Third Division North title win, coincidentally in the same 1923–24 season as Portsmouth won the respective South division.They have planned to more lighting and seating in 2019.

Tommy Bell (footballer, born 1923)

Thomas Anthony Peter Bell (30 December 1923 – 21 November 1988) was an English professional footballer. A left-back, he played in 318 Football League matches for three clubs, most notably for hometown club Oldham Athletic. Bell features, along with his son Graham, amongst 'The Legends of Oldham Athletic'.

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