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: