1959 FA Cup Final

The 1959 FA Cup Final was contested by Nottingham Forest and Luton Town at Wembley. Forest won 2–1, with goals from Roy Dwight and Tommy Wilson just four minutes apart. Dave Pacey scored Luton's consolation goal.

The game was notable for an unusually large number of stoppages due to injury, particularly to Nottingham Forest players, which was put down to the lush nature of the Wembley turf. The most notable of these stoppages occurred when goalscorer Roy Dwight was carried off the pitch after breaking his leg in a tackle with Brendan McNally after 33 minutes.

This also proved a turning point in the game as Forest had been the more dominant team to that point, leading by two goals at the time. Luton gradually took control of the match from this point on, scoring midway through the second half.

Forest were reduced to nine fit men with ten minutes remaining when Bill Whare was crippled with cramp, being forced to play wide on the wing where he was little more than a spectator.

The high volume of injuries during the second half led to four minutes of additional time being added on by the referee, during which time Luton twice came close to forcing extra time as Allan Brown headed narrowly wide of goal before Billy Bingham hit the side netting. Given the condition of the Forest team at that time it would have been a remarkable feat for them to have won the game or even forced a replay in extra time had Luton equalised.

At the final whistle the Forest manager Billy Walker entered the field to congratulate his team and was chased by a steward who tried to marshall him back off. The steward mistook Walker to be a pitch invader.

The game was televised live on the BBC Grandstand programme, which introduced score captions into their broadcast for the first time in an FA Cup final. This however caused much annoyance in Nottingham where their team's name was displayed on the screen at regular intervals as Notts Forest. Commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme apologised live on air for the mistake, stating that the caption should read Nott'm Forest.[1]

During the game the Forest fans were heard to sing the theme tune to the then-popular television programme Robin Hood (the legendary outlaw who was allegedly from Nottingham), this being the first time that popular television culture had made its way into a terrace song during a cup final.

1959 FA Cup Final
Old Wembley Stadium (external view)
Event1958–59 FA Cup
Nottingham Forest Luton Town
2 1
Date2 May 1959
VenueWembley Stadium, London
RefereeJack Clough (Bolton)

Match details

Nottingham Forest2–1Luton Town
Dwight Goal 10'
Wilson Goal 14'
Report Pacey Goal 66'
Nottingham Forest
Luton Town
1 Scotland Chick Thomson
2 Guernsey Bill Whare
3 Scotland Joe McDonald
4 England Jeff Whitefoot
5 Scotland Bobby McKinlay
6 England Jack Burkitt (c)
7 England Roy Dwight
8 Scotland Johnny Quigley
9 England Tommy Wilson
10 England Billy Gray
11 Scotland Stewart Imlach
England Billy Walker
1 England Ronald Baynham
2 Republic of Ireland Brendan McNally
3 England Ken Hawkes
4 England John Groves
5 England Syd Owen (c)
6 England Dave Pacey
7 Northern Ireland Billy Bingham
8 Scotland Allan Brown
9 England Bob Morton
10 Republic of Ireland George Cummins
11 England Tony Gregory
England Syd Owen


  1. ^ "1959 FA Cup Final: Nottingham Forest vs Luton Town". therollingball. Retrieved 1 April 2015.

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Bill Whare

William "Bill" Whare (14 May 1925 – 28 May 1995) was a professional footballer from Guernsey who played as a right-back.

Bob McKinlay

Robert McKinlay (10 October 1932 – 27 August 2002), known as Bob McKinlay or Bobby McKinlay, was a Scottish professional footballer who played as a centre half. He made 614 league appearances for Nottingham Forest before joining the club's coaching staff. He is the club's record appearance holder and won the 1959 FA Cup Final with the club. He later worked as a prison guard.

Charlie Thomson

Charles Richard Thomson (2 March 1930 – 6 January 2009), also known as Chic Thomson, was a Scottish football goalkeeper. After playing for Clyde he won the 1954-55 Football League with Chelsea and the 1959 FA Cup Final with Nottingham Forest.

Dave Pacey

David "Dave" Pacey (2 October 1936 – 6 September 2016) was an English professional footballer best known as a player for his home-town club Luton Town.

George Cummins (footballer)

George Cummins (12 March 1931 – 29 November 2009) was an Irish professional footballer.

Cummins was an inside forward who played for St. Patricks Athletic (prior to their joining the League of Ireland) before joining Everton in October 1950. He made just 24 appearances for the Merseyside club and didn't score before moving on to Luton Town in 1953. He went on to become one of Luton's best players over the next eight years, scoring 21 goals in 184 games and playing for them in the 1959 FA Cup Final.

After leaving Luton, Cummins later played for Cambridge City and Hull City.

At international level, Cummins won 19 caps for the Republic of Ireland, scoring five goals. His international debut was on 28 October 1953 in a 4-0 win over Luxembourg at Dalymount Park in a World Cup qualifier. In his second game for his country he scored the winner against the same opposition.

History of Luton Town F.C.

The history of Luton Town Football Club is described in detail in two separate articles:

History of Luton Town F.C. (1885–1970) – the club was founded in 1885 and became the first professional team in southern England in 1891. After joining The Football League for the 1897–98 season and leaving after three seasons due to financial problems, the club rejoined the League before 1920–21, won the Third Division South in 1936–37 and was promoted the League's top division for the 1955–56 season. After losing the 1959 FA Cup Final 2–1 to Nottingham Forest, a period of decline saw Luton in the Fourth Division by 1965–66; however, Luton were back in the Second Division by 1970–71.

History of Luton Town F.C. (1970–present) – the side was promoted to the top-flight in 1981–82 and won the 1987–88 League Cup Final with a 3–2 victory over Arsenal. The club stayed in the top division until 1992, before inconsistent performance and financial uncertainty saw Luton yo-yo between the divisions during the 1990s and 2000s. The 2006–07 season marked the beginning of a collapse that would make up three successive relegations. The third of these, from the fourth-tier League Two to the Conference Premier at the end of the 2008–09 season, resulted largely from the deduction of 40 points over the previous two seasons for various financial irregularities.

History of Luton Town F.C. (1885–1970)

Luton Town Football Club is an English professional football club based in the town of Luton, Bedfordshire. Founded in 1885, Luton Town were the first professional team in the south of England, fully professional by 1891. Luton were also one of the first southern Football League clubs, joining in 1897 before leaving again in 1900 due to financial instability. The club rejoined the League for the 1920–21 season. George Thompson became the club's first manager four years later, but only lasted eight months before leaving, and wasn't replaced until 1927. 1936–37 saw Luton promoted to the Second Division, and the first post-war seasons saw a strong Luton team begin to emerge. Record goalscorer Gordon Turner's arrival into the first team in 1950 helped Luton to promotion to the First Division for the first time in 1954–55, and the team remained there until relegation in the 1959–60 season. Luton also reached the 1959 FA Cup Final, where Turner's absence and the team's questionable preparation for the game meant that Luton lost 2–1 to Nottingham Forest. The club was subsequently relegated three times in six seasons, reaching the Fourth Division by 1965–66. However, players such as Malcolm Macdonald ensured that the club was then promoted twice in three years and was back in the Second Division by 1970.

Jack Burkitt

Jack Burkitt (19 January 1926 – 12 September 2003) was an English professional footballer, who made over 500 senior appearances for Nottingham Forest between 1947 and 1962 and who captained them to win the 1959 FA Cup Final.

Jack Clough

John Holden "Jack" Clough was an international football referee who officiated the 1957 Coupe de France Final and the 1959 FA Cup Final.

Johnny Quigley

John Quigley (28 June 1935 – 30 November 2004) was a Scottish football midfielder and coach. His career peaked winning the 1959 FA Cup Final with Nottingham Forest.

List of Luton Town F.C. managers

Luton Town Football Club is an English association football club, based in the town of Luton, Bedfordshire. The club was founded in 1885, and competes in League One during the 2018–19 season.

The playing staff were originally organised by a trainer, and chosen for matches by a committee made up of directors led by the club's secretary. The club appointed an official manager for the first time in 1925. George Thompson took up the role in February, but left after eight months, "scalded by his experience". Thompson was not replaced until 1927, when former player John McCartney took charge. Harold Wightman worked during the early 1930s to build a team to challenge for promotion, but was sacked early on in the 1935–36 season. Without a manager, the team finished as runners-up in Division Three South, before topping the table in 1936–37 under Ned Liddell. Dally Duncan was appointed in 1947, and during his 11-year tenure he took Luton into the First Division for the first time. After Duncan was sacked early in the 1958–59 season, the club's board of directors managed the team to the 1959 FA Cup Final.Poor spells under four managers resulted in relegation to the Fourth Division by 1965. Allan Brown became manager in November 1966, and Luton won the division in 1967–68. Brown moved on halfway through the next season, and Alec Stock continued the revival, winning promotion to Division Two in 1969–70. Luton won another promotion in 1973–74 to return to the top division under Harry Haslam, but Haslam was unable to prevent relegation during the following season. David Pleat became manager in 1978, and built a team that took the 1981–82 Second Division championship. Though Pleat moved on in 1986, success continued—Luton finished seventh during 1986–87, and won the Football League Cup a year later under Ray Harford. Managed by Jimmy Ryan, the team avoided relegation in 1989–90, and repeated that feat during the following season. When Ryan was then sacked in favour of a return for Pleat, Luton were relegated in 1991–92. Pleat left again in 1995, and a five-year spell under Lennie Lawrence then saw Luton drop to the third tier. A disastrous 2000–01 season—in which three managers took the helm at the club—saw Luton fall into the bottom division of The Football League for the first time since 1968.Joe Kinnear took Luton back up at the first time of asking, but was sacked by the club's new owners following a takeover in May 2003. Mike Newell was appointed as manager, and his side became League One champions in 2004–05. Internal troubles at the club started to intensify during the summer of 2006, as the club's chairman was revealed by Newell to be making illegal payments to agents—after writing a scathing letter to the board, Newell was sacked in March 2007. Kevin Blackwell was appointed in his stead, but was also sacked less than a year later on 16 January 2008; former player Mick Harford was made Luton Town's new manager the same day, and he was unable to prevent the club's relegation in 2007–08. After being deducted a total of 30 points by The Football League and The Football Association for 2008–09, Luton were relegated to the Conference Premier; however, the club claimed a Football League Trophy victory during the same season. After two months of the 2009–10 season, Harford left the club by mutual consent, to be replaced a month later by Richard Money. Money's assistant, Gary Brabin, replaced him in March 2011, and managed the club until he was sacked a year later. His replacement, Paul Buckle, took charge in April 2012, and was himself replaced in February 2013 by John Still. Still took Luton back into The Football League in his first full season as manager, breaking a number of club records in the process.Still guided Luton to a comfortable finish in their first season back in League Two, but was sacked by the club in December 2015 following a poor run of form. He was replaced by Nathan Jones in January 2016, who took on his first ever managerial role. Jones led the club to promotion to League One in the 2017–18 season, before departing in January 2019 to join Championship side Stoke City. He left Luton with the highest Football League points per game ratio of any manager in their history.

List of Luton Town F.C. seasons

Luton Town Football Club is an English football club, founded in 1885. After becoming the first professional team in the south of England in 1891, Luton joined The Football League in 1897 before leaving three years later. The club rejoined the League in 1920, and reached its top division in 1955–56. After losing the 1959 FA Cup Final 2–1 to Nottingham Forest, a period of decline saw Luton in the Fourth Division by 1965. After a swift revival the club was back in Division Two by 1970. Luton earned another promotion four years later, returning to Division One for the 1974–75 season, in which Luton were relegated back to the Second Division.Financial crises during the 1970s led to the sale of important players and it was not until David Pleat, a former Luton player, was appointed in 1978 that Luton started to recover. Pleat's team achieved promotion in 1981–82, and remained in Division One until 1992. Luton won the League Cup in the 1987–88 season with a 3–2 victory over Arsenal, but it marked the beginning of decline. Inconsistent performance and financial uncertainty meant that Luton rose and fell through the divisions from season to season, and in 2007 a collapse began that would result in three successive relegations. The club claimed a Football League Trophy victory in 2009, but with it came the relegation to the Conference Premier made inevitable by 40 points deducted in two seasons. Luton contested five years in non-League football, including three unsuccessful play-off campaigns, before winning promotion to League Two as Conference Premier champions in the 2013–14 season. The club were promoted to League One after finishing second in League Two in 2017–18, and the following season they won a second successive promotion to the Championship after winning the League One title.

List of Nottingham Forest F.C. players

This is a list of notable footballers who have played for Nottingham Forest. The aim is for this list to include all players that have played 100 or more senior matches for the club. Other players who have played an important role for the club can be included, but the reason why they have been included should be added in the 'Notes' column.

For a list of all Nottingham Forest players, major or minor, with a Wikipedia article, see Category:Nottingham Forest F.C. players, and for the current squad see the main Nottingham Forest F.C. article.

Luton Town F.C.

Luton Town Football Club () is a professional association football club based in the town of Luton, Bedfordshire, England, that competes in the Championship, the second tier of the English football league system. Founded in 1885, it is nicknamed "the Hatters" and affiliated to the Bedfordshire County Football Association. The team plays its home matches at Kenilworth Road, where it has been based since 1905. The club's history includes major trophy wins, several financial crises, numerous promotions and relegations, and some spells of sustained success. It was perhaps most prominent between 1982 and 1992, when it was a member of English football's top division, at that time the First Division; the team won its only major honour, the Football League Cup, in 1988.

The club was the first in southern England to turn professional, making payments to players as early as 1890 and turning fully professional a year later. It joined the Football League before the 1897–98 season, left in 1900 because of financial problems, and rejoined in 1920. Luton reached the First Division in 1955–56 and contested a major final for the first time when playing Nottingham Forest in the 1959 FA Cup Final. The team was then relegated from the top division in 1959–60, and demoted twice more in the following five years, playing in the Fourth Division from the 1965–66 season. However, it was promoted back to the top level by 1974–75.

Luton Town's most recent successful period began in 1981–82, when the club won the Second Division, and thereby gained promotion to the First. Luton defeated Arsenal 3–2 in the 1988 Football League Cup Final and remained in the First Division until relegation at the end of the 1991–92 season. Between 2007 and 2009, financial difficulties caused the club to fall from the second tier of English football to the fifth in successive seasons. The last of these relegations came during the 2008–09 season, when 30 points were docked from Luton's record for various financial irregularities. Luton thereafter spent five seasons in non-League football before winning the Conference Premier in 2013–14, securing promotion back into the Football League.

Roy Dwight

Royston Edward Dwight (9 January 1933 – 9 April 2002) was an English footballer. He scored the opening goal winning the 1959 FA Cup Final for Nottingham Forest.

When he was eight, Roy's mother died in childbirth, while giving birth to his sister Susan, and following his father's death, he moved in with his grandparents.

Seamus Dunne

Seamus Dunne (13 April 1930 – 28 September 2016) was an Irish professional footballer from Wicklow, best known as a player for English side Luton Town.

Syd Owen

Sydney William Owen (28 February 1922 – 27 August 1998) was an English football player and coach. He spent nearly all his playing career as a centre half for Luton Town.

Born in Birmingham to Florence Laura (née Whiley) and Henry Sydney Owen, Owen began his football career playing for the Birmingham YMCA team before joining Birmingham City as a youth player. After the end of the Second World War, he made it into the club's first team for the 1946–47 season, but played just five times in the Second Division and was allowed to leave at the end of the season.

Owen signed for Luton in June 1947. He played 388 league games for the club and 423 in all league and cup games, and after constant displays of natural ability in the 1949–50 season, was appointed as captain by manager Dally Duncan. He earned three caps for the England national football team in 1954, and selected as part of the squad for the 1954 FIFA World Cup, at which he appeared in England's first match, a 4–4 draw with Belgium. He also played twice for the Football League XI.

In 1959, his final season as a player, Owen was named the FWA Footballer of the Year. On 27 April 1959, he was appointed as player-manager of Luton following the departure of Dally Duncan six months earlier; Owen was therefore in charge of the club for the 1959 FA Cup Final against Nottingham Forest. As well as serving as manager for the match, he also captained the side from his position at centre half.After less than a year in the job, a "fundamental disagreement on policy" led to his resignation on 23 April 1960. He later became first team coach of Leeds United under Jack Taylor and then Don Revie throughout the 1960s and 1970s, bringing with him trainer Les Cocker.In 1978, he was hired by Manchester United manager Dave Sexton to be the club's youth coach. He remained in the position for three years until shortly after Sexton's departure from the club at the end of the 1980–81 season. Owen is credited with spotting the potential of Mark Hughes as a striker, having selected him for the youth team during his final season working at Old Trafford.

Tommy Wilson (footballer, born 1930)

Thomas Wilson (15 September 1930 – 21 April 1992) was an English professional footballer who played for Nottingham Forest and Walsall.

Signed for Nottingham Forest from local club Cinderhill Colliery in 1951, originally played as a winger; switched to centre forward in 1956 and scored 14 goals in the 1956-57 season in which Forest were promoted to the First Division. Had his most prolific season in 1958-59 when he scored 21 League and 6 FA Cup goals, including the second goal in the 1959 FA Cup final.Transferred to Walsall in 1960-61 and whilst with them they gained promotion from the old Third to the Second Division. Tommy left League football in 1962. He joined Cambridge City in the Southern League and whilst with them they won the League Championship. On leaving Cambridge City he joined Chelmsford City as team captain, during which time they were runners-up in the Southern League Championship.

In the summer of 1965 Tommy joined the newly formed semi professional team Brentwood Town FC as Team Manager. Brentwood Town had just been admitted to the Metropolitan League.

Tony Gregory (footballer)

Anthony Charles Gregory (born 16 May 1937) is an English former football player, coach and manager. He played as a wing half and as a winger. During his career he played for Vauxhall Motors, Luton Town, Watford, Bexley United, Bedford Town, Hastings United and Dover. He also served as a player-coach for Hamilton Steelers and Barnet, and as player-manager for Stevenage Town and Wolverton.

During his career, Gregory represented his country at youth level, was a losing finalist with Luton in the 1959 FA Cup Final, and helped Watford to promotion in the 1959–60 season.

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