1959 FA Cup Final
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1959 FA Cup Final

1959 FA Cup Final
Old Wembley Stadium (external view).jpg
Event1958-59 FA Cup
Date2 May 1959
VenueWembley Stadium, London
RefereeJack Clough (Bolton)

The 1959 FA Cup Final was contested by Nottingham Forest and Luton Town at Wembley. Forest won 2-1, with goals from Roy Dwight and Tommy Wilson just four minutes apart. Dave Pacey scored Luton's consolation goal.

Road to Wembley

Nottingham Forest

Round[1] Home team Score Away team Date Attendance
Round 3 Tooting & Mitcham United 2-2 Nottingham Forest 10 January 1959 14300
Round 3 Replay Nottingham Forest 3-0 Tooting & Mitcham United 24 January 1959 42320
Round 4 Nottingham Forest 4-1 Grimsby Town 28 January 1959 34289
Round 5 Birmingham City 1-1 Nottingham Forest 14 February 1959 55300
Round 5 1st Replay Nottingham Forest 1-1 Birmingham City 18 February 1959 39431
Round 5 2nd Replay Birmingham City 0-5 Nottingham Forest 23 February 1959 34458
Round 6 Nottingham Forest 2-1 Bolton Wanderers 28 February 1959 44414
Semi Final Nottingham Forest 1-0 Aston Villa 14 Mar 1959 65707
(at Hillsborough, Sheffield)

Luton Town

Round Home team Score Away team Date Attendance
Round 3 Luton Town 5-1 Leeds United 10 January 1959 18534
Round 4 Leicester City 1-1 Luton Town 24 January 1959 36984
Round 4 Replay Luton Town 4-1 Leicester City 28 January 1959 27277
Round 5 Ipswich Town 2-5 Luton Town 14 February 1959 26700
Round 6 Blackpool 1-1 Luton Town 28 February 1959 30634
Round 6 Replay Luton Town 1-0 Blackpool 4 March 1959 30069
Semi-final Luton 1-1 Norwich City 14 Mar 1959 65000
(at White Hart Lane, London)
Semi-final Replay Norwich City 0-1 Luton 18 Mar 1959 49500
(at St Andrew's, Birmingham)

Match Summary

The game was notable for an unusually large number of stoppages due to injury, particularly to Nottingham Forest players, which was put down to the lush nature of the Wembley turf. The most notable of these stoppages occurred when goalscorer Roy Dwight was carried off the pitch after breaking his leg in a tackle with Brendan McNally after 33 minutes.

This also proved a turning point in the game as Forest had been the more dominant team to that point, leading by two goals at the time. Luton gradually took control of the match from this point on, scoring midway through the second half.

Forest were reduced to nine fit men with ten minutes remaining when Bill Whare was crippled with cramp, being forced to play wide on the wing where he was little more than a spectator.

The high volume of injuries during the second half led to four minutes of additional time being added on by the referee, during which time Luton twice came close to forcing extra time as Allan Brown headed narrowly wide of goal before Billy Bingham hit the side netting. Given the condition of the Forest team at that time it would have been a remarkable feat for them to have won the game or even forced a replay in extra time had Luton equalised.

At the final whistle the Forest manager Billy Walker entered the field to congratulate his team and was chased by a steward who tried to marshall him back off. The steward mistook Walker to be a pitch invader.

Match details

Attendance: 100,000
Referee: Jack Clough
Nottingham Forest
Luton Town


The game was televised live on the BBC Grandstand programme, which introduced score captions into their broadcast for the first time in an FA Cup final. This however caused much annoyance in Nottingham where their team's name was displayed on the screen at regular intervals as Notts Forest. Commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme apologised live on air for the mistake, stating that the caption should read Nott'm Forest.[2]

During the game the Forest fans were heard to sing the theme tune to the then-popular television programme Robin Hood (the legendary outlaw who was allegedly from Nottingham), this being the first time that popular television culture had made its way into a terrace song during a cup final.[]


  1. ^ Smales, Ken (2006). Nottingham Forest The Official Statistical History. Pineapple Books. ISBN 978-0954-357627.
  2. ^ "1959 FA Cup Final: Nottingham Forest vs Luton Town". therollingball. Retrieved 2015.

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