1958–59 FA Cup

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1958–59 FA Cup
Country England
Champions Nottingham Forest
Runners-up Luton Town

The 1958–59 FA Cup was the 78th staging of the world's oldest football cup competition, the Football Association Challenge Cup, commonly known as the FA Cup. Nottingham Forest won the competition for the second and, as of 2015, final time, beating Luton Town 2–1 in the final at Wembley. The match was Luton Town's only appearance in a Cup Final to date.

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.

The competition saw the remarkable progress of Norwich City F.C., then a Division Three (South) team, to the semi-finals, defeating Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur along the way, before losing in a replay to Luton Town. The "59 Cup Run" takes a notable place in Norwich's club history.

Calendar[edit]

Round Date
Preliminary Round Saturday 6 September 1958
First Qualifying Round Saturday 20 September 1958
Second Qualifying Round Saturday 4 October 1958
Third Qualifying Round Saturday 18 October 1958
Fourth Qualifying Round Saturday 1 November 1958
First Round Proper Saturday 15 November 1958
Second Round Saturday 6 December 1958
Third Round Saturday 10 January 1959
Fourth Round Saturday 24 January 1959
Fifth Round Saturday 14 February 1959
Sixth Round Saturday 28 February 1959
Semi Finals Saturday 14 March 1959
Final Saturday 2 May 1959

First round proper[edit]

For the qualifying rounds, see 1958–59 FA Cup Qualifying Rounds.

At this stage clubs from the Football League Third and Fourth Divisions joined those non-league clubs having come through the qualifying rounds. Matches were scheduled to be played on Saturday, 15 November 1958, although the Bury–York City match was postponed. Ten were drawn and went to replays, with one of these going to a second replay.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Ashford Town 0–1 Crystal Palace 15 November 1958
2 Chester 3–2 Boston United 15 November 1958
3 Chesterfield 3–0 Rhyl 15 November 1958
4 Bury 1–0 York City 18 November 1958
5 Southampton 4–1 Woking 15 November 1958
6 Watford 1–1 Reading 15 November 1958
Replay Reading 0–2 Watford 19 November 1958
7 Weymouth 2–5 Coventry City 15 November 1958
8 Walsall 0–1 Queens Park Rangers 15 November 1958
9 Wisbech Town 2–2 Newport County 15 November 1958
Replay Newport County 4–1 Wisbech Town 17 November 1958
10 Notts County 1–2 Barrow 15 November 1958
11 Crewe Alexandra 2–2 South Shields 15 November 1958
Replay South Shields 5–0 Crewe Alexandra 19 November 1958
12 Swindon Town 5–0 Aldershot 15 November 1958
13 Doncaster Rovers 5–0 Consett 15 November 1958
14 Wrexham 1–2 Darlington 15 November 1958
15 Heanor Town 1–5 Carlisle United 15 November 1958
16 Buxton 4–1 Crook Town 15 November 1958
17 Tranmere Rovers 8–1 Bishop Auckland 15 November 1958
18 Accrington Stanley 5–1 Workington 15 November 1958
19 Brentford 3–2 Exeter City 15 November 1958
20 Northampton Town 2–0 Wycombe Wanderers 15 November 1958
21 Denaby United 0–2 Oldham Athletic 15 November 1958
22 King's Lynn 2–1 Merthyr Tydfil 15 November 1958
23 Norwich City 3–1 Ilford 15 November 1958
24 Plymouth Argyle 2–2 Gillingham 15 November 1958
Replay Gillingham 1–4 Plymouth Argyle 19 November 1958
25 Hull City 0–1 Stockport County 15 November 1958
26 Hitchin Town 1–1 Millwall 15 November 1958
Replay Millwall 2–1 Hitchin Town 17 November 1958
27 Southend United 0–0 Yeovil Town 15 November 1958
Replay Yeovil Town 1–0 Southend United 21 November 1958
28 Hartlepools United 1–1 Rochdale 15 November 1958
Replay Rochdale 3–3 Hartlepools United 19 November 1958
Replay Hartlepools United 2–1 Rochdale 27 November 1958
29 Mansfield Town 3–4 Bradford City 15 November 1958
30 Southport 0–2 Halifax Town 15 November 1958
31 Morecambe 1–2 Blyth Spartans 15 November 1958
32 Torquay United 1–0 Port Vale 15 November 1958
33 Guildford City 1–2 Hereford United 15 November 1958
34 Newport (IOW) 0–0 Shrewsbury Town 15 November 1958
Replay Shrewsbury Town 5–0 Newport (IOW) 20 November 1958
35 Gateshead 1–4 Bradford Park Avenue 15 November 1958
36 Headington United 3–2 Margate 15 November 1958
37 Tooting & Mitcham United 3–1 Bournemouth 15 November 1958
38 Peterborough United 2–2 Kettering Town 15 November 1958
Replay Kettering Town 2–3 Peterborough United 20 November 1958
39 Colchester United 2–0 Bath City 15 November 1958
40 Chelmsford City 0–0 Worcester City 15 November 1958
Replay Worcester City 3–1 Chelmsford City 21 November 1958

Second Round Proper[edit]

The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 6 December 1958. Six matches were drawn, with replays taking place later the same week. One match went to a second replay.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Chester 1–1 Bury 6 December 1958
Replay Bury 2–1 Chester 9 December 1958
2 Barrow 2–0 Hartlepools United 6 December 1958
3 Swindon Town 1–1 Norwich City 6 December 1958
Replay Norwich City 1–0 Swindon Town 11 December 1958
4 Tranmere Rovers 1–2 Doncaster Rovers 6 December 1958
5 Queens Park Rangers 0–1 Southampton 6 December 1958
6 Accrington Stanley 6–1 Buxton 6 December 1958
7 Brentford 3–1 King's Lynn 6 December 1958
8 Coventry City 1–3 Plymouth Argyle 6 December 1958
9 Carlisle United 0–0 Chesterfield 6 December 1958
Replay Chesterfield 1–0 Carlisle United 10 December 1958
10 Oldham Athletic 2–0 South Shields 6 December 1958
11 Crystal Palace 2–2 Shrewsbury Town 6 December 1958
Replay Shrewsbury Town 2–2 Crystal Palace 11 December 1958
Replay Crystal Palace 4–1 Shrewsbury Town 15 December 1958
12 Worcester City 5–2 Millwall 6 December 1958
13 Bradford Park Avenue 0–2 Bradford City 6 December 1958
14 Blyth Spartans 3–4 Stockport County 6 December 1958
15 Halifax Town 1–1 Darlington 6 December 1958
Replay Darlington 3–0 Halifax Town 10 December 1958
16 Torquay United 2–0 Watford 6 December 1958
17 Hereford United 0–2 Newport County 6 December 1958
18 Tooting & Mitcham United 2–1 Northampton Town 6 December 1958
19 Peterborough United 4–2 Headington United 6 December 1958
20 Colchester United 1–1 Yeovil Town 6 December 1958
Replay Yeovil Town 1–7 Colchester United 11 December 1958

Third round proper[edit]

The 44 First and Second Division clubs entered the competition at this stage. The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 10 January 1959, although six matches were postponed until later dates. Six matches were drawn and went to replays.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Barrow 2–4 Wolverhampton Wanderers 10 January 1959
2 Bury 0–1 Arsenal 10 January 1959
3 Southampton 1–2 Blackpool 10 January 1959
4 Leicester City 1–1 Lincoln City 10 January 1959
Replay Lincoln City 0–2 Leicester City 14 January 1959
5 Blackburn Rovers 4–2 Leyton Orient 10 January 1959
6 Aston Villa 2–1 Rotherham United 10 January 1959
7 Sheffield Wednesday 0–2 West Bromwich Albion 19 January 1959
8 Grimsby Town 2–2 Manchester City 10 January 1959
Replay Manchester City 1–2 Grimsby Town 24 January 1959
9 Middlesbrough 0–1 Birmingham City 24 January 1959
10 Derby County 2–2 Preston North End 10 January 1959
Replay Preston North End 4–2 Derby County 19 January 1959
11 Luton Town 5–1 Leeds United 10 January 1959
12 Everton 4–0 Sunderland 10 January 1959
13 Doncaster Rovers 0–2 Bristol City 19 January 1959
14 Sheffield United 2–0 Crystal Palace 10 January 1959
15 Ipswich Town 1–0 Huddersfield Town 10 January 1959
16 Stockport County 1–3 Burnley 14 January 1959
17 Newcastle United 1–4 Chelsea 19 January 1959
18 Tottenham Hotspur 2–0 West Ham United 10 January 1959
19 Fulham 0–0 Peterborough United 10 January 1959
Replay Peterborough United 0–1 Fulham 24 January 1959
20 Accrington Stanley 3–0 Darlington 10 January 1959
21 Brentford 2–0 Barnsley 10 January 1959
22 Bristol Rovers 0–4 Charlton Athletic 10 January 1959
23 Portsmouth 3–1 Swansea Town 10 January 1959
24 Brighton & Hove Albion 0–2 Bradford City 10 January 1959
25 Norwich City 3–0 Manchester United 10 January 1959
26 Plymouth Argyle 0–3 Cardiff City 10 January 1959
27 Worcester City 2–1 Liverpool 15 January 1959
28 Scunthorpe United 0–2 Bolton Wanderers 10 January 1959
29 Newport County 0–0 Torquay United 10 January 1959
Replay Torquay United 0–1 Newport County 14 January 1959
30 Stoke City 5–1 Oldham Athletic 10 January 1959
31 Tooting & Mitcham United 2–2 Nottingham Forest 10 January 1959
Replay Nottingham Forest 3–0 Tooting & Mitcham United 24 January 1959
32 Colchester United 2–0 Chesterfield 10 January 1959

Fourth round proper[edit]

The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 24 January 1959, with three matches taking place on later dates. Six matches were drawn and went to replays, which were all played in the following midweek match.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Bristol City 1–1 Blackpool 24 January 1959
Replay Blackpool 1–0 Bristol City 28 January 1959
2 Preston North End 3–2 Bradford City 24 January 1959
3 Leicester City 1–1 Luton Town 24 January 1959
Replay Luton Town 4–1 Leicester City 28 January 1959
4 Nottingham Forest 4–1 Grimsby Town 28 January 1959
5 Blackburn Rovers 1–2 Burnley 28 January 1959
6 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1–2 Bolton Wanderers 24 January 1959
7 West Bromwich Albion 2–0 Brentford 24 January 1959
8 Tottenham Hotspur 4–1 Newport County 24 January 1959
9 Accrington Stanley 0–0 Portsmouth 24 January 1959
Replay Portsmouth 4–1 Accrington Stanley 28 January 1959
10 Norwich City 3–2 Cardiff City 24 January 1959
11 Chelsea 1–2 Aston Villa 24 January 1959
12 Worcester City 0–2 Sheffield United 24 January 1959
13 Charlton Athletic 2–2 Everton 24 January 1959
Replay Everton 4–1 Charlton Athletic 28 January 1959
14 Stoke City 0–1 Ipswich Town 24 January 1959
15 Colchester United 2–2 Arsenal 24 January 1959
Replay Arsenal 4–0 Colchester United 28 January 1959
16 Birmingham City 1–1 Fulham 28 January 1959
Replay Fulham 2–3 Birmingham City 4 February 1959

Fifth round proper[edit]

The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 14 February 1959. Four matches went to replays in the following mid-week fixture, with two of these requiring a second replay to settle the tie.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Blackpool 3–1 West Bromwich Albion 14 February 1959
2 Burnley 1–0 Portsmouth 14 February 1959
3 Bolton Wanderers 2–2 Preston North End 14 February 1959
Replay Preston North End 1–1 Bolton Wanderers 18 February 1959
Replay Bolton Wanderers 1–0 Preston North End 23 February 1959
4 Everton 1–4 Aston Villa 14 February 1959
5 Ipswich Town 2–5 Luton Town 14 February 1959
6 Tottenham Hotspur 1–1 Norwich City 14 February 1959
Replay Norwich City 1–0 Tottenham Hotspur 18 February 1959
7 Arsenal 2–2 Sheffield United 14 February 1959
Replay Sheffield United 3–0 Arsenal 18 February 1959
8 Birmingham City 1–1 Nottingham Forest 14 February 1959
Replay Nottingham Forest 1–1 Birmingham City 18 February 1959
Replay Birmingham City 0–5 Nottingham Forest 23 February 1959

Sixth round proper[edit]

The four quarter-final ties were scheduled to be played on Saturday, 28 February 1959. Three of the four games went to replays.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Blackpool 1–1 Luton Town 28 February 1959
Replay Luton Town 1–0 Blackpool 4 March 1959
2 Nottingham Forest 2–1 Bolton Wanderers 28 February 1959
3 Aston Villa 0–0 Burnley 28 February 1959
Replay Burnley 0–2 Aston Villa 3 March 1959
4 Sheffield United 1–1 Norwich City 28 February 1959
Replay Norwich City 3–2 Sheffield United 4 March 1959

Semi finals[edit]

The semi-final matches were played on Saturday, 14 March 1959. Nottingham Forest and Luton Town won their matches to meet in the final at Wembley.


14 March 1959
15:00
Luton Town 1–1 Norwich City
Replay
18 March 1959
19:45
Norwich City 0–1 Luton Town

Final[edit]

Main article: 1959 FA Cup Final

The FA Cup Final took place on 2 May 1959 at Wembley Stadium and was won by Nottingham Forest, beating Luton Town 2–1.

2 May 1959
15:00 BST
Nottingham Forest 2 – 1 Luton Town
Dwight Goal 10'
Wilson Goal 14'
Report Pacey Goal 66'
Wembley, London
Attendance: 100,000
Referee: Jack Clough
Nottingham Forest
Luton Town

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