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The 1949 FA Cup Final

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Pye 2, Smyth


Leicester City

Williams Bradley
Pritchard Jelly
Springthorpe Scott
Crook Harrison
Shorthouse W.Plummer
Wright (Captain) King
Hancocks Griffiths
Smyth Lee
Pye J.Harrison
Dunn Chisholm
Mullen Adam
Substitute: Substitute:
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Manager: Stan Cullis

Referee: R A Mortimer

Manager: John Duncan

How Wolves Reached Wembley

3rd Round Chesterfield 0-6 Wolves Pye 2, Smyth 2, Hancocks, Mullen
4th Round Wolves 3-0 Sheff Utd Hancocks 2, Dunn
5th Round Liverpool 1-3 Wolves Dunn, Smyth, Mullen
6th Round WBA 0-1 Wolves Mullen
Semi-Final Wolves 1-1 Man Utd Smyth
Semi-Final Replay Man Utd 0-1 Wolves Smyth

Match Report

There had been 617 entrants and 98,920 people paid 39,300 to see the all-Midlands final. Wolves showed no complacency after their previous Wembley flop and took a 13th minute lead when Pye, who had been preferred to Wilshaw, headed in an inch-perfect Hancocks cross. Heroics by the Leicester goalkeeper kept Wolves out until almost half-time, when Pye collected the ball with his back to goal and turned to slam it home.
Leicester brought the game to life in the 55th minute by courtesy of Griffiths, and within minutes believed they were level only for a narrow offside decision to rule it out. A stunning individual goal by Smyth made it 3-1 to end any worries for Wright's men.