1956–57 FA Cup

The 1956–57 FA Cup was the 76th staging of the world's oldest football cup competition, the Football Association Challenge Cup, commonly known as the FA Cup. Aston Villa won the competition, beating Manchester United 2–1 in the final at Wembley, London.

Matches were 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.

1956–57 FA Cup
Country England
 Wales
Defending championsManchester City
ChampionsAston Villa (7th title)
Runners-upManchester United

Calendar

Round Date
Preliminary Round Saturday 8 September 1956
First Qualifying Round Saturday 22 September 1956
Second Qualifying Round Saturday 6 October 1956
Third Qualifying Round Saturday 20 October 1956
Fourth Qualifying Round Saturday 3 November 1956
First Round Proper Saturday 17 November 1956
Second Round Saturday 8 December 1956
Third Round Saturday 5 January 1957
Fourth Round Saturday 26 January 1957
Fifth Round Saturday 16 February 1957
Sixth Round Saturday 2 March 1957
Semifinals Saturday 23 March 1957
Final Saturday 4 May 1957

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. Matches were played on Saturday, 17 November 1956. Eight matches were drawn, with replays taking place later the same week.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date Attendance Notes
1 Ely City 2–6 Torquay United 17 November 1956
2 Chester 0–0 Barrow 17 November 1956
Replay Barrow 3–1 Chester 22 November 1956
3 Darlington 7–2 Evenwood Town 17 November 1956
4 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic 8–0 Burton Albion 17 November 1956
5 Southampton 2–0 Northampton Town 17 November 1956
6 Weymouth 1–0 Shrewsbury Town 17 November 1956
7 Yeovil Town 1–3 Peterborough United 17 November 1956
8 Walsall 0–1 Newport County 17 November 1956 12,085
9 Crewe Alexandra 2–2 Wrexham 17 November 1956
Replay Wrexham 2–1 Crewe Alexandra 21 November 1956
10 Derby County 2–1 Bradford City 17 November 1956
11 Swindon Town 2–1 Coventry City 17 November 1956
12 Bishop Auckland 2–1 Tranmere Rovers 17 November 1956
13 Ipswich Town 4–0 Hastings United 17 November 1956 13,481
14 Queens Park Rangers 4–0 Dorchester Town 17 November 1956
15 Accrington Stanley 4–1 Morecambe 17 November 1956
16 Brentford 3–0 Guildford City 17 November 1956
17 Brighton & Hove Albion 1–1 Millwall 17 November 1956
Replay Millwall 3–1 Brighton & Hove Albion 19 November 1956
18 Rhyl 3–2 Scarborough 17 November 1956
19 Norwich City 2–4 Bedford Town 17 November 1956
20 Hull City 4–0 Gateshead 17 November 1956
21 Carlisle United 6–1 Billingham Synthonia 17 November 1956
22 Crystal Palace 2–0 Walthamstow Avenue 17 November 1956
23 Exeter City 0–2 Plymouth Argyle 17 November 1956
24 Yiewsley 2–2 Gillingham 17 November 1956
Replay Gillingham 2–0 Yiewsley 21 November 1956
25 Hartlepools United 3–1 Selby Town 17 November 1956
26 Scunthorpe & Lindsey United 1–0 Rochdale 17 November 1956
27 Mansfield Town 1–1 Workington 17 November 1956
Replay Workington 2–1 Mansfield Town 21 November 1956
28 Halifax Town 2–3 Oldham Athletic 17 November 1956
29 Margate 3–1 Dunstable Town 17 November 1956
30 Cheltenham Town 1–2 Reading 17 November 1956
31 Southport 0–0 York City 17 November 1956
Replay York City 2–1 Southport 21 November 1956
32 New Brighton 3–3 Stockport County 17 November 1956
Replay Stockport County 2–3 New Brighton 21 November 1956
33 Hereford United 3–2 Aldershot 17 November 1956
34 Newport (IOW) 0–6 Watford 17 November 1956
35 Tooting & Mitcham United 2–1 Bromsgrove Rovers 17 November 1956
36 Wigan Athletic 1–2 Goole Town 17 November 1956
37 Boston United 0–2 Bradford Park Avenue 17 November 1956
38 South Shields 2–2 Chesterfield 17 November 1956
Replay Chesterfield 4–0 South Shields 21 November 1956
39 Colchester United 1–4 Southend United 17 November 1956
40 Ilkeston Town 1–5 Blyth Spartans 17 November 1956

Second Round

The matches were played on Saturday, 8 December 1956. Three matches were drawn, with replays taking place on the following Wednesday.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date Attendance Notes
1 Chesterfield 4–1 Barrow 8 December 1956
2 Southampton 3–2 Weymouth 8 December 1956
3 Watford 1–3 Ipswich Town 8 December 1956 13,913
4 Reading 1–0 Bedford Town 8 December 1956
5 Gillingham 1–2 Newport County 8 December 1956 8,700
6 Derby County 1–3 New Brighton 8 December 1956
7 Swindon Town 0–1 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic 8 December 1956
8 Accrington Stanley 2–1 Oldham Athletic 8 December 1956
9 Brentford 1–1 Crystal Palace 8 December 1956
Replay Crystal Palace 3–2 Brentford 12 December 1956
10 Rhyl 3–1 Bishop Auckland 8 December 1956
11 Millwall 4–0 Margate 8 December 1956
12 Hull City 2–1 York City 8 December 1956
13 Carlisle United 2–1 Darlington 8 December 1956
14 Goole Town 2–2 Workington 8 December 1956
Replay Workington 0–1 Goole Town 12 December 1956
15 Scunthorpe & Lindsey United 0–0 Wrexham 8 December 1956
Replay Wrexham 6–2 Scunthorpe & Lindsey United 12 December 1956
16 Blyth Spartans 0–1 Hartlepools United 8 December 1956
17 Torquay United 1–0 Plymouth Argyle 8 December 1956
18 Hereford United 2–3 Southend United 8 December 1956
19 Tooting & Mitcham United 0–2 Queens Park Rangers 8 December 1956
20 Peterborough United 3–0 Bradford Park Avenue 8 December 1956

Third Round

The 44 First and Second Division clubs entered the competition at this stage and the matches were played on Saturday, 5 January 1957. Eleven matches were drawn, with replays taking place later the same week, and two ties required second replays, which were both played on Monday, 14 January 1957.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date Attendance Notes
1 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic 2–0 Accrington Stanley 5 January 1957
2 Bristol City 4–1 Rotherham United 5 January 1957
3 Burnley 7–0 Chesterfield 5 January 1957
4 Bury 1–3 Portsmouth 5 January 1957
5 Preston North End 0–0 Sheffield Wednesday 5 January 1957
Replay Sheffield Wednesday 2–2 Preston North End 9 January 1957
2nd replay Preston North End 5–1 Sheffield Wednesday 14 January 1957 [A]
6 Notts County 1–3 Rhyl 5 January 1957
7 Nottingham Forest 6–0 Goole Town 5 January 1957
8 Bolton Wanderers 2–3 Blackpool 5 January 1957
9 Wolverhampton Wanderers 5–3 Swansea Town 5 January 1957
10 Middlesbrough 1–1 Charlton Athletic 5 January 1957
Replay Charlton Athletic 2–3 Middlesbrough 10 January 1957
11 Sunderland 4–0 Queens Park Rangers 5 January 1957 30,557
12 Luton Town 2–2 Aston Villa 5 January 1957 20,094
Replay Aston Villa 2–0 Luton Town 7 January 1957 28,356
13 Everton 1–0 Blackburn Rovers 5 January 1957 56,293
14 Doncaster Rovers 1–1 West Bromwich Albion 5 January 1957
Replay West Bromwich Albion 2–0 Doncaster Rovers 9 January 1957
15 Wrexham 1–1 Reading 5 January 1957
Replay Reading 1–2 Wrexham 9 January 1957
16 Ipswich Town 2–3 Fulham 5 January 1957 22,199
17 Newcastle United 1–1 Manchester City 5 January 1957 57,921
Replay Manchester City 4–5 Newcastle United 9 January 1957 46,990
18 Tottenham Hotspur 2–0 Leicester City 5 January 1957 56,492
19 Barnsley 3–3 Port Vale 5 January 1957
Replay Port Vale 0–1 Barnsley 7 January 1957
20 West Ham United 5–3 Grimsby Town 5 January 1957
21 Millwall 2–0 Crystal Palace 5 January 1957
22 Hull City 3–4 Bristol Rovers 5 January 1957
23 Carlisle United 3–3 Birmingham City 5 January 1957 27,445 [1]
Replay Birmingham City 2–0 Carlisle United 9 January 1957 56,458 [1]
24 Southend United 2–1 Liverpool 5 January 1957
25 Hartlepools United 3–4 Manchester United 5 January 1957
26 Huddersfield Town 0–0 Sheffield United 5 January 1957
Replay Sheffield United 1–1 Huddersfield Town 7 January 1957
2nd replay Huddersfield Town 2–1 Sheffield United 14 January 1957 [B]
27 Newport County 3–3 Southampton 5 January 1957 18,562
Replay Southampton 0–1 Newport County 9 January 1957 22,372
28 Arsenal 4–2 Stoke City 5 January 1957
29 Leeds United 1–2 Cardiff City 5 January 1957
30 New Brighton 2–1 Torquay United 5 January 1957
31 Peterborough United 2–2 Lincoln City 5 January 1957
Replay Lincoln City 4–5 Peterborough United 9 January 1957
32 Leyton Orient 0–2 Chelsea 5 January 1957

Fourth Round

The matches were played on Saturday, 26 January 1957. No replays were necessary.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date Attendance Notes
1 Blackpool 6–2 Fulham 26 January 1957
2 Bristol City 3–0 Rhyl 26 January 1957 29,438
3 Burnley 9–0 New Brighton 26 January 1957
4 Wolverhampton Wanderers 0–1 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic 26 January 1957 41,752
5 Middlesbrough 2–3 Aston Villa 26 January 1957 42,396
6 West Bromwich Albion 4–2 Sunderland 26 January 1957 48,010
7 Everton 2–1 West Ham United 26 January 1957 55,245
8 Wrexham 0–5 Manchester United 26 January 1957 34,445
9 Tottenham Hotspur 4–0 Chelsea 26 January 1957 66,398
10 Bristol Rovers 1–4 Preston North End 26 January 1957
11 Portsmouth 1–3 Nottingham Forest 26 January 1957
12 Millwall 2–1 Newcastle United 26 January 1957 45,646
13 Southend United 1–6 Birmingham City 26 January 1957 30,000 [1]
14 Huddersfield Town 3–1 Peterborough United 26 January 1957
15 Cardiff City 0–1 Barnsley 26 January 1957
16 Newport County 0–2 Arsenal 26 January 1957 22,450

Fifth Round

The matches were played on Saturday, 16 February 1957. Two matches were drawn and replayed later the same week.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date Attendance Notes
1 Blackpool 0–0 West Bromwich Albion 16 February 1957 32,707
Replay West Bromwich Albion 2–1 Blackpool 20 February 1957 58,054
2 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic 3–1 Tottenham Hotspur 16 February 1957 25,892
3 Preston North End 3–3 Arsenal 16 February 1957
Replay Arsenal 2–1 Preston North End 19 February 1957
4 Aston Villa 2-1 Bristol City 16 February 1957 63,099
5 Barnsley 1–2 Nottingham Forest 16 February 1957
6 Manchester United 1–0 Everton 16 February 1957 61,803
7 Millwall 1–4 Birmingham City 16 February 1957 41,000 [1]
8 Huddersfield Town 1–2 Burnley 16 February 1957 55,168

Sixth Round

Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic1 – 2Manchester United
Burnley1 – 1Aston Villa
Replay
Aston Villa2 – 0Burnley
West Bromwich Albion2 – 2Arsenal
Replay
Arsenal1 – 2West Bromwich Albion
Birmingham City0 – 0Nottingham Forest
Replay
Nottingham Forest0 – 1Birmingham City
Murphy Goal

Semifinals

Aston Villa2 – 2West Bromwich Albion
Replay
West Bromwich Albion0 – 1Aston Villa
Manchester United2 – 0Birmingham City

Final

The final took place on Saturday, 4 May 1957 at Wembley and ended in a victory for Aston Villa over Manchester United by 2–1. The attendance was 100,000.

Aston Villa2 – 1Manchester United
McParland Goal 68' Goal 73' [2] Taylor Goal 83'
Aston Villa
Manchester United

Notes

A. ^ : Match played at Goodison Park, Liverpool.
B. ^ : Match played at Maine Road, Manchester.
C. ^ : Dean Court's record attendance of 28,799 was set at this match.[3]

References

General
Specific
  1. ^ a b c d e f g Detail for matches involving Birmingham City from Matthews, Tony (1995). Birmingham City: A Complete Record. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 192. ISBN 978-1-85983-010-9.
  2. ^ "FA Cup Final 1957". fa-cupfinals.co.uk. Archived from the original on 25 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-19.
  3. ^ "AFC Bournemouth Club Information". A.F.C. Bournemouth. 2008-01-23. Archived from the original on 9 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-21.
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Villa's victory gave them their seventh FA Cup title, a record at the time, but since passed by three clubs including Manchester United, who have eleven wins. They reached the final in 2000, when they lost to Chelsea, and in 2015, when they lost to Arsenal.

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