1959–60 FA Cup

The 1959–60 FA Cup was the 79th staging of the world's oldest football cup competition, the Football Association Challenge Cup, commonly known as the FA Cup. Wolverhampton Wanderers won the competition for the fourth time, beating Blackburn Rovers 3–0 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.

1959–60 FA Cup
Country England
Defending championsNottingham Forest
ChampionsWolverhampton Wanderers (4th title)
Runners-upBlackburn Rovers


Round Date
Preliminary Round 5 September 1959
First Qualifying Round 19 September 1959
Second Qualifying Round 3 October 1959
Third Qualifying Round 17 October 1959
Fourth Qualifying Round 31 October 1959
First Round Proper 14 November 1959
Second Round Proper 5 December 1959
Third Round Proper 9 January 1960
Fourth Round Proper 30 January 1960
Fifth Round Proper 20 February 1960
Sixth Round Proper 12 March 1960
Semi-Finals 26 March 1960
Final 7 May 1960

First round proper

At this stage clubs from the Football League Third and Fourth Divisions joined those non-league clubs having come through the qualifying rounds. Matches were scheduled to be played on Saturday, 14 November 1959. Ten were drawn and went to replays, played on 17–19 November.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Attendance
1 Enfield 4–3 Headington United
2 Darlington 4–0 Prescot Cables
3 Hastings United 1–2 Notts County
4 Bath City 3–1 Millwall
5 Bury 5–0 Hartlepools United
6 Dorchester Town 1–2 Port Vale
7 Rochdale 2–2 Carlisle United
Replay Carlisle United 1–3 Rochdale
8 Swindon Town 2–3 Walsall
9 Doncaster Rovers 3–3 Gainsborough Trinity
Replay Gainsborough Trinity 0–1 Doncaster Rovers
10 Wrexham 2–1 Blyth Spartans
11 Tranmere Rovers 0–1 Chester
12 Wycombe Wanderers 4–2 Wisbech Town
13 Accrington Stanley 1–2 Mansfield Town
14 Barnsley 3–3 Bradford City
Replay Bradford City 2–1 Barnsley
15 Brentford 5–0 Ashford Town
16 Crook Town 2–2 Matlock Town
Replay Matlock Town 0–1 Crook Town
17 Coventry City 1–1 Southampton
Replay Southampton 5–1 Coventry City
18 King's Lynn 3–1 Aldershot
19 Rhyl 1–2 Grimsby Town
20 Norwich City 1–1 Reading
Replay Reading 2–1 Norwich City
Tie no Home team Score Away team Attendance
21 Shildon 1–1 Oldham Athletic
Replay Oldham Athletic 3–0 Shildon
22 West Auckland Town 2–6 Stockport County
23 Crystal Palace 5–1 Chelmsford City
24 Southend United 6–0 Oswestry Town
25 Bradford Park Avenue 6–1 Scarborough
26 Exeter City 4–0 Barnstaple Town
27 Bedford Town 0–4 Gillingham
28 Newport County 4–2 Hereford United 10,391
29 Cheltenham Town 0–0 Watford
Replay Watford 3–0 Cheltenham Town
30 Southport 2–2 Workington
Replay Workington 3–0 Southport
31 Torquay United 7–1 Northampton Town
32 Walthamstow Avenue 2–3 Bournemouth
33 York City 3–1 Barrow
34 Kettering Town 1–1 Margate
Replay Margate 3–2 Kettering Town
35 Gateshead 3–4 Halifax Town
36 Peterborough United 4–3 Shrewsbury Town
37 South Shields 2–1 Chesterfield
38 Colchester United 2–3 Queens Park Rangers
39 Salisbury 1–0 Barnet
40 Burscough 1–3 Crewe Alexandra

Second Round Proper

The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 5 December 1959, with three matches taking place later. Five matches were drawn, with replays taking place later the same week.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Enfield 1–5 Bournemouth 5 December 1959
2 Bury 2–1 Oldham Athletic 5 December 1959
3 Rochdale 1–1 Bradford City 5 December 1959
Replay Bradford City 2–1 Rochdale 9 December 1959
4 Southampton 3–0 Southend United 5 December 1959
5 Watford 5–1 Wycombe Wanderers 5 December 1959
6 Reading 4–2 King's Lynn 5 December 1959
7 Walsall 2–3 Peterborough United 5 December 1959
8 Gillingham 2–2 Torquay United 5 December 1959
Replay Torquay United 1–2 Gillingham 9 December 1959
9 Notts County 0–1 Bath City 5 December 1959
10 Grimsby Town 2–3 Wrexham 5 December 1959
11 Doncaster Rovers 3–2 Darlington 5 December 1959
12 Stockport County 0–0 Crewe Alexandra 5 December 1959
Replay Crewe Alexandra 2–0 Stockport County 9 December 1959
13 Queens Park Rangers 3–3 Port Vale 5 December 1959
Replay Port Vale 2–1 Queens Park Rangers 7 December 1959
14 Crook Town 0–1 York City 5 December 1959
15 Exeter City 3–1 Brentford 5 December 1959
16 Mansfield Town 2–0 Chester 5 December 1959
17 Margate 0–0 Crystal Palace 5 December 1959
Replay Crystal Palace 3–0 Margate 9 December 1959
18 Workington 1–0 Halifax Town 5 December 1959
19 South Shields 1–5 Bradford Park Avenue 5 December 1959
20 Salisbury 0–1 Newport County 5 December 1959

Third round proper

The 44 First and Second Division clubs entered the competition at this stage. The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 9 January 1960. Eight matches were drawn and went to replays, with the Rotherham United–Arsenal match requiring a second replay.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Blackpool 3–0 Mansfield Town 9 January 1960
2 Bournemouth 1–0 York City 9 January 1960
3 Bath City 0–1 Brighton & Hove Albion 9 January 1960
4 Bristol City 2–3 Charlton Athletic 9 January 1960
5 Bury 1–1 Bolton Wanderers 9 January 1960
Replay Bolton Wanderers 4–2 Bury 13 January 1960
6 Liverpool 2–1 Leyton Orient 9 January 1960
7 Watford 2–1 Birmingham City 9 January 1960
8 Gillingham 1–4 Swansea Town 9 January 1960
9 Nottingham Forest 1–0 Reading 9 January 1960
10 Aston Villa 2–1 Leeds United 9 January 1960
11 Sheffield Wednesday 2–1 Middlesbrough 9 January 1960
12 Crewe Alexandra 2–0 Workington 9 January 1960
13 West Bromwich Albion 3–2 Plymouth Argyle 9 January 1960
14 Sunderland 1–1 Blackburn Rovers 9 January 1960
Replay Blackburn Rovers 4–1 Sunderland 13 January 1960
15 Derby County 2–4 Manchester United 9 January 1960
16 Lincoln City 1–1 Burnley 9 January 1960
Replay Burnley 2–0 Lincoln City 12 January 1960
17 Wrexham 1–2 Leicester City 9 January 1960
18 Sheffield United 3–0 Portsmouth 9 January 1960
19 Ipswich Town 2–3 Peterborough United 9 January 1960
20 Newcastle United 2–2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 9 January 1960
Replay Wolverhampton Wanderers 4–2 Newcastle United 13 January 1960
21 Manchester City 1–5 Southampton 9 January 1960
22 Fulham 5–0 Hull City 9 January 1960
23 Bristol Rovers 0–0 Doncaster Rovers 9 January 1960
Replay Doncaster Rovers 1–2 Bristol Rovers 12 January 1960
24 Bradford City 3–0 Everton 9 January 1960
25 Chelsea 5–1 Bradford Park Avenue 9 January 1960
26 Exeter City 1–2 Luton Town 9 January 1960
27 Scunthorpe United 1–0 Crystal Palace 9 January 1960
28 Huddersfield Town 1–1 West Ham United 9 January 1960
Replay West Ham United 1–5 Huddersfield Town 13 January 1960
29 Cardiff City 0–2 Port Vale 9 January 1960
30 Newport County 0–4 Tottenham Hotspur 9 January 1960
31 Stoke City 1–1 Preston North End 9 January 1960
Replay Preston North End 3–1 Stoke City 12 January 1960
32 Rotherham United 2–2 Arsenal 9 January 1960
Replay Arsenal 1–1 Rotherham United 13 January 1960
Replay Rotherham United 2–0 Arsenal 18 January 1960

Fourth Round Proper

The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 30 January 1960. Six matches were drawn and went to replays, which were all played in the following midweek match. For the second round in a row, Rotherham United were held to a second replay, this time against Brighton & Hove Albion.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Liverpool 1–3 Manchester United 30 January 1960
2 Southampton 2–2 Watford 30 January 1960
Replay Watford 1–0 Southampton 2 February 1960
3 Leicester City 2–1 Fulham 30 January 1960
4 Blackburn Rovers 1–1 Blackpool 30 January 1960
Replay Blackpool 0–3 Blackburn Rovers 3 February 1960
5 Sheffield Wednesday 2–0 Peterborough United 30 January 1960
6 Wolverhampton Wanderers 2–1 Charlton Athletic 30 January 1960
7 Crewe Alexandra 2–2 Tottenham Hotspur 30 January 1960
Replay Tottenham Hotspur 13–2 Crewe Alexandra 3 February 1960
8 West Bromwich Albion 2–0 Bolton Wanderers 30 January 1960
9 Sheffield United 3–0 Nottingham Forest 30 January 1960
10 Bristol Rovers 3–3 Preston North End 30 January 1960
Replay Preston North End 5–1 Bristol Rovers 2 February 1960
11 Bradford City 3–1 Bournemouth 30 January 1960
12 Chelsea 1–2 Aston Villa 30 January 1960
13 Scunthorpe United 0–1 Port Vale 30 January 1960
14 Huddersfield Town 0–1 Luton Town 30 January 1960
15 Swansea Town 0–0 Burnley 30 January 1960
Replay Burnley 2–1 Swansea Town 2 February 1960
16 Rotherham United 1–1 Brighton & Hove Albion 30 January 1960
Replay Brighton & Hove Albion 1–1 Rotherham United 3 February 1960
Replay Rotherham United 0–6 Brighton & Hove Albion 8 February 1960

Fifth Round Proper

The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 20 February 1960. One match went to a replay in the following mid-week fixture.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Preston North End 2–1 Brighton & Hove Albion 20 February 1960
2 Leicester City 2–1 West Bromwich Albion 20 February 1960
3 Luton Town 1–4 Wolverhampton Wanderers 20 February 1960
4 Sheffield United 3–2 Watford 20 February 1960
5 Tottenham Hotspur 1–3 Blackburn Rovers 20 February 1960
6 Manchester United 0–1 Sheffield Wednesday 20 February 1960
7 Bradford City 2–2 Burnley 20 February 1960
Replay Burnley 5–0 Bradford City 23 February 1960
8 Port Vale 1–2 Aston Villa 20 February 1960

Sixth Round Proper

The draw for the semi-finals was made on Monday, 22 February 1960. All the original matches were played on Saturday, 12 March 1960.

Burnley3 – 3Blackburn Rovers
Pilkington Goal
Pointer Goal
Connelly Goal
Douglas Goal pen.'
Dobing Goal
McGrath Goal
Blackburn Rovers2 – 0 (a.e.t.)Burnley
Dobling Goal
MacLeod Goal
Leicester City1 – 2Wolverhampton Wanderers
McDonald Goal Broadbent Goal
Chalmers Goal o.g.'
Aston Villa2 – 0Preston North End
Hitchens Goal
McParland Goal
Sheffield United0 – 2Sheffield Wednesday
Wilkinson GoalGoal


The draw for the semi-finals was made on Monday, 14 March 1960. Both matches were played on Saturday, 26 March 1960.

Aston Villa0 – 1Wolverhampton Wanderers
Deeley Goal
Sheffield Wednesday1 – 2Blackburn Rovers
Fantham Goal Dougan Goal Goal


Blackburn Rovers0 – 3Wolverhampton Wanderers
McGrath Goal 41' (o.g.)
Deeley Goal 67'88'


1959–60 Birmingham City F.C. season

The 1959–60 Football League season was Birmingham City Football Club's 57th in the Football League and their 33rd in the First Division. They finished in 19th position in the 22-team division. They lost their opening third-round 1959–60 FA Cup-tie to Watford. In the 1958–60 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, Birmingham reached the final, in which they lost 4–1 on aggregate to Barcelona.Twenty-two players made at least one appearance in senior first-team competition, and there were fifteen different goalscorers. Half backs Trevor Smith and Johnny Watts played in 46 of the 47 first-team matches over the season, and Johnny Gordon finished as leading goalscorer with 19 goals in all competitions, of which 16 were scored in the league.

Pat Beasley resigned as manager at the end of May 1960, to be replaced by club appearance record-holder Gil Merrick following his retirement as a player.

1959–60 FA Cup qualifying rounds

The FA Cup 1959–60 is the 79th 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.

1960 FA Cup Final

The 1960 FA Cup Final was the 79th final of the world's oldest domestic football cup competition, the FA Cup. It took place on 7 May 1960 at Wembley Stadium in London. The match was contested by Blackburn Rovers and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Wolves won the game and the cup after a 3–0 victory, with a Norman Deeley double after Blackburn defender Mick McGrath had scored an own goal. This was Wolves' fourth and most recent FA Cup success.

This was the first time the FA Cup winners would be given a berth for European competition, into the newly formed Cup Winners' Cup.

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Brian Miller (footballer)

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He twice managed the Clarets between 1979 and 1983 and between 1986 and 1989. He helped them win the Third Division title during his first spell.

Miller died peacefully surrounded by his family in Burnley General Hospital at the age of 70 following a short illness. Miller spent five weeks in Burnley General Hospital with the illness before he died. A minute's silence in memory of Miller was observed prior to Burnley's game against Cardiff City on 9 April 2007.

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Harry Leyland

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John Connelly (footballer)

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Ray Pointer

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