Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Newcastle United Strike FA Cup Gold Twice in a Row; NOSTALGIA DAVE MORTON Recalls the People and Places of the North East EMAIL: David.Morton.Editorial@ncjmedia.Co.UK TELEPHONE: 0191 2016437 WRITE TO: Dave Morton, Nostalgia Editor, ncjMedia, Eldon Court, Percy Street, Newcastle, NE1 7JB. @DaveSMorton Newcastle Chronicle - History Photosales - 0191 201 6000

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Newcastle United Strike FA Cup Gold Twice in a Row; NOSTALGIA DAVE MORTON Recalls the People and Places of the North East EMAIL: David.Morton.Editorial@ncjmedia.Co.UK TELEPHONE: 0191 2016437 WRITE TO: Dave Morton, Nostalgia Editor, ncjMedia, Eldon Court, Percy Street, Newcastle, NE1 7JB. @DaveSMorton Newcastle Chronicle - History Photosales - 0191 201 6000

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Byline: DAVE MORTON

IT was on this day in 1952 at around ten to three in the afternoon when two great men came face to face.

The meeting came at Wembley Stadium where Newcastle United were facing Arsenal in the FA Cup final.

A Chronicle photographer was on hand to capture the moment Prime Minister Winston Churchill, the nation's revered wartime leader, warmly shook hands with Jackie Milburn, United's prolific 27-year-old centre-forward.

Having beaten Blackpool a year earlier to lift the trophy, this was United's second successive final.

This time, on route to Wembley, they'd disposed of Aston Villa, Spurs, Swindon, Portsmouth and Blackburn.

It was English football's first Chilean star, George Robledo, who headed in the hard-fought game's only goal to clinch victory.

United were famously in the midst of a five-year golden era and they would lift the FA Cup once again in 1955.

As for the 1952 final, it saw them make history as the first team to win four Wembley finals, and equal a 61-year-old record of winning the cup in successive seasons. …

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