1957 FA Cup Final

The 1957 FA Cup Final was a football match played on 4 May 1957 at Wembley Stadium between Aston Villa and Manchester United. Villa won 2–1, with both of their goals scored by Peter McParland. Tommy Taylor scored United's goal. It was Villa's first major trophy for 37 years.[1]

The final was marred by a collision after only six minutes between Villa forward Peter McParland and United goalkeeper Ray Wood, which left Wood unconscious with a broken cheekbone. Wood left the pitch and Jackie Blanchflower took over in goal for United. Wood eventually rejoined the game in an outfield position as a virtual passenger before returning to goal for the last seven minutes of the game.

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.

Six of the 11 players who took to the field for United in this game lost their lives in the Munich air disaster nine months later; as did a further two players who did not appear in the game, while two others (who both appeared in the game) were injured to such an extent that they never played again. The only United players who appeared in the final a year later were full-back Bill Foulkes and forward Bobby Charlton. The death of Foulkes in November 2013 leaves Charlton as the last surviving player from the United team in the 1957 FA Cup Final, while the death of Nigel Sims in January 2018 left Peter McParland as the only remaining survivor from the winning team.

In December 2007, BBC Four's Timeshift series screened a documentary, A Game of Two Eras, which compared the 1957 final with its 2007 counterpart.[2]

1957 FA Cup Final
Old Wembley Stadium (external view)
Event1956–57 FA Cup
Aston Villa Manchester United
2 1
Date4 May 1957
VenueWembley Stadium, London
RefereeFrank Coultas (Hull)

Road to Wembley

Aston Villa

Round 3 Luton Town 2–2 Aston Villa
Round 3 Replay Aston Villa 2–0 Luton Town
Round 4 Middlesbrough 2–3 Aston Villa
Round 5 Aston Villa 2–1 Bristol City
Round 6 Burnley 1–1 Aston Villa
Round 6 Replay Aston Villa 2–0 Burnley
Semi-final Aston Villa 2–2 West Bromwich Albion
(at Molineux)
Semi-final Replay West Bromwich Albion 0–1 Aston Villa
(at St Andrew's)

Manchester United

Round 3 Hartlepools United 3–4 Manchester United
Round 4 Wrexham 0–5 Manchester United
Round 5 Manchester United 2–1 Everton
Round 6 Bournemouth and Boscombe Athletic 1–2 Manchester United
Semi-final Manchester United 2–0 Birmingham City
(at Hillsborough)

Match details

Aston Villa2–1Manchester United
McParland Goal 68'73' Report Taylor Goal 83'
Aston Villa
Manchester United
GK 1 England Nigel Sims
RB 2 England Stan Lynn
LB 3 England Peter Aldis
RH 4 England Stan Crowther
CH 5 England Jimmy Dugdale
LH 6 Republic of Ireland Pat Saward
OR 7 England Les Smith
IR 8 England Jackie Sewell
CF 9 England Bill Myerscough
IL 10 England Johnny Dixon (c)
OL 11 Northern Ireland Peter McParland
England Eric Houghton
GK 1 England Ray Wood
RB 2 England Bill Foulkes
LB 3 England Roger Byrne (c)
RH 4 England Eddie Colman
CH 5 Northern Ireland Jackie Blanchflower
LH 6 England Duncan Edwards
OR 7 England Johnny Berry
IR 8 Republic of Ireland Billy Whelan
CF 9 England Tommy Taylor
IL 10 England Bobby Charlton
OL 11 England David Pegg
Scotland Matt Busby

References and links

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ BBC Four - Timeshift, Series 7, A Game of Two Eras: 1957 v 2007

External links

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Bill Myerscough

Bill Myerscough (22 June 1930 in Bolton, Lancashire – 16 March 1977) was an English professional footballer who played in the Football League for six clubs. He was in the Aston Villa side that won the 1957 FA Cup Final.

Bobby Charlton

Sir Robert Charlton (born 11 October 1937) is an English former footballer who played as a midfielder. He is regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, and was a member of the England team that won the 1966 FIFA World Cup, the year he also won the Ballon d'Or. He played almost all of his club football at Manchester United, where he became renowned for his attacking instincts, his passing abilities from midfield and his ferocious long-range shot, as well as his fitness and stamina. He was cautioned only twice in his career; once against Argentina in the 1966 World Cup, and once in a league match against Chelsea. His elder brother Jack, who was also in the World Cup-winning team, is a former defender for Leeds United and international manager.

Born in Ashington, Northumberland, Charlton made his debut for the Manchester United first-team in 1956, and over the next two seasons gained a regular place in the team, during which time he survived the Munich air disaster of 1958 after being rescued by Harry Gregg. After helping United to win the Football League First Division in 1965, he won another First Division title with United in 1967. In 1968, he captained the Manchester United team that won the European Cup, scoring two goals in the final to help them become the first English club to win the competition. He is United's second all-time leading goal scorer (249), being surpassed by Wayne Rooney, and held the distinction of being England's all-time top goal scorer (49) from May 1968 to September 2015, when again Rooney surpassed his record. Charlton held the record for most appearances for Manchester United (758), before being surpassed by Ryan Giggs in the 2008 UEFA Champions League Final.He was named in the England squad for four World Cups (1958, 1962, 1966 and 1970), though did not play in the first. At the time of his retirement from the England team in 1970, he was the nation's most capped player, having turned out 106 times at the highest level. This record has since been surpassed by Bobby Moore and Peter Shilton.

He left Manchester United to become manager of Preston North End for the 1973–74 season. He changed to player-manager the following season. He next accepted a post as a director with Wigan Athletic, then became a member of Manchester United's board of directors in 1984 and remains one as of the 2018–19 season.

Derek Pace

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Duncan Edwards

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History of Aston Villa F.C. (1874–1961)

Aston Villa F.C. were formed in March 1874, by four members of the Villa Cross Wesleyan Chapel (known as early as 1867 as Aston Villa Wesleyan Chapel) in Lozells. The four founders were Jack Hughes, Frederick Matthews, Walter Price and William Scattergood. The first match was against the local Aston Brook St Mary's Rugby team. As a condition of the match, the Villa side had to agree to play the first half under rugby rules and the second half under football rules. The club were soon playing the modern version of football though and the club won its first FA Cup in 1887. Aston Villa were one of the dozen teams that competed in the inaugural Football League in 1888 with one of the club's directors, William McGregor being the league's founder. Aston Villa emerged as the most successful English club of the Victorian era. By the end of Villa's "Golden Age" at the start of the First World War, the club had won the League Championship six times and the FA Cup five times.Aston Villa won their sixth FA Cup in 1920. For the remainder of the inter-war years though, Villa were on a slow decline that would lead to them being relegated to the Second Division in 1936 for the first time in their history. They returned to the top-tier of English football by the outbreak of the Second World War. As with many clubs, the war brought much change to Villa Park and remainder of the 1940s were spent rebuilding the team. By 1957, Villa were a Cup winning side once again with the club's seventh FA Cup win. Even though Villa won the inaugural League Cup in 1960, the club were to enter into a very unsuccessful period. The 1960s saw much change at Villa Park. By the end of the 1960s, Villa were languishing in the Second Division and fan pressure led to the resignation of the Board and the introduction of Doug Ellis as Villa Chairman.

Jackie Blanchflower

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He was the younger brother of Danny Blanchflower, the captain of the Tottenham Hotspur side that dominated English football in the early 1960s.

Keith Jones (footballer, born 1928)

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Les Smith (footballer, born 1927)

Leslie Joseph "Les" Smith (24 December 1927 – 8 March 2008) was an English footballer who represented both Wolverhampton Wanderers and Aston Villa.

Smith began his professional career with Wolves, making his senior debut in April 1947. He was part of the squad that won the league title in 1953–54, although managing only four appearances during the campaign.

He played in the famous Wolves v Honved game, under the first floodlights in England. Where wolves turned around a 2-0 half time score to win 3-2 against the team, which included the great's Puskas and Yashin.

He became a regular starter in the following season, replacing the injured Jimmy Mullen as the club finished as runners-up. However, he found himself largely out of contention upon Mullen's return and so moved to Aston Villa in February 1956 for £25,000.

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Nigel Sims

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Stan Lynn

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Born in Bolton, Lancashire, Lynn was a tough-tackling right-back who started his career at Accrington Stanley in July 1947. He played only 35 league games for the club before Aston Villa stepped in with a £10,000 bid in March 1950.

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He transferred to Villa's arch-rivals Birmingham City in October 1961, by which time he had lost much of his pace. He went on to play nearly 150 games for the club, helping them to their first major trophy, the 1963 League Cup, defeating former club Aston Villa in the final, and in the 1964–65 season finished as Birmingham's joint leading scorer.Lynn joined Stourbridge for a couple of seasons before retiring in 1968. He still made appearances for Aston Villa All Stars, a charity fundraising team of former players, until 1985. He worked in the toolroom stores at Lucas in Birmingham until his retirement. He was twice married and had two children. In later life he suffered from Alzheimer's disease, and died in a Birmingham nursing home in 2002 at the age of 73.

Tommy Taylor

Thomas Taylor (29 January 1932 – 6 February 1958) was an English footballer, who was known for his aerial ability. He was one of the eight Manchester United players who lost their lives in the Munich air disaster.

Vic Crowe

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