1948 FA Cup Final

1948 FA Cup Final
Event 1947–48 FA Cup
Date 24 April 1948
Venue Wembley Stadium, London
Referee C. J. Barrick (Northamptonshire)
Attendance 99,842

The 1948 FA Cup Final was contested by Manchester United and Blackpool at Wembley Stadium on 24 April 1948. United, who had not appeared in an FA Cup Final for 39 years, won 4–2, with two goals from Jack Rowley and one apiece from Stan Pearson and John Anderson. Eddie Shimwell and Stan Mortensen scored Blackpool's goals. With his goal, Shimwell became the first full-back to score in a Wembley cup final.[1] Blackpool manager Joe Smith decided not to select Jimmy McIntosh for the final despite McIntosh having scored five goals in the five ties leading up to the final. The two sides met in a rearranged league fixture the Monday after the Wembley final. McIntosh was selected to play for Blackpool, who won 1–0 with McIntosh scoring the winner.

The previous month it was announced that Blackpool would not be wearing their traditional tangerine-and-white strip due to its clashing with United's red. Instead, they wore white shirts with black shorts, but would be allowed to wear their normal socks, even though they too came under the auspices of the colour-clash ban. The FA also instructed United to wear blue shirts and white shorts, meaning both teams played in change strip.[2]

Hugh Kelly was the last surviving Blackpool player from the game when he died in March 2009 at the age of 85. The last surviving player from the game was Manchester United goalkeeper Jack Crompton who died in July 2013 at the age of 91.

Match details

24 April 1948
Manchester United 4–2 Blackpool
Rowley  28', 70'
Pearson  80'
Anderson  82'
Report Shimwell  12' (pen.)
Mortensen  35'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 99,842
Referee: C. J. Barrick (Northamptonshire)
Manchester United
GK 1 England Jack Crompton
RB 2 Republic of Ireland Johnny Carey (c)
LB 3 England John Aston
RH 4 England John Anderson
CH 5 England Allenby Chilton
LH 6 England Henry Cockburn
OR 7 Scotland Jimmy Delaney
IR 8 England Johnny Morris
CF 9 England Jack Rowley
IL 10England Stan Pearson
OL 11England Charlie Mitten
Scotland Matt Busby
GK 1 England Joe Robinson
RB 2 England Eddie Shimwell
LB 3 England John Crosland
RH 4 England Harry Johnston (c)
CH 5 England Eric Hayward
LH 6 Scotland Hugh Kelly
OR 7 England Stanley Matthews
IR 8 England Alex Munro
CF 9 England Stan Mortensen
IL 10Scotland George Dick
OL 11England Walter Rickett
England Joe Smith


  1. Matlock Town F.C. pen pics
  2. Gillatt, Peter (30 November 2009). Blackpool FC on This Day: History, Facts and Figures from Every Day of the Year. Pitch Publishing Ltd. ISBN 1-905411-50-2.
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