The 1952–53 FA Cup was the 72nd season of the world's oldest football cup competition, the Football Association Challenge Cup, commonly known as the FA Cup. Blackpool won the competition for the first time, beating Bolton Wanderers 4–3 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.
|1952–53 FA Cup|
|Defending champions||Newcastle United|
|Champions||Blackpool (1st title)|
|Preliminary Round||Saturday 13 September 1952|
|First Round Qualifying||Saturday 27 September 1952|
|Second Round Qualifying||Saturday 11 October 1952|
|Third Round Qualifying||Saturday 25 October 1952|
|Fourth Round Qualifying||Saturday 8 November 1952|
|First Round Proper||Saturday 22 November 1952|
|Second Round Proper||Saturday 6 December 1952|
|Third Round Proper||Saturday 10 January 1953|
|Fourth Round Proper||Saturday 31 January 1953|
|Fifth Round Proper||Saturday 14 February 1953|
|Sixth Round Proper||Saturday 28 February 1953|
|Semi-Finals||Saturday 21 March 1953|
|Final||Saturday 2 May 1953|
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, 22 November 1952. Fourteen were drawn and went to replays, with two of these going to second replays.
|Tie no||Home team||Score||Away team||Date|
|1||Chester||0–1||Hartlepools United||22 November 1952|
|2||Chesterfield||1–0||Workington||22 November 1952|
|3||Darlington||2–3||Grimsby Town||22 November 1952|
|4||Bath City||3–1||Southend United||22 November 1952|
|5||Tonbridge||2–2||Norwich City||22 November 1952|
|Replay||Norwich City||1–0||Tonbridge||27 November 1952|
|6||Weymouth||1–1||Colchester United||22 November 1952|
|Replay||Colchester United||4–0||Weymouth||27 November 1952|
|7||Yeovil Town||1–4||Brighton & Hove Albion||22 November 1952|
|8||Leyton||0–0||Hereford United||22 November 1952|
|Replay||Hereford United||3–2||Leyton||27 November 1952|
|9||Gainsborough Trinity||1–1||Netherfield (Kendal)||22 November 1952|
|Replay||Netherfield (Kendal)||0–3||Gainsborough Trinity||27 November 1952|
|10||Swindon Town||5–0||Newport (IOW)||22 November 1952|
|11||Scarborough||0–8||Mansfield Town||22 November 1952|
|12||Ipswich Town||2–2||Bournemouth||22 November 1952|
|Replay||Bournemouth||2–2||Ipswich Town||26 November 1952|
|Replay||Ipswich Town||3–2||Bournemouth||1 December 1952|
|13||Tranmere Rovers||8–1||Ashington||22 November 1952|
|14||Wellington Town||1–1||Gillingham||22 November 1952|
|Replay||Gillingham||3–0||Wellington Town||26 November 1952|
|15||Kidderminster Harriers||0–1||Finchley||22 November 1952|
|16||Queens Park Rangers||2–2||Shrewsbury Town||22 November 1952|
|Replay||Shrewsbury Town||2–2||Queens Park Rangers||27 November 1952|
|Replay||Queens Park Rangers||1–4||Shrewsbury Town||1 December 1952|
|17||Leytonstone||0–2||Watford||22 November 1952|
|18||Coventry City||2–0||Bristol City||22 November 1952|
|19||Bradford City||4–0||Rhyl||22 November 1952|
|20||Crystal Palace||1–1||Reading||22 November 1952|
|Replay||Reading||1–3||Crystal Palace||26 November 1952|
|21||Bradford Park Avenue||2–1||Rochdale||22 November 1952|
|22||Scunthorpe United||1–0||Carlisle United||22 November 1952|
|23||Grays Athletic||0–5||Llanelli||22 November 1952|
|24||Port Vale||2–1||Exeter City||22 November 1952|
|25||Halifax Town||1–1||Ashton United||22 November 1952|
|Replay||Ashton United||1–2||Halifax Town||25 November 1952|
|26||Newport County||2–1||Walsall||22 November 1952|
|27||Southport||3–1||Bangor City||22 November 1952|
|28||Selby Town||1–5||Bishop Auckland||22 November 1952|
|29||Walthamstow Avenue||2–2||Wimbledon||22 November 1952|
|Replay||Wimbledon||0–3||Walthamstow Avenue||26 November 1952|
|30||York City||1–2||Barrow||22 November 1952|
|31||Aldershot||0–0||Millwall||22 November 1952|
|Replay||Millwall||7–1||Aldershot||27 November 1952|
|32||Guildford City||2–2||Great Yarmouth Town||22 November 1952|
|Replay||Great Yarmouth Town||1–0||Guildford City||27 November 1952|
|33||Horden CW||1–2||Accrington Stanley||22 November 1952|
|34||Gateshead||2–0||Crewe Alexandra||22 November 1952|
|35||North Shields||3–6||Stockport County||22 November 1952|
|36||Boston United||1–2||Oldham Athletic||22 November 1952|
|37||Peterborough United||2–1||Torquay United||22 November 1952|
|38||Leyton Orient||1–1||Bristol Rovers||22 November 1952|
|Replay||Bristol Rovers||1–0||Leyton Orient||24 November 1952|
|39||Hendon||0–0||Northampton Town||22 November 1952|
|Replay||Northampton Town||2–0||Hendon||27 November 1952|
|40||Beighton Miners Welfare||0–3||Wrexham||22 November 1952|
The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 6 December 1952, with Finchley and Crystal Palace competing instead on the 10th. Five matches were drawn, with replays taking place later the same week.
|Tie no||Home team||Score||Away team||Date|
|1||Barrow||2–2||Millwall||6 December 1952|
|Replay||Millwall||4–1||Barrow||10 December 1952|
|2||Finchley||3–1||Crystal Palace||10 December 1952|
|3||Grimsby Town||1–0||Bath City||6 December 1952|
|4||Swindon Town||2–0||Northampton Town||6 December 1952|
|5||Shrewsbury Town||0–0||Chesterfield||6 December 1952|
|Replay||Chesterfield||2–4||Shrewsbury Town||10 December 1952|
|6||Bishop Auckland||1–4||Coventry City||6 December 1952|
|7||Tranmere Rovers||2–1||Hartlepools United||6 December 1952|
|8||Stockport County||3–1||Gillingham||6 December 1952|
|9||Accrington Stanley||0–2||Mansfield Town||6 December 1952|
|10||Great Yarmouth Town||1–2||Wrexham||6 December 1952|
|11||Brighton & Hove Albion||2–0||Norwich City||6 December 1952|
|12||Bradford City||1–1||Ipswich Town||6 December 1952|
|Replay||Ipswich Town||5–1||Bradford City||10 December 1952|
|13||Bradford Park Avenue||1–2||Gateshead||6 December 1952|
|14||Port Vale||0–3||Oldham Athletic||6 December 1952|
|15||Halifax Town||4–2||Southport||6 December 1952|
|16||Newport County||2–1||Gainsborough Trinity||6 December 1952|
|17||Walthamstow Avenue||1–1||Watford||6 December 1952|
|Replay||Watford||1–2||Walthamstow Avenue||10 December 1952|
|18||Hereford United||0–0||Scunthorpe United||6 December 1952|
|Replay||Scunthorpe United||2–1||Hereford United||11 December 1952|
|19||Peterborough United||0–1||Bristol Rovers||6 December 1952|
|20||Colchester United||3–2||Llanelli||6 December 1952|
The 44 First and Second Division clubs entered the competition at this stage. The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 10 January 1953, although two matches were postponed until the mid-week fixtures. Six matches were drawn and went to replays.
|Tie no||Home team||Score||Away team||Date|
|1||Preston North End||5–2||Wolverhampton Wanderers||10 January 1953|
|2||Leicester City||2–4||Notts County||10 January 1953|
|3||Aston Villa||3–1||Middlesbrough||10 January 1953|
|4||Sheffield Wednesday||1–2||Blackpool||10 January 1953|
|5||Bolton Wanderers||3–1||Fulham||14 January 1953|
|6||Grimsby Town||1–3||Bury||10 January 1953|
|7||Sunderland||1–1||Scunthorpe United||10 January 1953|
|Replay||Scunthorpe United||1–2||Sunderland||15 January 1953|
|8||Derby County||4–4||Chelsea||10 January 1953|
|Replay||Chelsea||1–0||Derby County||14 January 1953|
|9||Lincoln City||1–1||Southampton||10 January 1953|
|Replay||Southampton||2–1||Lincoln City||14 January 1953|
|10||Luton Town||6–1||Blackburn Rovers||10 January 1953|
|11||Everton||3–2||Ipswich Town||10 January 1953|
|12||Shrewsbury Town||2–0||Finchley||10 January 1953|
|13||Tranmere Rovers||1–1||Tottenham Hotspur||10 January 1953|
|Replay||Tottenham Hotspur||9–1||Tranmere Rovers||12 January 1953|
|14||Newcastle United||3–0||Swansea Town||14 January 1953|
|15||Manchester City||7–0||Swindon Town||10 January 1953|
|16||Barnsley||4–3||Brighton & Hove Albion||10 January 1953|
|17||Brentford||2–1||Leeds United||10 January 1953|
|18||Portsmouth||1–1||Burnley||10 January 1953|
|Replay||Burnley||3–1||Portsmouth||13 January 1953|
|19||West Ham United||1–4||West Bromwich Albion||10 January 1953|
|20||Plymouth Argyle||4–1||Coventry City||10 January 1953|
|21||Millwall||0–1||Manchester United||10 January 1953|
|22||Hull City||3–1||Charlton Athletic||10 January 1953|
|23||Oldham Athletic||1–3||Birmingham City||10 January 1953|
|24||Huddersfield Town||2–0||Bristol Rovers||10 January 1953|
|25||Mansfield Town||0–1||Nottingham Forest||10 January 1953|
|26||Halifax Town||3–1||Cardiff City||10 January 1953|
|27||Newport County||1–4||Sheffield United||10 January 1953|
|28||Arsenal||4–0||Doncaster Rovers||10 January 1953|
|29||Walthamstow Avenue||2–1||Stockport County||10 January 1953|
|30||Stoke City||2–1||Wrexham||10 January 1953|
|31||Rotherham United||2–2||Colchester United||10 January 1953|
|Replay||Colchester United||0–2||Rotherham United||15 January 1953|
|32||Gateshead||1–0||Liverpool||10 January 1953|
The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 31 January 1953. Seven matches were drawn and went to replays, which were all played in the following midweek match. Two matches then went to a second replay, with the Chelsea–West Bromwich Albion game going to a third replay before it was settled.
|Tie no||Home team||Score||Away team||Date|
|1||Blackpool||1–0||Huddersfield Town||31 January 1953|
|2||Burnley||2–0||Sunderland||31 January 1953|
|3||Preston North End||2–2||Tottenham Hotspur||31 January 1953|
|Replay||Tottenham Hotspur||1–0||Preston North End||4 February 1953|
|4||Aston Villa||0–0||Brentford||31 January 1953|
|Replay||Brentford||1–2||Aston Villa||4 February 1953|
|5||Bolton Wanderers||1–1||Notts County||31 January 1953|
|Replay||Notts County||2–2||Bolton Wanderers||5 February 1953|
|Replay||Bolton Wanderers||1–0||Notts County||9 February 1953|
|6||Everton||4–1||Nottingham Forest||31 January 1953|
|7||Shrewsbury Town||1–4||Southampton||31 January 1953|
|8||Sheffield United||1–1||Birmingham City||31 January 1953|
|Replay||Birmingham City||3–1||Sheffield United||4 February 1953|
|9||Newcastle United||1–3||Rotherham United||31 January 1953|
|10||Manchester City||1–1||Luton Town||31 January 1953|
|Replay||Luton Town||5–1||Manchester City||4 February 1953|
|11||Manchester United||1–1||Walthamstow Avenue||31 January 1953|
|Replay||Walthamstow Avenue||2–5||Manchester United||5 February 1953|
|12||Plymouth Argyle||1–0||Barnsley||31 January 1953|
|13||Hull City||1–2||Gateshead||31 January 1953|
|14||Chelsea||1–1||West Bromwich Albion||31 January 1953|
|Replay||West Bromwich Albion||0–0||Chelsea||4 February 1953|
|Replay||Chelsea||1–1||West Bromwich Albion||9 February 1953|
|Replay||West Bromwich Albion||0–4||Chelsea||11 February 1953|
|15||Halifax Town||1–0||Stoke City||31 January 1953|
|16||Arsenal||6–2||Bury||31 January 1953|
The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 14 February 1953. The Blackpool–Southampton game went to a replay.
|Tie no||Home team||Score||Away team||Date|
|1||Blackpool||1–1||Southampton||14 February 1953|
|Replay||Southampton||1–2||Blackpool||18 February 1953|
|2||Burnley||0–2||Arsenal||14 February 1953|
|3||Luton Town||0–1||Bolton Wanderers||14 February 1953|
|4||Everton||2–1||Manchester United||14 February 1953|
|5||Plymouth Argyle||0–1||Gateshead||14 February 1953|
|6||Chelsea||0–4||Birmingham City||14 February 1953|
|7||Halifax Town||0–3||Tottenham Hotspur||14 February 1953|
|8||Rotherham United||1–3||Aston Villa||14 February 1953|
The four quarter-final ties were scheduled to be played on Saturday, 28 February 1953. The Birmingham City–Tottenham Hotspur game went to two replays before it was settled.
|Tie no||Home team||Score||Away team||Date|
|1||Aston Villa||0–1||Everton||28 February 1953|
|2||Arsenal||1–2||Blackpool||28 February 1953|
|3||Gateshead||0–1||Bolton Wanderers||28 February 1953|
|4||Birmingham City||1–1||Tottenham Hotspur||28 February 1953|
|Replay||Tottenham Hotspur||2–2||Birmingham City||4 March 1953|
|Replay||Birmingham City||0–1||Tottenham Hotspur||9 March 1953|
The semi-final matches were played on Saturday, 21 March 1953. Blackpool and Bolton Wanderers won their ties to meet in the final at Wembley.
The 1953 FA Cup Final, known as the "Matthews Final" due to Stanley Matthews' dribbling in the last 30 minutes of the game, was contested by Blackpool and Bolton Wanderers at Wembley. Blackpool won 4–3, with Stan Mortensen the first player to score a FA Cup Final hat-trick.
|Blackpool||4 – 3||Bolton Wanderers|
|Mortensen 35' 68' 89'
The 1952–53 Football League season was Birmingham City Football Club's 50th in the Football League and their 22nd in the Second Division. They finished in sixth position in the 22-team division. They entered the 1952–53 FA Cup at the third round proper and lost to Tottenham Hotspur in the sixth round (quarter-final) after two replays.
Twenty-seven players made at least one appearance in nationally organised first-team competition, and there were fifteen different goalscorers. Full-back Ken Green was ever-present through the 49-game season, and Peter Murphy was top scorer with 26 goals, of which 20 came in the league.1952–53 FA Cup qualifying rounds
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In the match, Blackpool started strongly and scored first with Stan Mortensen's goal in the 30th minute. Against the run of play, however, Arsenal equalised through Tommy Lawton and in the second half they went ahead when Doug Lishman reacted first to a rebounded shot. Lishman scored his second of the match in the 80th minute, which sealed a seventh Charity Shield honour for Arsenal.1953 FA Cup Final
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In February 2010, the boots worn by Matthews in the match were auctioned at Bonhams in Chester for £38,400, to an undisclosed buyer and in November 2014 Matthews' winning medal was sold for £220,000. The match ball fetched £5,250 in 2018.Alex Forbes
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Sir Alfred Ernest Ramsey (22 January 1920 – 28 April 1999) was an English football player and manager. As a player, he represented the England national team and captained the side, but he is best known for his time as England manager from 1963 to 1974, which included guiding them to victory in the 1966 FIFA World Cup. Knighted in 1967 in recognition of the World Cup win, Ramsey also managed his country to third place in the 1968 European Championship and the quarter-finals of the 1970 World Cup and the 1972 European Championship respectively. As a player, Ramsey was a defender and a member of England's 1950 World Cup squad.
Ramsey was born and raised in a quiet Essex village. He showed sporting promise from an early age and, after serving in the British Army during the Second World War, embarked on a football career, primarily as a right-back. He was considered a rather slow but accomplished player with a tremendous grasp of the tactical side of the game. Nicknamed "The General", he played for England 32 times between 1948 and 1953, captaining the side three times, scoring three times and appearing in the 1950 World Cup. He played his club football for Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur and was part of the Tottenham side that won the English League championship in the 1950–51 season.
Ramsey retired from playing aged 35 to become the manager of Ipswich Town, then in the third tier of English football. Ipswich rose through the divisions over the next six years, winning the Third Division South in 1956–57 and the Second Division in 1960–61. In the 1961–62 season, Ipswich's first ever campaign in the top division, Ramsey's team defied expectations to become champions of England. Ramsey took charge of the England team a year later. In a distinct break with common practice of the day, he used a narrow formation that led to his England side being dubbed "The Wingless Wonders". England's World Cup victory at Wembley in 1966 made Ramsey a national hero, though he had his critics, both at the time and since. He lost the England job acrimoniously, following the team's failure to qualify for the 1974 World Cup.
After managing England, Ramsey briefly held football-related roles at Birmingham City and Panathinaikos, before retiring in 1979–80. He led a somewhat reclusive life in Ipswich over the next two decades and died in 1999, aged 79. A statue of Ramsey was dedicated at the reconstructed Wembley Stadium in 2009, and various honours have been afforded to him in Ipswich. He is the first person to have been inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame twice: an inaugural inductee in 2002, in recognition of his achievements as a manager and admitted again in 2010 for his achievements as a player. He remains widely regarded as one of British football's all-time great managers.Coronation Cup (football)
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Celtic and Hibernian met in the final at Hampden Park, Celtic coming out the winners 2–0 before 117,000 spectators. Celtic's victory meant that they became the unofficial champions of Britain.Dave Hickson
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Playing as a goalkeeper, Swindin made more than 300 appearances in the Football League with Bradford City and Arsenal, where his 18-year career was interrupted by the Second World War. As manager, he led Peterborough United to three Midland League titles before spending a less successful spell with Arsenal. He also managed Norwich City and Cardiff City of the Football League and Kettering Town and Corby Town in non-league football.George Thompson (footballer, born 1926)
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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.List of Arsenal F.C. managers
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Harry (Peter) Goring (2 January 1927 – December 1994) was an English footballer.
Born in Bishop's Cleeve, Gloucestershire, one of 6 brothers. Goring first played for local Southern League side Cheltenham Town, making a name for himself as a prolific centre forward. He was signed by First Division Arsenal in January 1948, although he spent the next eighteen months playing in the reserve side.
After impressing on the club's tour of Brazil in the summer of 1949, Goring made his first-team debut against Chelsea on 24 August 1949; Arsenal won 2-1. In his first season, Goring was the club's second-top goalscorer in the League, with 21 goals in 29 matches. Arsenal only finished fifth that season, but did win the FA Cup, beating Liverpool 2-0 in the final; Goring started up front but did not score.
Goring continued to play up front for the Gunners (scoring 16 times the following season), but was displaced by Cliff Holton in 1951-52, and his form noticeably dropped; he only scored five goals in 19 appearances that season. However, he fought his way back into the side the following season, where he scored ten goals in 29 appearances, as Arsenal won the League on goal average.
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