English FA Cup Finalists 1950 - 1959
The Fifties were a golden age for football with crowds flocking to games at every level. The big city clubs began to dominate the FA Cup, with Newcastle regarding Wembley as their second home, while the Manchester and Birmingham clubs appeared regularly, as did Arsenal. Even so, the provincial teams could still get the better of their big city rivals: Blackpool and Bolton, for example, appeared twice each and played each other in the classic 1953 final. The season was extended and the FA Cup final moved to the first Saturday in May. This decade brought a revolution in kit design, with the heavy shirts and baggy shorts replaced by modern lightweight kits modeled on those worn in Europe.