The FA Cup 1948–49 was the 68th staging of the world's oldest football cup competition, the Football Association Challenge Cup, commonly known as the FA Cup. Wolverhampton Wanderers won the competition for the third time, beating Leicester City 3–1 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.
|1948–49 FA Cup|
|Defending champions||Manchester United|
|Champions||Wolverhampton Wanderers (3rd title)|
|Extra Preliminary Round||Saturday 4 September 1948|
|Preliminary Round||Saturday 18 September 1948|
|First Qualifying Round||Saturday 2 October 1948|
|Second Qualifying Round||Saturday 16 October 1948|
|Third Qualifying Round||Saturday 30 October 1948|
|Fourth Qualifying Round||Saturday 13 November 1948|
|First Round Proper||Saturday 27 November 1948|
|Second Round||Saturday 11 December 1948|
|Third Round||Saturday 8 January 1949|
|Fourth Round||Saturday 29 January 1949|
|Fifth Round||Saturday 13 February 1949|
|Sixth Round||Saturday 26 February 1949|
|Semi Finals||Saturday 26 March 1949|
|Final||Saturday 30 April 1949|
At this stage 43 clubs from the Football League Third Division North and South joined the 25 non-league clubs having come through the qualifying rounds. Rotherham United, Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic, as the strongest non-promoted Third Division finishers in the previous season, were given a bye to the Third Round, along with Swindon Town, who managed to reach the fifth round of the previous season's competition. To make the number of matches up, non-league Leytonstone and Colchester United were given byes to this round. 34 matches were scheduled to be played on Saturday, 27 November 1948, with eight of these postponed until the following Saturday. Two were drawn and went to replays.
|Tie no||Home team||Score||Away team||Date|
|1||Dartford||2–3||Leyton Orient||27 November 1948|
|2||Barnet||2–6||Exeter City||4 December 1948|
|3||Rochdale||1–1||Barrow||27 November 1948|
|Replay||Barrow||2–0||Rochdale||4 December 1948|
|4||Weymouth||2–1||Chelmsford City||27 November 1948|
|5||Yeovil Town||4–0||Romford||27 November 1948|
|6||Walsall||2–1||Bristol Rovers||27 November 1948|
|7||Notts County||2–1||Port Vale||27 November 1948|
|8||Crewe Alexandra||5–0||Billingham Synthonia||27 November 1948|
|9||Gainsborough Trinity||1–0||Witton Albion||27 November 1948|
|10||Wrexham||0–3||Oldham Athletic||27 November 1948|
|11||Ipswich Town||0–3||Aldershot||4 December 1948|
|12||Tranmere Rovers||1–3||Darlington||27 November 1948|
|13||Kidderminster Harriers||0–3||Hereford United||27 November 1948|
|14||Leytonstone||2–1||Watford||4 December 1948|
|15||Northampton Town||2–1||Dulwich Hamlet||27 November 1948|
|16||Rhyl||0–2||Scarborough||4 December 1948|
|17||Norwich City||1–0||Wellington Town||27 November 1948|
|18||Bradford City||4–3||Doncaster Rovers||4 December 1948|
|19||Millwall||1–0||Tooting & Mitcham United||27 November 1948|
|20||Hull City||3–1||Accrington Stanley||27 November 1948|
|21||Crystal Palace||0–1||Bristol City||27 November 1948|
|22||Southend United||1–2||Swansea Town||4 December 1948|
|23||Hartlepools United||1–3||Chester||27 November 1948|
|24||Mansfield Town||4–0||Gloucester City||27 November 1948|
|25||Halifax Town||0–0||Scunthorpe United||4 December 1948|
|Replay||Scunthorpe United||1–0||Halifax Town||6 December 1948|
|26||Newport County||3–1||Brighton & Hove Albion||27 November 1948|
|27||Southport||2–1||Horden CW||27 November 1948|
|28||New Brighton||1–0||Carlisle United||27 November 1948|
|29||Workington||0–3||Stockport County||27 November 1948|
|30||Walthamstow Avenue||3–2||Cambridge Town||27 November 1948|
|31||York City||2–1||Runcorn||27 November 1948|
|32||Gateshead||3–0||Netherfield (Kendal)||27 November 1948|
|33||Peterborough United||0–1||Torquay United||27 November 1948|
|34||Colchester United||2–4||Reading||4 December 1948|
The matches were played on Saturday, 11 December 1948. Four matches were drawn, with replays taking place the following Saturday.
|Tie no||Home team||Score||Away team||Date|
|1||Darlington||1–0||Leyton Orient||11 December 1948|
|2||Bristol City||3–1||Swansea Town||11 December 1948|
|3||Weymouth||0–4||Yeovil Town||11 December 1948|
|4||Walsall||4–3||Gainsborough Trinity||11 December 1948|
|5||Notts County||3–2||Barrow||11 December 1948|
|6||Crewe Alexandra||3–2||Millwall||11 December 1948|
|7||Leytonstone||3–4||Newport County||11 December 1948|
|8||Bradford City||0–0||New Brighton||11 December 1948|
|Replay||New Brighton||1–0||Bradford City||18 December 1948|
|9||Hull City||0–0||Reading||11 December 1948|
|Replay||Reading||1–2||Hull City||18 December 1948|
|10||Exeter City||2–1||Hereford United||11 December 1948|
|11||Scunthorpe United||0–1||Stockport County||11 December 1948|
|12||Mansfield Town||2–1||Northampton Town||11 December 1948|
|13||Southport||2–2||York City||11 December 1948|
|Replay||York City||0–2||Southport||18 December 1948|
|14||Torquay United||3–1||Norwich City||11 December 1948|
|15||Walthamstow Avenue||2–2||Oldham Athletic||11 December 1948|
|Replay||Oldham Athletic||3–1||Walthamstow Avenue||18 December 1948|
|16||Aldershot||1–0||Chester||11 December 1948|
|17||Gateshead||3–0||Scarborough||11 December 1948|
The 44 First and Second Division clubs entered the competition at this stage, along with Rotherham United, Swindon Town and Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic. The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 8 January 1949. Four matches were drawn and went to replays on the following Saturday, with two of these going to a second replay.
|Tie no||Home team||Score||Away team||Date|
|1||Bristol City||1–3||Chelsea||8 January 1949|
|2||Burnley||2–1||Charlton Athletic||8 January 1949|
|3||Preston North End||2–1||Mansfield Town||8 January 1949|
|4||Yeovil Town||3–1||Bury||8 January 1949|
|5||Nottingham Forest||2–2||Liverpool||8 January 1949|
|Replay||Liverpool||4–0||Nottingham Forest||15 January 1949|
|6||Blackburn Rovers||1–2||Hull City||8 January 1949|
|7||Aston Villa||1–1||Bolton Wanderers||8 January 1949|
|Replay||Bolton Wanderers||0–0||Aston Villa||15 January 1949|
|Replay||Aston Villa||2–1||Bolton Wanderers||17 January 1949|
|8||Sheffield Wednesday||2–1||Southampton||8 January 1949|
|9||Grimsby Town||2–1||Exeter City||8 January 1949|
|10||Wolverhampton Wanderers||6–0||Chesterfield||8 January 1949|
|11||Crewe Alexandra||0–2||Sunderland||8 January 1949|
|12||Derby County||4–1||Southport||8 January 1949|
|13||Lincoln City||0–1||West Bromwich Albion||8 January 1949|
|14||Luton Town||3–1||West Ham United||8 January 1949|
|15||Everton||1–0||Manchester City||8 January 1949|
|16||Swindon Town||1–3||Stoke City||8 January 1949|
|17||Sheffield United||5–2||New Brighton||8 January 1949|
|18||Newcastle United||0–2||Bradford Park Avenue||8 January 1949|
|19||Queens Park Rangers||0–0||Huddersfield Town||8 January 1949|
|Replay||Huddersfield Town||5–0||Queens Park Rangers||15 January 1949|
|20||Fulham||0–1||Walsall||8 January 1949|
|21||Barnsley||0–1||Blackpool||8 January 1949|
|22||Brentford||3–2||Middlesbrough||8 January 1949|
|23||Portsmouth||7–0||Stockport County||8 January 1949|
|24||Manchester United||6–0||Bournemouth||8 January 1949|
|25||Plymouth Argyle||0–1||Notts County||8 January 1949|
|26||Oldham Athletic||2–3||Cardiff City||8 January 1949|
|27||Arsenal||3–0||Tottenham Hotspur||8 January 1949|
|28||Leeds United||1–3||Newport County||8 January 1949|
|29||Torquay United||1–0||Coventry City||8 January 1949|
|30||Rotherham United||4–2||Darlington||8 January 1949|
|31||Gateshead||3–1||Aldershot||8 January 1949|
|32||Birmingham City||1–1||Leicester City||8 January 1949|
|Replay||Leicester City||1–1||Birmingham City||15 January 1949|
|Replay||Birmingham City||1–2||Leicester City||17 January 1949|
The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 29 January 1949. Three games were drawn and went to replays, which were all played on the following Saturday. Manchester United and Bradford Park Avenue went to a second replay on the following Monday, with Manchester United easily winning the tie to go through.
|Tie no||Home team||Score||Away team||Date|
|1||Liverpool||1–0||Notts County||29 January 1949|
|2||Yeovil Town||2–1||Sunderland||29 January 1949|
|3||Leicester City||2–0||Preston North End||29 January 1949|
|4||Aston Villa||1–2||Cardiff City||29 January 1949|
|5||Grimsby Town||2–3||Hull City||29 January 1949|
|6||Derby County||1–0||Arsenal||29 January 1949|
|7||Luton Town||4–0||Walsall||29 January 1949|
|8||Sheffield United||0–3||Wolverhampton Wanderers||29 January 1949|
|9||Brentford||1–0||Torquay United||29 January 1949|
|10||Portsmouth||2–1||Sheffield Wednesday||29 January 1949|
|11||Manchester United||1–1||Bradford Park Avenue||29 January 1949|
|Replay||Bradford Park Avenue||1–1||Manchester United||5 February 1949|
|Replay||Manchester United||5–0||Bradford Park Avenue||7 February 1949|
|12||Chelsea||2–0||Everton||29 January 1949|
|13||Newport County||3–3||Huddersfield Town||29 January 1949|
|Replay||Huddersfield Town||1–3||Newport County||5 February 1949|
|14||Stoke City||1–1||Blackpool||29 January 1949|
|Replay||Blackpool||0–1||Stoke City||5 February 1949|
|15||Rotherham United||0–1||Burnley||29 January 1949|
|16||Gateshead||1–3||West Bromwich Albion||29 January 1949|
The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 12 February 1949. There was one replay, taking place the following Saturday.
|Tie no||Home team||Score||Away team||Date|
|1||Wolverhampton Wanderers||3–1||Liverpool||12 February 1949|
|2||West Bromwich Albion||3–0||Chelsea||12 February 1949|
|3||Derby County||2–1||Cardiff City||12 February 1949|
|4||Luton Town||5–5||Leicester City||12 February 1949|
|Replay||Leicester City||5–3||Luton Town||19 February 1949|
|5||Brentford||4–2||Burnley||12 February 1949|
|6||Portsmouth||3–2||Newport County||12 February 1949|
|7||Manchester United||8–0||Yeovil Town||12 February 1949|
|8||Stoke City||0–2||Hull City||12 February 1949|
The draw for the sixth round was made on Monday, 14 February 1949. All matches were played on Saturday, 26 February 1949.
|Brentford||0 – 2||Leicester City|
|Portsmouth||2 – 1||Derby County|
|Clarke 44', 87'||Stamps 41'|
|Hull City||0 – 1||Manchester United|
|Wolverhampton Wanderers||1 – 0||West Bromwich Albion|
The draw for the semi finals was made on Monday, 28 February 1949. Both original matches were played on Saturday, 26 March 1949.
|Wolverhampton Wanderers||1 – 1 (a.e.t.)||Manchester United|
|Smyth 11'||Mitten 23'|
|Manchester United||0 – 1||Wolverhampton Wanderers|
|Portsmouth||1 – 3||Leicester City|
|Scott 28' (o.g.)||Revie 8'
|Leicester City||1 – 3||Wolverhampton Wanderers|
|Griffiths 47'||Report||Pye 13', 42'
The 1948 FA Charity Shield was the 26th Charity Shield, an annual English association football match played between the winners of the previous season's Football League and FA Cup. It was the first edition held since the postponement of football during the Second World War. The match, held at Highbury on 6 October 1948, was contested by Arsenal, champions of the 1947–48 Football League and Manchester United, who beat Blackpool in the final of the 1947–48 FA Cup. This was Arsenal's eighth Charity Shield appearance to Manchester United's third.
Watched by a crowd of over 30,000, Reg Lewis, Bryn Jones, and Ronnie Rooke each scored for the league champions inside the first 15 minutes. Manchester United responded by scoring twice before the half-time break through Jack Rowley and Ronnie Burke. Lionel Smith's own goal in the 53rd minute made the scoreline 4–3, and though United's attack were dominant in the second half, there were no further goals. Arsenal were awarded the Shield by A.V. Alexander, the Minister of Defence. Gate receipts for the match came to a total of £4,300.1948–49 Birmingham City F.C. season
The 1948–49 Football League season was Birmingham City Football Club's 46th in the Football League and their 27th in the First Division, having been promoted as Second Division champions in 1947–48. They finished in 17th position in the 22-team division, having both scored fewer and conceded fewer goals than any other team in the division. They entered the 1948–49 FA Cup at the third round proper and lost to Leicester City in that round after two replays.
In November 1948, Harry Storer resigned as team manager. The club's chief scout, Walter Taylor, was appointed as assistant team manager shortly afterwards and acted as caretaker manager until Bob Brocklebank's appointment in January 1949.Thirty-one players made at least one appearance in nationally organised competition, and there were twelve different goalscorers. Full-back Ken Green missed only one game of the 45-game season, and Jackie Stewart was leading goalscorer with eleven goals, all scored in the league.1948–49 FA Cup qualifying rounds
The FA Cup 1948–49 is the 68th 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.1949 FA Charity Shield
The 1949 FA Charity Shield was the 27th FA Charity Shield, a pre-season exhibition football match between the winners of the previous season's First Division and FA Cup titles. The match took place at Highbury, London, between the league champions Portsmouth and FA Cup winners Wolverhampton Wanderers. The score finished at 1–1, marking the first draw in the Charity Shield and meaning the Shield was shared.1949 FA Cup Final
The 1949 FA Cup Final was the 68th final of the FA Cup. It took place on 30 April 1949 at Wembley Stadium and was contested between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leicester City. Wolves had finished sixth in the First Division that season and boasted several England internationals among their ranks, while Leicester had narrowly avoided relegation from the Second Division and were making their first Wembley appearance.
Wolves won the match 3–1, thus winning the FA Cup for the third time. Jesse Pye (2) and Sammy Smyth scored Wolves' goals, with Mal Griffiths replying for Leicester. Captain Billy Wright was presented with the cup by Princess Elizabeth.Doug Taft
Douglas Taft (9 March 1926 – 29 September 1987) was an English footballer who made six appearances in the Football League playing as a centre forward for Derby County in the 1940s. He was on the books of Wolverhampton Wanderers without playing league football for the club, and also played non-league football for clubs including Gresley Rovers, Chelmsford City, Bedford Town, Peterborough United, Kettering Town, Rugby Town and Hinckley Athletic, where he was player-manager.Firbeck Main F.C.
Firbeck Main F.C. was an English association football club based in Langold, Nottinghamshire.Hull City A.F.C.
Hull City Association Football Club is a professional football club in Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, England. Founded in 1904, the club plays in the Championship, the second tier of English football.
In 2007–08, they achieved promotion to the top flight of English football for the first time in their history by winning the Championship play-off Final at Wembley Stadium. Their highest league finish was in 2013–14, when they finished 16th in the table, a season in which they also reached the final of the FA Cup.Hull City play home games at the KCOM Stadium, having moved there in 2002 after 56 seasons at Boothferry Park. Hull traditionally play in black and amber, often with a striped shirt design, hence their nickname, The Tigers.Les Blizzard
Leslie William Benjamin Blizzard (13 March 1923 – December 1996) was an English footballer with Queens Park Rangers, Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic, Yeovil Town and Leyton Orient.Newport County A.F.C.
Newport County Association Football Club (Welsh: Clwb Pêl-droed Sir Casnewydd) is a professional football club in Newport, South Wales. The team compete in League Two, the fourth tier of the English football league system. The club's home colours are amber shirts and black shorts. Orange has also been intermittently used as home shirt colour in its history.
Formed in 1912, the club began life in the Southern League before being invited to become founder members of the Football League Third Division in 1920. They failed re-election in 1931, but were elected back into the Football League the next year. They struggled for the next few seasons, but went on to be crowned Third Division South champions in 1938–39. World War II meant they had to wait until the 1946–47 season to take their place in the Second Division, though they were relegated at the end of the campaign. Relegated out of the Third Division in 1962, under the stewardship of Len Ashurst they secured promotion out of the Fourth Division in 1979–80 and also won the Welsh Cup for the first time during the campaign. They reached the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup Winner's Cup the next year, but went on to suffer from financial difficulties in the 1980s; a double relegation cost them their Football League place by 1988 and the club went out of business in February 1989.
The club reformed but were initially unable to play at their home ground at Somerton Park, so picked up the nickname of the "Exiles". They immediately won the Hellenic League in 1989–90 and were promoted out of the Southern League Midland Division in 1994–95. Now playing at Newport Stadium, they were relegated from the Premier Division in 1997, before winning promotion out of the Midland Division again in 1998–99. Placed in the Conference South in 2004, they went on to be crowned champions in 2009–10 and after moving into Rodney Parade in 2012, they returned to the Football League following a 24-year absence after winning the Conference National play-off final in 2013.Roy Pritchard
Roy Thomas Pritchard (9 May 1925 – January 1993) was an English footballer who played 247 league games at full back in the Football League for Wolverhampton Wanderers, Aston Villa, Notts County, and Port Vale. He also played war-time football for Wolves, Mansfield Town, Notts County, Swindon Town and Walsall, and later played Southern League football for Wellington Town. He won the Fourth Division title with Port Vale in 1958–59, and won both the FA Cup with Wolves in 1949, as well as the First Division title in 1953–54.Yeovil Town 2–1 Sunderland (1949)
Yeovil Town v Sunderland was a football match played on 29 January 1949 at the Huish Athletic Ground, Yeovil. The match was a tie in the Fourth Round of the FA Cup. Yeovil Town won the match 2–1, with Alec Stock and Eric Bryant scoring the goals for the winning side. The match is notable for being one of the few occasions in the history of the FA Cup where a non-league club has defeated a team in the top tier of English football.Yeovil Town F.C.
Yeovil Town Football Club is a professional association football club based in the town of Yeovil, Somerset, England. The team compete in National League, the fifth tier of the English football league system. The club's home ground is Huish Park, built in 1990 on the site of an old army camp and named after their former home, Huish, itself known for its pitch, which had an 8 feet (2.4 m) sideline to sideline slope. The club's nickname "The Glovers" is a reference to the history of glove-making in the town of Yeovil, which became a centre of the industry during the 18th and 19th centuries. The club's affiliated ladies team, Yeovil Town L.F.C., compete in the FA Women's Super League.
Founded in 1895, the club initially joined the Somerset Senior League and competed in a multitude of leagues up until the outbreak of World War II. During this time they won titles in the Southern League, Western League, Bristol Charity League, Dorset District League and Somerset Senior League. They played in the Southern League after the war ended, winning the championship in 1954–55, 1963–64 and 1970–71, before becoming members of the Alliance Premier League from 1979 to 1985. They spent the next three years in the Isthmian League, and were elevated into the Conference after finishing as champions in 1987–88. Relegated in 1995, they were promoted again two years later after winning another Isthmian League title. Yeovil won the 2002 FA Trophy Final and secured a place in the Football League after winning the Conference in 2002–03 under the stewardship of Gary Johnson. They then won the League Two title in 2004–05, before reaching the Championship with victory in the 2013 League One play-off final in Johnson's second spell as manager. However they suffered consecutive relegations, and were relegated once more following the 2018–19 season, ending their 16 season spell in the Football League.
Yeovil were one of the most successful non-league teams in the FA Cup, having defeated major Football League teams, most famously Sunderland in the fourth round in 1949, before going on to play in front of more than 81,000 spectators away at Manchester United in the next round. As the only Football League side in Somerset they have few local rivals since Dorset-based side Weymouth declined as Yeovil climbed the divisions in the 1990s and 2000s.
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