FA Charity Shield: 1955

Newcastle were our opponents in the 1955 FA Charity Shield following their 3-1 victory over Manchester City in the FA Cup final a few months earlier.

Unlike the present day's version of the fixture, this particular game was played at Stamford Bridge as opposed to Wembley, somewhat strangely on a Wednesday afternoon, and was scheduled eight games into the season, transpiring to attract a paltry crowd of only 12,802.

The game itself was billed as a battle of the two star centre-forwards on show: for the Blues, Roy Bentley, and for the Magpies, Jackie Milburn.

Milburn was seen as a legend by the Newcastle supporters, and still is to this day, but by his own standards he endured a quiet afternoon, largely down to the performance of the Chelsea defence who were marshalled impressively by Ken Armstrong.

Unfortunately for the visitors, however, they were unable to keep Bentley at bay and the Chelsea striker, who had previously played for Newcastle, was a constant threat throughout.

Chelsea took the lead in the second half when Alf McMichael misjudged the bounce on a Frank Blunstone cross, diverting the ball past John Thompson in the Newcastle goal to put us in the ascendancy.

We soon doubled our advantage following a quick counter attack, and when the ball was played out to Eric Parsons wide on the right, he crossed for Bentley to fire home.

Blunstone put the seal on a memorable afternoon when he scored the goal his performance deserved in the 80th minute, ensuring we had won the FA Charity Shield for the first time.

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