1951–52 FA Cup

The 1951–52 FA Cup was the 71st 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 fifth time, beating Arsenal 1–0 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.

1951–52 FA Cup
Country England
 Wales
Defending championsNewcastle United
ChampionsNewcastle United
(5th title)
Runners-upArsenal

Calendar

Round Date
Preliminary Round Saturday 15 September 1951
First Round Qualifying Saturday 29 September 1951
Second Round Qualifying Saturday 13 October 1951
Third Round Qualifying Saturday 27 October 1951
Fourth Round Qualifying Saturday 10 November 1951
First Round Proper Saturday 24 November 1951
Second Round Proper Saturday 15 December 1951
Third Round Proper Saturday 12 January 1952
Fourth Round Proper Saturday 2 February 1952
Fifth Round Proper Saturday 23 February 1952
Sixth Round Proper Saturday 8 March 1952
Semi-Finals Saturday 29 March 1952
Final Saturday 3 May 1952

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. Matches were scheduled to be played on Saturday, 24 November 1951. Eight were drawn and went to replays, with three of these going to second replays.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Barrow 0–2 Chesterfield 24 November 1951
2 Nelson 0–4 Oldham Athletic 24 November 1951
3 Tonbridge 0–0 Aldershot 24 November 1951
Replay Aldershot 3–2 Tonbridge 28 November 1951
4 Reading 1–0 Walsall 24 November 1951
5 Leyton 3–0 Chippenham Town 24 November 1951
6 Grimsby Town 4–0 Darlington 24 November 1951
7 Crewe Alexandra 2–4 Lincoln City 24 November 1951
8 Swindon Town 2–0 Bedford Town 24 November 1951
9 Stockton 1–1 Mansfield Town 24 November 1951
Replay Mansfield Town 0–2 Stockton 28 November 1951
10 Wrexham 3–0 Halifax Town 24 November 1951
11 Tranmere Rovers 4–2 Goole Town 24 November 1951
12 Stockport County 2–2 Gateshead 24 November 1951
Replay Gateshead 1–1 Stockport County 28 November 1951
Replay Stockport County 1–2 Gateshead 3 December 1951
13 Leytonstone 2–0 Shrewsbury Town 24 November 1951
14 Bangor City 2–2 Southport 24 November 1951
Replay Southport 3–0 Bangor City 27 November 1951
15 Accrington Stanley 1–2 Chester 24 November 1951
16 Aylesbury United 0–5 Watford 24 November 1951
17 Bristol Rovers 3–0 Kettering Town 24 November 1951
18 King's Lynn 1–3 Exeter City 24 November 1951
19 Brighton & Hove Albion 1–2 Bristol City 24 November 1951
20 Norwich City 3–2 Northampton Town 24 November 1951
21 Bradford City 6–1 Carlisle United 24 November 1951
22 Millwall 1–0 Plymouth Argyle 24 November 1951
23 Crystal Palace 0–1 Gillingham 24 November 1951
24 Witton Albion 2–1 Gainsborough Trinity 24 November 1951
25 Southend United 6–1 Bournemouth 24 November 1951
26 Hartlepools United 2–0 Rhyl 24 November 1951
27 Scunthorpe United 5–0 Billingham Synthonia 24 November 1951
28 Blyth Spartans 2–1 Bishop Auckland 24 November 1951
29 Newport County 4–0 Barry Town 24 November 1951
30 Torquay United 3–2 Bromley 24 November 1951
31 York City 1–1 Bradford Park Avenue 24 November 1951
Replay Bradford Park Avenue 1–1 York City 28 November 1951
Replay York City 0–4 Bradford Park Avenue 3 December 1951
32 Guildford City 4–1 Hereford United 24 November 1951
33 Rawmarsh Welfare 1–4 Buxton 24 November 1951
34 Blackhall Colliery Welfare 2–5 Workington 24 November 1951
35 Colchester United 3–1 Port Vale 24 November 1951
36 Leyton Orient 2–2 Gorleston 24 November 1951
Replay Gorleston 0–0 Leyton Orient 29 November 1951
Replay Leyton Orient 5–4 Gorleston 3 December 1951
37 Brush Sports 2–3 Weymouth 24 November 1951
38 Merthyr Tydfil 2–2 Ipswich Town 24 November 1951
Replay Ipswich Town 1–0 Merthyr Tydfil 5 December 1951
39 Ilkeston Town 0–2 Rochdale 24 November 1951
40 Barnstaple Town 2–2 Folkestone 24 November 1951
Replay Folkestone 5–2 Barnstaple Town 28 November 1951

Second Round Proper

The matches were played on Saturday, 15 December 1951. Seven matches were drawn, with replays taking place later the same week. Three of these replays went to a second replay, with the Tranmere Rovers–Blyth Spartans game going to a third.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Chester 5–2 Leyton 15 December 1951
2 Watford 1–2 Hartlepools United 15 December 1951
3 Reading 1–1 Southport 15 December 1951
Replay Southport 1–1 Reading 18 December 1951
Replay Reading 2–0 Southport 1 January 1952
4 Gillingham 0–3 Rochdale 15 December 1951
5 Lincoln City 3–1 Grimsby Town 15 December 1951
6 Swindon Town 3–3 Torquay United 15 December 1951
Replay Torquay United 1-1 Swindon Town 19 December 1951
Replay Swindon Town 3-1 Torquay United 2 January 1952
7 Stockton 2–1 Folkestone 15 December 1951
8 Wrexham 1–1 Leyton Orient 15 December 1951
Replay Leyton Orient 3–2 Wrexham 19 December 1951
9 Ipswich Town 4–0 Exeter City 15 December 1951
10 Buxton 4–3 Aldershot 15 December 1951
11 Tranmere Rovers 1–1 Blyth Spartans 15 December 1951
Replay Blyth Spartans 1–1 Tranmere Rovers 19 December 1951
Replay Tranmere Rovers 2–2 Blyth Spartans 3 January 1952
Replay Tranmere Rovers 5–1 Blyth Spartans 7 January 1952
12 Leytonstone 2–2 Newport County 15 December 1951
Replay Newport County 3–0 Leytonstone 20 December 1951
13 Bristol Rovers 2–0 Weymouth 15 December 1951
14 Norwich City 3–1 Chesterfield 15 December 1951
15 Millwall 0–0 Scunthorpe United 15 December 1951
Replay Scunthorpe United 3–0 Millwall 20 December 1951
16 Witton Albion 3–3 Workington 15 December 1951
Replay Workington 1–0 Witton Albion 20 December 1951
17 Southend United 5–0 Oldham Athletic 15 December 1951
18 Bradford Park Avenue 3–2 Bradford City 15 December 1951
19 Gateshead 2–0 Guildford City 15 December 1951
20 Colchester United 2–1 Bristol City 15 December 1951

Third round proper

The 44 First and Second Division clubs entered the competition at this stage. The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 12 January 1952. Nine matches were drawn and went to replays, with one of these going to a second replay.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Burnley 1–0 Hartlepools United 12 January 1952
2 Liverpool 1–0 Workington 12 January 1952
3 Rochdale 0–2 Leeds United 12 January 1952
4 Reading 0–3 Swansea Town 12 January 1952
5 Leicester City 1–1 Coventry City 12 January 1952
Replay Coventry City 4–1 Leicester City 14 January 1952
6 Notts County 4–0 Stockton 12 January 1952
7 Nottingham Forest 2–2 Blackburn Rovers 12 January 1952
Replay Blackburn Rovers 2–0 Nottingham Forest 16 January 1952
8 Middlesbrough 2–2 Derby County 12 January 1952
Replay Derby County 0–2 Middlesbrough 16 January 1952
9 West Bromwich Albion 4–0 Bolton Wanderers 12 January 1952
10 Sunderland 0–0 Stoke City 12 January 1952
Replay Stoke City 3–1 Sunderland 14 January 1952
11 Luton Town 1–0 Charlton Athletic 12 January 1952
12 Doncaster Rovers 2–0 Buxton 12 January 1952
13 Sheffield United 2–0 Newport County 12 January 1952
14 Ipswich Town 2–2 Gateshead 12 January 1952
Replay Gateshead 3–3 Ipswich Town 16 January 1952
Replay Ipswich Town 1–2 Gateshead 21 January 1952
15 Newcastle United 4–2 Aston Villa 12 January 1952
16 Manchester City 2–2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 12 January 1952
Replay Wolverhampton Wanderers 4–1 Manchester City 16 January 1952
17 Fulham 0–1 Birmingham City 12 January 1952
18 Barnsley 3–0 Colchester United 12 January 1952
19 Brentford 3–1 Queens Park Rangers 12 January 1952
20 Bristol Rovers 2–0 Preston North End 12 January 1952
21 Portsmouth 4–0 Lincoln City 12 January 1952
22 West Ham United 2–1 Blackpool 12 January 1952
23 Manchester United 0–2 Hull City 12 January 1952
24 Norwich City 0–5 Arsenal 12 January 1952
25 Chelsea 2–2 Chester 12 January 1952
Replay Chester 2–3 Chelsea 16 January 1952
26 Southend United 3–0 Southampton 12 January 1952
27 Bradford Park Avenue 2–1 Sheffield Wednesday 12 January 1952
28 Scunthorpe United 0–3 Tottenham Hotspur 12 January 1952
29 Huddersfield Town 1–2 Tranmere Rovers 12 January 1952
30 Cardiff City 1–1 Swindon Town 12 January 1952
Replay Swindon Town 1–0 Cardiff City 16 January 1952
31 Rotherham United 2–1 Bury 12 January 1952
32 Leyton Orient 0–0 Everton 12 January 1952
Replay Everton 1–3 Leyton Orient 16 January 1952

Fourth round proper

The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 2 February 1952, with the exception of two postponed matches. Three games were drawn and went to replays, which were all played in the following midweek match. One of these then went to a second replay before being settled.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Burnley 2–0 Coventry City 2 February 1952
2 Liverpool 2–1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 February 1952
3 Notts County 1–3 Portsmouth 2 February 1952
4 Blackburn Rovers 2–0 Hull City 2 February 1952
5 Middlesbrough 1–4 Doncaster Rovers 6 February 1952
6 Luton Town 2–2 Brentford 2 February 1952
Replay Brentford 0–0 Luton Town 6 February 1952
Replay Luton Town 3–2 Brentford 18 February 1952
7 Swindon Town 1–1 Stoke City 2 February 1952
Replay Stoke City 0–1 Swindon Town 4 February 1952
8 Tottenham Hotspur 0–3 Newcastle United 2 February 1952
9 West Ham United 0–0 Sheffield United 2 February 1952
Replay Sheffield United 4–2 West Ham United 6 February 1952
10 Chelsea 4–0 Tranmere Rovers 2 February 1952
11 Southend United 2–1 Bristol Rovers 2 February 1952
12 Swansea Town 3–0 Rotherham United 2 February 1952
13 Arsenal 4–0 Barnsley 2 February 1952
14 Leeds United 2–0 Bradford Park Avenue 2 February 1952
15 Gateshead 0–2 West Bromwich Albion 6 February 1952
16 Birmingham City 0–1 Leyton Orient 2 February 1952

Fifth round proper

The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 23 February 1952. The Leeds United–Chelsea game went to two replays before Chelsea won the tie.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Burnley 2–0 Liverpool 23 February 1952
2 Blackburn Rovers 1–0 West Bromwich Albion 23 February 1952
3 Luton Town 3–1 Swindon Town 23 February 1952
4 Portsmouth 4–0 Doncaster Rovers 23 February 1952
5 Southend United 1–2 Sheffield United 23 February 1952
6 Swansea Town 0–1 Newcastle United 23 February 1952
7 Leeds United 1–1 Chelsea 23 February 1952
Replay Chelsea 1–1 Leeds United 27 February 1952
Replay Leeds United 1–5 Chelsea 3 March 1952
8 Leyton Orient 0–3 Arsenal 23 February 1952

Sixth round proper

The four Sixth Round ties were scheduled to be played on Saturday, 8 March 1952. There were no replays.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Blackburn Rovers 3–1 Burnley 8 March 1952
2 Luton Town 2–3 Arsenal 8 March 1952
3 Sheffield United 0–1 Chelsea 8 March 1952
4 Portsmouth 2–4 Newcastle United 8 March 1952

Semi-Finals

The semi-final matches were intended to be played on Saturday, 29 March 1952, although the Chelsea–Arsenal fixture was not played until the week after. Both matches went to a replay, with Arsenal and Newcastle United eventually winning their ties to meet in the final at Wembley.

Newcastle United0–0Blackburn Rovers
Replay
Blackburn Rovers1–2Newcastle United
Chelsea1–1Arsenal
Replay
Arsenal3–0Chelsea

Final

The 1952 FA Cup Final took place at Wembley Stadium. It was contested between cup holders Newcastle United and Arsenal. Newcastle won 1–0 with a late goal from Chilean striker George Robledo

Match facts

Newcastle United1 – 0Arsenal
Robledo Goal 84' Report
Newcastle United
Arsenal

See also

References

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1951 in association football

The following are the football (soccer) events of the year 1951 throughout the world.

1951–52 Birmingham City F.C. season

The 1951–52 Football League season was Birmingham City Football Club's 49th in the Football League and their 21st in the Second Division. They finished in third position in the 22-team division, missing out on promotion to Cardiff City on goal average. They entered the 1951–52 FA Cup at the third round proper and lost to Leyton Orient in the fourth.

Twenty-three players made at least one appearance in nationally organised first-team competition, and there were fourteen different goalscorers. Goalkeeper Gil Merrick played in 43 of the 44 games over the season. Of outfield players, full-back Ken Green played in 41. Tommy Briggs was top scorer with 19 goals, of which 18 came in the league.

1951–52 FA Cup qualifying rounds

The FA Cup 1951–52 is the 71st 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 30 victorious teams from the Fourth Round Qualifying progressed to the First Round Proper.

1951–52 in English football

The 1951–52 season was the 72nd season of competitive football in England.

1952 FA Charity Shield

The 1952 FA Charity Shield was the 30th FA Charity Shield, an annual football match held between the winners of the previous season's Football League and FA Cup competitions. The match was contested by Manchester United, who had won the 1951–52 Football League, and Newcastle United, who had won the 1951–52 FA Cup, at Old Trafford, Manchester, on 24 September 1952. Manchester United came back from a goal down at half-time to win the match 4–2. Their goals were scored by Jack Rowley (2), Roger Byrne and John Downie, while Vic Keeble scored both goals for Newcastle.

1952 FA Cup Final

The 1952 FA Cup Final was the final match of the 1951–52 staging of the Football Association Challenge Cup (better known as the FA Cup), English football's main cup competition. The match was contested by Newcastle United and Arsenal at Wembley Stadium in London on 3 May 1952. It was hitherto only the second time that an FA Cup Final was played in May; 1937 being the first. Newcastle appeared in their 11th final in total and their second successive final, while it was Arsenal's sixth final and their second in three years.

Angel Ground

The Angel Ground was a sports ground at Tonbridge in the English county of Kent. It was used as a venue for first-class cricket by Kent County Cricket Club between 1869 and 1939 and then for association football by Tonbridge Angels F.C., until 1980. It was subsequently demolished and redeveloped by Tonbridge and Malling District Council in 1980.

The ground was located in the centre of Tonbridge, around 250 metres (820 ft) north-east of Tonbridge railway station, just to the east of Tonbridge High Street. It was bordered on the north by a branch of the River Medway and suffered from flooding in 1925.

Elm Park (stadium)

Elm Park was a football stadium in the West Reading district of Reading, Berkshire, England. The stadium was the home of Reading Football Club from 1896 to 1998. In 1998 they moved to the new Madejski Stadium.

George Gray (footballer, born 1925)

George James Pope Gray (7 July 1925 – 1995) was an English footballer who played in the Football League as a wing half for Grimsby Town, Swindon Town and Darlington.

Jack Rowley

John Frederick Rowley (7 October 1918 – 28 June 1998) was an English footballer who played as a forward from the 1930s to the 1950s, mainly remembered for a 17-year spell with Manchester United. He was nicknamed "The Gunner" because of his prolific goalscoring and explosive shooting, scoring 211 goals in 424 appearances for United. His younger brother, Arthur, still holds the record for the highest number of career goals scored in the Football League with 434.

John Aston Sr.

John Aston (3 September 1921 – 31 July 2003) was an English footballer.

Like his son John Aston Jr., Prestwich-born Aston came through the Manchester United youth system and turned professional in December 1939. His debut for the club came on almost seven years later, on 18 September 1946, against Chelsea. Aston was a strong, tough-tackling left-back who also played as a centre forward for his club on occasion. He won 17 England caps between 1948 and 1950, all at left-back, and featured in the 1950 FIFA World Cup. He played in the 1948 FA Cup Final triumph over Blackpool at Wembley Stadium. He left the club in 1954 after scoring 30 goals in 284 appearances.

Aston returned to the club as Youth Team coach in the early 1960s and was then Chief Scout under new manager Wilf McGuinness in 1969, and had a three-year spell in the position before being sacked along with McGuinness's successor, Frank O'Farrell in late 1972. Aston was also reserve team manager when McGuinness was manager, although McGuinness became reserve team manager again after he got sacked as manager in December 1970.

Aston died in July 2003 at the age of 81.

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