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Competition: 1957 FA Cup Final

Competition: 1957 FA Cup Final

I leaked it last night on the board, and here's your chance to win one of five copies of the 2-1 win over Manchester United in the 1957 FA Cup Final.



In May 1957 John Dixon lifted the FA Cup for Aston Villa under the twin towers for a record seventh time in the clubs illustrious history. The Midlands giants were record breakers at the time, winning the coveted trophy more times than any other team in the oldest and greatest annual knockout competition in world football.

The Villains were a formidable force in the late 50’s, Eric Houghton had made a real impact at Villa Park since taking over the managerial reigns after arriving from Notts County. He immediately endeared himself to the fans by introducing exciting teenagers to the side like 19-year-old Peter McParland. The youngster made an immediate impact and was swiftly followed into the first eleven by Ken Roberts, Joe Tyrrell and Derek Pace and it was these players who formed the back bone of the side that defeated the much coveted “Busby Babes”

Villa needed a replay to overcome West Brom in the semi final and faced Manchester United who had denied Birmingham the chance of meeting their fiercest rivals at Wembley, by beating them 2-0.

The final ended 2-1 as McParland netted the winner, elevating his profile to hero status. However, the match was not without controversy as United goalkeeper Ray Wood was stretchered off after a challenge from Villa’s soon-to-be idol left him with a broken jaw. But in an era before substitutes, the United keeper returned later in the game as a passenger on the wing, Centre Half Jackie Blanchflower took over in goal and Duncan Edwards found a new role in the middle of defence. For more than an hour Villa pressed home their advantage, with Blanchflower excelling between the sticks, but two goals from McParland midway through the second half finally settled the match, Tommy Taylors late goal for United not being enough.

Now you can relive this golden moment of history all over again as we bring you the full uninterrupted 90 minutes, including the original commentary by Kenneth Wolstenholme.



Exclusively available from official Aston Villa outlets from 5th November and all good retailers from 21st November 2005 priced at £12.99 on DVD.

To be in with a chance of winning a copy of this fantastic FA Cup victory please email comps@vitalfootball.co.uk with the answer to the following:

Who scored both of Villa goals in this game?

Please include your name, board name, and address along with your answer.

Writer:Mike Field
Date:Thursday November 10 2005
Time: 4:48PM

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'...[McParland] Ken Roberts, Joe Tyrrell and Derek Pace and it was these players who formed the back bone of the side that defeated the much coveted “Busby Babes” ' Of these ONLY McParland played in the final, Pace having been replaced by Myerscough. The other two didn't figure AT ALL in the cup run! The backbone was actually the goallie, full-backs, centre-half and Johnny Dixon and Peter Mac in the main.
the_lergy
10/11/2005 19:06:00
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'...[McParland] Ken Roberts, Joe Tyrrell and Derek Pace and it was these players who formed the back bone of the side that defeated the much coveted “Busby Babes” ' Of these ONLY McParland played in the final, Pace having been replaced by Myerscough. The other two didn't figure AT ALL in the cup run! The backbone was actually the goallie, full-backs, centre-half and Johnny Dixon and Peter Mac in the main.
the_lergy
10/11/2005 19:06:00
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