1950–51 FA Cup

The 1950–51 FA Cup was the 70th season of the world's oldest football cup competition, the Football Association Challenge Cup, commonly known as the FA Cup. Newcastle United won the competition for the fourth time, beating Blackpool 2–0 in the final at Wembley, London.

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. 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 at neutral venues 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.

1950–51 FA Cup
Country England
 Wales
Defending championsArsenal
ChampionsNewcastle United
(4th title)
Runners-upBlackpool

Calendar

Round Date
Extra Preliminary Round Saturday 2 September 1950
Preliminary Round Saturday 16 September 1950
First Round Qualifying Saturday 30 September 1950
Second Round Qualifying Saturday 14 October 1950
Third Round Qualifying Saturday 28 October 1950
Fourth Round Qualifying Saturday 11 November 1950
First Round Proper Saturday 25 November 1950
Second Round Proper Saturday 9 December 1950
Third Round Proper Saturday 6 January 1951
Fourth Round Proper Saturday 27 January 1951
Fifth Round Proper Saturday 10 February 1951
Sixth Round Proper Saturday 24 February 1951
Semi-Finals Saturday 10 March 1951
Final Saturday 28 April 1951

Results

First Round Proper

At this stage clubs from the Football League Third Division North and South joined those non-league clubs having come through the qualifying rounds. However, following on from the increase of teams in that season's Football League, 3 of the 4 new clubs were required to start in the qualifying rounds (which caused Shrewsbury Town to withdraw in protest).[1] Matches were played on Saturday, 25 November 1950. Six matches were drawn, with replays taking place later the same week.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date Attendance Notes
1 Chester 1–2 Bradford Park Avenue 25 November 1950
2 Darlington 2–7 Rotherham United 25 November 1950
3 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic 1–0 Colchester United 25 November 1950
4 Bristol City 4–0 Gloucester City 25 November 1950
5 Rochdale 3–1 Willington 25 November 1950
6 Reading 3–1 Cheltenham Town 25 November 1950
7 Nottingham Forest 6–1 Torquay United 25 November 1950
8 Crewe Alexandra 4–0 North Shields 25 November 1950
9 Lincoln City 1–1 Southport 25 November 1950
Replay Southport 3–2 Lincoln City 28 November 1950
10 Gainsborough Trinity 0–3 Plymouth Argyle 25 November 1950
11 Scarborough 1–2 Rhyl 25 November 1950
12 Wrexham 1–0 Accrington Stanley 25 November 1950
13 Bishop Auckland 2–2 York City 25 November 1950
Replay York City 2–1 Bishop Auckland 29 November 1950
14 Bristol Rovers 1–1 Llanelli 25 November 1950
Replay Llanelli 1–1 Bristol Rovers 28 November 1950
2nd replay Bristol Rovers 3–1 Llanelli 4 December 1950 [A]
15 Norwich City 2–0 Watford 25 November 1950
16 Glastonbury 1–2 Exeter City 25 November 1950
17 Bradford City 2–2 Oldham Athletic 25 November 1950
Replay Oldham Athletic 2–1 Bradford City 28 November 1950
18 Carlisle United 2–1 Barrow 25 November 1950
19 Crystal Palace 1–4 Millwall 29 November 1950 [B]
20 Worcester City 1–4 Hartlepools United 25 November 1950
21 Witton Albion 1–2 Nelson 25 November 1950
22 Southend United 0–3 Swindon Town 25 November 1950
23 Mansfield Town 1–0 Walthamstow Avenue 25 November 1950
24 Bromsgrove Rovers 1–3 Hereford United 25 November 1950
25 Port Vale 3–2 New Brighton 25 November 1950
26 Halifax Town 2–3 Ashington 25 November 1950
27 Newport County 4–2 Walsall 25 November 1950
28 Cleator Moor Celtic 0–5 Tranmere Rovers 25 November 1950 [C]
29 Aldershot 2–2 Bromley 25 November 1950
Replay Bromley 0–1 Aldershot 29 November 1950
30 Guildford City 1–5 Dartford 25 November 1950
31 Tooting & Mitcham United 2–3 Brighton & Hove Albion 25 November 1950
32 Chelmsford City 2–2 Tonbridge 25 November 1950
Replay Tonbridge 0–1 Chelmsford City 29 November 1950
33 Leyton Orient 1–2 Ipswich Town 25 November 1950 10,560 [2]
34 Linby Colliery 1–4 Gillingham 25 November 1950

Second Round Proper

The matches were played on Saturday, 9 December 1950. Three matches were drawn, with replays taking place on the following Wednesday. One second replay was played on Monday, 18 December 1950.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date Attendance Notes
1 Ashington 1–2 Rochdale 9 December 1950
2 Bristol City 2–1 Wrexham 9 December 1950
3 Reading 4–0 Dartford 9 December 1950
4 Crewe Alexandra 2–2 Plymouth Argyle 9 December 1950
Replay Plymouth Argyle 3–0 Crewe Alexandra 13 December 1950
5 Bristol Rovers 2–2 Gillingham 9 December 1950
Replay Gillingham 1–1 Bristol Rovers 13 December 1950
2nd replay Bristol Rovers 2–1 Gillingham 18 December 1950 [D]
6 Brighton & Hove Albion 2–0 Ipswich Town 9 December 1950 14,411 [2]
7 Rhyl 0–1 Norwich City 9 December 1950
8 Millwall 1–1 Bradford Park Avenue 9 December 1950
Replay Bradford Park Avenue 0–1 Millwall 13 December 1950
9 Exeter City 3–0 Swindon Town 9 December 1950
10 Hartlepools United 1–2 Oldham Athletic 9 December 1950
11 Port Vale 3–2 Nelson 9 December 1950
12 Southport 1–3 Carlisle United 9 December 1950
13 York City 2–1 Tranmere Rovers 9 December 1950
14 Hereford United 0–3 Newport County 9 December 1950
15 Rotherham United 3–1 Nottingham Forest 9 December 1950
16 Aldershot 3–0 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic 9 December 1950
17 Chelmsford City 1–4 Mansfield Town 9 December 1950

Third Round Proper

The 44 First and Second Division clubs entered the competition at this stage. The matches were scheduled to be played on Saturday, 6 January 1951, though two were postponed until later the same week. Five matches were drawn, with replays taking place later the same week.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date Attendance Notes
1 Bristol City 2–1 Blackburn Rovers 6 January 1951
2 Rochdale 2–3 Chelsea 9 January 1951
3 Leicester City 0–3 Preston North End 6 January 1951
4 Notts County 3–4 Southampton 6 January 1951
5 Aston Villa 2–0 Burnley 6 January 1951
6 Bolton Wanderers 2–0 York City 6 January 1951
7 Grimsby Town 3–3 Exeter City 6 January 1951
Replay Exeter City 4–2 Grimsby Town 10 January 1951
8 Sunderland 2–0 Coventry City 6 January 1951
9 Derby County 2–2 West Bromwich Albion 6 January 1951
Replay West Bromwich Albion 0–1 Derby County 10 January 1951
10 Luton Town 2–0 Portsmouth 6 January 1951
11 Sheffield United 1–0 Gateshead 6 January 1951
12 Stockport County 2–1 Brentford 6 January 1951
13 Newcastle United 4–1 Bury 6 January 1951
14 Queens Park Rangers 3–4 Millwall 6 January 1951
15 Fulham 1–0 Sheffield Wednesday 6 January 1951
16 Bristol Rovers 5–1 Aldershot 10 January 1951
17 Northampton Town 3–1 Barnsley 6 January 1951
18 West Ham United 2–1 Cardiff City 6 January 1951
19 Brighton & Hove Albion 2–1 Chesterfield 6 January 1951
20 Manchester United 4–1 Oldham Athletic 6 January 1951
21 Norwich City 3–1 Liverpool 6 January 1951
22 Plymouth Argyle 1–2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 6 January 1951
23 Hull City 2–0 Everton 6 January 1951
24 Huddersfield Town 2–0 Tottenham Hotspur 6 January 1951
25 Mansfield Town 2–0 Swansea Town 6 January 1951
26 Newport County 3–2 Reading 6 January 1951
27 Charlton Athletic 2–2 Blackpool 6 January 1951
Replay Blackpool 3–0 Charlton Athletic 10 January 1951
28 Arsenal 0–0 Carlisle United 6 January 1951
Replay Carlisle United 1–4 Arsenal 11 January 1951
29 Leeds United 1–0 Middlesbrough 6 January 1951
30 Stoke City 2–2 Port Vale 6 January 1951
Replay Port Vale 0–1 Stoke City 8 January 1951 [E]
31 Rotherham United 2–1 Doncaster Rovers 6 January 1951
32 Birmingham City 2–0 Manchester City 6 January 1951 30,057 [3]

Fourth Round Proper

The matches were played on Saturday, 27 January 1951. Two matches were drawn, the replays being played on Wednesday, 31 January 1951.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date Attendance Notes
1 Blackpool 2–1 Stockport County 27 January 1951
2 Bristol City 1–0 Brighton & Hove Albion 27 January 1951
3 Preston North End 0–2 Huddersfield Town 27 January 1951
4 Wolverhampton Wanderers 3–1 Aston Villa 27 January 1951
5 Sunderland 2–0 Southampton 27 January 1951
6 Derby County 1–3 Birmingham City 27 January 1951 37,384 [3]
7 Luton Town 1–2 Bristol Rovers 27 January 1951
8 Sheffield United 0–0 Mansfield Town 27 January 1951
Replay Mansfield Town 4–2 Sheffield United 31 January 1951
9 Newcastle United 3–2 Bolton Wanderers 27 January 1951
10 Manchester United 4–0 Leeds United 27 January 1951
11 Millwall 0–1 Fulham 27 January 1951
12 Hull City 2–0 Rotherham United 27 January 1951
13 Exeter City 1–1 Chelsea 27 January 1951
Replay Chelsea 2–0 Exeter City 31 January 1951
14 Newport County 0–2 Norwich City 27 January 1951
15 Arsenal 3–2 Northampton Town 27 January 1951
16 Stoke City 1–0 West Ham United 27 January 1951

Fifth Round Proper

The matches were played on Saturday, 10 February 1951. One match was drawn and replayed the following Wednesday.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date Attendance Notes
1 Blackpool 2–0 Mansfield Town 10 February 1951
2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 2–0 Huddersfield Town 10 February 1951
3 Sunderland 3–1 Norwich City 10 February 1951
4 Bristol Rovers 3–0 Hull City 10 February 1951
5 Manchester United 1–0 Arsenal 10 February 1951
6 Chelsea 1–1 Fulham 10 February 1951
Replay Fulham 3–0 Chelsea 14 February 1951
7 Stoke City 2–4 Newcastle United 10 February 1951
8 Birmingham City 2–0 Bristol City 10 February 1951 47,831 [3]

Sixth Round Proper

Blackpool1 – 0Fulham
Sunderland1 – 1Wolverhampton Wanderers
Newcastle United0 – 0Bristol Rovers
Birmingham City1 – 0Manchester United
Higgins Goal

Replays

Wolverhampton Wanderers3 – 1Sunderland
Bristol Rovers1 – 3Newcastle United

Semi-Finals

Blackpool0 – 0Birmingham City
Newcastle United0 – 0Wolverhampton Wanderers

Replays

Birmingham City1 – 2Blackpool
Smith Goal
Wolverhampton Wanderers1 – 2Newcastle United

Final

The final took place on Saturday, 28 April 1951 at Wembley and ended in a victory for Newcastle United over Blackpool by 2–0, with both goals scored by Jackie Milburn. The attendance was 100,000.

Newcastle United2 – 0Blackpool
Milburn Goal 50' Goal 55' [4]
Newcastle United
Blackpool
 

Notes

A. ^ : Match played at Ninian Park, Cardiff.
B. ^ : The original tie was abandoned after 34 minutes due to fog, with the score 0–0.
C. ^ : Match played at Borough Park, Workington.
D. ^ : Match played at White Hart Lane, London.
E. ^ : Match played at Victoria Ground, Stoke-on-Trent.

References

General
Specific
  1. ^ [The Guinness Record of the FA Cup https://www.amazon.co.uk/Guinness-Record-FA-Cup/dp/0851125387 Amazon] . Accessed 2009-09-18. Archived 2009-09-21.
  2. ^ a b 1950-51 Pride of Anglia
  3. ^ a b c Detail for matches involving Birmingham City from Matthews, Tony (1995). Birmingham City: A Complete Record. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 186. ISBN 978-1-85983-010-9.
  4. ^ "FA Cup Final 1951". fa-cupfinals.co.uk. Archived from the original on 2008-05-23. Retrieved 2008-05-16.
1950–51 Birmingham City F.C. season

The 1950–51 Football League season was Birmingham City Football Club's 48th in the Football League and their 20th in the Second Division, having been relegated from the First Division in 1949–50. They finished in 4th position in the 22-team division. They entered the 1950–51 FA Cup at the third round proper and reached the semi-final, in which they lost to Blackpool after a replay.

Twenty-two players made at least one appearance in nationally organised competitive football during the season, and there were thirteen different goalscorers. Goalkeeper Gil Merrick, full-back Arthur Atkins and winger Johnny Berry were ever-present in the 48-game season, and Cyril Trigg was the leading goalscorer with 19 goals, of which 17 came in league matches.

As part of the Festival of Britain, friendly matches were arranged at the end of this season between British clubs and teams from other parts of the British Isles and from continental Europe. Birmingham played in four such matches, against teams from Scotland, Ireland and Yugoslavia.

1950–51 FA Cup qualifying rounds

The FA Cup 1950–51 is the 70th 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.

1951 FA Charity Shield

The 1951 FA Charity Shield was the 29th FA Charity Shield, an annual football match played between the winners of the previous season's Football League and FA Cup competitions. The match took place on 24 September 1951 and was played between 1950–51 Football League champions Tottenham Hotspur and FA Cup winners Newcastle United. It ended in a 2–1 victory for Tottenham Hotspur.

1951 FA Cup Final

The 1951 FA Cup Final was contested by Newcastle United and Blackpool at Wembley on 28 April 1951. Newcastle won 2–0, with both goals scored by Jackie Milburn.

Bill Slater, who played at inside left for losers Blackpool, was the last surviving player to have appeared in the final. He died in December 2018 at the age of 91. The last surviving Newcastle United player from the final was Charlie Crowe, who died in February 2010 at the age of 85.

Arthur Atkins (footballer)

Arthur Walter Atkins (21 February 1925 – 7 January 1988) was an English professional footballer who played as a centre half. Born in Tokyo, his parents having business in Japan, he was educated in Erdington, Birmingham, where he was spotted by Second Division club Birmingham City. He played more than 100 games for the club in all competitions, and played a big part in the club reaching the 1950–51 FA Cup semifinal. He later played for Shrewsbury Town. He died in Sutton Coldfield, Warwickshire aged 62.

Billy Spurdle

William Spurdle (28 January 1926 – 20 June 2011) was a Guernsey-born footballer who played as a wing half. He scored 63 goals in 381 league appearances in a 16-year professional career in the Football League.He started his career with Oldham Athletic in 1947, before making a £12,000 move to Manchester City two years later. He helped the club to win promotion out of the Second Division in the 1950–51 campaign, and went on to feature in the 1955 FA Cup Final defeat to Newcastle United. He was sold to Port Vale in November 1956 for a £4,000 fee, before returning to Oldham at the end of the season for a £1,000 fee. He helped the "Latics" to win promotion out of the Fourth Division in 1962–63, his final season as a professional player.

Len Boyd

Leonard Arthur Miller Boyd (11 November 1923 − 14 February 2008) was an English professional footballer who played 333 matches in the Football League in the 1940s and 1950s. After serving in the Royal Navy during the Second World War, Boyd signed for Second Division club Plymouth Argyle, where he spent two seasons playing as an inside forward. When he began playing as a wing half, a position to which he was better suited, he attracted attention, and soon secured a transfer to the First Division with Birmingham City for what was for Plymouth a record fee.

Though his club was soon relegated, Boyd established himself in the first team and was appointed captain. He was chosen to represent England at "B" international level. An industrious, dynamic player, described by his goalkeeper Gil Merrick as "a good player and a bloody good captain", Boyd led the team to the championship of the Second Division in the 1954–55 season and to the FA Cup Final and sixth place in the league, still, as of 2018, Birmingham's record league placing, the following year. He played only once more for Birmingham, forced to retire by the back injury which had disrupted his final season with the club.

Radcliffe F.C.

Radcliffe Football Club (formerly Radcliffe Borough) is an English football club based in Radcliffe, Greater Manchester where they play their games at Stainton Park. The club was formed on 24 May 1949 and currently plays in the Northern Premier League Premier Division. Radcliffe won the division in 1996–97, won the playoffs on 2002–03 and reached the first round of the FA Cup for the first time in its history in 2000. The club changed its name to Radcliffe Football Club for the 2018–19 season.

Tom Finney

Sir Thomas Finney (5 April 1922 – 14 February 2014) was an English footballer who played from 1946 to 1960 as an outside left for Preston North End and England. He is widely acknowledged to have been one of the sport's greatest-ever players. He was noted for his loyalty to Preston, for whom he made 569 first-class appearances, and for many outstanding performances in international matches.

In later life, Finney was Club President of both Preston and of non-league Kendal Town F.C. For his charitable work, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 1961 New Year Honours and a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 1992 New Year Honours and was knighted in the 1998 New Year Honours.

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