Newcastle United in the 1950s

1951 FA Cup Final

Newcastle United won the 1951 FA Cup final at Wembley, beating Blackpool 2-0, in front of a crowd of 100,000 people.

Five minutes into the second half Jackie Milburn scored a dramatic goal to put Newcastle in front. Robledo's pass beat the offside trap and Milburn was away to tuck the ball past Blackpool’s goalkeeper Farm from fifteen yards. Milburn scored an even better goal five minutes later. Receiving a clever back-heel from Taylor, he fired in a terrific left‑foot drive from 25 yards which had Farm completely beaten.

The Newcastle United team was:

Goalkeeper 1 Jack Fairbrother
Right Back 2 Bobby Cowell
Left Back 3 Bobby Corbett
Right Half 4 Joe Harvey (Captain)
Centre Half 5 Frank Brennan
Left Half 6 Charlie Crowe
Outside Right 7 Tommy Walker
Inside Right 8 Ernie Taylor
Centre Forward 9 Jackie Milburn
Inside Left 10 George Robledo
Outside Left 11 Bobby Mitchell
Manager   Stan Seymour

Radio listeners around the nation could tune in to hear the match on the BBC light programme, with commentary from Raymond Glendenning. However, only the second half of the match was televised by the BBC, with commentary from Jimmy Jewell, his last cup final before his death the following year, and Kenneth Wolstenholme. The television footage has since been lost.

British Pathé News cinema newsreel footage of the 1951 FA Cup final can be viewed at: