On this day in 1951, Newcastle United won the FA Cup for the fourth time, beating Blackpool 2-0 in front of more than 100,000 supporters at Wembley. The Magpies struck twice before the break and Blackpool had no answer in the second half.
Stan Seymour started Jack Fairbrother, Bobby Cowell, Bobby Corbett, Joe Harvey, Frank Brennan, Charlie Crowe, Tommy Walker, Ernie Taylor, Jackie Milburn, George Robledo and Bobby Mitchell, but it was a brace from Milburn that put Stanley Matthew’s side to the sword.
Newcastle reached the final by beating Bury 4-1 in the first round, Bolton Wanderers 3-2 in the second round, Stoke City 4-2 in the third round, Bristol Rovers 3-1 in the fourth-round replay and Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 in the semi-final replay.
The Magpies won their first FA Cup in 1910, beating Barnsley at the Crystal Palace. They won their second in 1924, beating Aston Villa at Wembley. They won their third in 1932, beating Arsenal at Wembley. And their fourth was the Blackpool triumph.
Newcastle would defend their FA Cup crown a year after beating Stanley Matthew’s side, seeing past Arsenal at Wembley in 1952. They would go on to win the 1955 FA Cup too after beating Manchester City, but they haven’t added to their tally since.