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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]

1957 FA Cup Final
Old Wembley Stadium (external view).jpg
Event1956–57 FA Cup
Date4 May 1957
VenueWembley Stadium, London
RefereeFrank Coultas (Hull)

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]


Road to WembleyEdit

Aston VillaEdit

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 UnitedEdit

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 detailsEdit

Aston Villa2–1Manchester United
McParland   68'73' Report Taylor   83'
Attendance: 99,225
Referee: F. Coultas
Aston Villa
Manchester United
GK 1   Nigel Sims
RB 2   Stan Lynn
LB 3   Peter Aldis
RH 4   Stan Crowther
CH 5   Jimmy Dugdale
LH 6   Pat Saward
OR 7   Les Smith
IR 8   Jackie Sewell
CF 9   Bill Myerscough
IL 10   Johnny Dixon (c)
OL 11   Peter McParland
  Eric Houghton
GK 1   Ray Wood
RB 2   Bill Foulkes
LB 3   Roger Byrne (c)
RH 4   Eddie Colman
CH 5   Jackie Blanchflower
LH 6   Duncan Edwards
OR 7   Johnny Berry
IR 8   Billy Whelan
CF 9   Tommy Taylor
IL 10   Bobby Charlton
OL 11   David Pegg
  Matt Busby

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