1968 FA Cup Final

The 1968 FA Cup Final was the 87th final of the FA Cup. It took place on 18 May 1968 at Wembley Stadium and was contested between West Bromwich Albion and Everton.

West Brom won 1–0 after extra time. Jeff Astle scored the winning goal, thus achieving the feat of scoring in every round of that season's competition. It was the fifth time that West Brom had won the FA Cup; they have not reached the final since.

This was the first FA Cup Final to be televised live in colour. Both teams wore their away strips, West Brom wearing white shirts and shorts with red socks, and Everton wearing gold shirts and blue shorts. This was also the first FA Cup Final in which a substitute was used, when West Brom's Dennis Clarke came on for an injured John Kaye.

The referee was Leo Callaghan from Merthyr Tydfil in South Wales.

1968 FA Cup Final
Old Wembley Stadium (external view)
Event1967–68 FA Cup
West Bromwich Albion Everton
1 0
After extra time
Date18 May 1968
VenueWembley Stadium, London
RefereeLeo Callaghan (Merthyr Tydfil)


Both clubs were members of the First Division, Everton having finished fifth during the 1967–68 league season and West Bromwich Albion eighth. Everton were victorious in both league matches between the two sides, winning 2–1 at Goodison Park and 6–2 at The Hawthorns.[1] The teams had met on four previous occasions in the FA Cup. Everton had won three of those ties, including the 1906–07 semi-final, while Albion's sole victory was in the semi-final of 1930–31.[2] Both teams were renowned for their attacking styles at the time so an exciting match was expected. Instead a tense rather drab affair ensued before Astle struck in extra time. Despite taking part in what was then a record 10th final Albion have failed since to win the competition or indeed reach the final.

Albion's journey to the final began at lower league Colchester United in Round 3. Albion took the game to a replay thanks to an equalising Tony Brown penalty, though they were second best for large periods. They had no problem in the replay however, winning 4–0 in front of near 40,000 at home. Round 4 saw Albion draw at home against Southampton before prevailing in a replay 3–2 at the Dell. Next came second Division Portsmouth in Round 5 at a packed Fratton Park. Albion triumphed thanks to goals from Astle and Clark though a Portsmouth goal made for a tense finish. Albion were then drawn at home against Bill Shankly's Liverpool side in the quarter-final. Demand for the game was huge with eager fans queuing for hours on end. However, despite being roared on by a crowd of 53,052, Albion's largest for six years, the Baggies could only manage a goalless draw, meaning a replay at Anfield, where Albion had been beaten 4–1 earlier in the league season. Albion went behind, but an Astle header took the game to yet another replay, this time at Maine Road. Despite it being a wet midweek night, a crowd of 56,000 watched the game, 20,000 of them Albion fans who had made the journey north. Despite being underdogs Albion won 2–1 with goals from Clark and Astle.

The semi-final saw Albion drawn against local rivals Birmingham City, who were chasing promotion from the second division at the time. The clubs had met in a final back in 1931, which Albion had won, and the match was staged at the neutral venue of Villa Park. In front of a crowd of over 60,000 goals from Brown and Astle saw Albion through to a record tenth final.

Route to the final

West Bromwich Albion

R3 = Colchester United (A) 1-1 (16,981) R = Colchester United (H) 4-0 (40,448) R4 = Southampton (H) 1-1 (30,987) R = Southampton (A) 3-2* (26,036) R5 = Portsmouth (A) 2-1 (43,642) R6 = Liverpool (H) 0-0 (53,062) R = Liverpool (A) 1-1* (54,273) R = Liverpool (Maine Road) 2-1 (56,189) SF = Birmingham City (Villa Park) 2-0 (60,831)


R3 = Southport (A) 1-0 (18,795) R4 = Carlisle United (A) 2-0 (25,000) R5 = Tranmere Rovers (H) 2-0 (62,634) R6 = Leicester City (A) 3-1 (43,519) SF = Leeds United (Old Trafford) 1-0 (63,000)

Match details

West Bromwich Albion1–0
Astle Goal 93' Report
West Bromwich Albion
GK 1 England John Osborne
RB 2 Scotland Doug Fraser
LB 3 Wales Graham Williams (c)
IF 4 England Tony Brown
CB 5 England John Talbut
CB 6 England John Kaye Substituted off
MF 7 England Graham Lovett
OR 8 England Ian Collard
CF 9 England Jeff Astle
IF 10 Scotland Bobby Hope
OL 11 England Clive Clark
DF 12 England Dennis Clarke Substituted in
England Alan Ashman
GK 1 England Gordon West
RB 2 England Tommy Wright
LB 3 England Ray Wilson
CM 4 England Howard Kendall
CB 5 England Brian Labone (c)
CM 6 England Colin Harvey
RM 7 England Jimmy Husband
CM 8 England Alan Ball
CF 9 England Joe Royle
CB 10 England John Hurst
LM 11 England Johnny Morrissey
DF 12 England Roger Kenyon
England Harry Catterick


  1. ^ McOwan, Gavin (2002). The Essential History of West Bromwich Albion. Headline. p. 259. ISBN 0-7553-1146-9.
  2. ^ Matthews, Tony; Mackenzie, Colin (1987). Albion! A Complete Record of West Bromwich Albion 1879–1987. Breedon Books. pp. 157–167. ISBN 0-907969-23-2.

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1967–68 in English football

The 1967–68 season was the 88th season of competitive football in England. Defending First Division champions, Manchester United, became the first English team to win the European Cup, while the First Division title went to their cross city rivals City. West Bromwich Albion lifted the FA Cup this season, for the fifth time in their history. Leeds United won their first two major trophies when they lifted the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup and Football League Cup at the expense of an Arsenal side who had not played at Wembley for 16 years.

Asa Hartford

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Hartford was also a regular in the Scotland national team, earning 50 caps between 1972 and 1982. He was selected for the Scotland squads in the 1978 and 1982 World Cups. Towards the end of his playing career, Hartford became a coach. He was the player/manager of Stockport County and Shrewsbury Town. Since retiring as a player, Hartford has worked in a variety of coaching and scouting roles.

Colin Harvey

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Dennis Clarke

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Everton F.C.

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Formed in 1878, Everton was a founding member of The Football League in 1888 and won its first League Championship two seasons later. Following four League Championship and two FA Cup wins, Everton experienced a lull in the immediate post World War II period, until a revival in the 1960s saw the club win two League Championships and an FA Cup. The mid-1980s represented its most recent period of sustained success, with two League Championships, an FA Cup, and the 1985 European Cup Winners' Cup. The club's most recent major trophy was the 1995 FA Cup.

The club's supporters are known as Evertonians. Everton has a rivalry with Liverpool, and the two sides contest the Merseyside derby. The club has been based at Goodison Park in Walton since 1892, after moving from Anfield following a row over its rent. The club's home colours are royal blue shirts with white shorts and socks.

Graham Lovett

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Graham Williams (footballer, born 1938)

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Harry Catterick

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Jeff Astle

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John Hurst (footballer)

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John Osborne (footballer)

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He made his Rovers debut at Milltown under his old teammate Johnny Giles on 10 September 1978. He played 3 games in the 1978–79 European Cup Winners' Cup keeping 2 clean sheets giving him a total of 4 appearances for the Hoops.

In 2004, he was named as one of West Bromwich Albion's 16 greatest players, in a poll organised as part of the club's 125th anniversary celebrations.Osborne was the commercial manager of Worcestershire County Cricket Club from 1986 to 1995, and played a significant part in the county's signing of long-time major sponsor MEB.

John Talbut

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Leo Callaghan

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Ray Wilson (English footballer)

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Tommy Wright (footballer, born 1944)

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Tony Brown (footballer, born 1945)

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West Bromwich ( (listen) BROM-itch), sometimes mentioned only as Bromwich, is a large market town and is one of the six amalgamated towns in the borough of Sandwell, West Midlands, England. Historically part of Staffordshire, it is 6.4 miles (10.3 km) northwest of Birmingham. West Bromwich has a population of almost 78,000 in 2018.

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