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1961 FA Cup Final
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Event1960–61 FA Cup
Date6 May 1961
VenueWembley Stadium, London
RefereeJ. Kelly
Attendance100,000
1960
1962

The 1961 FA Cup Final took place on 6 May 1961 at Wembley with Tottenham Hotspur beating Leicester City 2–0. Tottenham had already won the League and were chasing the League and Cup Double. Spurs became the first club to secure the Double since Aston Villa achieved it in 1897.

Road to Wembley

Tottenham Hotspur

Round 3 Tottenham Hotspur 3–2 Charlton Athletic (Allen 2, Jones)

Round 4 Tottenham Hotspur 5–1 Crewe Alexandra (Mackay, Jones, Smith, Allen, Dyson)

 

Round 5 Aston Villa 0–2 Tottenham Hotspur (Jones, Neil o.g.)

 

Round 6 Sunderland 1–1 Tottenham Hotspur ( Jones)

Replay Tottenham Hotspur 5–0 Sunderland (Mackay, Smith, Allen, Dyson 2)

Semi-final Tottenham Hotspur 3–0 Burnley (Jones, Smith 2) (at Villa Park)

 
 

Leicester City

Round 3 Leicester City 3–1 Oxford United (Walsh, Ken Leek, Riley) SL

Round 4 Leicester City 5–1 Bristol City (Will, Leek 2, Walsh 2) Div 3 (First game abandoned after water logged pitch)

Round 5 Birmingham City 1–1 Leicester City (Riley)

Replay Leicester City 2–1 Birmingham City (Leek 2)

Round 6 Leicester City 0–0 Barnsley Div 3

Replay Barnsley 1–2 Leicester City a.e.t. (Riley, Leek)

Semi-final Leicester City 0–0 Sheffield United (at Elland Road) Div 2

Replay Leicester City 0–0 Sheffield United a.e.t. (at the City Ground , Nottingham)

2nd Replay Leicester City 2–0 Sheffield United a.e.t. (Walsh, Leek) (at St Andrews)

Match summary

Leicester frustrated Tottenham Hotspur in the early exchanges but when full-back Len Chalmers broke his right leg twenty minutes into the match, Tottenham looked to capitalise. They were unfortunate to see Cliff Jones' goal disallowed for offside in the 38th minute and the first half ended goalless.

The second half kicked off in the same vein as the first had ended until the deadlock was broken in the 66th minute. England striker Bobby Smith latched on to a pass from Terry Dyson, turned neatly and smashed the ball past Gordon Banks. The goal naturally lifted Spurs and nine minutes later victory was sealed, when Smith returned the compliment and crossed to Dyson to head home the second to complete the Double.

Coverage

The match was broadcast live by the BBC with live coverage to twelve other European countries. In the United Kingdom the match commentator was Kenneth Wolstenholme, former player Walley Barnes was also pitchside with a radio cameraman to capture the atmosphere before the game and also interview the players during the build up. He was called upon only once during the match itself to comment on the injury to Chalmers. Many other countries broadcast either a full delayed match cast or edited highlights. The telecast was shown in its entirety in the United States by the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) on Wide World of Sports two weeks later on 20 May. The contest was the first overseas event to appear on the sports anthology series. The Chalmers storyline was played up to the point that "Poor old Chalmers" became a familiar phrase among fans of the television program.

Almost all the television, radio and newspaper commentators predicted a Tottenham victory but in post game reports all agreed that Spurs had looked out of sorts during the opening fifteen minutes and it was only when Chalmers was injured that they began to have the larger share of the game, again leading to cries for the introduction of substitutes in future. For their part Leicester were considered a little unlucky though few reporters were willing to go as far as to say that the result would have been any different had the injury not occurred.

Chalmers himself only left the field with ten minutes remaining when Tottenham were comfortably in front and any chance of a Leicester victory had evaporated. He was unable to return to collect his loser's medal.

The match was broadcast in black and white as a cup final special edition of the Saturday afternoon sports programme Grandstand however cinema viewers experienced a first when the traditional pre movie newsreels of both Pathé and Movietone broadcast their match reports in colour.

Match details

6 May 1961
Tottenham Hotspur 2–0 Leicester City Wembley, London
Attendance: 100,000
Referee: J. Kelly
Smith Soccerball 66'
Dyson Soccerball 75'
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Leicester City
1 Scotland Bill Brown
2 England Peter Baker
3 England Ron Henry
4 Flag of Northern Ireland Danny Blanchflower (c)
5 England Maurice Norman
6 Scotland Dave Mackay
7 Flag of Wales Cliff Jones
8 Scotland John White
9 England Bobby Smith
10England Les Allen
11England Terry Dyson
Manager:
England Bill Nicholson
1 England Gordon Banks
2 England Len Chalmers
3 England Richie Norman
4 Scotland Frank McLintock
5 Scotland Ian King
6 England Colin Appleton (c)
7 England Howard Riley
8 Scotland Jimmy Walsh
9 Scotland Hughie McIlmoyle
10England Ken Keyworth
11England Albert Cheesebrough
Manager:
Scotland Matt Gillies

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary.
  • Replay if scores still level.

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