Blackpool 0 York City 2
Feature by Steve Jones
Updated Thursday, 26th November 2009
York City travelled to First Division glamour club Blackpool, who had won the FA Cup only eighteen months earlier after defeating local rivals Bolton Wanderers 4-3 in the legendary 'Matthews Final', in the FA Cup third round on 8th January 1955.
As well as the mercurial Stanley Matthews, the Lancashire giants also boasted England centre-forward Stan Mortensen, together with fellow international stars Ernie Taylor, George Farm and Harry Johnston.
An army of over 5,000 York City fans crossed the Pennines to cheer on their gallant heroes on a cold, fine afternoon.
City were able to include their brilliant goalkeeper Tommy Forgan for the first time after he had missed the previous two rounds through injury. The rest of the team remained unchanged, indeed this now represented York's strongest starting eleven.
The visitors, who were sporting their change colours of blue shirts, were forced onto the defensive at the start of the game, but displaying their customary passing style they soon settled.
On 37 minutes City took a well deserved lead when ball-playing inside-left Sid Storey sent in a cross-cum-shot from the left flank. Blackpool goalkeeper Farm appeared to misjudge the effort, which crossed the line to the delight of the visiting York fans.
This encouraged the underdogs, who threatened several times to extend their advantage before the half-time interval.
The third division side resolutely held onto their lead, despite an injury early in the second-half to their own wizard of the dribble Billy Hughes. The tricky winger was left limping along the right flank, but this did not prevent the brave York side from attacking.
With twenty minutes remaining City effectively sealed the victory with a classic strike that epitomised their high quality football.
Centre-forward Norman Wilkinson sent a perfect through ball to prolific goalscoring outside-left Billy Fenton, who ran on to shoot past Farm from twelve yards.
Blackpool were then awarded a rather dubious looking penalty eight minutes later, but Forgan punched Jim Kelly's spot kick over the bar.
As the final whistle sounded the heroic York players were mobbed by their jubilant supporters.
They had seen off their star-laden opponents through the quality of their own football, and the half-back line of Gordon Brown, Alan Stewart and Ron Spence had been the rock on which the victory had been built.
Special mention had to be given to left-back George Howe, who had negated the threat from one of the world's most famous ever players, the legendary Stanley Matthews.
Blackpool: Farm, Gratrix, Garrett, J. Kelly, Johnston, H. Kelly, Matthews, Mudie, Mortensen, Taylor, Perry
York City: Forgan, Phillips, Howe, Brown, Stewart, Spence, Hughes, Bottom, Wilkinson, Storey, Fenton
Goals: Storey (37), Fenton (70)
Ref: G.F. Sawyer (Weston-super-Mare)