1963–64 FA Cup

1963–64 FA Cup
Country England
Teams 375
Champions West Ham United
Runners-up Preston North End
Matches played 459
Goals scored 1631 (3.55 per match)

The 1963–64 FA Cup was the 83rd staging of the world's oldest football cup competition, the Football Association Challenge Cup, commonly known as the FA Cup. West Ham United won the competition for the first time (despite having reached the 1923 final), beating Preston North End 3–2 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 scores were level after 90 minutes had been played in a replay, a 30-minute period of extra time would be played.


Round Date
First Qualifying Round Saturday 7 September 1963
Second Qualifying Round Saturday 21 September 1963
Third Qualifying Round Saturday 5 October 1963
Fourth Qualifying Round Saturday 19 October 1963
First Round Proper Saturday 16 November 1963
Second Round Saturday 7 December 1963
Third Round Saturday 4 January 1964
Fourth Round Saturday 25 January 1964
Fifth Round Saturday 15 February 1964
Sixth Round Saturday 29 February 1964
Semi Finals Saturday 14 March 1964
Final Saturday 2 May 1964


First Round Proper

For the qualifying rounds, see 1963–64 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, 16 November 1963, although three games were not played until the midweek fixture. Eight were drawn and went to replays.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1Chester3–2Blyth Spartans16 November 1963
2Darlington1–4Gateshead16 November 1963
3Bournemouth1–3Bristol Rovers16 November 1963
4Barrow3–2Bangor City16 November 1963
5Rochdale2–1Chorley18 November 1963
6Sutton United0–4Aldershot16 November 1963
7Weymouth1–1Bedford Town16 November 1963
ReplayBedford Town1–0Weymouth21 November 1963
8Yeovil Town1–0Southend United16 November 1963
9Reading2–2Enfield16 November 1963
ReplayEnfield2–4Reading19 November 1963
10Notts County2–1Frickley Colliery16 November 1963
11Doncaster Rovers3–0Tranmere Rovers16 November 1963
12Trowbridge Town1–6Coventry City16 November 1963
13Queens Park Rangers4–1Gillingham16 November 1963
14Barnsley1–0Stockport County16 November 1963
15Brentford2–2Margate16 November 1963
ReplayMargate0–2Brentford20 November 1963
16Crook Town1–2Chesterfield16 November 1963
17Brighton & Hove Albion0–1Colchester United16 November 1963
18Bradford City1–2Port Vale16 November 1963
19Hull City2–2Crewe Alexandra16 November 1963
ReplayCrewe Alexandra0–3Hull City20 November 1963
20Oldham Athletic3–2Mansfield Town20 November 1963
21Crystal Palace8–2Harwich & Parkeston16 November 1963
22Altrincham0–0Wrexham20 November 1963
ReplayWrexham3–0Altrincham27 November 1963
23Bradford Park Avenue3–1Heanor Town16 November 1963
24Exeter City2–1Shrewsbury Town16 November 1963
25Hartlepools United0–1Lincoln City16 November 1963
26Southport2–1Walsall16 November 1963
27Maidenhead United0–2Bath City16 November 1963
28Torquay United6–2Barnet16 November 1963
29Workington4–1Halifax Town16 November 1963
30York City2–5Carlisle United16 November 1963
31Hereford United1–1Newport County16 November 1963
ReplayNewport County4–0Hereford United18 November 1963
32Kettering Town1–1Millwall16 November 1963
ReplayMillwall2–3Kettering Town25 November 1963
33Netherfield (Kendal)6–1Loughborough United16 November 1963
34Tooting & Mitcham United1–2Gravesend & Northfleet16 November 1963
35Peterborough United1–1Watford16 November 1963
ReplayWatford2–1Peterborough United19 November 1963
36Bridgwater Town0–3Luton Town16 November 1963
37Corby Town1–3Bristol City16 November 1963
38Cambridge United0–1Chelmsford City16 November 1963
39Oxford United2–0Folkestone16 November 1963
40Bexley United1–5Wimbledon16 November 1963

Second Round

The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 7 December 1963. Three matches were drawn, with replays taking place later the same week.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1Chester0–2Barrow7 December 1963
2Yeovil Town3–1Crystal Palace7 December 1963
3Lincoln City2–0Southport7 December 1963
4Luton Town2–1Reading7 December 1963
5Doncaster Rovers1–1Notts County7 December 1963
ReplayNotts County1–2Doncaster Rovers10 December 1963
6Wrexham0–2Hull City7 December 1963
7Barnsley3–1Rochdale7 December 1963
8Brentford1–0Gravesend & Northfleet7 December 1963
9Coventry City1–2Bristol Rovers7 December 1963
10Carlisle United4–3Gateshead7 December 1963
11Oldham Athletic2–0Bradford Park Avenue7 December 1963
12Wimbledon2–2Bath City7 December 1963
ReplayBath City4–0Wimbledon12 December 1963
13Exeter City0–2Bristol City7 December 1963
14Port Vale2–1Workington7 December 1963
15Newport County2–0Watford7 December 1963
16Torquay United2–3Aldershot7 December 1963
17Netherfield (Kendal)1–1Chesterfield7 December 1963
ReplayChesterfield4–1Netherfield (Kendal)11 December 1963
18Colchester United0–1Queens Park Rangers7 December 1963
19Chelmsford City0–1Bedford Town7 December 1963
20Oxford United2–1Kettering Town7 December 1963

Third Round

The 44 First and Second Division clubs entered the competition at this stage. The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 4 January 1964. Nine matches were drawn and went to replays, though none of these then resulted in a second replay.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1Bath City1–1Bolton Wanderers4 January 1964
ReplayBolton Wanderers3–0Bath City8 January 1964
2Burnley1–1Rotherham United4 January 1964
ReplayRotherham United2–3Burnley7 January 1964
3Liverpool5–0Derby County4 January 1964
4Southampton2–3Manchester United4 January 1964
5Yeovil Town0–2Bury4 January 1964
6Leicester City2–3Leyton Orient4 January 1964
7Nottingham Forest0–0Preston North End4 January 1964
ReplayPreston North End1–0Nottingham Forest13 January 1964
8Blackburn Rovers4–0Grimsby Town4 January 1964
9Aston Villa0–0Aldershot4 January 1964
ReplayAldershot2–1Aston Villa8 January 1964
10West Bromwich Albion2–2Blackpool4 January 1964
ReplayBlackpool0–1West Bromwich Albion8 January 1964
11Sunderland2–0Northampton Town4 January 1964
12Lincoln City0–4Sheffield United4 January 1964
13Swindon Town2–1Manchester City4 January 1964
14Doncaster Rovers2–2Bristol City4 January 1964
ReplayBristol City2–0Doncaster Rovers7 January 1964
15Ipswich Town6–3Oldham Athletic4 January 1964
16Newcastle United1–2Bedford Town4 January 1964
17Tottenham Hotspur1–1Chelsea4 January 1964
ReplayChelsea2–0Tottenham Hotspur8 January 1964
18Fulham4–1Luton Town4 January 1964
19Brentford2–1Middlesbrough4 January 1964
20Bristol Rovers2–1Norwich City4 January 1964
21West Ham United3–0Charlton Athletic4 January 1964
22Plymouth Argyle0–1Huddersfield Town4 January 1964
23Hull City1–1Everton4 January 1964
ReplayEverton2–1Hull City7 January 1964
24Carlisle United2–0Queens Park Rangers4 January 1964
25Scunthorpe United2–2Barnsley4 January 1964
ReplayBarnsley3–2Scunthorpe United7 January 1964
26Cardiff City0–1Leeds United4 January 1964
27Newport County3–2Sheffield Wednesday4 January 1964
28Swansea Town4–1Barrow4 January 1964
29Arsenal2–1Wolverhampton Wanderers4 January 1964
30Stoke City4–1Portsmouth4 January 1964
31Birmingham City1–2Port Vale4 January 1964
32Oxford United1–0Chesterfield4 January 1964

Fourth Round

The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 25 January 1964. Eight matches were drawn and went to replays. The replays were all played two, three or four days later.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1Burnley2–1Newport County25 January 1964
2Liverpool0–0Port Vale25 January 1964
ReplayPort Vale1–2Liverpool27 January 1964
3Blackburn Rovers2–0Fulham25 January 1964
4Bolton Wanderers2–2Preston North End25 January 1964
ReplayPreston North End2–1Bolton Wanderers27 January 1964
5West Bromwich Albion3–3Arsenal25 January 1964
ReplayArsenal2–0West Bromwich Albion29 January 1964
6Sunderland6–1Bristol City25 January 1964
7Sheffield United1–1Swansea Town25 January 1964
ReplaySwansea Town4–0Sheffield United28 January 1964
8Ipswich Town1–1Stoke City25 January 1964
ReplayStoke City1–0Ipswich Town29 January 1964
9Barnsley2–1Bury25 January 1964
10Manchester United4–1Bristol Rovers25 January 1964
11Chelsea1–2Huddersfield Town25 January 1964
12Bedford Town0–3Carlisle United25 January 1964
13Leeds United1–1Everton25 January 1964
ReplayEverton2–0Leeds United28 January 1964
14Aldershot1–2Swindon Town25 January 1964
15Leyton Orient1–1West Ham United25 January 1964
ReplayWest Ham United3–0Leyton Orient29 January 1964
16Oxford United2–2Brentford25 January 1964
ReplayBrentford1–2Oxford United28 January 1964

Fifth Round

The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 15 February 1964. The Stoke City – Swansea Town match went to a replay in the midweek fixture, with Swansea winning the tie.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1Burnley3–0Huddersfield Town15 February 1964
2Preston North End1–0Carlisle United15 February 1964
3Sunderland3–1Everton15 February 1964
4Swindon Town1–3West Ham United15 February 1964
5Barnsley0–4Manchester United15 February 1964
6Arsenal0–1Liverpool15 February 1964
7Stoke City2–2Swansea Town15 February 1964
ReplaySwansea Town2–0Stoke City18 February 1964
8Oxford United3–1Blackburn Rovers15 February 1964

Sixth Round

The four quarter-final ties were scheduled to be played on Saturday, 29 February 1964. The Manchester United–Sunderland match went to two replays before the tie was settled, in United's favour.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1Liverpool1–2Swansea Town29 February 1964
2West Ham United3–2Burnley29 February 1964
3Manchester United3–3Sunderland29 February 1964
ReplaySunderland2–2Manchester United4 March 1964
ReplaySunderland1–5Manchester United9 March 1964
4Oxford United1–2Preston North End29 February 1964


The semi-final matches were played on Saturday, 14 March 1964 with no replays required. Preston North End and West Ham United came through the semi final round to meet at Wembley.

14 March 1964
Preston North End 2–1 Swansea Town
Dawson  54' (pen)
Singleton  75'
McLaughlin  44'
Villa Park, Birmingham
Attendance: 68,000
Referee: J. E. Carr, Sheffield

14 March 1964
West Ham United 3–1 Manchester United
Boyce  56', 62'
Hurst  79'
Law  77'
Hillsborough, Sheffield
Attendance: 65,000
Referee: K. Stokes, Newark


Main article: 1964 FA Cup Final

The 1964 FA Cup Final was contested by Preston North End and West Ham United at Wembley on Saturday, 2 May 1964. The match finished 3–2 to West Ham, with the winning goal being scored in the 90th minute.

2 May 1964
15:00 BST
Preston North End 2 – 3 West Ham United
Holden  10'
Dawson  40'
Sissons  11'
Hurst  52'
Boyce  90'
Wembley, London
Attendance: 100,000
Referee: Arthur Holland
Preston North End
West Ham United


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