Newcastle United in the 1950s

1955 FA Cup final

Newcastle United beat Manchester City  3–1, winning the FA Cup for the third time in five years and the sixth time in all. Jackie Milburn scored Newcastle's first goal after 45 seconds (a record for a Wembley final that would stand until 1997), before Bobby Johnstone equalised for City just before half-time. Bobby Mitchell restored Newcastle's lead in the 52nd minute, and George Hannah extended it seven minutes later.

The match was virtually decided in the 17th minute when City fullback Jimmy Meadows attempted a tackle on Mitchell, only to sustain a serious leg injury which forced him to be stretchered off five minutes later (and also forced him to retire from playing). As substitutes were not allowed in English football at the time, City had to play the rest of the match with ten players.

The Newcastle United team was:

Goalkeeper 1 Ronnie Simpson
Right Back 2 Bobby Cowell
Left Back 3 Ron Batty
Right Half 4 Jimmy Scoular (Captain)
Centre Half 5 Bob Stokoe
Left Half 6 Tommy Casey
Outside Right 7 Len White
Inside Right 8 Jackie Milburn
Centre Forward 9 Vic Keeble
Inside Left 10 George Hannah
Outside Left 11 Bobby Mitchell
Manager   Doug Livingstone

Team line-ups in the programme for the 1955 FA Cup final. Note the updates to the teams and the score, which has been added in pen by whoever had this programme on the day.

Coverage of the 1955 FA Cup final can be seen at:

Film footage of the whole of the 1955 FA Cup final is available at: