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.

1947 FA Cup Final
Old Wembley Stadium (external view)
Event1946–47 FA Cup
Charlton Athletic Burnley
1 0
After extra time
Date26 April 1947
VenueWembley Stadium, London
RefereeJim Wiltshire (Sherborne)

Route to the final


  • Third round: 4–1 v Rochdale (home)
  • Fourth round: 2–1 v West Brom (away)
  • Fifth round: 1–0 v Blackburn (home)
  • Quarter-finals: 2–1 v Preston (home)
  • Semi-finals: 4–0 v Newcastle (neutral)


  • Third round: 5–1 v Aston Villa (home)
  • Fourth round: 2–0 v Coventry (home)
  • Fifth round: 3–0 v Luton (home)
  • Quarter-finals: 1–1 v Middlesbrough (away) – Replay 1–0 (home)
  • Semi-finals: 0–0 v Liverpool (neutral) – Replay 1–0 (neutral)

Match details

Charlton Athletic1–0 (a.e.t.)Burnley
Duffy Goal 114' Report
Charlton Athletic
GK 1 England Sam Bartram
RB 2 England Peter Croker
LB 3 England John Shreeve
RH 4 England Herbert Johnson
CH 5 England Harold Phipps
LH 6 England Bill Whittaker
OR 7 England Gordon Hurst
IR 8 England Tommy Dawson
CF 9 England William Robinson
IL 10 England Don Welsh (c)
OL 11 Scotland Chris Duffy
England Jimmy Seed
GK 1 England George Strong
RB 2 England Arthur Woodruff
LB 3 England Harry Mather
RH 4 England Reg Attwell
CH 5 England Alan Brown (c)
LH 6 England George Bray
OR 7 England Jackie Chew
IR 8 Wales Billy Morris
CF 9 England Ray Harrison
IL 10 England Harry Potts
OL 11 England Peter Kippax
England Cliff Britton

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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.

Billy Morris (footballer)

William "Billy" Morris (30 July 1918 – 31 December 2002) was a Welsh international footballer who played as an inside forward. He was part of the Burnley side which lost 0–1 to Charlton Athletic in the 1947 FA Cup Final. Between 1947 and 1952, Morris won a total of five caps for the Wales national football team.After he retired from playing, Morris had two spells as manager of Wrexham. He and his wife also spent some years running a guest house in Llandudno. His nephew is former Wrexham and Chester City forward Elfed Morris

Burnley F.C.

Burnley Football Club () is a professional association football club based in Burnley, Lancashire, England. Founded on 18 May 1882, the team originally played only friendly matches until they entered the FA Cup for the first time in 1885–86. The club currently plays in the Premier League, the first tier of English football. Nicknamed the Clarets, due to the dominant colour of their home shirts, they were one of the twelve founding members of the Football League in 1888. The club's emblem is based on the town's crest, with a Latin motto Pretiumque et Causa Laboris ("The Prize and the Cause of Our Labour").

Burnley have been champions of England twice, in 1920–21 and 1959–60, have won the FA Cup once, in 1914, and have won the Community Shield twice, in 1960 and 1973. The Clarets also reached the 1961 quarter-finals of the European Cup. They are one of only five teams to have won all top four professional divisions of English football, along with Wolverhampton Wanderers, Preston North End, Sheffield United and Portsmouth.

In the 1920–21 campaign, Burnley were crowned champions of England for the first time when they won the First Division. During that season the team embarked on a 30-match unbeaten run, which remained an English record until it was beaten by Nottingham Forest in the late 1970s. Burnley attained a second league championship in 1959–60 with a team consisting of mostly youth academy graduates, winning the title with a last-day victory over Manchester City, after foundations were laid by pioneers Alan Brown, Bob Lord and Harry Potts.

Just twenty years later, in 1979–80, Burnley were relegated to the Third Division — the first time in their history they had played in the third tier of English football. Five years later, the team competed in the Fourth Division for the first time following another relegation, and on 9 May 1987 only a 2–1 home win against Orient saved Burnley from relegation to the Football Conference and a possible dissolution. Burnley won promotion in 1991–92 to the third tier and again in 1999–2000 to the second tier, before being promoted to the Premier League in 2008–09, 2013–14 and 2015–16.

Burnley have played home games at Turf Moor since 17 February 1883, after the club had moved from their original premises at Calder Vale. The club colours of claret and blue were adopted prior to the 1910–11 season in tribute to the dominant club of English football at the time, Aston Villa. Their current manager, Sean Dyche, was appointed on 30 October 2012.

Charlton Athletic F.C.

Charlton Athletic Football Club is an English professional association football club based in Charlton, south-east London. They currently compete in the EFL Championship, the second tier of English football. The club was founded on 9 June 1905 when a number of youth clubs in south-east London, including East Street Mission and Blundell Mission, combined to form Charlton Athletic. Their home ground is the Valley, where the club have played since 1919, apart from one year in Catford, during 1923–24, and seven years at Crystal Palace and West Ham United between 1985 and 1992, due to the Valley being redeveloped.

Charlton turned professional in 1920 and first entered the Football League in 1921. Since then the club has had four separate periods in the top flight of English football: 1936–1957, 1986–1990, 1998–1999, and 2000–2007. Historically, Charlton's most successful period was the 1930s, when the club's highest league finishes were recorded, including runners-up of the First Division in 1937. After World War II, Charlton reached two consecutive FA Cup finals, losing in 1946, and winning in 1947.

The club's traditional kit consists of red shirts, white shorts and red socks, and their most commonly used nickname is The Addicks. Charlton share local rivalries with fellow South East London clubs Crystal Palace and Millwall.

Charlton Athletic F.C. 7–6 Huddersfield Town A.F.C.

Charlton Athletic F.C. 7–6 Huddersfield Town A.F.C. was an association football match between Football League Second Division teams Charlton Athletic and Huddersfield Town that took place on 21 December 1957 at Charlton Athletic's home ground, The Valley. Charlton played most of the match with 10 men after their captain Derek Ufton was injured, and Huddersfield were leading 5–1 with just 27 minutes remaining. At that point, Johnny Summers began an extraordinary passage of play in which he scored four goals (he had already scored one early in the second half) and assisted with two others to allow Charlton to win 7–6. Huddersfield become the first, and still the only, team to score six goals in a professional football match in England and still be on the losing side. A reporter at the time described the match as "amazing, incredible, fantastic".

Chris Duffy (footballer, born 1918)

Christopher Duffy (21 October 1918 – 20 February 1978) was a Scottish footballer who played as a left winger in the Football League. He scored the only goal for Charlton Athletic in extra time in the 1947 FA Cup Final, against Burnley.Duffy, a fast and intelligent Winger, first came to Charlton Athletic as a war time guest player. A modest fee of £330 persuaded his home club, Leith Athletic to relinquish his services when he was demobilised from the armed forces. His appearance against Burnley was his third Cup Final. He aided Charlton against Chelsea in the 1944 "South" Final and against Derby County the following year.

Cliff Britton

Clifford Samuel Britton was a footballer and football manager. He was born 29 August 1909 in Hanham in Bristol and died 1 December 1975.

Jack Billingham (footballer)

John "Jack" Billingham (3 December 1914 – 7 October 1981), was an English professional footballer who played as a centre forward. During his career he represented Northampton Town, Bristol City, Burnley, Carlisle United and Southport in the Football League, playing more than 300 matches in total. He also served with the Royal Air Force during the Second World War.

Jack Oakes

John Oakes (13 September 1905 – 20 March 1992), was an English former footballer who played as a centre half in the Football League.

He was on the losing side for Charlton Athletic in the 1946 FA Cup Final, and turned out for Nottingham Forest, Southend United and Aldershot before joining the Addicks in 1936.

He did not make the line-up for Charlton's victorious 1947 FA Cup Final, and signed for Plymouth Argyle soon after, spending one season at Home Park before retiring in his 43rd year.

After his playing career was over, he emigrated to Australia, and was living in the city of Perth by the time of his death in March 1992 at the age of 86.

Peter Croker

Peter Harry Lewis Croker (21 December 1921 – 7 December 2011) was an English footballer, who played as a full-back in the Football League for Charlton Athletic and Watford and in non-league football for Bromley and Gravesend & Northfleet. Prior to his death, he was the last survivor from Charlton's 1947 FA Cup Final-winning team. He missed the 1946 FA Cup Final through injury.

Ted Croker

Edgar Alfred "Ted" Croker (13 February 1924 – 25 December 1992) was an English football administrator. He was Secretary of the Football Association from 1973 to 1989.

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