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1948 FA Cup Final
Event 1947–48 FA Cup
Date 24 April 1948
Venue Wembley Stadium, London
Referee C. J. Barrick (Northamptonshire)
Attendance 99,842

The 1948 FA Cup Final was contested by Manchester United and Blackpool at Wembley Stadium on 24 April 1948. United, who hadn't appeared in an FA Cup Final for 39 years, won 4–2, with two goals from Jack Rowley and one apiece from Stan Pearson and John Anderson. Eddie Shimwell and Stan Mortensen scored Blackpool's goals. With his goal, Shimwell became the first full-back to score at Wembley.[1] Blackpool manager, Joe Smith, decided not to select Jimmy McIntosh for the final despite McIntosh having scored five goals in the five ties leading up to the final. The two sides met in a rearranged league fixture the Monday after the Wembley final. McIntosh was selected to play for Blackpool, who won 1-0.

Match details

24 April 1948
Manchester United 4 – 2 Blackpool Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 99,842
Referee: C. J. Barrick (Northamptonshire)
Rowley Goal 28' Goal 70'
Pearson Goal 80'
Anderson Goal 82'
(Report) Shimwell Goal 12' (pen.)
Mortensen Goal 35'
Manchester United
GK 1 England Jack Crompton
RB 2 Republic of Ireland Johnny Carey (c)
LB 3 England John Aston
RH 4 England John Anderson
CH 5 England Allenby Chilton
LH 6 England Henry Cockburn
OR 7 Scotland Jimmy Delaney
IR 8 England Johnny Morris
CF 9 England Jack Rowley
IL 10 England Stan Pearson
OL 11 England Charlie Mitten
Scotland Matt Busby
GK 1 England Joe Robinson
RB 2 England Eddie Shimwell
LB 3 England John Crosland
RH 4 England Harry Johnston
CH 5 England Eric Hayward
LH 6 Scotland Hugh Kelly
OR 7 England Stanley Matthews
IR 8 England Alex Munro
CF 9 England Stan Mortensen
IL 10 Scotland George Dick
OL 11 England Walter Rickett
England Joe Smith


  • Calley, Roy (1992). Blackpool: A Complete Record 1887-1992. Breedon Books Sport. ISBN 1-873626-07-X. 
  • Report and programme


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