1949–50 FA Cup

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1949–50 FA Cup
Country England
Champions Arsenal
Runners-up Liverpool

The 1949–50 FA Cup was the 69th season of the world's oldest football cup competition, the Football Association Challenge Cup, commonly known as the FA Cup. Arsenal won the competition for the third time, beating Liverpool 2–0 in the final at Wembley, through two goals from Reg Lewis.

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 3 September 1949
Preliminary Round Saturday 17 September 1949
First Round Qualifying Saturday 1 October 1949
Second Round Qualifying Saturday 15 October 1949
Third Round Qualifying Saturday 29 October 1949
Fourth Round Qualifying Saturday 12 November 1949
First Round Proper Saturday 26 November 1949
Second Round Proper Saturday 10 December 1949
Third Round Proper Saturday 7 January 1950
Fourth Round Proper Saturday 28 January 1950
Fifth Round Proper Saturday 11 February 1950
Sixth Round Proper Saturday 4 March 1950
Semi-Finals Saturday 18 March 1950
Final Saturday 29 April 1950

First round proper[edit]

For the qualifying rounds, see 1949–50 FA Cup Qualifying Rounds.

At this stage clubs from the Football League Third Division North and South joined the 25 non-league clubs having come through the qualifying rounds. Rotherham United, Reading and A.F.C. Bournemouth, as the strongest Third Division finishers in the previous season, were given a bye to the Third Round. To make the number of matches up, non-league Yeovil Town and Bromley were given byes to this round. 34 matches were scheduled to be played on Saturday, 26 November 1949. Three were drawn and went to replays.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Chester 4–1 Goole Town 26 November 1949
2 Darlington 2–2 Crewe Alexandra 26 November 1949
Replay Crewe Alexandra 1–0 Darlington 30 November 1949
3 Hastings United 1–3 Gillingham 26 November 1949
4 Weymouth 2–2 Aldershot 26 November 1949
Replay Aldershot 2–3 Weymouth 30 November 1949
5 Yeovil Town 4–1 Romford 26 November 1949
6 Notts County 4–0 Tilbury 26 November 1949
7 Nottingham Forest 1–0 Bristol City 26 November 1949
8 Swindon Town 1–0 Bristol Rovers 26 November 1949
9 Doncaster Rovers 5–1 New Brighton 26 November 1949
10 Wrexham 4–1 Grantham 26 November 1949
11 Ipswich Town 2–1 Brighton & Hove Albion 26 November 1949
12 Tranmere Rovers 2–1 Halifax Town 26 November 1949
13 Stockport County 3–0 Billingham Synthonia 26 November 1949
14 Leytonstone 1–2 Chelmsford City 26 November 1949
15 Accrington Stanley 0–1 Hartlepools United 26 November 1949
16 Northampton Town 4–1 Walthamstow Avenue 26 November 1949
17 Bromley 1–2 Watford 26 November 1949
18 Rhyl 0–3 Rochdale 26 November 1949
19 Bradford City 9–0 Fleetwood 26 November 1949
20 Millwall 3–5 Exeter City 26 November 1949
21 Carlisle United 1–0 Lincoln City 26 November 1949
22 Oldham Athletic 4–0 Stockton 26 November 1949
23 Crystal Palace 0–3 Newport County 26 November 1949
24 Witton Albion 0–1 Mossley F.C. 26 November 1949
25 Mansfield Town 4–1 Walsall 26 November 1949
26 Port Vale 1–0 Wealdstone 26 November 1949
27 Southport 1–1 Barrow 26 November 1949
Replay Barrow 0–1 Southport 1 December 1949
28 Hereford United 3–0 Bromsgrove Rovers 26 November 1949
29 Netherfield (Kendal) 4–3 North Shields 26 November 1949
30 Gloucester City 2–3 Norwich City 26 November 1949
31 Gateshead 3–1 York City 26 November 1949
32 Leyton Orient 0–2 Southend United 26 November 1949
33 Nuneaton Borough 2–1 King's Lynn 26 November 1949
34 Gravesend & Northfleet 1–3 Torquay United 26 November 1949

Second Round Proper[edit]

The matches were played on Saturday, 10 December 1949. Six matches were drawn, with replays taking place later the same week. One of these replays went to a second replay.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Rochdale 1–2 Notts County 10 December 1949
2 Watford 6–0 Netherfield (Kendal) 10 December 1949
3 Weymouth 2–1 Hereford United 10 December 1949
4 Yeovil Town 3–1 Gillingham 10 December 1949
5 Nottingham Forest 0–2 Stockport County 10 December 1949
6 Crewe Alexandra 1–1 Oldham Athletic 10 December 1949
Replay Oldham Athletic 0–0 Crewe Alexandra 13 December 1949
Replay Crewe Alexandra 0–3 Oldham Athletic 19 December 1949
7 Doncaster Rovers 1–0 Mansfield Town 10 December 1949
8 Wrexham 2–2 Southend United 10 December 1949
Replay Southend United 2–0 Wrexham 15 December 1949
9 Northampton Town 4–2 Torquay United 10 December 1949
10 Carlisle United 2–0 Swindon Town 10 December 1949
11 Exeter City 2–0 Chester 10 December 1949
12 Hartlepools United 1–1 Norwich City 10 December 1949
Replay Norwich City 5–1 Hartlepools United 16 December 1949
13 Port Vale 1–0 Tranmere Rovers 10 December 1949
14 Newport County 1–1 Gateshead 10 December 1949
Replay Gateshead 1–2 Newport County 15 December 1949
15 Southport 2–1 Bradford City 10 December 1949
16 Chelmsford City 1–1 Ipswich Town 10 December 1949
Replay Ipswich Town 1–0 Chelmsford City 15 December 1949
17 Nuneaton Borough 0–0 Mossley F.C. 10 December 1949
Replay Mossley F.C. 0–3 Nuneaton Borough 17 December 1949

Third round proper[edit]

The 44 First and Second Division clubs entered the competition at this stage, along with the three strongest finishers from the previous season's Third Division, Rotherham United, Reading and A.F.C. Bournemouth. The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 7 January 1950. Nine matches were drawn and went to replays, with one of these going to a second replay.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Blackpool 4–0 Southend United 7 January 1950
2 Chesterfield 3–1 Yeovil Town 7 January 1950
3 Bury 5–4 Rotherham United 7 January 1950
4 Watford 2–2 Preston North End 7 January 1950
Replay Preston North End 0–1 Watford 11 January 1950
5 Reading 2–3 Doncaster Rovers 7 January 1950
6 Notts County 1–4 Burnley 7 January 1950
7 Blackburn Rovers 0–0 Liverpool 7 January 1950
Replay Liverpool 2–1 Blackburn Rovers 11 January 1950
8 Aston Villa 2–2 Middlesbrough 7 January 1950
Replay Middlesbrough 0–0 Aston Villa 11 January 1950
Replay Aston Villa 0–3 Middlesbrough 16 January 1950
9 Sunderland 6–0 Huddersfield Town 7 January 1950
10 Luton Town 3–4 Grimsby Town 7 January 1950
11 Sheffield United 3–1 Leicester City 7 January 1950
12 Stockport County 4–2 Barnsley 7 January 1950
13 Manchester City 3–5 Derby County 7 January 1950
14 Queens Park Rangers 0–2 Everton 7 January 1950
15 Brentford 0–1 Chelsea 7 January 1950
16 Northampton Town 1–1 Southampton 7 January 1950
Replay Southampton 2–3 Northampton Town 11 January 1950
17 Coventry City 1–2 Bolton Wanderers 7 January 1950
18 Portsmouth 1–1 Norwich City 7 January 1950
Replay Norwich City 0–2 Portsmouth 12 January 1950
19 West Ham United 5–1 Ipswich Town 7 January 1950
20 Manchester United 4–0 Weymouth 7 January 1950
21 Plymouth Argyle 1–1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 7 January 1950
Replay Wolverhampton Wanderers 3–0 Plymouth Argyle 11 January 1950
22 Carlisle United 2–5 Leeds United 7 January 1950
23 Oldham Athletic 2–7 Newcastle United 7 January 1950
24 Bradford Park Avenue 0–1 Bournemouth 7 January 1950
25 Exeter City 3–0 Nuneaton Borough 7 January 1950
26 Cardiff City 2–2 West Bromwich Albion 7 January 1950
Replay West Bromwich Albion 0–1 Cardiff City 11 January 1950
27 Newport County 1–2 Port Vale 7 January 1950
28 Swansea Town 3–0 Birmingham City 7 January 1950
29 Charlton Athletic 2–2 Fulham 7 January 1950
Replay Fulham 1–2 Charlton Athletic 11 January 1950
30 Arsenal 1–0 Sheffield Wednesday 7 January 1950
31 Southport 0–0 Hull City 7 January 1950
Replay Hull City 5–0 Southport 12 January 1950
32 Stoke City 0–1 Tottenham Hotspur 7 January 1950

Fourth Round Proper[edit]

The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 28 January 1950. Six games were drawn and went to replays, which were all played in the following midweek match.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Blackpool 2–1 Doncaster Rovers 28 January 1950
2 Chesterfield 3–2 Middlesbrough 28 January 1950
3 Bournemouth 1–1 Northampton Town 28 January 1950
Replay Northampton Town 2–1 Bournemouth 2 February 1950
4 Burnley 2–1 Port Vale 28 January 1950
5 Bury 2–2 Derby County 28 January 1950
Replay Derby County 5–2 Bury 1 February 1950
6 Liverpool 3–1 Exeter City 28 January 1950
7 Watford 0–1 Manchester United 28 January 1950
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 0–0 Sheffield United 28 January 1950
Replay Sheffield United 3–4 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 February 1950
9 Stockport County 0–0 Hull City 28 January 1950
Replay Hull City 0–2 Stockport County 2 February 1950
10 Tottenham Hotspur 5–1 Sunderland 28 January 1950
11 Portsmouth 5–0 Grimsby Town 28 January 1950
12 West Ham United 1–2 Everton 28 January 1950
13 Chelsea 3–0 Newcastle United 28 January 1950
14 Charlton Athletic 1–1 Cardiff City 28 January 1950
Replay Cardiff City 2–0 Charlton Athletic 1 February 1950
15 Arsenal 2–1 Swansea Town 28 January 1950
16 Leeds United 1–1 Bolton Wanderers 28 January 1950
Replay Bolton Wanderers 2–3 Leeds United 1 February 1950

Fifth Round Proper[edit]

The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 11 February 1950. There were three replays in total, each taking place four days later.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Chesterfield 1–1 Chelsea 11 February 1950
Replay Chelsea 3–0 Chesterfield 15 February 1950
2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 0–0 Blackpool 11 February 1950
Replay Blackpool 1–0 Wolverhampton Wanderers 15 February 1950
3 Derby County 4–2 Northampton Town 11 February 1950
4 Everton 1–0 Tottenham Hotspur 11 February 1950
5 Stockport County 1–2 Liverpool 11 February 1950
6 Manchester United 3–3 Portsmouth 11 February 1950
Replay Portsmouth 1–3 Manchester United 15 February 1950
7 Arsenal 2–0 Burnley 11 February 1950
8 Leeds United 3–1 Cardiff City 11 February 1950

Sixth Round Proper[edit]

The four quarter-final ties were scheduled to be played on Saturday, 4 March 1950. There were no replays.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Liverpool 2–1 Blackpool 4 March 1950
2 Derby County 1–2 Everton 4 March 1950
3 Chelsea 2–0 Manchester United 4 March 1950
4 Arsenal 1–0 Leeds United 4 March 1950

Semi-Finals[edit]

The semi-final matches were intended to be played on Saturday, 18 March 1950, although the Liverpool–Everton fixture was not played until the week after. The London derby clash of Arsenal–Chelsea went to a replay, with Arsenal eventually winning their tie to meet Liverpool in the final at Wembley.

25 March 1950
15:00
Liverpool 2–0 Everton

18 March
15:00
Arsenal 2–2 Chelsea
Replay
2 March
19:45
Chelsea 0–1
(a.e.t.)
Arsenal

Final[edit]

Main article: 1950 FA Cup Final

The 1950 FA Cup Final was contested by Arsenal and Liverpool at Wembley. Arsenal won 2–0, with both goals scored by Reg Lewis. Future legendary Liverpool manager Bob Paisley was famously dropped for the final, even after scoring the winning goal against rivals Everton in the semi final.[1]

Match facts[edit]

29 April 1950
15:00 BST
Arsenal 2 – 0 Liverpool
Lewis Goal 18' Goal 63' (Report)
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 127,000
Arsenal
Liverpool

See also[edit]

References[edit]

General
Specific
  1. ^ "Liverpoolfc.tv: LFC STORY 1950". liverpoolfc.tv. Archived from the original on 5 May 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-30.