1955–56 FA Cup

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1955–56 FA Cup
Country England
Champions Manchester City
Runners-up Birmingham City

The 1955–56 FA Cup was the 75th staging of the world's oldest cup competition, the FA Cup. Manchester City won the competition, beating Birmingham City 3–1 in the final at Wembley, London.

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. 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 at neutral venues 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 10 September 1955
First Qualifying Round 24 September 1955
Second Qualifying Round 8 October 1955
Third Qualifying Round 22 October 1955
Fourth Qualifying Round 5 November 1955
First Round Proper 19 November 1955
Second Round 10 December 1955
Third Round 7 January 1956
Fourth Round 28 January 1956
Fifth Round 18 February 1956
Sixth Round 3 March 1956
Semifinals 17 March 1956
Final 5 May 1956

Results[edit]

First Round Proper[edit]

For the qualifying rounds, see 1955–56 FA Cup Qualifying Rounds.

At this stage the 48 Third Division North and Third Division South clubs joined the 32 non-league clubs who came through the qualifying rounds.

The matches were played on Saturday, 19 November 1955. Seven matches were drawn, with replays taking place later that week. Two ties needed a second replay, which took place on the following Monday, 28 November 1955.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date Attendance Summary
1 Chesterfield 1–0 Chester 19 November 1955
2 Darlington 0–0 Carlisle United 19 November 1955
Replay Carlisle United 0–0 Darlington 22 November 1955 [1]
2nd replay Darlington 3–1 Carlisle United 28 November 1955
3 Hastings United 6–1 Southall 19 November 1955
4 Barrow 0–0 Crewe Alexandra 19 November 1955
Replay Crewe Alexandra 2–3 Barrow 23 November 1955
5 Rochdale 0–1 York City 19 November 1955
6 Watford 5–3 Ramsgate Athletic 19 November 1955
7 Weymouth 3–2 Salisbury 19 November 1955
8 Yeovil Town 1–1 Aldershot 19 November 1955
Replay Aldershot 1–1 Yeovil Town 23 November 1955
2nd replay Yeovil Town 0–3 Aldershot 28 November 1955 [2]
9 Reading 1–0 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic 19 November 1955
10 Gillingham 1–1 Shrewsbury Town 19 November 1955
Replay Shrewsbury Town 4–1 Gillingham 24 November 1955
11 Swindon Town 4–0 Hereford United 19 November 1955
12 Bishop Auckland 3–1 Durham City 19 November 1955
13 Wycombe Wanderers 1–3 Burton Albion 19 November 1955
14 Accrington Stanley 3–1 Wrexham 19 November 1955
15 Brentford 4–0 March Town United 19 November 1955
16 Crook Town 2–2 Derby County 19 November 1955
Replay Derby County 5–1 Crook Town 23 November 1955
17 Northampton Town 4–1 Millwall 19 November 1955
18 Coventry City 0–1 Exeter City 19 November 1955
19 Brighton & Hove Albion 8–1 Newport County 19 November 1955
20 Rhyl 0–3 Bradford Park Avenue 19 November 1955
21 Norwich City 4–0 Dorchester Town 19 November 1955
22 Bradford City 3–1 Oldham Athletic 19 November 1955
23 Crystal Palace 0–0 Southampton 19 November 1955
Replay Southampton 2–0 Crystal Palace 23 November 1955
24 Goole Town 1–2 Halifax Town 19 November 1955
25 Southend United 2–0 Queens Park Rangers 19 November 1955
26 Hartlepools United 3–0 Gateshead 19 November 1955
27 Scunthorpe & Lindsey United 3–0 Shildon 19 November 1955
28 Bedford Town 3–0 Leyton 19 November 1955
29 Mansfield Town 2–0 Stockport County 19 November 1955
30 Margate 2–2 Walsall 19 November 1955
Replay Walsall 6–1 Margate 24 November 1955
31 Halesowen Town 2–4 Hendon 19 November 1955
32 Southport 6–1 Ashton United 19 November 1955
33 Torquay United 2–0 Colchester United 19 November 1955
34 Workington 4–2 Scarborough 19 November 1955
35 Netherfield 1–5 Grimsby Town 19 November 1955
36 Easington Colliery Welfare 0–2 Tranmere Rovers 19 November 1955
37 Boston United 3–2 Northwich Victoria 19 November 1955
38 Peterborough United 3–1 Ipswich Town 19 November 1955 20,843
39 Leyton Orient 7–1 Lovells Athletic 19 November 1955
40 Skegness Town 0–4 Worksop Town 19 November 1955

Second Round Proper[edit]

The matches were played on Saturday, 10 December 1955. Seven matches were drawn, with replays taking place later that week.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date Attendance Summary
1 Chesterfield 1–2 Hartlepools United 10 December 1955
2 Darlington 0–1 Accrington Stanley 10 December 1955
3 Weymouth 0–1 Southend United 10 December 1955
4 Reading 2–2 Aldershot 10 December 1955
Replay Aldershot 3–0 Reading 14 December 1955
5 Walsall 2–1 Southampton 10 December 1955
6 Derby County 1–6 Boston United 10 December 1955 23,757 [1]
7 Swindon Town 1–1 Peterborough United 10 December 1955
Replay Peterborough United 1–2 Swindon Town 15 December 1955
8 Shrewsbury Town 0–0 Torquay United 10 December 1955
Replay Torquay United 5–1 Shrewsbury Town 14 December 1955
9 Bishop Auckland 0–0 Scunthorpe & Lindsey United 10 December 1955
Replay Scunthorpe & Lindsey United 2–0 Bishop Auckland 15 December 1955
10 Tranmere Rovers 0–3 Barrow 10 December 1955
11 Northampton Town 4–1 Hastings United 10 December 1955
12 Brighton & Hove Albion 1–2 Norwich City 10 December 1955
13 Bradford City 2–2 Worksop Town 10 December 1955
Replay Worksop Town 1–0 Bradford City 15 December 1955
14 Bradford Park Avenue 4–3 Workington 10 December 1955
15 Exeter City 6–2 Hendon 10 December 1955
16 Bedford Town 3–2 Watford 10 December 1955
17 Halifax Town 0–0 Burton Albion 10 December 1955
Replay Burton Albion 1–0 Halifax Town 14 December 1955
18 Southport 0–0 Grimsby Town 10 December 1955
Replay Grimsby Town 3–2 Southport 14 December 1955
19 York City 2–1 Mansfield Town 10 December 1955
20 Leyton Orient 4–1 Brentford 10 December 1955

Third Round Proper[edit]

This round was the first in which the 44 Second Division and First Division (top-flight) teams entered the competition. The matches were scheduled to be played on Saturday, 7 January 1956, though four were postponed until later that week because of bad weather. Four matches were drawn, with replays taking place later that week.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date Attendance Summary
1 Bury 0–1 Burnley 10 January 1956
2 Liverpool 2–0 Accrington Stanley 7 January 1956
3 Walsall 0–1 Port Vale 7 January 1956
4 Notts County 0–1 Fulham 7 January 1956
5 Aston Villa 1–1 Hull City 7 January 1956
Replay Hull City 1–2 Aston Villa 12 January 1956
6 Sheffield Wednesday 1–3 Newcastle United 7 January 1956
7 Bolton Wanderers 3–0 Huddersfield Town 11 January 1956
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1–2 West Bromwich Albion 7 January 1956 55,564
9 Sunderland 4–2 Norwich City 7 January 1956
10 Lincoln City 2–3 Southend United 7 January 1956
11 Luton Town 0–4 Leicester City 11 January 1956
12 Everton 3–1 Bristol City 7 January 1956
13 Swindon Town 1–0 Worksop Town 7 January 1956
14 Doncaster Rovers 3–0 Nottingham Forest 7 January 1956
15 Sheffield United 5–0 Barrow 7 January 1956
16 Tottenham Hotspur 4–0 Boston United 7 January 1956
17 Manchester City 2–1 Blackpool 11 January 1956
18 Bristol Rovers 4–0 Manchester United 7 January 1956
19 Northampton Town 1–2 Blackburn Rovers 7 January 1956
20 Portsmouth 3–1 Grimsby Town 7 January 1956
21 West Ham United 5–2 Preston North End 7 January 1956
22 Bradford Park Avenue 0–4 Middlesbrough 7 January 1956
23 Exeter City 0–0 Stoke City 7 January 1956
Replay Stoke City 3–0 Exeter City 9 January 1956
24 Hartlepools United 0–1 Chelsea 7 January 1956
25 Swansea Town 1–2 York City 7 January 1956
26 Charlton Athletic 7–0 Burton Albion 7 January 1956
27 Arsenal 2–2 Bedford Town 7 January 1956
Replay Bedford Town 1–2 Arsenal 12 January 1956
28 Leeds United 1–2 Cardiff City 7 January 1956
29 Torquay United 1–7 Birmingham City 7 January 1956
30 Rotherham United 1–1 Scunthorpe & Lindsey United 7 January 1956
Replay Scunthorpe & Lindsey United 4–2 Rotherham United 12 January 1956
31 Aldershot 1–2 Barnsley 7 January 1956
32 Leyton Orient 1–0 Plymouth Argyle 7 January 1956

Fourth Round Proper[edit]

The matches were played on Saturday, 28 January 1956. Four matches were drawn, three of which were settled in a single replay. The fourth, between Burnley and Chelsea, was eventually decided in Chelsea's favour in the fourth replay, played 18 days after the date of the original tie.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date Attendance Summary
1 Burnley 1–1 Chelsea 28 January 1956
Replay Chelsea 1–1 Burnley 1 February 1956
2nd replay Burnley 2–2 Chelsea 6 February 1956 [3]
3rd replay Chelsea 0–0 Burnley 13 February 1956 [4]
4th replay Burnley 0–2 Chelsea 15 February 1956 [5]
2 Liverpool 3–3 Scunthorpe & Lindsey United 28 January 1956
Replay Scunthorpe & Lindsey United 0–2 Liverpool 6 February 1956
3 Leicester City 3–3 Stoke City 28 January 1956 35,877
Replay Stoke City 2–1 Leicester City 30 January 1956
4 Bolton Wanderers 1–2 Sheffield United 28 January 1956 47,105
5 West Bromwich Albion 2–0 Portsmouth 28 January 1956 59,448
6 Tottenham Hotspur 3–1 Middlesbrough 28 January 1956 41,895
7 Fulham 4–5 Newcastle United 28 January 1956
8 Barnsley 0–1 Blackburn Rovers 28 January 1956
9 Bristol Rovers 1–1 Doncaster Rovers 28 January 1956
Replay Doncaster Rovers 1–0 Bristol Rovers 31 January 1956
10 West Ham United 2–1 Cardiff City 28 January 1956
11 Southend United 0–1 Manchester City 28 January 1956
12 Port Vale 2–3 Everton 28 January 1956 44,278
13 Charlton Athletic 2–1 Swindon Town 28 January 1956
14 Arsenal 4–1 Aston Villa 28 January 1956 43,052
15 York City 0–0 Sunderland 28 January 1956 22,000
Replay Sunderland 2–1 York City 1 February 1956 43,928
16 Leyton Orient 0–4 Birmingham City 28 January 1956 24,727

Fifth Round Proper[edit]

The matches were played on Saturday, 18 February 1956. Three matches were drawn, with replays taking place later that week.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date Attendance Summary
1 West Bromwich Albion 0–1 Birmingham City 18 February 1956 58,213
2 Everton 1–0 Chelsea 18 February 1956 61,572
3 Doncaster Rovers 0–2 Tottenham Hotspur 18 February 1956 30,436
4 Sheffield United 0–0 Sunderland 18 February 1956 51,516
Replay Sunderland 1–0 Sheffield United 22 February 1956 39,883
5 Newcastle United 2–1 Stoke City 18 February 1956 61,550
6 Manchester City 0–0 Liverpool 18 February 1956 70,640
Replay Liverpool 1–2 Manchester City 22 February 1956 57,528
7 West Ham United 0–0 Blackburn Rovers 18 February 1956
Replay Blackburn Rovers 2–3 West Ham United 23 February 1956
8 Charlton Athletic 0–2 Arsenal 18 February 1956 71,758

Final rounds[edit]

Sixth Round Proper[edit]

3 March 1956
Newcastle United 0 – 2 Sunderland
Holden Goal Goal

3 March 1956
Tottenham Hotspur 3 – 3 West Ham United
Harmer Goal
Robb Goal
Duquemin Goal
Dick Goal Goal Goal
White Hart Lane, London
Attendance: 69,118

3 March 1956
Manchester City 2 – 1 Everton
Hayes Goal
Johnstone Goal
Harris Goal
Maine Road, Manchester
Attendance: 76,129

3 March 1956
Arsenal 1 – 3 Birmingham City
Charlton Goal Astall Goal
Murphy Goal
Brown Goal
Highbury, London
Attendance: 67,872

Replay[edit]

8 March 1956
West Ham United 1 – 2 Tottenham Hotspur
Dare Goal Harmer Goal
Duquemin Goal
Boleyn Ground, London
Attendance: 36,000

Semifinals[edit]

17 March 1956
Manchester City 1 – 0 Tottenham Hotspur
Johnstone Goal
Villa Park, Birmingham
Attendance: 69,788

Final[edit]

Main article: 1956 FA Cup Final

The final took place on Saturday, 5 May 1956 at Wembley and ended 3–1, with goals scored by Joe Hayes, Bobby Johnstone and Jack Dyson for Manchester City and Noel Kinsey for Birmingham City. The attendance was 100,000. The match is remembered for an incident where Manchester City goalkeeper Bert Trautmann sustained a neck injury diving at the feet of Birmingham attacker Peter Murphy; he completed the game in considerable pain, and later examination discovered he had broken a bone in his neck.

5 May 1956
15:00 BST
Manchester City 3 – 1 Birmingham City
Hayes Goal 3'
Johnstone Goal 62'
Dyson Goal 64'
Kinsey Goal 15'
Wembley, London
Attendance: 100,000
Referee: Alf Bond
Manchester City
Birmingham City

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Played at St James' Park, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
  2. ^ Played at The Dell, Southampton.
  3. ^ Played at St Andrew's, Birmingham.
  4. ^ Played at Highbury, London.
  5. ^ Played at White Hart Lane, London.