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1958 FA Cup Final
Old Wembley Stadium (external view)
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 WanderersManchester United
OppositionGoalscorer(s) OppositionGoalscorer(s)
4 January 1958
Preston North End [D1]
A
3–0
Stevens
Parry (2)
Round Three4 January 1958
Workington [D3N]
A
3–1
Viollet (3)
25 January 1958
York City [D3N]
A
0–0
 Round Four25 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 Five19 February 1958
Sheffield Wednesday [D1]
H
3–0
Brennan (2)
Dawson
1 March 1958
Wolverhampton Wanderers [D1]
H
2–1
Stevens
Parry
Quarter finals22 March 1958
West Bromwich Albion [D1]
A
2–2
Dawson
Taylor
Replay5 March 1958
West Bromwich Albion [D1]
H
1–0
Webster
22 March 1958
Blackburn Rovers [D2]
Maine Road, Manchester
2–1
Gubbins (2)Semi finals22 March 1958
Fulham [D2]
Villa Park, Birmingham
2–2
Charlton (2)
Replay26 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 Soccerball 3' Soccerball 50' (Report)
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Manchester United
GK 1 England Eddie Hopkinson
RB 2 England Roy Hartle
LB 3 England Tommy Banks
RH 4 England Derek Hennin
CH 5 England John Higgins
LH 6 England Bryan Edwards
OR 7 England Brian Birch
IR 8 England Dennis Stevens
CF 9 England Nat Lofthouse (c)
IL 10England Ray Parry
OL 11England Doug Holden
Manager:
England Bill Ridding
GK 1 Flag of Northern Ireland Harry Gregg
RB 2 England Bill Foulkes (c)
LB 3 England Ian Greaves
RH 4 England Freddie Goodwin
CH 5 England Ron Cope
LH 6 England Stan Crowther
OR 7 Scotland Alex Dawson
IR 8 England Ernie Taylor
CF 9 England Bobby Charlton
IL 10England Dennis Viollet
OL 11Flag of Wales Colin Webster
Manager:
Flag of Wales Jimmy Murphy
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