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.

1958 FA Cup Final
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Event1957–58 FA Cup
Date3 May 1958
VenueWembley Stadium, London
RefereeJack Sherlock
Attendance99,756
1957
1959

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]

Road to WembleyEdit

Bolton Wanderers Manchester United
Opposition Goalscorer(s)   Opposition Goalscorer(s)
4 January 1958
Preston North End [D1]
A
3–0
Stevens
Parry (2)
Round Three 4 January 1958
Workington [D3N]
A
3–1
Viollet (3)
25 January 1958
York City [D3N]
A
0–0
  Round Four 25 January 1958
Ipswich Town [D2]
H
2–0
Charlton (2)
29 January 1958
York City [D3N]
H
3–0
Birch
Allcock (2)
Replay
15 February 1958
Stoke City [D2]
H
3–1
Lofthouse
Stevens
Parry
Round Five 19 February 1958
Sheffield Wednesday [D1]
H
3–0
Brennan (2)
Dawson
1 March 1958
Wolverhampton Wanderers [D1]
H
2–1
Stevens
Parry
Quarter finals 22 March 1958
West Bromwich Albion [D1]
A
2–2
Dawson
Taylor
Replay 5 March 1958
West Bromwich Albion [D1]
H
1–0
Webster
22 March 1958
Blackburn Rovers [D2]
Maine Road, Manchester
2–1
Gubbins (2) Semi finals 22 March 1958
Fulham [D2]
Villa Park, Birmingham
2–2
Charlton (2)
Replay 26 March 1958
Fulham [D2]
Highbury, North London
5–3
Dawson (3)
Brennan
Charlton
  • Both clubs received a bye to round three.
  • Square brackets [ ] represent the opposition's division

Match detailsEdit

Bolton Wanderers2–0Manchester United
Lofthouse   3'   50' (Report)
Attendance: 99,756
Referee: J. Sherlock
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bolton Wanderers
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Manchester United
GK 1   Eddie Hopkinson
RB 2   Roy Hartle
LB 3   Tommy Banks
RH 4   Derek Hennin
CH 5   John Higgins
LH 6   Bryan Edwards
OR 7   Brian Birch
IR 8   Dennis Stevens
CF 9   Nat Lofthouse (c)
IL 10   Ray Parry
OL 11   Doug Holden
Manager:
  Bill Ridding
GK 1   Harry Gregg
RB 2   Bill Foulkes (c)
LB 3   Ian Greaves
RH 4   Freddie Goodwin
CH 5   Ron Cope
LH 6   Stan Crowther
OR 7   Alex Dawson
IR 8   Ernie Taylor
CF 9   Bobby Charlton
IL 10   Dennis Viollet
OL 11   Colin Webster
Manager:
  Jimmy Murphy

ReferencesEdit

  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