1948 FA Cup Final

The 1948 FA Cup Final was contested by Manchester United and Blackpool at Wembley Stadium on 24 April 1948. United, who had not appeared in an FA Cup Final for 39 years, won 4–2, with two goals from Jack Rowley and one apiece from Stan Pearson and John Anderson. Eddie Shimwell and Stan Mortensen scored Blackpool's goals. With his goal, Shimwell became the first full-back to score in a Wembley cup final.[1] Blackpool manager Joe Smith decided not to select Jimmy McIntosh for the final despite McIntosh having scored five goals in the five ties leading up to the final. The two sides met in a rearranged league fixture the Monday after the Wembley final. McIntosh was selected to play for Blackpool, who won 1–0 with McIntosh scoring the winner.

The previous month it was announced that Blackpool would not be wearing their traditional tangerine-and-white strip due to its clashing with United's red. Instead, they wore white shirts with black shorts, but would be allowed to wear their normal socks, even though they too came under the auspices of the colour-clash ban. The FA also instructed United to wear blue shirts and white shorts, meaning both teams played in change strip.[2]

Hugh Kelly was the last surviving Blackpool player from the game when he died in March 2009 at the age of 85. The last surviving player from the game was Manchester United goalkeeper Jack Crompton who died in July 2013 at the age of 91.

1948 FA Cup Final
Event1947–48 FA Cup
Manchester United Blackpool
4 2
Date24 April 1948
VenueWembley Stadium, London
RefereeJack Barrick (Little Billing)

Match details

Manchester United4–2Blackpool
Rowley Goal 28'70'
Pearson Goal 80'
Anderson Goal 82'
Report Shimwell Goal 12' (pen.)
Mortensen Goal 35'
Manchester United
GK 1 England Jack Crompton
RB 2 Republic of Ireland Johnny Carey (c)
LB 3 England John Aston
RH 4 England John Anderson
CH 5 England Allenby Chilton
LH 6 England Henry Cockburn
OR 7 Scotland Jimmy Delaney
IR 8 England Johnny Morris
CF 9 England Jack Rowley
IL 10 England Stan Pearson
OL 11 England Charlie Mitten
Scotland Matt Busby
GK 1 England Joe Robinson
RB 2 England Eddie Shimwell
LB 3 England John Crosland
RH 4 England Harry Johnston (c)
CH 5 England Eric Hayward
LH 6 Scotland Hugh Kelly
OR 7 England Stanley Matthews
IR 8 Scotland Alex Munro
CF 9 England Stan Mortensen
IL 10 Scotland George Dick
OL 11 England Walter Rickett
England Joe Smith


  1. ^ Matlock Town F.C. pen pics Archived 1 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Gillatt, Peter (30 November 2009). Blackpool FC on This Day: History, Facts and Figures from Every Day of the Year. Pitch Publishing Ltd. ISBN 1-905411-50-2.
  • Calley, Roy (1992). Blackpool: A Complete Record 1887–1992. Breedon Books Sport. ISBN 1-873626-07-X.
  • Report and programme
1947–48 Blackpool F.C. season

The 1947–48 season was Blackpool F.C.'s 40th season (37th consecutive) in the Football League. They competed in the 22-team Division One, then the top tier of English football, finishing ninth. They also reached the FA Cup Final, in which they lost 4-2 to Manchester United (see 1948 FA Cup Final).

Stan Mortensen was the club's top scorer for the fourth consecutive season, with 31 goals (21 in the league and ten in the FA Cup, including a hat-trick against Tottenham in the semi-finals).

1947–48 FA Cup

The 1947–48 FA Cup was the 67th staging of the world's oldest football cup competition, the Football Association Challenge Cup, commonly known as the FA Cup. Manchester United won the competition for only the second time, beating Blackpool 4–2 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.

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