Peter McParland (68, 73)
Tommy Taylor (83)
FA Cup final,
May 4, 1957
Wembley, Referee: F Coultas, Att: 99,225
Manchester United goalkeeper Ray Wood was forced out of the game in only the sixth minute after breaking a cheekbone in a shuddering challenge with Villa hero Peter McParland.
With the concept of substitutes yet to be introduced, United were reduced to ten men (albeit temporarily - Wood would eventually return), with Jackie Blanchflower in goal. And despite battling bravely, they could do nothing to prevent Villa from taking a two-goal lead thanks to a brace from that man McParland.
Matt Busby's side did pull one back late on through Tommy Taylor, but it proved to be barely a consolation for the beaten favourites.
Villa’s centre-forward was on target twice at Wembley. His quickfire brace in the second half put Villa in control and it was a lead they would not relinquish, despite some late United pressure.
United’s keeper saw his final cut short after just six m inutes following McParland’s challenge. Miraculously, he returned in the second half - as a winger! - and even went back between the sticks late on as United pressed for an equaliser.
Mr Aston Villa had played for the club for 20 years having joined them as a 17-year-old in 1927. He took over as manager in 1953 and this Cup triumph - his only honour with the club - was a fitting reward for his years of service.
Did You Know...?
Villa’s win was their seventh FA Cup success - a record at the time.
In December 2007, BBC Four screened a documntary called A Game Of Two Eras which compared the 1957 final to its 2007 counterpart. Using the latest technology, the programme showed how the game had changed over 50 years.
Eric Houghton stayed on as Villa manager until 1958, before becoming a club director - the only man ever to do so at Villa Park.
What Happened Next
Villa's defence of the trophy ended at the first hurdle the following year, as they lost to Stoke in a second replay at the third round stage.
Miraculously, United did return to Wembley the following season, just weeks after the Munich Air Disaster, but they again finished as FA Cup runners-up, this time losing 2-0 to Bolton.
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