1958 FA Cup Final

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1958 FA Cup Final
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Event 1957–58 FA Cup
Date3 May 1958
Venue Wembley Stadium, London
Referee Jack Sherlock

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.


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 Wembley

Bolton WanderersManchester United
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4 January 1958
Preston North End [D1]
Parry (2)
Round Three4 January 1958
Workington [D3N]
Viollet (3)
25 January 1958
York City [D3N]
 Round Four25 January 1958
Ipswich Town [D2]
Charlton (2)
29 January 1958
York City [D3N]
Allcock (2)
15 February 1958
Stoke City [D2]
Round Five19 February 1958
Sheffield Wednesday [D1]
Brennan (2)
1 March 1958
Wolverhampton Wanderers [D1]
Quarter finals22 March 1958
West Bromwich Albion [D1]
Replay5 March 1958
West Bromwich Albion [D1]
22 March 1958
Blackburn Rovers [D2]
Maine Road, Manchester
Gubbins (2)Semi finals22 March 1958
Fulham [D2]
Villa Park, Birmingham
Charlton (2)
Replay26 March 1958
Fulham [D2]
Highbury, North London
Dawson (3)

Match details

Bolton Wanderers 2–0 Manchester United
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Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 99,756
Referee: J. Sherlock
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Bolton Wanderers
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Manchester United
GK1 Flag of England.svg Eddie Hopkinson
RB2 Flag of England.svg Roy Hartle
LB3 Flag of England.svg Tommy Banks
RH4 Flag of England.svg Derek Hennin
CH5 Flag of England.svg John Higgins
LH6 Flag of England.svg Bryan Edwards
OR7 Flag of England.svg Brian Birch
IR8 Flag of England.svg Dennis Stevens
CF9 Flag of England.svg Nat Lofthouse (c)
IL10 Flag of England.svg Ray Parry
OL11 Flag of England.svg Doug Holden
Flag of England.svg Bill Ridding
GK1 Ulster Banner.svg Harry Gregg
RB2 Flag of England.svg Bill Foulkes (c)
LB3 Flag of England.svg Ian Greaves
RH4 Flag of England.svg Freddie Goodwin
CH5 Flag of England.svg Ronnie Cope
LH6 Flag of England.svg Stan Crowther
OR7 Flag of Scotland.svg Alex Dawson
IR8 Flag of England.svg Ernie Taylor
CF9 Flag of England.svg Bobby Charlton
IL10 Flag of England.svg Dennis Viollet
OL11 Flag of Wales (1953-1959).svg Colin Webster
Flag of Wales (1953-1959).svg Jimmy Murphy

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  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.
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