1940-1960 Overview

Football like everything else had been turned upside down by World War II. Charlton won the 1947 FA Cup final, beating Burnley 1-0 in the final. A year before in the first post war FA Cup final, Charlton were beaten 4-1 by Derby County. In that match one of their players scored at both ends within a minute, Bert Turner.

The 1950 FA Cup final between Arsenal and Liverpool resulted in a replay which Arsenal won 2-0 in a game rich in great football with both goals coming from forward Reg Lewis. The FA Cup finalists of 1951 were Newcastle and Blackpool, the two clubs that dominated the competition in the years after World War II. Blackpool boasted two of the games finest players in Stanley Mathews and Stan Mortensen, but it was the idol of St James Park.

Jackie Milburn scored two goals, the second a 30 yard shot. The 1952-53 season will always be remembered for the climax to the FA Cup final, in which the worlds most famous footballer, Stanley Mathews, finally won an FA Cup winners medal. At 38 years of age, he made the final his own, inspiring the surge in the last 20 minutes that witnessed Blackpool score two goals to beat Bolton Wanderers 4-3.

The final was noticeable as Stan Mortensen became the first player to score a hat trick in an FA Cup final at Wembley. Bill Perry, the first South African to play in a final, scored the injury time winner for Blackpool. By the time Manchester City appeared in the FA Cup final in 1956, Trautmann was regarded as the best goalkeeper in the world and he was the star player in 1956 when City beat Birmingham 3-1. Nottingham Forest beat Luton 2-1 in the 1959 FA Cup final and in the 1960 final, Wolves comfortably thrashed Blackburn 3-0.

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