60 Years On – The 1952/3 FA Cup

Bolton Wanderers 1953

The 1953 FA Cup final between Blackpool and Bolton Wanderers remains one of the most famous in the competition’s history. Trailing 3-1 with just over twenty minutes remaining Blackpool, inspired by legendary winger Stan Matthews, fought back to win 4-3, with Matthews’ team mate Stan Mortenson becoming the first ever player to score a cup final hat-trick. Bill Perry netted Blackpool’s winner in the second minute of injury time, but it was Matthews’ performance which caught the public’s imagination and led to the game being popularly referred to, both at the time and since, as “Matthews’ Match”.

The Lincoln Flickers old subbuteo celebration of the 1952/53 FA Cup proved to be one of the club’s most enjoyable competitions to date, despite the fact that Ralph and Alex Pomeroy’s unavoidable late withdrawal left us with just six rather than the desired eight entrants. Every single match was closely contested, and played in a friendly and harmonious spirit. With an eye to the future, the highlight of the tournament was the involvement of two highly promising youngsters in Ewan and Joe Kinrade. Nine year old Joe in particular did himself proud, giving as good as he got in all four of his matches. Ewan also performed creditably, especially when you consider that he is more used to and proficient with modern style bases than the santiagos used in this competition.

Players:-

Arsenal – Joe Kinrade (aged 9)
Birmingham City – Andrew Garbutt
Blackpool – Brian Kinrade
Bolton Wanderers -Jez Boothman
Everton – Ewan Kinrade (aged 15)
Tottenham Hotspur – John Devaney

Results:-

GROUP ONE
Birmingham City 0 Arsenal 0
Arsenal (1) 1 Blackpool 0
Blackpool 0 Birmingham City 0

GROUP TWO
Bolton Wanderers (3) 3 Everton 0
Everton 0 Tottenham Hotspur (0) 1
Tottenham Hotspur 0 Bolton Wanderers (0) 1

SEMI FINALS
Arsenal 0 Tottenham Hotspur (2) 2
Bolton Wanderers (0) 1 Birmingham City (0) 1
Replay: Birmingham City 0 Bolton Wanderers (0) 2

FINAL
Bolton Wanderers (0) 1 Tottenham Hotspur 0

PLATE FINAL
Birmingham City (0) 1 Arsenal 0

CONSOLATION FINAL
Blackpool 0 Everton 0 (Blackpool won on shots)

SPECIAL AWARD FOR BEST PERFORMED JUNIOR PLAYER: Joe Kinrade

 

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