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1949 FA Cup Final

1949 FA Cup Final
Event 1948–49 FA Cup
Date 30 April 1949
Venue Wembley Stadium, London
Referee R. A. Mortimer
Attendance 98,920

The 1949 FA Cup Final was contested by Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leicester City at Wembley Stadium. Wolves finished 6th in the First Division during that season, and boasted several England internationals among their ranks, while Leicester City had struggled to avoid relegation in the Second Division and were making their first Wembley appearance.

Wolverhampton won the match 3–1, with goals by Jesse Pye (2) and Sammy Smyth. Mal Griffiths scored the Foxes' reply. Captain Billy Wright was presented with the cup by HRH The Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II).

Contents

  • Road to Wembley 1
    • Leicester City 1.1
    • Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.2
  • Match summary 2
  • Match details 3
  • External links 4

Road to Wembley

Leicester City

3rd Round Leicester City 1–1 Birmingham City
3rd Round (Replay) Birmingham City 1–1 Leicester City
3rd Round (2nd Replay) Leicester City 2–1 Birmingham City
4th Round Leicester City 2–0 Preston North End
5th Round Luton Town 5–5 Leicester City
5th Round (Replay) Leicester City 5–3 Luton Town
6th Round Brentford 0–2 Leicester City
Semi-final Portsmouth 1–3 Leicester City
(at Highbury)

Wolverhampton Wanderers

3rd Round Wolverhampton Wanderers 6–0 Chesterfield
4th Round Sheffield United 0–3 Wolverhampton Wanderers
5th Round Wolverhampton Wanderers 3–1 Liverpool
6th Round Wolverhampton Wanderers 1–0 West Bromwich Albion
Semi-final Wolverhampton Wanderers 1–1 Manchester United
(at Hillsborough)
Semi-final (Replay) Manchester United 0–1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
(at Goodison Park)

Match summary

Wolves started determinedly and took a 13th-minute lead when Jesse Pye, who had been preferred to Dennis Wilshaw, stooped to head in an inch-perfect Hancocks cross. Leicester kept Wolves at bay until almost half-time, when Pye collected the ball in the penalty area with his back to goal, after the Foxes had struggled to clear a corner, and turned to slam it home for his second.

Leicester brought the game to life immediately after the interval courtesy of Mal Griffiths, who flicked the ball home after Williams parried Chisholm's initial effort. Within minutes, they believed they were level only for a narrow offside decision to rule out Chisholm's finish. Sammy Smyth quickly calmed Wolves' nerves when picked up the ball in the centre circle and drove through the Leicester defence before hitting the ball low into the far corner to make it 3–1 and clinch the cup for Molineux men for a third time.

Leicester were without two of their key players for the game, both of them ruled out by injury. Goalkeeper Ian McGraw was unable to play due to a broken finger, while Don Revie had suffered a nose injury.

Match details

30 April 1949
15:00 BST
Leicester City 1–3 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Griffiths Goal 47' Report Pye Goal 13'42'
Smyth Goal 64'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 98,920
Referee: R. A. Mortimer (Huddersfield)
Leicester City
Wolverhampton Wanderers
1 Gordon Bradley
2 Ted Jelly
3 Sandy Scott
4 Walter Harrison
5 Norman Plummer (c)
6 Johnny King
7 Mal Griffiths
8 Jack Lee
9 Jimmy Harrison
10 Ken Chisholm
11 Charlie Adam
Manager:
Johnny Duncan
1 Bert Williams
2 Roy Pritchard
3 Terry Springthorpe
4 Billy Crook
5 Bill Shorthouse
6 Billy Wright (c)
7 Johnny Hancocks
8 Sammy Smyth
9 Jesse Pye
10 Jimmy Dunn
11 Jimmy Mullen
Manager:
Stan Cullis

External links

  • Match report
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