1960 FA Cup Final: Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Blackburn Rovers

Wolverhampton Wanderers 3 - 0 Blackburn Rovers

  • Wolverhampton Wanderers
    • McGrath Goal 41' (o.g.)
    • Deeley Goal 67', 88'
  • Blackburn Rovers

Wembley Stadium, London, Saturday 7th May 1960

Attendance: 98,954

Match Referee: Kevin Howley (Billingham)

Team Line-ups:

Wolverhampton Wanderers

  • 1Malcolm Finlayson
  • 2George Showell
  • 3Gerry Harris
  • 4Eddie Clamp
  • 5Bill Slater (c)
  • 6Ron Flowers
  • 7Norman Deeley
  • 8Barry Stobart
  • 9Jimmy Murray
  • 10Peter Broadbent
  • 11Des Horne
  • Manager
  • Stan Cullis

Blackburn Rovers

  • 1 Harry Leyland
  • 2 John Bray
  • 3 Dave Whelan Substituted off 43'
  • 4 Ronnie Clayton (c)
  • 5 Matt Woods
  • 6 Mick McGrath
  • 7 Louis Bimpson
  • 8 Peter Dobing
  • 9 Derek Dougan
  • 10 Bryan Douglas
  • 11 Ally MacLeod
  • Manager
  • Dally Duncan

Match Highlights

FA Cup Final 1960: Blackburn Rovers vs Wolverhampton Wanderers

Wolves had high hopes of achieving the elusive League and Cup double until Burnley's victory at Manchester City on the Monday before the Final meant that they were concentrating solely on winning the Cup.

FA Cup Final 1960: Wolves Coming Out

Wolves were on top at the start and took the lead four minutes before half‑time when Rovers defender McGrath, trying to cut out Stobart's low cross into the goalmouth, only succeeded in deflecting the ball into his own net. Two minutes later tragedy struck when Rovers defender Whelan broke a leg in a harm less-looking tackle with Deeley.

At half-time, then, Wolves must have gone off knowing that, barring further accidents, the Cup was surely theirs. Despite their handicap, however, Rovers were far from prepared to accept defeat without a struggle.

As the combined effects of the heat and of playing with ten men began to tell on the Rovers team, Wolves almost inevitably went further ahead. In the sixty-seventh minute Home beat the offside trap and had plenty of time in which to centre from the left to Deeley who scored with a first-time shot from near the penalty-spot.

FA Cup Final 1960: McGrath Own Goal

McGrath Puts through his own goal for Wolves' First Goal

The remainder of the match was dominated by Wolves. Flowers had a goal' disallowed for offside, and then Deeley followed up to score a third after Stobart's centre had come back off a post.

FA Cup Final 1960: Wolverhampton Wanderers Goal

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