1961 FA Cup Final memorabilia

Links With The Past: 1961 FA Cup Final Memorabilia

The Club’s collection of archives and memorabilia contains many mementoes from the 1961 FA Cup Final between Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur.
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League champions Tottenham won 2-0 against a Leicester side effectively reduced to 10 men early in the game due to a serious injury to full-back Len Chalmers. No substitutes were allowed in those days.

Before the game, to mark the achievement of reaching the final, Leicester issued a souvenir booklet called ‘Success City’. It cost 2/6d (12 ½ p.) and contains, among other cup final-related features, messages from manager Matt Gillies and from Dorothy Russell, the Lord Mayor.

Most of the booklet is taken up with illustrated biographies of the first team squad and of the backroom staff. The Everards ‘Best Wishes’ page is one of several cup final themed advertisements contained within the booklet.

The two tickets for the game were priced at 3/6d (17½p) and 10/6d (52½p). On the reverse of both, there is a plan of Wembley Stadium and a series of regulations forbidding fans from taking ‘a camera or photographic apparatus of any description into the stadium’.

The 18-page match programme contains team photographs and pen portraits of both sides, along with potted histories of both clubs.

Leicester City, who finished sixth in the top division that season, were portrayed as ‘a soccer academy of thinking players’ whose manager believed that ‘brains always beat brawn’.

The BBC sound commentary of the highlights of the final was released on an extended-play 45 rpm vinyl record. The sleeve notes billed the game as the ‘match of the century’, and boasted that the commentary was recorded ‘on the spot at Wembley Stadium’.

Finally the seating arrangement for the celebration dinner and dance, which was held at the Dorchester Hotel in London’s Park Lane, contains the names of over 250 guests. These included the members of City’s 1949 FA Cup Final side.

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