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Darlington Football Club

Ray Simpson / 18th February 2021

Programmes from the 1954-55 season: Our FA Cup run

Programmes from the 1954-55 season: Our FA Cup run

When we played in the third round

Darlo fan Karl Alexander has a mammoth collection of Darlington programmes, and today he has supplied us with programmes from the FA Cup in 1954.

We were gripped by FA Cup fever in season 1954-55.

We played six matches in the competition, three of them replays, before we went out in a third round second replay against Hartlepool at Middlesbrough's Ayresome Park.


Our Cup campaign started at our fellow Fourth Division side Barrow, and we drew 1-1, with a goal by Davis.

The first game at Barrow


The replay was four days later at Feethams with an afternoon kick off (we hadn't bought floodlights then) and we won 2-1, Davis and Spuhler scoring

The replay at Feethams on the following Wednesday afternoon


We were drawn at Walthamstow Avenue from the Isthmian League in the second round, and we avoided an FA Cup shock and we won 3-0 with goals by Furphy, Dunlop and Spuhler.

Walthamstow Avenue away



In the third round, we drew our old rivals Hartlepool, who had a long unbeaten run behind them when we played them, and drew 1-1, Houlahan scoring in front of a 17,000 crowd.

The first Hartlepool game at Victoria Ground


The replay was four days later at Feethams, and even though it was a Wednesday afternoon (still no floodlights then) , just over 11000 were in the ground for the 2-2 draw, Houlahan and an own goal were our scorers.

The replay at Feethams



We went to Middlesbrough for the second replay on Monday 17th January, and lost 2-0. We would have played Nottingham Forest in the fourth round.

The second replay at Middlesbrough