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Football, though as popular then as it is now, was a much simpler affair in the 1950s before it became big business. These photographs from ‘The Lost Album. A visual history of 1950s Britain” shows the Cup Final match between Blackpool and Bolton, held at Wembley Stadium in 1953. The grenadier opened the proceedings.
The legendary 1953 final – the Matthews final – when the Wizard of the Wing Stanley Matthews inspired Blackpool to a 4-3 victory over Bolton? Wanderers have won the FA Cup four times in their history, but their 1953 losing final is considered by many to be one of the most exciting games of all time. It was also the BBC’s first outside broadcast of a major sporting event.
Nat Lofthouse opened the scoring for Bolton but Blackpool drew level in the 35th minute with a goal by Stan Mortensen. Four minutes later came Moir’s goal and 10 minutes into the second half Eric Bell made it 3-1. In the 68th minute Mortensen scored his second and, with two minutes to go, netted his hat-trick – the first in an FA Cup final.
Then came that moment of magic. With seconds remaining, Matthews fired in a cross from the right that found Bill Perry. He slammed it into the net to give Blackpool a breathless 4-3 victory.