Manchester United for Fulham? 70,000 fans at Villa Park were ready to cheer their favourites to Wembley.
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Background: Manchester United for Fulham? 70,000 fans at Villa Park were ready to cheer their favourites to Wembley. The pre-match luck favoured Fulham: Skipper Johnny Haynes winning the toss... So Manchester (in dark shirts) kicked off - eager to add the final chapter to their story of courage and resolution. Carrying the hopes of the South, Second Division Fulham force the early pace.
But, as so often happens, the first real United raid brought a goal... Bobby Charlton slammed the ball home.
And a minute later, Fulham were level - thanks to veteran Arthur Stevens.
Fulham on top now. Jimmy Hill chases a long through pass - and it's there! Fulham two: United one.
Now Fulham's soaring hopes sink to zero. Full back Jim Langley is carried off; but United's acting manager Jimmy Murphy still looks worried.
Then, just on half-time; Bobby Charlton (the Munich survivor) gets a great equaliser
Forcing corner after corner, Fulham resumed, full of spirit.
Time and time again, Fulham nearly got the decisive goal that would have put them in their first Final. United, too, were just as determined. So a two-all draw meant another battle, at Highbury.
Now the highlights of that all-Lanchashire clash at Maine Road, Manchester.
Blackburn scored first - with a header from Dobing.
Bolton (the team that cost only GBP110 to build) soon hit back. Gubbins scored the equaliser.
Then, just one minute later, Ralph Gubbins (the man who came in as a deputy for injured Nat Lofthouse) scored again.
A two-one victory for Bolton - putting them into their seventh Cup Final.