1959–60 FA Cup

1959–60 FA Cup
Country England
Champions Wolverhampton Wanderers
Runners-up Blackburn Rovers

The 1959–60 FA Cup was the 79th staging of the world's oldest football cup competition, the Football Association Challenge Cup, commonly known as the FA Cup. Wolverhampton Wanderers won the competition for the fourth and, to date, final time, beating Blackburn Rovers 3–0 in the final at Wembley.

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.


Round Date
Preliminary Round 5 September 1959
First Qualifying Round 19 September 1959
Second Qualifying Round 3 October 1959
Third Qualifying Round 17 October 1959
Fourth Qualifying Round 31 October 1959
First Round Proper 14 November 1959
Second Round Proper 5 December 1959
Third Round Proper 9 January 1960
Fourth Round Proper 30 January 1960
Fifth Round Proper 20 February 1960
Sixth Round Proper 12 March 1960
Semi-Finals 26 March 1960
Final 7 May 1960

First round proper

For the qualifying rounds, see 1959–60 FA Cup Qualifying Rounds.

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, 14 November 1959. Ten were drawn and went to replays, played on 17–19 November.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Attendance
1Enfield4–3Headington United
2Darlington4–0Prescot Cables
3Hastings United1–2Notts County
4Bath City3–1Millwall
5Bury5–0Hartlepools United
6Dorchester Town1–2Port Vale
7Rochdale2–2Carlisle United
ReplayCarlisle United1–3Rochdale
8Swindon Town2–3Walsall
9Doncaster Rovers3–3Gainsborough Trinity
ReplayGainsborough Trinity0–1Doncaster Rovers
10Wrexham2–1Blyth Spartans
11Tranmere Rovers0–1Chester
12Wycombe Wanderers4–2Wisbech Town
13Accrington Stanley1–2Mansfield Town
14Barnsley3–3Bradford City
ReplayBradford City2–1Barnsley
15Brentford5–0Ashford Town
16Crook Town2–2Matlock Town
ReplayMatlock Town0–1Crook Town
17Coventry City1–1Southampton
ReplaySouthampton5–1Coventry City
18King's Lynn3–1Aldershot
19Rhyl1–2Grimsby Town
20Norwich City1–1Reading
ReplayReading2–1Norwich City

Tie no Home team Score Away team Attendance
21Shildon1–1Oldham Athletic
ReplayOldham Athletic3–0Shildon
22West Auckland Town2–6Stockport County
23Crystal Palace5–1Chelmsford City
24Southend United6–0Oswestry Town
25Bradford Park Avenue6–1Scarborough
26Exeter City4–0Barnstaple Town
27Bedford Town0–4Gillingham
28Newport County4–2Hereford United10,391
29Cheltenham Town0–0Watford
ReplayWatford3–0Cheltenham Town
31Torquay United7–1Northampton Town
32Walthamstow Avenue2–3Bournemouth
33York City3–1Barrow
34Kettering Town1–1Margate
ReplayMargate3–2Kettering Town
35Gateshead3–4Halifax Town
36Peterborough United4–3Shrewsbury Town
37South Shields2–1Chesterfield
38Colchester United2–3Queens Park Rangers
40Burscough1–3Crewe Alexandra

Second Round Proper

The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 5 December 1959, with three matches taking place later. Five matches were drawn, with replays taking place later the same week.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1Enfield1–5Bournemouth5 December 1959
2Bury2–1Oldham Athletic5 December 1959
3Rochdale1–1Bradford City5 December 1959
ReplayBradford City2–1Rochdale9 December 1959
4Southampton3–0Southend United5 December 1959
5Watford5–1Wycombe Wanderers5 December 1959
6Reading4–2King's Lynn5 December 1959
7Walsall2–3Peterborough United5 December 1959
8Gillingham2–2Torquay United5 December 1959
ReplayTorquay United1–2Gillingham9 December 1959
9Notts County0–1Bath City5 December 1959
10Grimsby Town2–3Wrexham5 December 1959
11Doncaster Rovers3–2Darlington5 December 1959
12Stockport County0–0Crewe Alexandra5 December 1959
ReplayCrewe Alexandra2–0Stockport County9 December 1959
13Queens Park Rangers3–3Port Vale5 December 1959
ReplayPort Vale2–1Queens Park Rangers7 December 1959
14Crook Town0–1York City5 December 1959
15Exeter City3–1Brentford5 December 1959
16Mansfield Town2–0Chester5 December 1959
17Margate0–0Crystal Palace5 December 1959
ReplayCrystal Palace3–0Margate9 December 1959
18Workington1–0Halifax Town5 December 1959
19South Shields1–5Bradford Park Avenue5 December 1959
20Salisbury0–1Newport County5 December 1959

Third round proper

The 44 First and Second Division clubs entered the competition at this stage. The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 9 January 1960. Eight matches were drawn and went to replays, with the Rotherham United–Arsenal match requiring a second replay.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1Blackpool3–0Mansfield Town9 January 1960
2Bournemouth1–0York City9 January 1960
3Bath City0–1Brighton & Hove Albion9 January 1960
4Bristol City2–3Charlton Athletic9 January 1960
5Bury1–1Bolton Wanderers9 January 1960
ReplayBolton Wanderers4–2Bury13 January 1960
6Liverpool2–1Leyton Orient9 January 1960
7Watford2–1Birmingham City9 January 1960
8Gillingham1–4Swansea Town9 January 1960
9Nottingham Forest1–0Reading9 January 1960
10Aston Villa2–1Leeds United9 January 1960
11Sheffield Wednesday2–1Middlesbrough9 January 1960
12Crewe Alexandra2–0Workington9 January 1960
13West Bromwich Albion3–2Plymouth Argyle9 January 1960
14Sunderland1–1Blackburn Rovers9 January 1960
ReplayBlackburn Rovers4–1Sunderland13 January 1960
15Derby County2–4Manchester United9 January 1960
16Lincoln City1–1Burnley9 January 1960
ReplayBurnley2–0Lincoln City12 January 1960
17Wrexham1–2Leicester City9 January 1960
18Sheffield United3–0Portsmouth9 January 1960
19Ipswich Town2–3Peterborough United9 January 1960
20Newcastle United2–2Wolverhampton Wanderers9 January 1960
ReplayWolverhampton Wanderers4–2Newcastle United13 January 1960
21Manchester City1–5Southampton9 January 1960
22Fulham5–0Hull City9 January 1960
23Bristol Rovers0–0Doncaster Rovers9 January 1960
ReplayDoncaster Rovers1–2Bristol Rovers12 January 1960
24Bradford City3–0Everton9 January 1960
25Chelsea5–1Bradford Park Avenue9 January 1960
26Exeter City1–2Luton Town9 January 1960
27Scunthorpe United1–0Crystal Palace9 January 1960
28Huddersfield Town1–1West Ham United9 January 1960
ReplayWest Ham United1–5Huddersfield Town13 January 1960
29Cardiff City0–2Port Vale9 January 1960
30Newport County0–4Tottenham Hotspur9 January 1960
31Stoke City1–1Preston North End9 January 1960
ReplayPreston North End3–1Stoke City12 January 1960
32Rotherham United2–2Arsenal9 January 1960
ReplayArsenal1–1Rotherham United13 January 1960
ReplayRotherham United2–0Arsenal18 January 1960

Fourth Round Proper

The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 30 January 1960. Six matches were drawn and went to replays, which were all played in the following midweek match. For the second round in a row, Rotherham United were held to a second replay, this time against Brighton & Hove Albion.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1Liverpool1–3Manchester United30 January 1960
2Southampton2–2Watford30 January 1960
ReplayWatford1–0Southampton2 February 1960
3Leicester City2–1Fulham30 January 1960
4Blackburn Rovers1–1Blackpool30 January 1960
ReplayBlackpool0–3Blackburn Rovers3 February 1960
5Sheffield Wednesday2–0Peterborough United30 January 1960
6Wolverhampton Wanderers2–1Charlton Athletic30 January 1960
7Crewe Alexandra2–2Tottenham Hotspur30 January 1960
ReplayTottenham Hotspur13–2Crewe Alexandra3 February 1960
8West Bromwich Albion2–0Bolton Wanderers30 January 1960
9Sheffield United3–0Nottingham Forest30 January 1960
10Bristol Rovers3–3Preston North End30 January 1960
ReplayPreston North End5–1Bristol Rovers2 February 1960
11Bradford City3–1Bournemouth30 January 1960
12Chelsea1–2Aston Villa30 January 1960
13Scunthorpe United0–1Port Vale30 January 1960
14Huddersfield Town0–1Luton Town30 January 1960
15Swansea Town0–0Burnley30 January 1960
ReplayBurnley2–1Swansea Town2 February 1960
16Rotherham United1–1Brighton & Hove Albion30 January 1960
ReplayBrighton & Hove Albion1–1Rotherham United3 February 1960
ReplayRotherham United0–6Brighton & Hove Albion8 February 1960

Fifth Round Proper

The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 20 February 1960. One match went to a replay in the following mid-week fixture.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1Preston North End2–1Brighton & Hove Albion20 February 1960
2Leicester City2–1West Bromwich Albion20 February 1960
3Luton Town1–4Wolverhampton Wanderers20 February 1960
4Sheffield United3–2Watford20 February 1960
5Tottenham Hotspur1–3Blackburn Rovers20 February 1960
6Manchester United0–1Sheffield Wednesday20 February 1960
7Bradford City2–2Burnley20 February 1960
ReplayBurnley5–0Bradford City23 February 1960
8Port Vale1–2Aston Villa20 February 1960

Sixth Round Proper

The draw for the semi-finals was made on Monday, 22 February 1960. All the original matches were played on Saturday, 12 March 1960.

12 March 1960
15:00 GMT
Burnley 3 – 3 Blackburn Rovers
Douglas  pen.'
Turf Moor, Burnley
Attendance: 51,501
Referee: J.W. Hunt (Portsmouth)

12 March 1960
15:00 GMT
Leicester City 1 – 2 Wolverhampton Wanderers
McDonald Broadbent
Chalmers  o.g.'
Filbert Street, Leicester
Attendance: 48,907
Referee: J.S. Pickles (Stockport)

12 March 1960
15:00 GMT
Sheffield United 0 – 2 Sheffield Wednesday
Bramall Lane, Sheffield
Attendance: 61,180
Referee: J. Kelly (Chorley)


The draw for the semi-finals was made on Monday, 14 March 1960. Both matches were played on Saturday, 26 March 1960.

26 March 1960
15:00 GMT
Aston Villa 0 – 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
The Hawthorns, West Bromwich
Attendance: 55,596
Referee: A. Jobling (Lancashire)

26 March 1960
15:00 GMT
Sheffield Wednesday 1 – 2 Blackburn Rovers
Fantham Dougan
Maine Road, Manchester
Attendance: 74,135
Referee: J.G. Williams (Nottingham)


Main article: 1960 FA Cup Final


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