1946–47 FA Cup

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1946–47 FA Cup
Country England
Champions Charlton Athletic
Runners-up Burnley

The 1946–47 FA Cup was the 66th season of the world's oldest football cup competition, the Football Association Challenge Cup, commonly known as the FA Cup. Charlton Athletic, the previous season's runners-up, won the competition for the first and (as of 2010) only time, beating Burnley 1–0 after extra time in the final at Wembley.

Matches were scheduled to be played at the stadium of the team named first on the date specified for each round, which was always a Saturday. Some matches, however, might be rescheduled for other days if there were clashes with games for other competitions or the weather was inclement. If scores were level after 90 minutes had been played, a replay would take place at the stadium of the second-named team later the same week. If the replayed match was drawn further replays would be held until a winner was determined. If scores were level after 90 minutes had been played in a replay, a 30-minute period of extra time would be played.

Calendar[edit]

Round Date
Extra Preliminary Round Saturday 7 September 1946
Preliminary Round Saturday 21 September 1946
First Round Qualifying Saturday 5 October 1946
Second Round Qualifying Saturday 19 October 1946
Third Round Qualifying Saturday 2 November 1946
Fourth Round Qualifying Saturday 16 November 1946
First Round Proper Saturday 30 November 1946
Second Round Proper Saturday 14 December 1946
Third Round Proper Saturday 11 January 1947
Fourth Round Proper Saturday 25 January 1947
Fifth Round Proper Saturday 8 February 1947
Sixth Round Proper Saturday 1 March 1947
Semi-Finals Saturday 29 March 1947
Final Saturday 26 April 1947

First round proper[edit]

For the qualifying rounds, see 1946–47 FA Cup Qualifying Rounds.

At this stage 43 clubs from the Football League Third Division North and South joined 23 non-league clubs that had advanced through the qualifying rounds. Chester, Cardiff City and Crystal Palace were given a bye to the Third Round. To make the number of matches up, non-league Barnet and Bishop Auckland, the previous season's F. A. Amateur Cup winners and runners-up respectively, were given byes to this round. 34 matches were played on Saturday, 30 November 1946. Six were drawn and went to replays in the following midweek fixture.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Bournemouth 4–2 Exeter City 30 November 1946
2 Barnet 3–0 Sutton United 30 November 1946
3 Barrow 0–0 Halifax Town 30 November 1946
Replay Halifax Town 1–0 Barrow 4 December 1946
4 Bristol City 9–3 Hayes 30 November 1946
5 Rochdale 6–1 Bishop Auckland 30 November 1946
6 Yeovil Town 2–2 Peterborough United 30 November 1946
Replay Peterborough United 1–0 Yeovil Town 5 December 1946
7 Reading 5–0 Colchester United 30 November 1946
8 Gillingham 4–1 Gravesend & Northfleet 30 November 1946
9 Gainsborough Trinity 1–2 Darlington 30 November 1946
10 Swindon Town 4–1 Cambridge Town 30 November 1946
11 Stockton 2–4 Lincoln City 30 November 1946
12 Doncaster Rovers 2–2 Accrington Stanley 30 November 1946
Replay Accrington Stanley 0–5 Doncaster Rovers 4 December 1946
13 Wrexham 5–0 Marine 30 November 1946
14 Ipswich Town 2–0 Torquay United 30 November 1946
15 Stockport County 2–0 Southport 30 November 1946
16 Wellington Town 1–1 Watford 30 November 1946
Replay Watford 1–0 Wellington Town 4 December 1946
17 Queens Park Rangers 2–2 Poole Town 30 November 1946
Replay Poole Town 0–6 Queens Park Rangers 4 December 1946
18 Leytonstone 1–6 Walsall 30 November 1946
19 Northampton Town 2–0 Mansfield Town 30 November 1946
20 South Liverpool 2–1 Workington 30 November 1946
21 Norwich City 7–2 Brighton & Hove Albion 30 November 1946
22 Hull City 0–0 New Brighton 30 November 1946
Replay New Brighton 1–2 Hull City 4 December 1946
23 Carlisle United 4–0 Runcorn 30 November 1946
24 Oldham Athletic 1–0 Tranmere Rovers 30 November 1946
25 Hartlepools United 6–0 North Shields 30 November 1946
26 Port Vale 5–0 Finchley 30 November 1946
27 York City 0–1 Scunthorpe United 30 November 1946
28 Rotherham United 2–0 Crewe Alexandra 30 November 1946
29 Aldershot 4–2 Cheltenham Town 30 November 1946
30 Gateshead 3–1 Bradford City 30 November 1946
31 Lancaster City 1–0 Spennymoor United 30 November 1946
32 Leyton Orient 1–2 Notts County 30 November 1946
33 Brush Sports 1–6 Southend United 30 November 1946
34 Merthyr Tydfil 3–1 Bristol Rovers 30 November 1946

Second Round Proper[edit]

The matches were played on Saturday, 14 December 1946. Six matches were drawn, with replays taking place in the following midweek fixture. Two of these then went to a second replay.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Darlington 1–2 Hull City 14 December 1946
2 Bournemouth 4–2 Aldershot 14 December 1946
3 Barnet 2–9 Southend United 14 December 1946
4 Bristol City 1–2 Gillingham 14 December 1946
5 Rochdale 6–1 Hartlepools United 14 December 1946
6 Watford 1–1 Port Vale 14 December 1946
Replay Port Vale 2–1 Watford 16 December 1946
7 Walsall 0–0 Ipswich Town 14 December 1946
Replay Ipswich Town 0–1 Walsall 18 December 1946
8 Notts County 2–1 Swindon Town 14 December 1946
9 Lincoln City 1–1 Wrexham 14 December 1946
Replay Wrexham 3–3 Lincoln City 18 December 1946
Replay Lincoln City 2–1 Wrexham 23 December 1946
10 South Liverpool 2–3 Carlisle United 14 December 1946
11 Norwich City 4–4 Queens Park Rangers 14 December 1946
Replay Queens Park Rangers 2–0 Norwich City 18 December 1946
12 Oldham Athletic 1–2 Doncaster Rovers 14 December 1946
13 Halifax Town 1–1 Stockport County 14 December 1946
Replay Stockport County 2–1 Halifax Town 18 December 1946
14 Rotherham United 4–1 Scunthorpe United 14 December 1946
15 Gateshead 4–0 Lancaster City 14 December 1946
16 Peterborough United 1–1 Northampton Town 14 December 1946
Replay Northampton Town 1–1 Peterborough United 19 December 1946
Replay Northampton Town 8–1 Peterborough United 23 December 1946
17 Merthyr Tydfil 1–3 Reading 14 December 1946

Third round proper[edit]

The 44 First and Second Division clubs entered the competition at this stage, along with Chester, Cardiff City and Crystal Palace. The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 11 January 1947. Five matches were drawn and went to replays, with one of these requiring a second replay to settle the fixture.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Chester 2–0 Plymouth Argyle 11 January 1947
2 Chesterfield 2–1 Sunderland 11 January 1947
3 Bournemouth 0–2 Derby County 11 January 1947
4 Burnley 5–1 Aston Villa 11 January 1947
5 Southampton 5–1 Bury 11 January 1947
6 Reading 2–2 Grimsby Town 11 January 1947
Replay Grimsby Town 3–1 Reading 14 January 1947
7 Walsall 2–5 Liverpool 11 January 1947
8 Blackburn Rovers 1–1 Hull City 11 January 1947
Replay Hull City 0–3 Blackburn Rovers 16 January 1947
9 Sheffield Wednesday 4–1 Blackpool 11 January 1947
10 Bolton Wanderers 5–1 Stockport County 11 January 1947
11 Wolverhampton Wanderers 3–0 Rotherham United 11 January 1947
12 West Bromwich Albion 2–1 Leeds United 11 January 1947
13 Lincoln City 0–1 Nottingham Forest 11 January 1947
14 Luton Town 6–0 Notts County 11 January 1947
15 Everton 4–2 Southend United 11 January 1947
16 Doncaster Rovers 2–3 Portsmouth 11 January 1947
17 Sheffield United 3–0 Carlisle United 11 January 1947
18 Newcastle United 6–2 Crystal Palace 11 January 1947
19 Tottenham Hotspur 2–2 Stoke City 11 January 1947
Replay Stoke City 1–0 Tottenham Hotspur 15 January 1947
20 Manchester City 3–0 Gateshead 11 January 1947
21 Queens Park Rangers 1–1 Middlesbrough 11 January 1947
Replay Middlesbrough 3–1 Queens Park Rangers 15 January 1947
22 Fulham 1–2 Birmingham City 11 January 1947
23 Brentford 1–0 Cardiff City 11 January 1947
24 Northampton Town 1–2 Preston North End 11 January 1947
25 Coventry City 5–2 Newport County 11 January 1947
26 West Ham United 1–2 Leicester City 11 January 1947
27 Millwall 0–3 Port Vale 11 January 1947
28 Chelsea 1–1 Arsenal 11 January 1947
Replay Arsenal 1–1 Chelsea 15 January 1947
Replay Arsenal 0–2 Chelsea 20 January 1947
29 Bradford Park Avenue 0–3 Manchester United 11 January 1947
30 Huddersfield Town 3–4 Barnsley 11 January 1947
31 Swansea Town 4–1 Gillingham 11 January 1947
32 Charlton Athletic 3–1 Rochdale 11 January 1947

Fourth Round Proper[edit]

The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 25 January 1947. Five games were drawn and went to replays, of which one went to a second replay.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Chester 0–0 Stoke City 25 January 1947
Replay Stoke City 3–2 Chester 29 January 1947
2 Burnley 2–0 Coventry City 25 January 1947
3 Liverpool 2–0 Grimsby Town 25 January 1947
4 Preston North End 6–0 Barnsley 25 January 1947
5 Blackburn Rovers 2–0 Port Vale 25 January 1947
6 Sheffield Wednesday 2–1 Everton 25 January 1947
7 Bolton Wanderers 3–3 Manchester City 25 January 1947
Replay Manchester City 1–0 Bolton Wanderers 29 January 1947
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 0–0 Sheffield United 25 January 1947
Replay Sheffield United 2–0 Wolverhampton Wanderers 29 January 1947
9 Middlesbrough 2–1 Chesterfield 25 January 1947
10 West Bromwich Albion 1–2 Charlton Athletic 25 January 1947
11 Luton Town 2–0 Swansea Town 25 January 1947
12 Newcastle United 3–1 Southampton 25 January 1947
13 Brentford 0–0 Leicester City 25 January 1947
Replay Leicester City 0–0 Brentford 30 January 1947
Replay Leicester City 4–1 Brentford 3 February 1947
14 Manchester United 0–2 Nottingham Forest 25 January 1947
15 Chelsea 2–2 Derby County 25 January 1947
Replay Derby County 1–0 Chelsea 29 January 1947
16 Birmingham City 1–0 Portsmouth 25 January 1947

Fifth Round Proper[edit]

The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 8 February 1947. There were three replays.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Liverpool 1–0 Derby County 8 February 1947
2 Nottingham Forest 2–2 Middlesbrough 8 February 1947
Replay Middlesbrough 6–2 Nottingham Forest 12 February 1947
3 Sheffield Wednesday 0–2 Preston North End 20 February 1947
4 Luton Town 0–0 Burnley 8 February 1947
Replay Burnley 3–0 Luton Town 11 February 1947
5 Newcastle United 1–1 Leicester City 8 February 1947
Replay Leicester City 1–2 Newcastle United 20 February 1947
6 Charlton Athletic 1–0 Blackburn Rovers 8 February 1947
7 Stoke City 0–1 Sheffield United 8 February 1947
8 Birmingham City 5–0 Manchester City 8 February 1947

Sixth Round Proper[edit]

The four quarter-final ties were scheduled to be played on Saturday, 1 March 1947. There was one replay, in the Burnley–Middlesbrough match.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Liverpool 4–1 Birmingham City 1 March 1947
2 Middlesbrough 1–1 Burnley 1 March 1947
Replay Burnley 1–0 Middlesbrough 4 March 1947
3 Sheffield United 0–2 Newcastle United 1 March 1947
4 Charlton Athletic 2–1 Preston North End 1 March 1947

Semi-Finals[edit]

The semi-final matches were played on Saturday, 29 March 1947. Burnley and Liverpool needed to replay their match, which was settled two weeks later in Burnley's favour. They went on to meet Charlton Athletic in the final at Wembley.

29 March 1947
15:00
Burnley 0–0
(a.e.t.)
Liverpool
Replay
12 April 1947
15:00
Burnley 1–0 Liverpool

Final[edit]

Main article: 1947 FA Cup Final

The 1947 FA Cup Final was contested by Charlton Athletic and Burnley at Wembley, England on 26 April 1947. Charlton, losing finalists the previous year, won by a single goal, scored in extra time by Chris Duffy. History repeated itself this year as the ball again burst during the game. Later, the reason for these problems in 1946 and 1947 was put down to the poor quality of leather available after World War II.

Match details[edit]

26 April 1947
15:00 BST
Charlton Athletic 1 – 0
(a.e.t.)
Burnley
Duffy Goal 114' (Report)
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 98,215
Referee: J. M. Wiltshire
Charlton Athletic
Burnley

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