THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

30 May ~ While Arsenal go into today’s FA Cup final as holders, their opponents haven’t lifted the trophy since 1957. Indeed, Villa’s only Cup final appearance since then has been a 1-0 defeat to Chelsea in 2000. In 1957 their opponents were League champions Manchester United, while Villa had finished tenth.

After just six minutes Villa striker Peter McParland was rather late into a tackle with United keeper Ray Wood, who was knocked unconscious and had to leave the field with a broken cheekbone. Defender Jackie Blanchflower took over in goal but Villa took full advantage, with McParland scoring twice. Wood eventually returned to the pitch and played outfield, before going in goal for the final few minutes. Tommy Taylor did get a goal back for United but Villa held on for their seventh Cup, a record at the time.

Below are highlights of the match, as well as the full match in a separate video and some very grainy, soundless footage of Villa’s 1920 FA Cup win, when they beat Huddersfield 1-0 after extra time at Stamford Bridge.

Highlights of 1957

Full match 1957

Footage of 1920

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