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Newcastle Utd skipper Frank Hudspeth with the FA Cup after his team had beaten Aston Villa 2-0 in the 1924 Cup Final. Source: Football Monthly April 1972 p.42

Newcastle Utd skipper Frank Hudspeth with the FA Cup after his team had beaten Aston Villa 2-0 in the 1924 Cup Final. Source: Football Monthly April 1972 p.42

York City’s greatest FA Cup Campaign
Today is FA Cup 1st Round day so it’s fitting that for today’s dose of nostalgia we focus on a cup campaign of yore. Above you can see an article from a 1955 football annual that features the FA Cup exploits of York City during the 1954/55 season. York’s FA Cup campaign that season saw them become the first third division club to contest an FA Cup semi-final replay. On the way they knocked out Scarborough, Dorchester Town, 1953 FA Cup winners Blackpool, Bishop Auckland, Tottenham Hotspur and Notts County. 
York’s cup exploits were all the more sweeter for only five years before they’d sought re-election to the Football League after finishing the 1949/50 season in 22nd and bottom position of the third division north. Season 1953/54 saw them again finish in 22nd position of the same division, avoiding re-election only because the division had previously been expanded to 24 clubs. 
York met the mighty Newcastle United in the FA Cup semi-final played at Hillsborough and held them to a 1-1 draw but perhaps as the picture caption above suggests could have won the game if York City’s talismanic striker Arthur Bottom had managed to get to the loose ball in the Newcastle goalmouth. The replay a few days later was held at Roker Park and Newcastle saw off their third division opponents two nil to reach their third cup final in five years, a final in which they beat Manchester City 3-1 to lift the cup for the fifth time.

York City’s greatest FA Cup Campaign

Today is FA Cup 1st Round day so it’s fitting that for today’s dose of nostalgia we focus on a cup campaign of yore. Above you can see an article from a 1955 football annual that features the FA Cup exploits of York City during the 1954/55 season. York’s FA Cup campaign that season saw them become the first third division club to contest an FA Cup semi-final replay. On the way they knocked out Scarborough, Dorchester Town, 1953 FA Cup winners Blackpool, Bishop Auckland, Tottenham Hotspur and Notts County. 

York’s cup exploits were all the more sweeter for only five years before they’d sought re-election to the Football League after finishing the 1949/50 season in 22nd and bottom position of the third division north. Season 1953/54 saw them again finish in 22nd position of the same division, avoiding re-election only because the division had previously been expanded to 24 clubs. 

York met the mighty Newcastle United in the FA Cup semi-final played at Hillsborough and held them to a 1-1 draw but perhaps as the picture caption above suggests could have won the game if York City’s talismanic striker Arthur Bottom had managed to get to the loose ball in the Newcastle goalmouth. The replay a few days later was held at Roker Park and Newcastle saw off their third division opponents two nil to reach their third cup final in five years, a final in which they beat Manchester City 3-1 to lift the cup for the fifth time.

English Football Clubs - Caricatures of club legends

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Five Fun Facts #2 Newcastle United

Today we continue with our Five Fun Facts feature with a guest post by Michael Hudson. A gentleman blogger who is doing a wonderful job organising and promoting the upcoming Northern League Day on the 9th of April 2011. So without further ado we present for your delectation and edification five amazing and astounding facts about that giant of English football, Newcastle United.

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Brazilian champs or Brazilian chumps? The strange case of Bela Vista

Bela Vista Football Club (Brazil) 1958

Bela Vista FC Tour of Europe 1958

Back in the fifties many Brazilian sides toured Europe and one club who hoped to cash in on the success of the 1958 World Cup winning Brazilian national team was Bela Vista Futebol Clube de Sete Lagoas. They weren’t a big club by any stretch of the imagination though a resourceful Brazilian businessman with an eye for an opportunity organised a tour of Europe by the club in the hope of making some money.

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Portsmouth v Newcastle United 1956

First Floodlit Football League Fixture in England

Portsmouth v Newcastle United - 1st Division 1956 (by footysphere)

In 1955 Sunderland made a proposal that led to the formal introduction of floodlit fixtures to the league calendar. They suggested that if the two clubs agreed then postponed fixtures could be played under floodlights.

It was their North East rivals Newcastle who made history along with Portsmouth when the two met at Fratton Park for the first League game under floodlights. Newcastle won 2-0 though the game nearly didn’t go ahead. A power failure had electricians working frantically to get the lights on in time for the 7pm kick off.

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