1955–56 FA Cup

The 1955–56 FA Cup was the 75th staging of the world's oldest cup competition, the FA Cup. Manchester City won the competition, beating Birmingham City 3–1 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.

1955–56 FA Cup
Country England
 Wales
Defending championsNewcastle United
ChampionsManchester City
(3rd title)
Runners-upBirmingham City

Calendar

Round Date
Preliminary Round 10 September 1955
First Qualifying Round 24 September 1955
Second Qualifying Round 8 October 1955
Third Qualifying Round 22 October 1955
Fourth Qualifying Round 5 November 1955
First Round Proper 19 November 1955
Second Round 10 December 1955
Third Round 7 January 1956
Fourth Round 28 January 1956
Fifth Round 18 February 1956
Sixth Round 3 March 1956
Semifinals 17 March 1956
Final 5 May 1956

Results

First Round Proper

At this stage the 48 Third Division North and Third Division South clubs joined the 32 non-league clubs who came through the qualifying rounds.

The matches were played on Saturday, 19 November 1955. Seven matches were drawn, with replays taking place later that week. Two ties needed a second replay, which took place on the following Monday, 28 November 1955.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date Attendance Summary
1 Chesterfield 1–0 Chester 19 November 1955
2 Darlington 0–0 Carlisle United 19 November 1955
Replay Carlisle United 0–0 Darlington 22 November 1955 [1]
2nd replay Darlington 3–1 Carlisle United 28 November 1955
3 Hastings United 6–1 Southall 19 November 1955
4 Barrow 0–0 Crewe Alexandra 19 November 1955
Replay Crewe Alexandra 2–3 Barrow 23 November 1955
5 Rochdale 0–1 York City 19 November 1955
6 Watford 5–3 Ramsgate Athletic 19 November 1955
7 Weymouth 3–2 Salisbury 19 November 1955
8 Yeovil Town 1–1 Aldershot 19 November 1955
Replay Aldershot 1–1 Yeovil Town 23 November 1955
2nd replay Yeovil Town 0–3 Aldershot 28 November 1955 [2]
9 Reading 1–0 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic 19 November 1955
10 Gillingham 1–1 Shrewsbury Town 19 November 1955
Replay Shrewsbury Town 4–1 Gillingham 24 November 1955
11 Swindon Town 4–0 Hereford United 19 November 1955
12 Bishop Auckland 3–1 Durham City 19 November 1955
13 Wycombe Wanderers 1–3 Burton Albion 19 November 1955
14 Accrington Stanley 3–1 Wrexham 19 November 1955
15 Brentford 4–0 March Town United 19 November 1955
16 Crook Town 2–2 Derby County 19 November 1955
Replay Derby County 5–1 Crook Town 23 November 1955
17 Northampton Town 4–1 Millwall 19 November 1955
18 Coventry City 0–1 Exeter City 19 November 1955
19 Brighton & Hove Albion 8–1 Newport County 19 November 1955
20 Rhyl 0–3 Bradford Park Avenue 19 November 1955
21 Norwich City 4–0 Dorchester Town 19 November 1955
22 Bradford City 3–1 Oldham Athletic 19 November 1955
23 Crystal Palace 0–0 Southampton 19 November 1955
Replay Southampton 2–0 Crystal Palace 23 November 1955
24 Goole Town 1–2 Halifax Town 19 November 1955
25 Southend United 2–0 Queens Park Rangers 19 November 1955
26 Hartlepools United 3–0 Gateshead 19 November 1955
27 Scunthorpe & Lindsey United 3–0 Shildon 19 November 1955
28 Bedford Town 3–0 Leyton 19 November 1955
29 Mansfield Town 2–0 Stockport County 19 November 1955
30 Margate 2–2 Walsall 19 November 1955
Replay Walsall 6–1 Margate 24 November 1955
31 Halesowen Town 2–4 Hendon 19 November 1955
32 Southport 6–1 Ashton United 19 November 1955
33 Torquay United 2–0 Colchester United 19 November 1955
34 Workington 4–2 Scarborough 19 November 1955
35 Netherfield 1–5 Grimsby Town 19 November 1955
36 Easington Colliery Welfare 0–2 Tranmere Rovers 19 November 1955
37 Boston United 3–2 Northwich Victoria 19 November 1955
38 Peterborough United 3–1 Ipswich Town 19 November 1955 20,843
39 Leyton Orient 7–1 Lovells Athletic 19 November 1955
40 Skegness Town 0–4 Worksop Town 19 November 1955

Second Round Proper

The matches were played on Saturday, 10 December 1955. Seven matches were drawn, with replays taking place later that week.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date Attendance Summary
1 Chesterfield 1–2 Hartlepools United 10 December 1955
2 Darlington 0–1 Accrington Stanley 10 December 1955
3 Weymouth 0–1 Southend United 10 December 1955
4 Reading 2–2 Aldershot 10 December 1955
Replay Aldershot 3–0 Reading 14 December 1955
5 Walsall 2–1 Southampton 10 December 1955
6 Derby County 1–6 Boston United 10 December 1955 23,757 [1]
7 Swindon Town 1–1 Peterborough United 10 December 1955
Replay Peterborough United 1–2 Swindon Town 15 December 1955
8 Shrewsbury Town 0–0 Torquay United 10 December 1955
Replay Torquay United 5–1 Shrewsbury Town 14 December 1955
9 Bishop Auckland 0–0 Scunthorpe & Lindsey United 10 December 1955
Replay Scunthorpe & Lindsey United 2–0 Bishop Auckland 15 December 1955
10 Tranmere Rovers 0–3 Barrow 10 December 1955
11 Northampton Town 4–1 Hastings United 10 December 1955
12 Brighton & Hove Albion 1–2 Norwich City 10 December 1955
13 Bradford City 2–2 Worksop Town 10 December 1955
Replay Worksop Town 1–0 Bradford City 15 December 1955
14 Bradford Park Avenue 4–3 Workington 10 December 1955
15 Exeter City 6–2 Hendon 10 December 1955
16 Bedford Town 3–2 Watford 10 December 1955
17 Halifax Town 0–0 Burton Albion 10 December 1955
Replay Burton Albion 1–0 Halifax Town 14 December 1955
18 Southport 0–0 Grimsby Town 10 December 1955
Replay Grimsby Town 3–2 Southport 14 December 1955
19 York City 2–1 Mansfield Town 10 December 1955
20 Leyton Orient 4–1 Brentford 10 December 1955

Third Round Proper

This round was the first in which the 44 Second Division and First Division (top-flight) teams entered the competition. The matches were scheduled to be played on Saturday, 7 January 1956, though four were postponed until later that week because of bad weather. Four matches were drawn, with replays taking place later that week.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date Attendance Summary
1 Bury 0–1 Burnley 10 January 1956
2 Liverpool 2–0 Accrington Stanley 7 January 1956 48,385
3 Walsall 0–1 Port Vale 7 January 1956 21,836
4 Notts County 0–1 Fulham 7 January 1956
5 Aston Villa 1–1 Hull City 7 January 1956 33,284
Replay Hull City 1–2 Aston Villa 12 January 1956 24,253
6 Sheffield Wednesday 1–3 Newcastle United 7 January 1956 48,198
7 Bolton Wanderers 3–0 Huddersfield Town 11 January 1956 20,862
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1–2 West Bromwich Albion 7 January 1956 55,564
9 Sunderland 4–2 Norwich City 7 January 1956 46,390
10 Lincoln City 2–3 Southend United 7 January 1956
11 Luton Town 0–4 Leicester City 11 January 1956
12 Everton 3–1 Bristol City 7 January 1956
13 Swindon Town 1–0 Worksop Town 7 January 1956
14 Doncaster Rovers 3–0 Nottingham Forest 7 January 1956
15 Sheffield United 5–0 Barrow 7 January 1956
16 Tottenham Hotspur 4–0 Boston United 7 January 1956
17 Manchester City 2–1 Blackpool 11 January 1956
18 Bristol Rovers 4–0 Manchester United 7 January 1956 35,872
19 Northampton Town 1–2 Blackburn Rovers 7 January 1956
20 Portsmouth 3–1 Grimsby Town 7 January 1956
21 West Ham United 5–2 Preston North End 7 January 1956
22 Bradford Park Avenue 0–4 Middlesbrough 7 January 1956
23 Exeter City 0–0 Stoke City 7 January 1956
Replay Stoke City 3–0 Exeter City 9 January 1956
24 Hartlepools United 0–1 Chelsea 7 January 1956
25 Swansea Town 1–2 York City 7 January 1956
26 Charlton Athletic 7–0 Burton Albion 7 January 1956
27 Arsenal 2–2 Bedford Town 7 January 1956
Replay Bedford Town 1–2 Arsenal 12 January 1956
28 Leeds United 1–2 Cardiff City 7 January 1956
29 Torquay United 1–7 Birmingham City 7 January 1956 18,730
30 Rotherham United 1–1 Scunthorpe & Lindsey United 7 January 1956
Replay Scunthorpe & Lindsey United 4–2 Rotherham United 12 January 1956
31 Aldershot 1–2 Barnsley 7 January 1956
32 Leyton Orient 1–0 Plymouth Argyle 7 January 1956

Fourth Round Proper

The matches were played on Saturday, 28 January 1956. Four matches were drawn, three of which were settled in a single replay. The fourth, between Burnley and Chelsea, was eventually decided in Chelsea's favour in the fourth replay, played 18 days after the date of the original tie.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date Attendance Summary
1 Burnley 1–1 Chelsea 28 January 1956
Replay Chelsea 1–1 Burnley 1 February 1956
2nd replay Burnley 2–2 Chelsea 6 February 1956 [3]
3rd replay Chelsea 0–0 Burnley 13 February 1956 [4]
4th replay Burnley 0–2 Chelsea 15 February 1956 [5]
2 Liverpool 3–3 Scunthorpe & Lindsey United 28 January 1956 53,393
Replay Scunthorpe & Lindsey United 0–2 Liverpool 6 February 1956 19,500
3 Leicester City 3–3 Stoke City 28 January 1956 35,877
Replay Stoke City 2–1 Leicester City 30 January 1956 34,120
4 Bolton Wanderers 1–2 Sheffield United 28 January 1956 47,105
5 West Bromwich Albion 2–0 Portsmouth 28 January 1956 59,448
6 Tottenham Hotspur 3–1 Middlesbrough 28 January 1956 41,895
7 Fulham 4–5 Newcastle United 28 January 1956 39,200
8 Barnsley 0–1 Blackburn Rovers 28 January 1956
9 Bristol Rovers 1–1 Doncaster Rovers 28 January 1956
Replay Doncaster Rovers 1–0 Bristol Rovers 31 January 1956
10 West Ham United 2–1 Cardiff City 28 January 1956
11 Southend United 0–1 Manchester City 28 January 1956
12 Port Vale 2–3 Everton 28 January 1956 44,278
13 Charlton Athletic 2–1 Swindon Town 28 January 1956
14 Arsenal 4–1 Aston Villa 28 January 1956 43,052
15 York City 0–0 Sunderland 28 January 1956 22,000
Replay Sunderland 2–1 York City 1 February 1956 43,928
16 Leyton Orient 0–4 Birmingham City 28 January 1956 24,727

Fifth Round Proper

The matches were played on Saturday, 18 February 1956. Three matches were drawn, with replays taking place later that week.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date Attendance Summary
1 West Bromwich Albion 0–1 Birmingham City 18 February 1956 58,213
2 Everton 1–0 Chelsea 18 February 1956 61,572
3 Doncaster Rovers 0–2 Tottenham Hotspur 18 February 1956 30,436
4 Sheffield United 0–0 Sunderland 18 February 1956 51,516
Replay Sunderland 1–0 Sheffield United 22 February 1956 39,883
5 Newcastle United 2–1 Stoke City 18 February 1956 61,550
6 Manchester City 0–0 Liverpool 18 February 1956 70,640
Replay Liverpool 1–2 Manchester City 22 February 1956 57,528
7 West Ham United 0–0 Blackburn Rovers 18 February 1956
Replay Blackburn Rovers 2–3 West Ham United 23 February 1956
8 Charlton Athletic 0–2 Arsenal 18 February 1956 71,758

Final rounds

Sixth Round Proper

Newcastle United0 – 2Sunderland
Holden Goal Goal
Tottenham Hotspur3 – 3West Ham United
Harmer Goal (pen)
Robb Goal
Duquemin Goal
Dick Goal Goal Goal
Manchester City2 – 1Everton
Hayes Goal
Johnstone Goal
Harris Goal
Arsenal1 – 3Birmingham City
Charlton Goal Astall Goal
Murphy Goal
Brown Goal

Replay

West Ham United1 – 2Tottenham Hotspur
Dare Goal Harmer Goal
Duquemin Goal

Semifinals

Manchester City1 – 0Tottenham Hotspur
Johnstone Goal
Birmingham City3 – 0Sunderland
Astall Goal
Brown Goal
Kinsey Goal

Final

The final took place on Saturday, 5 May 1956 at Wembley and ended 3–1, with goals scored by Joe Hayes, Bobby Johnstone and Jack Dyson for Manchester City and Noel Kinsey for Birmingham City. The attendance was 100,000. The match is remembered for an incident where Manchester City goalkeeper Bert Trautmann sustained a neck injury diving at the feet of Birmingham attacker Peter Murphy; he completed the game in considerable pain, and later examination discovered he had broken a bone in his neck.

Manchester City3 – 1Birmingham City
Hayes Goal 3'
Johnstone Goal 62'
Dyson Goal 64'
Kinsey Goal 15'
Manchester City
Birmingham City

References

Notes

  1. ^ Played at St James' Park, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
  2. ^ Played at The Dell, Southampton.
  3. ^ Played at St Andrew's, Birmingham.
  4. ^ Played at Highbury, London.
  5. ^ Played at White Hart Lane, London.
1955–56 Arsenal F.C. season

During the 1955–56 English football season, Arsenal F.C. competed in the Football League First Division.

1955–56 Birmingham City F.C. season

The 1955–56 Football League season was Birmingham City Football Club's 53rd in the Football League and their 29th in the First Division, having been promoted as Second Division champions in 1954–55. They finished in a club-record sixth position in the 22-team division. They entered the 1955–56 FA Cup in the third round proper and reached the Final for only the second time, despite being drawn to play away from home in each round, the first time this had occurred. They lost 3–1 to Manchester City in a match remembered for City's goalkeeper Bert Trautmann playing the last 25 minutes with a broken neck.

Birmingham City became the first English club side to take part in European competition when they played their first group game in the 1955–58 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup on 16 May 1956, a goalless draw away at Inter Milan. The competition lasted over three English seasons with the final not played until 1958. Invitations to enter the Fairs Cup, a tournament set up to promote industrial trade fairs, were extended to the city hosting the trade fair rather than to clubs. Some cities entered a select team including players from more than one club, but Aston Villa, the other major club based in the city of Birmingham, rejected the opportunity to field a combined team.Twenty-four players made at least one appearance in nationally or internationally organised first-team competition, and there were thirteen different goalscorers. Goalkeeper Gil Merrick and forwards Eddy Brown and Peter Murphy played in 46 of the 50 first-team matches over the season, and Brown finished as leading goalscorer with 29 goals in all competitions, of which 21 were scored in the league.

1955–56 FA Cup qualifying rounds

The FA Cup 1955–56 is the 75th 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.

1955–56 Football League

The 1955–56 season was the 57th completed season of The Football League.

1956 FA Charity Shield

The 1956 FA Charity Shield was the 34th 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 1955–56 Football League, and Manchester City, who had won the 1955–56 FA Cup, at Maine Road, Manchester, on 24 October 1956. Manchester United won the match 1–0, Dennis Viollet scoring the winning goal. Manchester United goalkeeper David Gaskell made his debut for the club during the game, taking the place of injured goalkeeper Ray Wood, and, at the age of 16 years and 19 days, became the youngest player ever to play for the club.

This game was the first competitive floodlit Manchester derby. The game was a break with tradition as Charity Shield games were typically played at the home ground of the League Champions, but as Old Trafford had yet to install lights, the game was played at Maine Road. Prior to this the first floodlit Manchester derby was played on 26 February 1889 at the Belle Vue Athletic Ground. That match was also a charity game as it was played in aid of the Hyde Coal Mine disaster.

1956 FA Cup Final

The 1956 FA Cup Final was the final match of the 1955–56 staging of English football's primary cup competition, the Football Association Challenge Cup, better known as the FA Cup. The showpiece event was contested between Manchester City and Birmingham City at Wembley Stadium in London on Saturday 5 May 1956. Two-time winners Manchester City were appearing in their sixth final, whereas Birmingham City were seeking to win the competition for the first time, having lost their only previous final in 1931.

Each club needed to win five matches to reach the final. Manchester City's victories were close affairs, each settled by the odd goal, and they needed a replay to defeat fifth-round opponents Liverpool. Birmingham City made more comfortable progress: they scored eighteen goals while conceding only two, and won each match at the first attempt despite being drawn to play on their opponents' ground in every round. They became the first team to reach an FA Cup final without playing at home.

Birmingham City entered the match as favourites, in a contest billed as a contrast of styles. Watched by a crowd of 100,000 and a television audience of five million, Manchester City took an early lead through Joe Hayes, but Noel Kinsey equalised midway through the first half. Second half goals from Jack Dyson and Bobby Johnstone gave Manchester City a 3–1 victory. The match is best remembered for the heroics of Manchester City goalkeeper, Bert Trautmann, who continued playing despite breaking a bone in his neck in a collision with Birmingham City's Peter Murphy. Due to his heroics, the game is often referred to as "the Trautmann final".

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Felix Staroscik

Felix Staroscik (20 May 1920 – 7 August 2009) was a Polish footballer who played as a winger for Third Lanark, Northampton Town and Bedford Town.Born in Silesia, Poland, Staroscik played football for the Polish Army. By the end of the Second World War, he had moved to England as a refugee. He signed for Wolverhampton Wanderers as an amateur, but failed to make a first team appearance before transferring to Scottish side Third Lanark. He turned professional with the club, and went on to score 33 goals in 81 appearances before joining Northampton Town in July 1951.Although he was a leading goalscorer for the reserves, Staroscik was unable to keep a regular place in the first team at Northampton. During his four-year spell at the club, he made 49 league appearances, scoring 19 goals, before moving to Bedford Town in 1955. At Bedford, Staroscik played a role in the club's 1955–56 FA Cup run, where they reached the Third Round before narrowly losing to First Division side Arsenal. Staroscik retired in 1958 and joined the coaching staff at Bedford, but came out of retirement to play for Potton United during the 1959–60 season.

Jack Badham

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Jack Crompton

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