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.

1952 FA Cup Final
Old Wembley Stadium (external view)
Event1951–52 FA Cup
Newcastle United Arsenal
1 0
Date3 May 1952
VenueWembley Stadium, London
RefereeArthur Ellis (Halifax)

Match facts

Newcastle United1–0Arsenal
G. Robledo Goal 84' (Report)
Newcastle United
GK 1 Scotland Ronnie Simpson
RB 2 England Bobby Cowell
LB 3 Northern Ireland Alf McMichael
RH 4 England Joe Harvey (c)
CH 5 Scotland Frank Brennan
LH 6 Chile Ted Robledo
OR 7 England Tommy Walker
IR 8 Wales Billy Foulkes
CF 9 England Jackie Milburn
IL 10 Chile George Robledo
OL 11 Scotland Bobby Mitchell
England Stan Seymour
GK 1 England George Swindin
RB 2 Wales Wally Barnes
LB 3 England Lionel Smith
RH 4 Scotland Alex Forbes
CH 5 Wales Ray Daniel
LH 6 England Joe Mercer (c)
OR 7 England Freddie Cox
IR 8 Scotland Jimmy Logie
CF 9 England Cliff Holton
IL 10 England Doug Lishman
OL 11 England Don Roper
England Tom Whittaker

Match summary

Arsenal played Newcastle United with several recovering players rushed back into the first team; Walley Barnes was taken off injured with a twisted knee after 35 minutes (no substitutes were allowed then), and ten-man Arsenal suffered further injuries to Holton, Roper and Daniel, so that by the end of the match they had only seven fit players on the pitch;[1] with the numerical advantage in their favour, Newcastle won 1–0 with a goal from George Robledo. The goal scored by Robledo was drawn by a young John Lennon, who included it in the artwork of his album Walls and Bridges in 1974.[2]


  1. ^ Soar & Tyler (2005). The Official Illustrated History of Arsenal. p. 99.
  2. ^ Molina, Paula (4 April 2016). "Jorge Robledo, el futbolista chileno inmortalizado en un disco de John Lennon". BBC Mundo (in Spanish). Retrieved 25 April 2017.

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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.

1968 Football League Cup Final

The 1968 Football League Cup Final took place on 2 March 1968 at Wembley Stadium. It was the eighth final and the second to be played at Wembley. It was contested between Arsenal and Leeds United.

Leeds had been Inter-Cities Fairs Cup finalists the previous season, while Arsenal had been a mid-table side of late, and it was their first Wembley appearance since the 1952 FA Cup Final. For both clubs, it was their first League Cup Final. Leeds had conceded just three goals in six matches in their run-up to the final and their defence were on top again in a drab battle for the trophy against Arsenal. Terry Cooper scored the only goal of the game, hammering home a long range goal after 20 minutes. After that, Leeds shut up shop and a defensive performance saw them out for the rest of the match.

It was the first major trophy of Don Revie's reign at Elland Road and started one of the most successful periods in the club's history. Arsenal reached the League Cup Final the following year, only to lose again (this time to Swindon Town), but went on to win both domestic and European trophies in the following seasons.

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He represented Northern Ireland 40 times.

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Arsenal Football Club was founded in 1886 as a munition workers' team from Woolwich, then in Kent, now southeast London. They turned professional in 1891 and joined The Football League two years later. They were promoted to the First Division in 1904 but financial problems meant they were liquidated and reformed. They were bought out by Sir Henry Norris that year and to improve the club's financial standing, he moved the team to Arsenal Stadium, Highbury, north London in 1913. After the First World War he arranged for the club's promotion back to the First Division, in controversial circumstances.

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