1958–59 FA Cup
The 1958–59 FA Cup was the 78th staging of the world's oldest football cup competition, the Football Association Challenge Cup, commonly known as the FA Cup. Nottingham Forest won the competition for the second and, as of 2015, final time, beating Luton Town 2–1 in the final at Wembley. The match was Luton Town's only appearance in a Cup Final to date.
Matches were scheduled to be played at the stadium of the team named first on the date specified for each round, which was always a Saturday. Some matches, however, might be rescheduled for other days if there were clashes with games for other competitions or the weather was inclement. If scores were level after 90 minutes had been played, a replay would take place at the stadium of the second-named team later the same week. If the replayed match was drawn further replays would be held until a winner was determined. If scores were level after 90 minutes had been played in a replay, a 30-minute period of extra time would be played.
The competition saw the remarkable progress of Norwich City F.C., then a Division Three (South) team, to the semi-finals, defeating Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur along the way, before losing in a replay to Luton Town. The "59 Cup Run" takes a notable place in Norwich's club history.
|Preliminary round||Saturday 6 September 1958|
|First qualifying round||Saturday 20 September 1958|
|Second qualifying round||Saturday 4 October 1958|
|Third qualifying round||Saturday 18 October 1958|
|Fourth qualifying round||Saturday 1 November 1958|
|First round proper||Saturday 15 November 1958|
|Second round||Saturday 6 December 1958|
|Third round||Saturday 10 January 1959|
|Fourth round||Saturday 24 January 1959|
|Fifth round||Saturday 14 February 1959|
|Sixth round||Saturday 28 February 1959|
|Semi finals||Saturday 14 March 1959|
|Final||Saturday 2 May 1959|
First round proper
At this stage clubs from the Football League Third and Fourth divisions joined those non-league clubs having come through the qualifying rounds. Matches were scheduled to be played on Saturday, 15 November 1958, although the Bury–York City match was postponed. Ten were drawn and went to replays, with one of those going to a second replay.
Second round proper
The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 6 December 1958. Six matches were drawn, with replays taking place later the same week. One match went to a second replay.
Third round proper
The 44 First and Second Division clubs entered the competition at this stage. The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 10 January 1959, although six matches were postponed until later dates. Six matches were drawn and went to replays.
Fourth round proper
The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 24 January 1959, with three matches taking place on later dates. Six matches were drawn and went to replays, which were all played in the following midweek match.
Fifth round proper
The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 14 February 1959. Four matches went to replays in the following midweek fixture, with two of these requiring a second replay to settle the tie.
|Tie no||Home team||Score||Away team||Date|
|1||Blackpool||3–1||West Bromwich Albion||14 February 1959|
|2||Burnley||1–0||Portsmouth||14 February 1959|
|3||Bolton Wanderers||2–2||Preston North End||14 February 1959|
|Replay||Preston North End||1–1||Bolton Wanderers||18 February 1959|
|Replay||Bolton Wanderers||1–0||Preston North End||23 February 1959|
|4||Everton||1–4||Aston Villa||14 February 1959|
|5||Ipswich Town||2–5||Luton Town||14 February 1959|
|6||Tottenham Hotspur||1–1||Norwich City||14 February 1959|
|Replay||Norwich City||1–0||Tottenham Hotspur||18 February 1959|
|7||Arsenal||2–2||Sheffield United||14 February 1959|
|Replay||Sheffield United||3–0||Arsenal||18 February 1959|
|8||Birmingham City||1–1||Nottingham Forest||14 February 1959|
|Replay||Nottingham Forest||1–1||Birmingham City||18 February 1959|
|Replay||Birmingham City||0–5||Nottingham Forest||23 February 1959|
Sixth round proper
The four quarter-final ties were scheduled to be played on Saturday, 28 February 1959. Three of the four games went to replays.
|Tie no||Home team||Score||Away team||Date|
|1||Blackpool||1–1||Luton Town||28 February 1959|
|Replay||Luton Town||1–0||Blackpool||4 March 1959|
|2||Nottingham Forest||2–1||Bolton Wanderers||28 February 1959|
|3||Aston Villa||0–0||Burnley||28 February 1959|
|Replay||Burnley||0–2||Aston Villa||3 March 1959|
|4||Sheffield United||1–1||Norwich City||28 February 1959|
|Replay||Norwich City||3–2||Sheffield United||4 March 1959|
The semi-final matches were played on Saturday, 14 March 1959. Nottingham Forest and Luton Town won their matches to meet in the final at Wembley.
14 March 1959
|Nottingham Forest||1–0||Aston Villa|
Nottingham Forest v Luton Town
2 May 1959
|Nottingham Forest||2 – 1||Luton Town|
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