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1946 FA Cup Final
Old Wembley Stadium (external view)
Event1945–46 FA Cup
Date27 April 1946
VenueWembley Stadium, London
1939
1947

The 1946 FA Cup Final, the first since the start of the Second World War, was contested by Derby County and Charlton Athletic at Wembley. Derby won 4–1 after extra time, with goals from Bert Turner (an own goal), Peter Doherty and a double from Jackie Stamps.

Match summary

The game was goalless until the 85th minute, when Jackie Stamps and a Charlton defender jumped up to head a centre from the right. As the ball was nodded out it went straight to Dally Duncan, who shot goalwards. Bert Turner tried to kick the ball clear, but only managed to turn the ball into his own net. In the next minute Turner scored for his own side when he took a free-kick from the edge of the Rams’ penalty area, and although goalkeeper Vic Woodley appeared to have the shot well covered, the ball struck a Derby player and was deflected past Woodley into the opposite corner of the net to which he was diving.

Turner thus became the first player to score for both sides in an FA Cup Final, a feat subsequently repeated by Tommy Hutchison in 1981 and Gary Mabbutt in 1987. At the age of 36 years 312 days, Turner also became the oldest player to score in an FA Cup Final.

The match finished level after 90 minutes, but in extra time Derby County scored three goals to win the match 4–1.

When Stamps shot for goal in the closing minutes of normal time, the ball burst en route. Stamps went on to score twice with the new ball as Derby beat Charlton Athletic 4–1. A week earlier, when the same sides had met in the League, the match ball had also burst.

The players in the 1946 Cup final were awarded two medals each. Due to a shortage of gold following the Second World War, the two teams were initially presented with bronze medals (winners and runners-up) on the day, and subsequently awarded the proper gold versions when gold became more readily available later that year.

Match details

27 April 1946
15:00 BST
Derby County 4–1
(a.e.t.)
Charlton Athletic Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 98,000
Referee: Eddie Smith, Cumberland
B. Turner Soccerball 85' (o.g.)
Doherty Soccerball 92'
Stamps Soccerball 97' Soccerball 106'
(Report) B. Turner Soccerball 86'
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Derby County
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Charlton Athletic
GK 1 England Vic Woodley
RB 2 England Jack Nicholas (c)
LB 3 England Jack Howe
RH 4 Scotland Jim Bullions
CH 5 England Leon Leuty
LH 6 England Chick Musson
OR 7 England Reg Harrison
IR 8 England Raich Carter
CF 9 England Jackie Stamps
IL 10Flag of Northern Ireland Peter Doherty
OL 11Scotland Dally Duncan
Manager:
England Stuart McMillan
GK 1 England Sam Bartram
RB 2 England Harold Phipps
LB 3 England Jack Shreeve
RH 4 Flag of Wales Bert Turner
CH 5 England Jack Oakes
LH 6 England Bert Johnson
OR 7 England Les Fell
IR 8 England Sailor Brown
CF 9 England Arthur Turner
IL 10England Don Welsh (c)
OL 11Scotland Chris Duffy
Manager:
England Jimmy Seed

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary.
  • Replay if scores still level.
  • No substitutes.

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