Date: Saturday, 4th January 1958.
Venue: Elland Road Leeds.
Cup 3rd Round.
United 1 Cardiff City 2
United: Forrest. Cardiff City:
30,374. (Receipts £4,500)
Leeds United: Wood; Dunn, Hair; Gibson,
Charlton, Kerfoot; Meek, Cush,
Forrest, Crowe, Overfield.
Cardiff City: Jones; R.Stitfall,
Milne; Harrington, Malloy, C.Baker; Walsh, Nugent, Bonson, Hewitt, Hudson.
Referee: D.H. Howell
In the seasons 1955-56, 1956-57, and 1957-58 Leeds United
met Cardiff City
in the Third Round of the FA Cup. Each time the score was the same 2-1 to the
In the season 1957-58 Leeds were in the First Division and
Cardiff City were in the Second Division and Bobby Forrest scored for Leeds and
Alan Harrington and Cliff Nugent scored for the team from the principality.
Being the third game of the trilogy and both other games
resulting in a 2-1 victory for the visitors, after both games had been goalless
at half-time, it seemed inconceivable that it could happen for a third time. So
it was that 34,374 persons went to Elland
Road in January 1958 with a certain amount of déjà
vu to see the third 3rd Round F.A. Cup meeting of the same teams at
the same venue. Surely now Leeds United would get their revenge at the third
time of asking. Whereas Cardiff City
were in the First Division and Leeds United had been
in the Second Division when they first met in January 1956, the roles were now
totally reversed. In the meantime United had been promoted and Cardiff
City had been relegated. When the
teams had met in the First Division in 1956-57, Leeds
had cruised to a 3-0 home victory. It seemed virtually impossible for three
successive 2-1 away victories to occur. Or was it?
“We will make it third time lucky,” said United Manager Raich Carter when the draw was made. Amazingly, United were
handed their third successive Third Round tie at Elland Road with Cardiff
City. But it was Cardiff
who made it a hat-trick with yet another 2-1 win in front of United’s disbelieving fans. Referee Denis Howell, the
Labour MP for All Saints, Birmingham,
who later became a Minister for Sport, declared the snow-covered pitch fit to
play on. United slid to defeat against a Cardiff
side whose short slick passing warmed up a bitterly cold day. Cardiff
wingers Brian Walsh and Colin Hudson skated past the United
defence with ease and the only real surprise was that they didn’t win by a
“My boys played so dominantly it might have been 4-1,” quipped Cardiff Boss Trevor Morris.
The conditions were icy and precarious. Second
City struck the first psychological
blow with Alan Harrington scoring from twenty yards after twenty minutes as he
planted the ball past Royden Wood. Three minutes before half time former miner
Bob Forrest equalised with a header from Irish International Wilbur Cush’s centre after an Archie Gibson free-kick and Leeds
took control of the game. However, right on half time Cliff Nugent scored the
second as he popped in a header to finish off a marvellous piece of interplay
by Brian Walsh and Joe Bonson. At half-time it was
2-1. The magic magnetic score-line! Surely it could not happen again? But it
did! The goal had knocked the stuffing out of United and only brave goal-line
clearances by Archie Gibson and Grenville Hair
prevented Cardiff from increasing
The referee had the best chance of preventing a 2-1 Cardiff
City win, when, in the last minute, Wilbur Cush was brought
down and United appealed for a penalty. It was not given. So Cardiff
City won 2-1 for the third time in
a row. It was the sixth of ten successive seasons which saw Leeds United
knocked out of the F.A. Cup in the Third Round. Before the turn of the century,
on the four other occasions that they had been drawn together in the F.A. Cup
Leeds had won every one of them. Astonishingly in the same period Leeds
had lost only one League encounter from fifteen games the two teams had played
at Elland Road.
All of which makes Cardiff’s
hat-trick of Third Round F.A. Cup victories one of Football’s most amazing and
It was Raich Carter’s last Cup tie
in charge at Leeds and amazingly he had failed to win a
match in the competition, even though United had been drawn at home five
consecutive times. It was also the redoubtable Jimmy Dunn’s last tie in United colours before moving to Darlington.
At least Jack Charlton had something to celebrate. He got married on the Monday
after the match.
Leeds goal-scorer: Bob Forrest Cardiff scorer: Alan
Harrington Jimmy Dunn played his last
Cup-tie for United
Right Back Ron Stitfall Centre Half Danny Malloy Left Half Colin Baker Inside Left Ron Hewitt
Brian Walsh and Colin Hudson were the elusive Cardiff Wingers Joe
Bonson played a big part in the second goal
Grenville Hair and Archie Gibson both made goal-line clearances Wilbur Cush was
denied a penalty