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1956

MANCHESTER CITY


 

Wembley - Saturday 5th May

 

Manchester City 3 Birmingham City 1

 

Manchester City

(Hayes, Dyson, Johnstone)

Trautman, Meadows, Little, Barnes, Ewing, Paul, Spurdle, Hayes, Revie, Johnstone, Fagan

Birmingham City

(Kinsey)

Simpson, Cowell, Batty, Scoular, Stokoe, Casey, White, Milburn, Keeble, Hannah, Mitchell

Referee: A Bond

Attendance: 100,000

MATCH REPORT

Birmingham were unable to produce the kind of football against Revie inspired Manchester City that had carried them to Wembley, and could only hold their rivals by employing methods which resulted in their tiring visibly in the last half‑hour. Manchester scored twice during this period to win the match.

 

 

Revie, a late inclusion for the injured Spurdle, was the key player as Manchester controlled the game with their �Hungarian style' play, which involved keeping the ball on the ground and building up attacks in a slow and deliberate way.

 

 

Within three minutes of the start Revie began the move near his own penalty‑area which led to the unmarked Hayes sweeping the ball past Merrick to put Manchester ahead. Birmingham's confidence was shaken, but they fought back to equalize in the fifteenth minute through Welsh international inside‑forward Kinsey.

Merrick Saves at the feet of Hayes

 

Both teams seemed to lose their touch immediately after half‑time, but then, after an hour's play, Manchester regained their stride and suddenly went two goals ahead. Following a bout of interpassing on the right wing, Dyson was put clean through to score. Three minutes later Johnstone grabbed a third from Dyson's pass.

 

 

 

An unexpected chance for Birmingham occurred when Manchester's German goalkeeper Trautmann was badly injured making a typically heroic save at Murphy's feet. He played out the last fifteen minutes in great pain, and examination later revealed a broken neck.

 

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Round By Round

Semi‑Final

BIRMINGHAM C v Sunderland 3‑0; MAN C v Spurs 1 ‑0

 

Sixth Round

Arsenal v BIRMINGHAM C 1‑3, Newcastle Utd v Sunderland 0‑2; MAN C v Everton 2‑1, Spurs v W. Ham 3‑3,2‑1

 

Fifth Round

WBA v BIRMINGHAM C 0‑1 , Charlton Ath v Arsenal 0‑2, Sheff Utd v Sunderland 0‑0, 0‑1;  Newcastle Utd v Stoke C 2‑1;  MAN C v Liverpool 0‑0, 2‑1; Everton v Chelsea 1‑0, Doncaster R  v Spurs 0‑2; W. Ham v Blackburn R 0‑0, 3‑2

 

Fourth Round

Leyton Orient v BIRMINGHAM C 0‑4, WBA v Portsmouth 2‑0 Arsenal v Aston Villa 4‑1; Charlton Ath v Swindon T 2‑1, York C v Sunderland 0‑0, 1‑2, Bolton Wand v Sheff Utd 1‑2; Fulham v Newcastle Utd 4‑5; Leicester C v Stoke C 3‑3, 1‑2; Southend Utd v MAN C 0‑1 Liverpool v Scunthorpe Utd 3‑3, 2‑1, Port Vale v Everton 2‑3, Burnley v Chelsea 1‑1, 1‑1, 2‑2, 0‑0, 0‑2; Spurs v Middlesbro 3‑1; Bristol R v Doncaster R 1 ‑1, 0‑1; W. Ham v Cardiff C 2‑1, Barnsley v Blackburn R 0‑1

 

Third Round

Torquay Utd v BIRMINGHAM C 1‑7; Leyton Orient v Plymouth Arg 1 ‑0; Wolves v WBA 1‑2; Portsmouth v Grimsby T 3‑1, Arsenal v Bedford T 2‑2, 2‑ 1; Aston Villa v Hull C 1‑ 1, 2‑ 1; Chariton Ath v Burton Alb 7‑0; Swindon T v Worksop T 1 ‑0; Sunderland v Norwich C 4‑2; Swansea T v York C 1‑2; Sheff Utd v Barrow 5‑0 Bolton Wand v Huddersfield T 3‑0 SheffWed v Newcastle Utd 1‑2; Notts Co v Fulham 0‑1; Exeter C v Stoke C 0‑0, 0‑3, Luton T v Leicester C 0‑4 MAN C v Blackpool 2‑1; Lincoln C v Southend Utd 2‑3; Liverpool v Accrington S 2‑0 Rotherham Utd v Scunthorpe Utd 1‑1, 2‑4; Everton v Bristol C 3‑1; Walsall v Port Vale 0‑1; Hartlepools Utd v Chelsea 0‑1; Bury v Burney 0‑1 , Spurs v Boston Utd 4‑0; Bradford PA v Middlesbro 0‑4; Doncaster R v Nott'm Forest 3‑0; Bristol R v Man Utd 4‑0; W. Ham v PNE 5‑2; Leeds Utd v Cardiff C 1‑2; Northampton T v Blackburn R 1‑2; Aldershot v Barnsley 1‑2

 

FA  Cup Winners
   
11 Manchester Utd 
10 Arsenal
8 Tottenham Hotspur
7 Aston Villa
7 Liverpool
6 Blackburn Rovers
6 Newcastle United
5 Everton
5 The Wanderers
5 W. B .A
Bolton Wanderers
4 Manchester City
4 Sheffield United
4 Wolverhampton Wanderers
4 Chelsea
3 Sheffield Wednesday
3 West Ham United
2 Bury
2 Nottingham Forest
2 Old Etonians
2 Preston North End
2 Sunderland
2 Portsmouth
1 Barnsley
1 Blackburn Olympic
1 Blackpool
1 Bradford City
1 Burnley
1 Cardiff City
1 Charlton Athletic
1 Clapham Rovers
1 Coventry City
1 Derby County
1 Huddersfield Town
1 Ipswich Town
1 Leeds United
1 Notts County
1 Old Carthusians
1 Oxford University
1 Royal Engineers
1 Southampton

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