1958 FA Cup Final
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Event1957–58 FA Cup
Date3 May 1958
VenueWembley Stadium, London
RefereeJ. Sherlock
Attendance99,756
1957
1959

The 1958 FA Cup Final was contested on 3 May 1958 by Bolton Wanderers and Manchester United at Wembley Stadium, London, in front of a crowd of almost 100,000. The referee was J. Sherlock. Bolton won 2–0, with a double by Nat Lofthouse, who scored the goals in the 3rd and 55th minutes. United, who had lost the previous final to Aston Villa, had been decimated three months earlier in the Munich air disaster, and fielded only four crash survivors, along with several newcomers. Just two players featured in the United side from the previous year's final; six of them were among the dead (along with two others who had not played), two were injured to such an extent that they never played again, while another had not yet fully recovered from his injuries.

The second Bolton goal was a source of considerable controversy as it resulted from the Manchester United goalkeeper Harry Gregg being bundled over the goal line by Lofthouse. Goalkeepers were, at that time, much less protected from physical contact with opponents. The resulting debate was one of the high profile incidents that led eventually to the situation that prevails nowadays where no contact with the opposing goalkeeper is permitted.

Not one of Bolton's 11 players in the cup-winning team cost the club a transfer fee. Five of them were full internationals. Only Nat Lofthouse and Doug Holden played in The Matthews Final five years earlier, which Bolton had dramatically lost to Blackpool.

Road to Wembley

Bolton Wanderers Manchester United
Opposition Goalscorer(s)   Opposition Goalscorer(s)
4 January 1958
Preston North End [D1]
A
3–0
Stevens
Parry (2)
Round Three 4 January 1958
Workington [D3N]
A
3–1
Viollet (3)
25 January 1958
York City [D3N]
A
0–0
  Round Four 25 January 1958
Ipswich Town [D2]
H
2–0
Charlton (2)
29 January 1958
York City [D3N]
H
3–0
Birch
Allcock (2)
Replay
15 February 1958
Stoke City [D2]
H
3–1
Lofthouse
Stevens
Parry
Round Five 19 February 1958
Sheffield Wednesday [D1]
H
3–0
Brennan (2)
Dawson
1 March 1958
Wolverhampton Wanderers [D1]
H
2–1
Stevens
Parry
Quarter finals 22 March 1958
West Bromwich Albion [D1]
A
2–2
Dawson
Taylor
Replay 5 March 1958
West Bromwich Albion [D1]
H
1–0
Webster
22 March 1958
Blackburn Rovers [D2]
Maine Road, Manchester
2–1
Gubbins (2) Semi finals 22 March 1958
Fulham [D2]
Villa Park, Birmingham
2–2
Charlton (2)
Replay 26 March 1958
Fulham [D2]
Highbury, North London
5–3
Dawson (3)
Brennan
Charlton
  • Both clubs received a bye to round three.
  • Square brackets [ ] represent the opposition's division

Match details

3 May 1958
Bolton Wanderers 2–0 Manchester United Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 99,756
Referee: J. Sherlock
Lofthouse Goal 3' Goal 50' (Report)
Bolton Wanderers
Manchester United
GK 1 Flag of England Eddie Hopkinson
RB 2 Flag of England Roy Hartle
LB 3 Flag of England Tommy Banks
RH 4 Flag of England Derek Hennin
CH 5 Flag of England John Higgins
LH 6 Flag of England Bryan Edwards
OR 7 Flag of England Brian Birch
IR 8 Flag of England Dennis Stevens
CF 9 Flag of England Nat Lofthouse (c)
IL 10 Flag of England Ray Parry
OL 11 Flag of England Doug Holden
Manager:
Flag of England Bill Ridding
GK 1 Flag of Northern Ireland Harry Gregg
RB 2 Flag of England Bill Foulkes (c)
LB 3 Flag of England Ian Greaves
RH 4 Flag of England Freddie Goodwin
CH 5 Flag of England Ron Cope
LH 6 Flag of England Stan Crowther
OR 7 Flag of Scotland Alex Dawson
IR 8 Flag of England Ernie Taylor
CF 9 Flag of England Bobby Charlton
IL 10 Flag of England Dennis Viollet
OL 11 Flag of Wales Colin Webster
Manager:
Flag of Wales Jimmy Murphy
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