The Date That Has Haunted Geordies For 57 Years!

Last updated : 23 January 2013 By Footy Mad - Editor

FA Cup fourth round:

Norwich v Luton
Oldham v Liverpool
Macclesfield v Wigan
Derby v Blackburn
Hull v Barnsley
Middlesbrough v Aldershot
Millwall v Aston Villa
Leeds v Tottenham
Brighton v Arsenal
Stoke v Manchester City
Manchester United v Fulham
Brentford v Chelsea
Reading v Sheffield United
Huddersfield v Leicester
QPR v MK Dons
Bolton v Everton

We sit it out (again!) and have a relegation battle that gets more concerning by the week.

Dark days ahead? Well it could be argued we have had "dark days" since May 7th 1955 - the last time we won a domestic trophy.



The 1955 FA Cup Final was contested by Newcastle United and Manchester City at Wembley.

Newcastle won 3–1, with goals from Jackie Milburn in the first minute (after 45 seconds, a record in a final at Wembley, a record he held until 1997), Bobby Mitchell and George Hannah. Bobby Johnstone scored City's goal.

The game was virtually decided when Man City fullback Meadows was turned inside out by the elusive and mercurial Bobby Mitchell and after 22 minutes was stretchered off with a bad leg injury.

The process of substitutions were not allowed in English football until 1967.

Newcastle were already leading and this just added to City's woes, as their much-vaunted "Revie Plan" (based on a deep-lying centre-forward in Don Revie, later to be England manager) failed to fire.

Man City had flashy tracksuits (virtually unheard-of at the time), so the game was "the Gaudies v the Geordies".

1 Ronnie Simpson
2 Bobby Cowell
3 Ron Batty
4 Jimmy Scoular (c)
5 Bob Stokoe
6 Tommy Casey
7 Len White
8 Jackie Milburn
9 Vic Keeble
10 George Hannah
11 Bobby Mitchell

Manager: Doug Livingstone