1954–55 FA Cup

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1954–55 FA Cup
Country England
Champions Newcastle United
Runners-up Manchester City

The 1954–55 FA Cup was the 74th season of the world's oldest football cup competition, the Football Association Challenge Cup, commonly known as the FA Cup. Newcastle United won the competition for the sixth and, as of 2010, final time, beating Manchester City 3–1 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
Preliminary Round Saturday 11 September 1954
First Round Qualifying Saturday 25 September 1954
Second Round Qualifying Saturday 9 October 1954
Third Round Qualifying Saturday 23 October 1954
Fourth Round Qualifying Saturday 6 November 1954
First Round Proper Saturday 20 November 1954
Second Round Proper Saturday 11 December 1954
Third Round Proper Saturday 8 January 1955
Fourth Round Proper Saturday 29 January 1955
Fifth Round Proper Saturday 19 February 1955
Sixth Round Proper Saturday 12 March 1955
Semi-Finals Saturday 26 March 1955
Final Saturday 7 May 1955

First round proper[edit]

For the qualifying rounds, see 1954–55 FA Cup Qualifying Rounds.

At this stage clubs from the Football League Third Division North and South joined those non-league clubs having come through the qualifying rounds. Matches were scheduled to be played on Saturday, 20 November 1954. Seven were drawn and went to replays, with one of these going to a second replay.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Barnet 1–4 Southampton 20 November 1954
2 Barrow 1–1 Darlington 20 November 1954
Replay Darlington 2–1 Barrow 24 November 1954
3 Bristol City 1–2 Southend United 20 November 1954
4 Dorchester Town 2–0 Bedford Town 20 November 1954
5 Reading 3–3 Colchester United 20 November 1954
Replay Colchester United 1–2 Reading 25 November 1954
6 Walsall 5–2 Shrewsbury Town 20 November 1954
7 Gillingham 2–0 Newport County 20 November 1954
8 Grimsby Town 2–1 Halifax Town 20 November 1954
9 Swindon Town 0–2 Crystal Palace 20 November 1954
10 Bishop Auckland 5–1 Kettering Town 20 November 1954
11 Tranmere Rovers 3–3 Rochdale 20 November 1954
Replay Rochdale 1–0 Tranmere Rovers 23 November 1954
12 Stockport County 0–1 Carlisle United 20 November 1954
13 Queens Park Rangers 2–2 Walthamstow Avenue 20 November 1954
Replay Walthamstow Avenue 2–2 Queens Park Rangers 25 November 1954
Replay Queens Park Rangers 0–4 Walthamstow Avenue 29 November 1954
14 Accrington Stanley 7–1 Creswell Colliery 20 November 1954
15 Barnsley 3–2 Wigan Athletic 20 November 1954
16 Brentford 2–1 Nuneaton Borough 20 November 1954
17 Crook Town 5–3 Stanley United 20 November 1954
18 Northampton Town 0–1 Coventry City 20 November 1954
19 Brighton & Hove Albion 5–0 Tunbridge Wells United 20 November 1954
20 Norwich City 4–2 Headington United 20 November 1954
21 Bradford City 3–1 Mansfield Town 20 November 1954
22 Millwall 3–2 Exeter City 20 November 1954
23 Oldham Athletic 1–0 Crewe Alexandra 20 November 1954
24 Frome Town 0–3 Leyton Orient 20 November 1954
25 Bradford Park Avenue 2–0 Southport 20 November 1954
26 Hartlepools United 1–0 Chesterfield 20 November 1954
27 Selby Town 2–1 Rhyl 20 November 1954
28 Torquay United 4–0 Cambridge United 20 November 1954
29 Workington 5–1 Hyde United 20 November 1954
30 York City 3–2 Scarborough 20 November 1954
31 Netherfield (Kendal) 3–3 Wrexham 20 November 1954
Replay Wrexham 4–0 Netherfield (Kendal) 24 November 1954
32 Aldershot 3–1 Chelmsford City 20 November 1954
33 Horden CW 0–1 Scunthorpe United 20 November 1954
34 Gateshead 6–0 Chester 20 November 1954
35 Hounslow Town 2–4 Hastings United 20 November 1954
36 Boston United 1–1 Blyth Spartans 20 November 1954
Replay Blyth Spartans 5–4 Boston United 24 November 1954
37 Merthyr Tydfil 1–1 Wellington Town 20 November 1954
Replay Wellington Town 1–6 Merthyr Tydfil 24 November 1954
38 Hinckley Athletic 4–3 Newport (IOW) 20 November 1954
39 Barnstaple Town 1–4 Bournemouth 20 November 1954
40 Corby Town 0–2 Watford 20 November 1954

Second Round Proper[edit]

The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 11 December 1954. Four matches were drawn, with replays taking place later the same week.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Bournemouth 1–0 Oldham Athletic 11 December 1954
2 Dorchester Town 2–5 York City 11 December 1954
3 Rochdale 2–1 Hinckley Athletic 11 December 1954
4 Gillingham 1–1 Reading 11 December 1954
Replay Reading 5–3 Gillingham 13 December 1954
5 Grimsby Town 4–1 Southampton 11 December 1954
6 Wrexham 1–2 Walsall 11 December 1954
7 Brentford 4–1 Crook Town 11 December 1954
8 Coventry City 4–0 Scunthorpe United 11 December 1954
9 Norwich City 0–0 Brighton & Hove Albion 11 December 1954
Replay Brighton & Hove Albion 5–1 Norwich City 15 December 1954
10 Bradford City 7–1 Merthyr Tydfil 11 December 1954
11 Millwall 3–2 Accrington Stanley 11 December 1954
12 Carlisle United 2–2 Watford 11 December 1954
Replay Watford 4–1 Carlisle United 15 December 1954
13 Crystal Palace 2–4 Bishop Auckland 11 December 1954
14 Bradford Park Avenue 2–3 Southend United 11 December 1954
15 Hartlepools United 4–0 Aldershot 11 December 1954
16 Blyth Spartans 1–3 Torquay United 11 December 1954
17 Selby Town 0–2 Hastings United 11 December 1954
18 Walthamstow Avenue 0–3 Darlington 11 December 1954
19 Gateshead 3–3 Barnsley 11 December 1954
Replay Barnsley 0–1 Gateshead 16 December 1954
20 Leyton Orient 0–1 Workington 11 December 1954

Third round proper[edit]

The 44 First and Second Division clubs entered the competition at this stage. The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 8 January 1955. Ten matches were drawn and went to replays, with three of these requiring a second replay. Notable is tie no. 3, between Bury and Stoke City, which went to four replays before Stoke won in the final game, with an aggregated score of 9–10.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Blackpool 0–2 York City 8 January 1955
2 Bournemouth 0–1 West Bromwich Albion 8 January 1955
3 Bury 1–1 Stoke City 8 January 1955
Replay Stoke City 1–1 Bury 12 January 1955
Replay Bury 3–3 Stoke City 17 January 1955
Replay Stoke City 2–2 Bury 19 January 1955
Replay Bury 2–3 Stoke City 24 January 1955
4 Rochdale 1–3 Charlton Athletic 8 January 1955
5 Watford 1–2 Doncaster Rovers 8 January 1955
6 Reading 1–1 Manchester United 8 January 1955
Replay Manchester United 4–1 Reading 12 January 1955
7 Blackburn Rovers 0–2 Swansea Town 8 January 1955
8 Sheffield Wednesday 2–1 Hastings United 8 January 1955
9 Bolton Wanderers 3–1 Millwall 8 January 1955
10 Grimsby Town 2–5 Wolverhampton Wanderers 8 January 1955
11 Middlesbrough 1–4 Notts County 8 January 1955
12 Sunderland 1–0 Burnley 8 January 1955
13 Derby County 1–3 Manchester City 8 January 1955
14 Lincoln City 1–1 Liverpool 8 January 1955
Replay Liverpool 1–0 Lincoln City 12 January 1955
15 Luton Town 5–0 Workington 8 January 1955
16 Everton 3–1 Southend United 8 January 1955
17 Sheffield United 1–3 Nottingham Forest 8 January 1955
18 Ipswich Town 2–2 Bishop Auckland 8 January 1955
Replay Bishop Auckland 3–0 Ipswich Town 12 January 1955
19 Fulham 2–3 Preston North End 8 January 1955
20 Brentford 1–1 Bradford City 8 January 1955
Replay Bradford City 2–2 Brentford 12 January 1955
Replay Brentford 1–0 Bradford City 20 January 1955
21 Bristol Rovers 2–1 Portsmouth 8 January 1955
22 West Ham United 2–2 Port Vale 8 January 1955
Replay Port Vale 3–1 West Ham United 10 January 1955
23 Brighton & Hove Albion 2–2 Aston Villa 8 January 1955
Replay Aston Villa 4–2 Brighton & Hove Albion 10 January 1955
24 Plymouth Argyle 0–1 Newcastle United 8 January 1955
25 Hull City 0–2 Birmingham City 8 January 1955
26 Chelsea 2–0 Walsall 8 January 1955
27 Hartlepools United 1–1 Darlington 8 January 1955
Replay Darlington 2–2 Hartlepools United 12 January 1955
Replay Hartlepools United 2–0 Darlington 17 January 1955
28 Huddersfield Town 3–3 Coventry City 8 January 1955
Replay Coventry City 1–2 Huddersfield Town 13 January 1955
29 Arsenal 1–0 Cardiff City 8 January 1955
30 Leeds United 2–2 Torquay United 8 January 1955
Replay Torquay United 4–0 Leeds United 12 January 1955
31 Rotherham United 1–0 Leicester City 8 January 1955
32 Gateshead 0–2 Tottenham Hotspur 8 January 1955

Fourth Round Proper[edit]

The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 29 January 1955, with two matches taking place on later dates. Four matches were drawn and went to replays, which were all played in the following midweek match. Once again, there was a tie which went to four replays, this time between Doncaster Rovers and Aston Villa. Rovers finally won the fixture in the fifth match, with an aggregated score of 6–4.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Preston North End 3–3 Sunderland 29 January 1955
Replay Sunderland 2–0 Preston North End 2 February 1955
2 Sheffield Wednesday 1–1 Notts County 29 January 1955
Replay Notts County 1–0 Sheffield Wednesday 3 February 1955
3 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1–0 Arsenal 29 January 1955
4 West Bromwich Albion 2–4 Charlton Athletic 29 January 1955
5 Everton 0–4 Liverpool 29 January 1955
6 Doncaster Rovers 0–0 Aston Villa 29 January 1955
Replay Aston Villa 2–2 Doncaster Rovers 2 February 1955
Replay Doncaster Rovers 1–1 Aston Villa 7 February 1955
Replay Aston Villa 0–0 Doncaster Rovers 14 February 1955
Replay Doncaster Rovers 3–1 Aston Villa 15 February 1955
7 Bishop Auckland 1–3 York City 29 January 1955
8 Newcastle United 3–2 Brentford 29 January 1955
9 Tottenham Hotspur 4–2 Port Vale 29 January 1955
10 Manchester City 2–0 Manchester United 29 January 1955
11 Bristol Rovers 1–3 Chelsea 29 January 1955
12 Hartlepools United 1–1 Nottingham Forest 29 January 1955
Replay Nottingham Forest 2–1 Hartlepools United 2 February 1955
13 Swansea Town 3–1 Stoke City 29 January 1955
14 Torquay United 0–1 Huddersfield Town 29 January 1955
15 Rotherham United 1–5 Luton Town 29 January 1955
16 Birmingham City 2–1 Bolton Wanderers 29 January 1955

Fifth Round Proper[edit]

The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 19 February 1955. Two matches went to replays in the following mid-week fixture, with the Nottingham Forest–Newcastle United match requiring a second replay to settle it in favour of United.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Liverpool 0–2 Huddersfield Town 19 February 1955
2 Notts County 1–0 Chelsea 19 February 1955
3 Nottingham Forest 1–1 Newcastle United 19 February 1955
Replay Newcastle United 2–2 Nottingham Forest 28 February 1955
Replay Newcastle United 2–1 Nottingham Forest 2 March 1955
4 Wolverhampton Wanderers 4–1 Charlton Athletic 19 February 1955
5 Luton Town 0–2 Manchester City 19 February 1955
6 Swansea Town 2–2 Sunderland 19 February 1955
Replay Sunderland 1–0 Swansea Town 23 February 1955
7 York City 3–1 Tottenham Hotspur 19 February 1955
8 Birmingham City 2–1 Doncaster Rovers 19 February 1955

Sixth Round Proper[edit]

The four quarter-final ties were scheduled to be played on Saturday, 12 March 1955. The Newcastle United–Huddersfield Town game went to a replay before United went through.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Notts County 0–1 York City 12 March 1955
2 Sunderland 2–0 Wolverhampton Wanderers 12 March 1955
3 Huddersfield Town 1–1 Newcastle United 12 March 1955
Replay Newcastle United 2–0 Huddersfield Town 16 March 1955
4 Birmingham City 0–1 Manchester City 12 March 1955

Semi-Finals[edit]

The semi-final matches were played on Saturday, 26 March 1955, with the Newcastle United–York City match replaying on the 30th. Newcastle and Manchester City won their ties to meet in the final at Wembley.

26 March 1955
15:00
Newcastle United 1–1 York City
Replay
30 March 1955
19:45
York City 0–2 Newcastle United

26 March 1955
15:00
Manchester City 1–0 Sunderland
Clarke

Final[edit]

Main article: 1955 FA Cup Final

The 1955 FA Cup Final was contested by Newcastle United and Manchester City at Wembley. Newcastle won 3–1, with goals from Jackie Milburn in the first minute (after 45 seconds, setting a new record in a final at Wembley, which was held until 1997), Bobby Mitchell and George Hannah. Bobby Johnstone scored City's goal.

Match details[edit]

7 May 1955
15:00 BST
Newcastle United 3 – 1 Manchester City
Milburn Goal 1'
Mitchell
Hannah
Johnstone
Wembley, London
Attendance: 100,000
Referee: Reg Leafe
Newcastle United
Manchester City

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