1946 FA Cup Final
Old Wembley Stadium (external view).jpg
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 Goal 85' (o.g.)
Doherty Goal 92'
Stamps Goal 97' Goal 106'
(Report) B. Turner Goal 86'
Derby County
Charlton Athletic
GK 1 Flag of England Vic Woodley
RB 2 Flag of England Jack Nicholas (c)
LB 3 Flag of England Jack Howe
RH 4 Flag of Scotland Jim Bullions
CH 5 Flag of England Leon Leuty
LH 6 Flag of England Chick Musson
OR 7 Flag of England Reg Harrison
IR 8 Flag of England Raich Carter
CF 9 Flag of England Jackie Stamps
IL 10 Flag of Northern Ireland Peter Doherty
OL 11 Flag of Scotland Dally Duncan
Manager:
Flag of England Stuart McMillan
GK 1 Flag of England Sam Bartram
RB 2 Flag of England Harold Phipps
LB 3 Flag of England Jack Shreeve
RH 4 Flag of Wales Bert Turner
CH 5 Flag of England Jack Oakes
LH 6 Flag of England Bert Johnson
OR 7 Flag of England Les Fell
IR 8 Flag of England Sailor Brown
CF 9 Flag of England Arthur Turner
IL 10 Flag of England Don Welsh (c)
OL 11 Flag of Scotland Chris Duffy
Manager:
Flag of 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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