Newcastle United in the 1950s

St James' Park, c.1950 Image courtesy the Newcastle Chronicle.


1951 FA Cup

The 1950-51 season was Newcastle United's best season since they won the Championship in 1926/27. They won the FA Cup for the first time since 1932 and finished a creditable fourth in the League.

The route to the FA Cup final was as follows:

Third Round 06 Jan 1951 Newcastle United v Bury Won 4-1
Fourth Round 27 Jan 1951 Newcastle United v Bolton Wanderers Won 3-2
Fifth Round 10 Feb 1951 Stoke City v Newcastle United Won 2-4
Sixth Round 24 Feb 1951 Newcastle United v Bristol Rovers Drew 0-0
Replay 28 Feb 1951 Bristol Rovers v Newcastle United Won 1-3
Semi-final 10 Mar 1951 Newcastle United v Wolverhampton Wanderers Drew 0-0
Replay 14 Mar 1951 Newcastle United v Wolverhampton Wanderers Won 2-1

With both eyes on the FA Cup United’s League form suffered. In between the semi-final and the final they played eleven League games and won only once. Off the field the build-up to the final was equally fraught with arguments over bonuses, players resorting to selling their own promotional items to raise a bit of cash and a breaking of a drink curfew. Even the players’ wives were up in arms after the club gave them standing tickets for the final at Wembley!

Programme for the FA Cup semi-final on 10 March, 1951. The game ended 0-0. Newcastle won the replay 2-1.

British Pathé News cinema newsreel footage of Newcastle United’s FA Cup semi-final replay win against Wolves in 1951 can be viewed at: