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1957 FA Cup Final
Old Wembley Stadium (external view)
Event1956–57 FA Cup
Date4 May 1957
VenueWembley Stadium, London
RefereeF. Coultas
Attendance99,225
1956
1958

The 1957 FA Cup Final was a football match played on 4 May 1957 at Wembley Stadium. The match was contested by Aston Villa and Manchester United. Villa won 2–1, with both of their goals scored by Peter McParland. Tommy Taylor got United's goal.

The final was marred by a collision after only six minutes between Villa forward Peter McParland and United goalkeeper Ray Wood, which left Wood unconscious with a broken cheekbone. Wood left the pitch and Jackie Blanchflower took over in goal for United. Wood eventually rejoined the game in an outfield position as a virtual passenger before returning to goal for the last seven minutes of the game.

It was Villa's first major trophy for 37 years.

Villa's victory gave them their seventh FA Cup title, a record number at the time. Villa have not been able to add to that total since, which has been passed by three clubs — including Manchester United, who have eleven wins. They have reached the final twice since then: in 2000, when they lost to Chelsea; and in 2015, when they lost to Arsenal.

Six of the 11 players who took to the field for United in this game lost their lives in the Munich air disaster nine months later; as did a further two players who did not appear in the game, while two others (who both appeared in the game) were injured to such an extent that they never played again. The only United players who appeared in the final a year later were full-back Bill Foulkes and forward Bobby Charlton. The death of Foulkes in November 2013 leaves Charlton as the last surviving player from the United team in the 1957 FA Cup Final.

In December 2007, BBC Four's Timeshift series screened a documentary, "A Game of Two Eras", which compared the 1957 final with its 2007 counterpart.

Road to Wembley

Aston Villa

Round 3Luton Town2–2Aston Villa
Round 3 ReplayAston Villa2–0Luton Town
Round 4Middlesbrough2–3Aston Villa
Round 5Aston Villa2–1Bristol City
Round 6Burnley1–1Aston Villa
Round 6 ReplayAston Villa2–0Burnley
Semi-finalAston Villa2–2West Bromwich Albion
(at Molineux)
Semi-final ReplayWest Bromwich Albion0–1Aston Villa
(at St Andrew's)

Manchester United

Round 3Hartlepools United3–4Manchester United
Round 4Wrexham0–5Manchester United
Round 5Manchester United2–1Everton
Round 6Bournemouth and Boscombe Athletic1–2Manchester United
Semi-finalManchester United2–0Birmingham City
(at Hillsborough)

Match details

4 May 1957
Aston Villa 2–1 Manchester United Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 99,225
Referee: F. Coultas
McParland Soccerball 68'73' Report Taylor Soccerball 83'
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Aston Villa
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Manchester United
GK 1 England Nigel Sims
RB 2 England Stan Lynn
LB 3 England Peter Aldis
RH 4 England Stan Crowther
CH 5 England Jimmy Dugdale
LH 6 Flag of Republic Ireland Pat Saward
OR 7 England Les Smith
IR 8 England Jackie Sewell
CF 9 England Bill Myerscough
IL 10England Johnny Dixon (c)
OL 11Flag of Northern Ireland Peter McParland
Manager:
England Eric Houghton
GK 1 England Ray Wood
RB 2 England Bill Foulkes
LB 3 England Roger Byrne (c)
RH 4 England Eddie Colman
CH 5 Flag of Northern Ireland Jackie Blanchflower
LH 6 England Duncan Edwards
OR 7 England Johnny Berry
IR 8 Flag of Republic Ireland Billy Whelan
CF 9 England Tommy Taylor
IL 10England Bobby Charlton
OL 11England David Pegg
Manager:
Scotland Matt Busby

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