1952 FA Cup Final

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1952 FA Cup Final
Old Wembley Stadium (external view).jpg
Event1951–52 FA Cup
Date3 May 1952
VenueWembley Stadium, London
RefereeArthur Ellis (Halifax)

The 1952 FA Cup Final was the final match of the 1951–52 staging of the Football Association Challenge Cup (better known as the FA Cup), English football's main cup competition. The match was contested by Newcastle United and Arsenal at Wembley Stadium in London on 3 May 1952. It was hitherto only the second time that an FA Cup Final was played in May; 1937 being the first. Newcastle appeared in their 11th final in total and their second successive final, while it was Arsenal's sixth final and their second in three years.

Match facts

Newcastle United1–0Arsenal
G. Robledo Goal 84' (Report)
Attendance: 100,000
Referee: Arthur Ellis
Newcastle United
GK 1 Scotland Ronnie Simpson
RB 2 England Bobby Cowell
LB 3 Northern Ireland Alf McMichael
RH 4 England Joe Harvey (c)
CH 5 Scotland Frank Brennan
LH 6 Chile Ted Robledo
OR 7 England Tommy Walker
IR 8 Wales Billy Foulkes
CF 9 England Jackie Milburn
IL 10 Chile George Robledo
OL 11 Scotland Bobby Mitchell
England Stan Seymour
GK 1 England George Swindin
RB 2 Wales Wally Barnes
LB 3 England Lionel Smith
RH 4 Scotland Alex Forbes
CH 5 Wales Ray Daniel
LH 6 England Joe Mercer (c)
OR 7 England Freddie Cox
IR 8 Scotland Jimmy Logie
CF 9 England Cliff Holton
IL 10 England Doug Lishman
OL 11 England Don Roper
England Tom Whittaker

Match summary

Arsenal played Newcastle United with several recovering players rushed back into the first team; Walley Barnes was taken off injured with a twisted knee after 35 minutes (no substitutes were allowed then), and ten-man Arsenal suffered further injuries to Holton, Roper and Daniel, so that by the end of the match they had only seven fit players on the pitch;[1] with the numerical advantage in their favour, Newcastle won 1–0 with a goal from George Robledo. The goal scored by Robledo was drawn by a young John Lennon, who included it in the artwork of his album Walls and Bridges in 1974.[2]


Despite late efforts to overturn the decision by a minority of its members, The F A Council banned the BBC from televising the game, [3] leaving those who couldn't attend, with only updates on the first half on BBC radio before the second half was described live to listeners. To date this remains the last cup final not to be broadcast live on television, although the game was filmed by newsreel for broadcast that evening in cinemas. The BBC instead broadcast a Cricket match between Worcestershire and the touring Indians. [4]


  1. ^ Soar & Tyler (2005). The Official Illustrated History of Arsenal. p. 99.
  2. ^ Molina, Paula (4 April 2016). "Jorge Robledo, el futbolista chileno inmortalizado en un disco de John Lennon". BBC Mundo (in Spanish). Retrieved 25 April 2017.
  3. ^ Daily Mirror Newspaper, Saturday May 3rd 1952, Page 1, Article "Sorry, the answer is no," by Tom Phillips
  4. ^

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