7 November ~ Worcester City of the National League North travel to Bramall Lane today for their FA Cup first round tie against Sheffield United. Having beaten Coventry City at this stage last year, Worcester will be looking to cause another upset against their League One opponents, who also ended City’s best-ever run in the FA Cup, in 1959.
Then of the Southern League, Worcester had knocked out Fourth Division Millwall and Second Division Liverpool on their way to the fourth round. There they met the Blades, also of the Second Division. In front of Worcester’s largest ever home crowd – 17,042 packed in to St George’s Lane – goals from Kevin Lewis and Ron Simpson ended City’s remarkable Cup run. Sheffield United beat Arsenal in the fifth round, before falling to Norwich City in the quarter-finals. They finished third in Division Two, one place ahead of Liverpool on goal average.
The footage is shaky, and the music choice dubious, but the video at least gives a feel for what St George’s Lane was like in those days.