Great FA Cup Finals – Blackpool Vs Bolton Wanderers

The 1953 FA (Football Association) Cup Final was played between Blackpool and Bolton Wanderers, the match was played at Wembley Stadium on the 2nd May and was possibly on of the greatest ever cup finals.

Blackpool had finished a respectable 7th In the First Division that season while Bolton had finished 14th and a crowd of 100,000 attended the game to watch the teams battle it out for the cup. The Bolton team included Nat Lofthouse who had scored in every qualifying round of the cup, while the Blackpool team included 38 year old Stanley Matthews who was attempting to win his first cup winners medal, after being a losing finalist on two previous occasions.

The crowd didn’t have to wait long to see if Nat Lofthouse would complete his record of scoring in the FA Cup Final as well as every other round, as he fired Bolton into an early 1-0 lead with a goal after just 75 seconds.

Stan Mortensen scored an equalising goal for Blackpool after 35 minutes when his shot was deflected into the Bolton goal, but five minutes later, Bolton had taken a 2-1 lead after Bobby Langton chipped the goalkeeper to send them into half time with the 2-1 advantage.

During the second half, Bolton appeared to have put the game out of Blackpool’s reach, when after 55 minutes Eric Bell scored to give them a 3-1 lead. What happened next, however, was probably the greatest comeback in an FA Cup final.

With just twenty-two minutes of the game left to play, Stanleyทางเข้าเว็บตรงufabet Matthews sent a fantastic cross into the penalty area and Mortensen scored his second goal of the game. With time ticking away and a Bolton victory looking increasingly likely, Stan Mortensen completed an amazing hat-trick when he scored from a free kick to level the scores at 3-3 with just two minutes of the match remaining. A draw and extra-time now looked inevitable, but with just a few seconds of the game remaining Matthews sent in another brilliant cross and Bill Peters scored to give Blackpool a 4-3 victory.

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