1948 FA Cup Final
Event1947–48 FA Cup
Date24 April 1948
VenueWembley Stadium, London
RefereeC. J. Barrick (Northamptonshire)
Attendance99,842
1947
1949

The 1948 FA Cup Final was contested by Manchester United and Blackpool at Wembley Stadium on 24 April 1948. United, who had not appeared in an FA Cup Final for 39 years, won 4–2, with two goals from Jack Rowley and one apiece from Stan Pearson and John Anderson. Eddie Shimwell and Stan Mortensen scored Blackpool's goals. With his goal, Shimwell became the first full-back to score in a Wembley cup final. Blackpool manager Joe Smith decided not to select Jimmy McIntosh for the final despite McIntosh having scored five goals in the five ties leading up to the final. The two sides met in a rearranged league fixture the Monday after the Wembley final. McIntosh was selected to play for Blackpool, who won 1–0 with McIntosh scoring the winner.

The previous month it was announced that Blackpool would not be wearing their traditional tangerine-and-white strip due to its clashing with United's red. Instead, they wore white shirts with black shorts, but would be allowed to wear their normal socks, even though they too came under the auspices of the colour-clash ban. The FA also instructed United to wear blue shirts and white shorts, meaning both teams played in change strip.

Hugh Kelly was the last surviving Blackpool player from the game when he died in March 2009 at the age of 85. The last surviving player from the game was Manchester United goalkeeper Jack Crompton who died in July 2013 at the age of 91.

Match details

24 April 1948
Manchester United 4–2 Blackpool Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 99,842
Referee: C. J. Barrick (Northamptonshire)
Rowley Goal 28'70'
Pearson Goal 80'
Anderson Goal 82'
Report Shimwell Goal 12' (pen.)
Mortensen Goal 35'
Manchester United
Blackpool
GK 1 Flag of England Jack Crompton
RB 2 Flag of Republic of Ireland Johnny Carey (c)
LB 3 Flag of England John Aston
RH 4 Flag of England John Anderson
CH 5 Flag of England Allenby Chilton
LH 6 Flag of England Henry Cockburn
OR 7 Flag of Scotland Jimmy Delaney
IR 8 Flag of England Johnny Morris
CF 9 Flag of England Jack Rowley
IL 10 Flag of England Stan Pearson
OL 11 Flag of England Charlie Mitten
Manager:
Flag of Scotland Matt Busby
GK 1 Flag of England Joe Robinson
RB 2 Flag of England Eddie Shimwell
LB 3 Flag of England John Crosland
RH 4 Flag of England Harry Johnston (c)
CH 5 Flag of England Eric Hayward
LH 6 Flag of Scotland Hugh Kelly
OR 7 Flag of England Stanley Matthews
IR 8 Flag of England Alex Munro
CF 9 Flag of England Stan Mortensen
IL 10 Flag of Scotland George Dick
OL 11 Flag of England Walter Rickett
Manager:
Flag of England Joe Smith

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