1953–54 FA Cup

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1953–54 FA Cup
Country England
Champions West Bromwich Albion
Runners-up Preston North End

The 1953–54 FA Cup was the 73rd staging of the world's oldest football cup competition, the Football Association Challenge Cup, commonly known as the FA Cup. West Bromwich Albion won the competition for the fourth time, beating Preston North End 3–2 in the final at Wembley.

Matches were scheduled to be played at the stadium of the team named first on the date specified for each round, which was always a Saturday. Some matches, however, might be rescheduled for other days if there were clashes with games for other competitions or the weather was inclement. If scores were level after 90 minutes had been played, a replay would take place at the stadium of the second-named team later the same week. If the replayed match was drawn further replays would be held until a winner was determined. If scores were level after 90 minutes had been played in a replay, a 30-minute period of extra time would be played.

Calendar

Round Date
Preliminary Round Saturday 12 September 1953
First Qualifying Round Saturday 26 September 1953
Second Qualifying Round Saturday 10 October 1953
Third Qualifying Round Saturday 24 October 1953
Fourth Qualifying Round Saturday 7 November 1953
First Round Proper Saturday 21 November 1953
Second Round Saturday 12 December 1953
Third Round Saturday 9 January 1954
Fourth Round Saturday 30 January 1954
Fifth Round Saturday 20 February 1954
Sixth Round Saturday 13 March 1954
Semi Finals Saturday 27 March 1954
Final Saturday 1 May 1954

First round proper

At this stage clubs from the Football League Third Division North and South joined those non-league clubs having come through the qualifying rounds. Matches were scheduled to be played on Saturday, 21 November 1953. Seven were drawn and went to replays.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Darlington 1–3 Port Vale 21 November 1953
2 Hastings United 1–0 Guildford City 21 November 1953
3 Bath City 0–3 Walsall 21 November 1953
4 Finchley 1–3 Southend United 21 November 1953
5 Southampton 1–1 Bournemouth 21 November 1953
Replay Bournemouth 3–1 Southampton 25 November 1953
6 Weymouth 2–0 Bedford Town 21 November 1953
7 Yeovil Town 0–2 Norwich City 21 November 1953
8 Grimsby Town 2–0 Rochdale 21 November 1953
9 Crewe Alexandra 0–0 Bradford City 21 November 1953
Replay Bradford City 0–1 Crewe Alexandra 25 November 1953
10 Gainsborough Trinity 1–4 Chesterfield 21 November 1953
11 Swindon Town 2–1 Newport (IOW) 21 November 1953
12 Ipswich Town 4–1 Reading 21 November 1953
13 Stockport County 4–2 Chester 21 November 1953
14 Queens Park Rangers 2–0 Shrewsbury Town 21 November 1953
15 Barnsley 5–2 York City 21 November 1953
16 Northampton Town 3–0 Llanelli 21 November 1953
17 Harwich & Parkeston 2–3 Headington United 21 November 1953
18 Great Yarmouth Town 1–0 Crystal Palace 21 November 1953
19 Brighton & Hove Albion 5–1 Coventry City 21 November 1953
20 Spennymoor United 0–3 Barrow 21 November 1953
21 Hitchin Town 1–3 Peterborough United 21 November 1953
22 Witton Albion 4–1 Nelson 21 November 1953
23 Exeter City 1–1 Hereford United 21 November 1953
Replay Hereford United 2–0 Exeter City 26 November 1953
24 Hartlepools United 1–1 Mansfield Town 21 November 1953
Replay Mansfield Town 0–3 Hartlepools United 25 November 1953
25 Scunthorpe United 9–0 Boston United 21 November 1953
26 Blyth Spartans 0–1 Accrington Stanley 21 November 1953
27 Halifax Town 0–0 Rhyl 21 November 1953
Replay Rhyl 4–3 Halifax Town 26 November 1953
28 Southport 1–0 Carlisle United 21 November 1953
29 Selby Town 0–2 Bradford Park Avenue 21 November 1953
30 Torquay United 1–3 Bristol City 21 November 1953
31 Workington 3–0 Ferryhill Athletic 21 November 1953
32 Walthamstow Avenue 1–0 Gillingham 21 November 1953
33 Aldershot 5–3 Wellington Town 21 November 1953
34 Horden CW 0–1 Wrexham 21 November 1953
35 Gateshead 1–2 Tranmere Rovers 21 November 1953
36 Wigan Athletic 4–0 Scarborough 21 November 1953
37 Colchester United 1–1 Millwall 21 November 1953
Replay Millwall 4–0 Colchester United 23 November 1953
38 Leyton Orient 3–0 Kettering Town 21 November 1953
39 Nuneaton Borough 3–0 Watford 21 November 1953
40 Cambridge United 2–2 Newport County 21 November 1953
Replay Newport County 1–2 Cambridge United 26 November 1953

Second Round Proper

The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 12 December 1953. Eight matches were drawn, with replays taking place later the same week. The Wrexham–Brighton & Hove Albion match went to a second replay, which finished in Wrexham's favour.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Hastings United 4–1 Swindon Town 12 December 1953
2 Barrow 5–2 Great Yarmouth Town 12 December 1953
3 Walsall 3–0 Crewe Alexandra 12 December 1953
4 Wrexham 1–1 Brighton & Hove Albion 12 December 1953
Replay Brighton & Hove Albion 1–1 Wrexham 16 December 1953
Replay Wrexham 3–1 Brighton & Hove Albion 21 December 1953
5 Ipswich Town 2–2 Walthamstow Avenue 12 December 1953
Replay Walthamstow Avenue 0–1 Ipswich Town 16 December 1953
6 Stockport County 2–1 Workington 12 December 1953
7 Queens Park Rangers 1–1 Nuneaton Borough 12 December 1953
Replay Nuneaton Borough 1–2 Queens Park Rangers 17 December 1953
8 Accrington Stanley 2–2 Tranmere Rovers 12 December 1953
Replay Tranmere Rovers 5–1 Accrington Stanley 16 December 1953
9 Northampton Town 1–1 Hartlepools United 12 December 1953
Replay Hartlepools United 1–0 Northampton Town 16 December 1953
10 Rhyl 0–3 Bristol City 12 December 1953
11 Norwich City 2–1 Barnsley 12 December 1953
12 Millwall 3–3 Headington United 12 December 1953
Replay Headington United 1–0 Millwall 17 December 1953
13 Witton Albion 1–1 Grimsby Town 12 December 1953
Replay Grimsby Town 6–1 Witton Albion 15 December 1953
14 Southend United 1–2 Chesterfield 12 December 1953
15 Scunthorpe United 1–0 Bournemouth 12 December 1953
16 Southport 1–1 Port Vale 12 December 1953
Replay Port Vale 2–0 Southport 14 December 1953
17 Wigan Athletic 4–1 Hereford United 12 December 1953
18 Peterborough United 2–1 Aldershot 12 December 1953
19 Leyton Orient 4–0 Weymouth 12 December 1953
20 Cambridge United 1–2 Bradford Park Avenue 12 December 1953

Third round proper

The 44 First and Second Division clubs entered the competition at this stage. The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 9 January 1954. Fifteen matches were drawn and went to replays, with three of these requiring a second replay. The Blackpool–Luton Town match then went to a third replay, which was won by Blackpool.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Blackpool 1–1 Luton Town 9 January 1954
Replay Luton Town 0–0 Blackpool 13 January 1954
Replay Blackpool 1–1 Luton Town 18 January 1954
Replay Luton Town 0–2 Blackpool 25 January 1954
2 Chesterfield 2–0 Bury 9 January 1954
3 Hastings United 3–3 Norwich City 9 January 1954
Replay Norwich City 3–0 Hastings United 13 January 1954
4 Barrow 2–2 Swansea Town 9 January 1954
Replay Swansea Town 4–2 Barrow 14 January 1954
5 Bristol City 1–3 Rotherham United 9 January 1954
6 Burnley 5–3 Manchester United 9 January 1954
7 Sheffield Wednesday 1–1 Sheffield United 9 January 1954
Replay Sheffield United 1–3 Sheffield Wednesday 13 January 1954
8 Bolton Wanderers 1–0 Liverpool 9 January 1954
9 Grimsby Town 5–5 Fulham 9 January 1954
Replay Fulham 3–1 Grimsby Town 18 January 1954
10 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1–2 Birmingham City 9 January 1954
11 Middlesbrough 0–0 Leicester City 9 January 1954
Replay Leicester City 3–2 Middlesbrough 14 January 1954
12 West Bromwich Albion 1–0 Chelsea 9 January 1954
13 Sunderland 0–2 Doncaster Rovers 9 January 1954
14 Derby County 0–2 Preston North End 9 January 1954
15 Lincoln City 1–1 Walsall 9 January 1954
Replay Walsall 1–1 Lincoln City 14 January 1954
Replay Lincoln City 2–1 Walsall 18 January 1954
16 Everton 2–1 Notts County 9 January 1954
17 Wrexham 3–3 Scunthorpe United 9 January 1954
Replay Scunthorpe United 3–1 Wrexham 14 January 1954
18 Ipswich Town 3–3 Oldham Athletic 9 January 1954
Replay Oldham Athletic 0–1 Ipswich Town 12 January 1954
19 Tranmere Rovers 2–2 Leyton Orient 9 January 1954
Replay Leyton Orient 4–1 Tranmere Rovers 14 January 1954
20 Stockport County 0–0 Headington United 9 January 1954
Replay Headington United 1–0 Stockport County 14 January 1954
21 Newcastle United 2–2 Wigan Athletic 9 January 1954
Replay Wigan Athletic 2–3 Newcastle United 13 January 1954
22 Queens Park Rangers 0–1 Port Vale 9 January 1954
23 Brentford 0–0 Hull City 9 January 1954
Replay Hull City 2–2 Brentford 14 January 1954
Replay Brentford 2–5 Hull City 18 January 1954
24 Bristol Rovers 0–1 Blackburn Rovers 9 January 1954
25 Portsmouth 3–3 Charlton Athletic 9 January 1954
Replay Charlton Athletic 2–3 Portsmouth 14 January 1954
26 West Ham United 4–0 Huddersfield Town 9 January 1954
27 Plymouth Argyle 2–0 Nottingham Forest 9 January 1954
28 Bradford Park Avenue 2–5 Manchester City 9 January 1954
29 Cardiff City 3–1 Peterborough United 9 January 1954
30 Arsenal 5–1 Aston Villa 9 January 1954
31 Leeds United 3–3 Tottenham Hotspur 9 January 1954
Replay Tottenham Hotspur 1–0 Leeds United 13 January 1954
32 Stoke City 6–2 Hartlepool United 9 January 1954

Fourth round proper

The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 30 January 1954, with two matches taking place on later dates. Six matches were drawn and went to replays, which were all played in the following midweek match. The Scunthorpe United–Portsmouth match went to a second replay.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Burnley 1–1 Newcastle United 30 January 1954
Replay Newcastle United 1–0 Burnley 3 February 1954
2 Blackburn Rovers 2–2 Hull City 30 January 1954
Replay Hull City 2–1 Blackburn Rovers 4 February 1954
3 Sheffield Wednesday 0–0 Chesterfield 30 January 1954
Replay Chesterfield 2–4 Sheffield Wednesday 3 February 1954
4 West Bromwich Albion 4–0 Rotherham United 30 January 1954
5 Lincoln City 0–2 Preston North End 30 January 1954
6 Everton 3–0 Swansea Town 30 January 1954
7 Ipswich Town 1–0 Birmingham City 30 January 1954
8 Manchester City 0–1 Tottenham Hotspur 30 January 1954
9 West Ham United 1–1 Blackpool 30 January 1954
Replay Blackpool 3–1 West Ham United 3 February 1954
10 Plymouth Argyle 0–2 Doncaster Rovers 30 January 1954
11 Scunthorpe United 1–1 Portsmouth 30 January 1954
Replay Portsmouth 2–2 Scunthorpe United 3 February 1954
Replay Scunthorpe United 0–4 Portsmouth 8 February 1954
12 Cardiff City 0–2 Port Vale 30 January 1954
13 Arsenal 1–2 Norwich City 30 January 1954
14 Stoke City 0–0 Leicester City 30 January 1954
Replay Leicester City 3–1 Stoke City 2 February 1954
15 Headington United 2–4 Bolton Wanderers 30 January 1954
16 Leyton Orient 2–1 Fulham 30 January 1954

Fifth round proper

The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 20 February 1954. Two matches went to replays in the following mid-week fixture.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Preston North End 6–1 Ipswich Town 20 February 1954
2 Sheffield Wednesday 3–1 Everton 20 February 1954
3 Bolton Wanderers 0–0 Portsmouth 20 February 1954
Replay Portsmouth 1–2 Bolton Wanderers 24 February 1954
4 West Bromwich Albion 3–2 Newcastle United 20 February 1954
5 Norwich City 1–2 Leicester City 20 February 1954
6 Hull City 1–1 Tottenham Hotspur 20 February 1954
Replay Tottenham Hotspur 2–0 Hull City 24 February 1954
7 Port Vale 2–0 Blackpool 20 February 1954
8 Leyton Orient 3–1 Doncaster Rovers 20 February 1954

Sixth round proper

The four quarter-final ties were scheduled to be played on Saturday, 13 March 1954. Two matches went to replays, with the Leicester City–Preston North End match going to a second replay.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Leicester City 1–1 Preston North End 13 March 1954
Replay Preston North End 2–2 Leicester City 17 March 1954
Replay Leicester City 1–3 Preston North End 22 March 1954
2 Sheffield Wednesday 1–1 Bolton Wanderers 13 March 1954
Replay Bolton Wanderers 0–2 Sheffield Wednesday 17 March 1954
3 West Bromwich Albion 3–0 Tottenham Hotspur 13 March 1954
4 Leyton Orient 0–1 Port Vale 13 March 1954

Semi finals

The semi-final matches were played on Saturday, 27 March 1954. Preston North End and West Bromwich Albion won their ties to meet in the final at Wembley.


27 March 1954
15:00
West Bromwich Albion 2–1 Port Vale
Goal 62'
Allen Goal 70' (pen.)
Leake Goal 40'
Villa Park, Birmingham
Attendance: 68,221

Final

The 1954 FA Cup Final was contested by West Bromwich Albion and Preston North End at Wembley. West Brom won 3–2, with goals from Ronnie Allen (2) and Frank Griffin. Angus Morrison and Charlie Wayman scored for Preston.

Match details

1 May 1954
West Bromwich Albion 3 – 2 Preston North End
Allen Goal 21' Goal 63' (pen.)
Griffin Goal 87'
(Report) Morrison Goal 35'
Wayman Goal 51'
Wembley, London
Attendance: 100,000 approx.
Referee: A. Luty
West Bromwich Albion
Preston North End

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