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1957 FA Cup Final
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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 3 Luton Town 2–2 Aston Villa
Round 3 Replay Aston Villa 2–0 Luton Town
Round 4 Middlesbrough 2–3 Aston Villa
Round 5 Aston Villa 2–1 Bristol City
Round 6 Burnley 1–1 Aston Villa
Round 6 Replay Aston Villa 2–0 Burnley
Semi-final Aston Villa 2–2 West Bromwich Albion
(at Molineux)
Semi-final Replay West Bromwich Albion 0–1 Aston Villa
(at St Andrew's)

Manchester United

Round 3 Hartlepools United 3–4 Manchester United
Round 4 Wrexham 0–5 Manchester United
Round 5 Manchester United 2–1 Everton
Round 6 Bournemouth and Boscombe Athletic 1–2 Manchester United
Semi-final Manchester United 2–0 Birmingham City
(at Hillsborough)

Match details

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

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