The 1956 FA Cup Final was the final match of the 1955–56 staging of English
football's primary cup competition, the Football Association Challenge Cup,
better known as the FA Cup. The showpiece event was contested between
Manchester City and Birmingham City at Wembley Stadium in London on Saturday
5 May 1956. Manchester City's victories were close affairs, each settled by
the odd goal, and they needed a replay to defeat fifth-round opponents
Liverpool. Birmingham City made more comfortable progress: they scored
eighteen goals while conceding only two, and won each match at the first
attempt despite being drawn to play on their opponents' ground in every
round. They became the first team to reach an FA Cup final without playing
at home. Birmingham entered the match as favourites, in a contest billed as
a contrast of styles. Watched by a crowd of 100,000 and a television
audience of five million, Manchester City took an early lead through Joe
Hayes, but Noel Kinsey equalised midway through the first half. Second half
goals from Jack Dyson and Bobby Johnstone gave Manchester City a 3–1
victory. The match is best remembered for the heroics of Manchester City
goalkeeper, Bert Trautmann, who continued playing despite breaking a bone in
his neck in a collision with Birmingham's Peter Murphy.
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