1958 FA Cup Final

The 1958 FA Cup Final was contested on 3 May 1958 by Bolton Wanderers and Manchester United at Wembley Stadium, London, in front of a crowd of almost 100,000. The referee was J. Sherlock. Bolton won 2–0, with a double by Nat Lofthouse, who scored the goals in the 3rd and 55th minutes.[1] United, who had lost the previous final to Aston Villa, had been decimated three months earlier in the Munich air disaster, and fielded only four crash survivors, along with several newcomers. Just two players featured in the United side from the previous year's final; six of them were among the dead (along with two others who had not played), two were injured to such an extent that they never played again, while another had not yet fully recovered from his injuries.

The second Bolton goal was a source of considerable controversy as it resulted from the Manchester United goalkeeper Harry Gregg being bundled over the goal line by Lofthouse. Goalkeepers were, at that time, much less protected from physical contact with opponents. The resulting debate was one of the high-profile incidents that led eventually to the situation that prevails nowadays where no contact with the opposing goalkeeper is permitted.

Not one of Bolton's 11 players in the cup-winning team cost the club a transfer fee. Five of them were full internationals. For Nat Lofthouse and Doug Holden who played in the Matthews Final five years earlier, which Bolton had dramatically lost to Blackpool it was redemption.[2][3]

1958 FA Cup Final
Old Wembley Stadium (external view)
Event1957–58 FA Cup
Bolton Wanderers Manchester United
2 0
Date3 May 1958
VenueWembley Stadium, London
RefereeJack Sherlock

Road to Wembley

Bolton Wanderers Manchester United
Opposition Goalscorer(s)   Opposition Goalscorer(s)
4 January 1958
Preston North End [D1]
Parry (2)
Round Three 4 January 1958
Workington [D3N]
Viollet (3)
25 January 1958
York City [D3N]
  Round Four 25 January 1958
Ipswich Town [D2]
Charlton (2)
29 January 1958
York City [D3N]
Allcock (2)
15 February 1958
Stoke City [D2]
Round Five 19 February 1958
Sheffield Wednesday [D1]
Brennan (2)
1 March 1958
Wolverhampton Wanderers [D1]
Quarter finals 22 March 1958
West Bromwich Albion [D1]
Replay 5 March 1958
West Bromwich Albion [D1]
22 March 1958
Blackburn Rovers [D2]
Maine Road, Manchester
Gubbins (2) Semi finals 22 March 1958
Fulham [D2]
Villa Park, Birmingham
Charlton (2)
Replay 26 March 1958
Fulham [D2]
Highbury, North London
Dawson (3)
  • Both clubs received a bye to round three.
  • Square brackets [ ] represent the opposition's division

Match details

Bolton Wanderers2–0Manchester United
Lofthouse Goal 3' Goal 50' (Report)
Bolton Wanderers
Manchester United
GK 1 England Eddie Hopkinson
RB 2 England Roy Hartle
LB 3 England Tommy Banks
RH 4 England Derek Hennin
CH 5 England John Higgins
LH 6 England Bryan Edwards
OR 7 England Brian Birch
IR 8 England Dennis Stevens
CF 9 England Nat Lofthouse (c)
IL 10 England Ray Parry
OL 11 England Doug Holden
England Bill Ridding
GK 1 Northern Ireland Harry Gregg
RB 2 England Bill Foulkes (c)
LB 3 England Ian Greaves
RH 4 England Freddie Goodwin
CH 5 England Ron Cope
LH 6 England Stan Crowther
OR 7 Scotland Alex Dawson
IR 8 England Ernie Taylor
CF 9 England Bobby Charlton
IL 10 England Dennis Viollet
OL 11 Wales Colin Webster
Wales Jimmy Murphy


  1. ^ "1958 – Man Utd's Brave Dream". FA Cup. BBC Sport. 10 May 2001. Retrieved 25 August 2007.
  2. ^ "1953 - The Matthews. Stanley Mathewshad his last chance to earn a winners medal. He did win the medal. The United lost emotion on the whole game at the end. final". news.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 13 June 2014.
  3. ^ http://www.trulyreds.com/20100924/the-1958-united-v-bolton-munich-fa-cup-final/The 1958 United v Bolton, Munich FA Cup Final Frank Scicluna on 24 September 2010
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Derek Hennin

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Harry Gregg

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Jimmy Murphy (footballer)

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Munich air disaster

The Munich air disaster occurred on 6 February 1958 when British European Airways Flight 609 crashed on its third attempt to take off from a slush-covered runway at Munich-Riem Airport, West Germany. On the plane was the Manchester United football team, nicknamed the "Busby Babes", along with supporters and journalists. Twenty of the 44 on the aircraft died at the scene. The injured, some unconscious, were taken to the Rechts der Isar Hospital in Munich where three more died, resulting in 23 fatalities with 21 survivors.

The team was returning from a European Cup match in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, having eliminated Red Star Belgrade to advance to the semi-finals of the competition. The flight stopped to refuel in Munich because a non-stop flight from Belgrade to Manchester was beyond the "Elizabethan"-class Airspeed Ambassador's range. After refuelling, pilots James Thain and Kenneth Rayment twice abandoned take-off because of boost surging in the left engine. Fearing they would get too far behind schedule, Captain Thain rejected an overnight stay in Munich in favour of a third take-off attempt. By then, snow was falling, causing a layer of slush to form at the end of the runway. After the aircraft hit the slush, it ploughed through a fence beyond the end of the runway and the left wing was torn off after hitting a house. Fearing the aircraft might explode, Thain began evacuating passengers while Manchester United goalkeeper Harry Gregg helped pull survivors from the wreckage.

An investigation by West German airport authorities originally blamed Thain, saying he did not de-ice the aircraft's wings, despite eyewitness statements to the contrary. It was later established that the crash was caused by the slush on the runway, which slowed the plane too much to take off. Thain was cleared in 1968, ten years after the incident.

Manchester United were trying to become the third club to win three successive English league titles; they were six points behind League leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers with 14 games to go. They also held the Charity Shield and had just advanced into their second successive European Cup semi-finals. The team had not been beaten for 11 matches. The crash not only derailed their title ambitions that year but also virtually destroyed the nucleus of what promised to be one of the greatest generations of players in English football history. It took 10 years for the club to recover, with Busby rebuilding the team and winning the European Cup in 1968 with a new generation of "Babes".

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Hartle signed for these clubs during his career: Bolton Wanderers as a sixteen-year-old from non-league Bromsgrove Rovers and went on to become a stalwart, representing the club in 499 games in all competitions. His achievements include a 1958 FA Cup Final winner's medal, playing in the side that beat Manchester United 2–0.

After a spell in the USA with the New York Generals as a player/coach, he called time on his playing career and was appointed as Chief Scout at Bury after turning down other job offers with the likes of Stoke City and Grimsby Town.Appearing in Bolton's Hall of Fame and having a club suite at the Macron Stadium named in his honour, he died on 5 November 2014 at the age of 83, after spending time at a local nursing home following a long illness.

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Largely filmed around the North East of England, the film was first broadcast on 24 April 2011 on BBC Two and BBC HD, but is being sold internationally as a theatrical picture by Content Media Corp. The series gained a 14.3% rating in its time slot and was generally well received by television critics.

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