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Mercer leads Arsenal to FA Cup win

Story Highlights
  • FA Cup victory
  • Joe Mercer's jubilation
  • Tom Whittaker's guidance
  • Reg Lewis' decisive goal
  • Classic counter-attack
  • Iconic Wembley celebration
In 1950, Arsenal secured their third FA Cup victory by defeating Liverpool 2-0 at Wembley, with the iconic image of a jubilant Joe Mercer being carried with the trophy. Under the astute guidance of Tom Whittaker, Arsenal’s inspirational captain, she led the team to triumph. Reg Lewis, whose place in the team was uncertain, repaid Whittaker’s faith by scoring the opening goal after 17 minutes, converting Jimmy Logie’s pass past Liverpool goalkeeper Cyril Sidlow. Despite Liverpool’s early dominance, Arsenal held their ground with Mercer’s outstanding leadership and solid defensive play from Alex Forbes.

FA Cup victory!

Mercer initiated the move in a classic counter-attack, and Lewis sealed the victory with a shot into the bottom corner in the 62nd minute, ending the season with 24 goals. Although Liverpool had previously won both league meetings, they couldn’t mount a comeback on this occasion.
Joe Mercer’s jubilation.

Mercer proudly led his triumphant team up the iconic Wembley steps to receive the FA Cup from King George VI. Despite a brief mix-up with the medal presentation by the Queen, Mercer graciously paid tribute to the Liverpool players during the on-pitch interview. Interestingly, Mercer had used Liverpool’s facilities to stay in shape ahead of the final because his work was based in Merseyside, although he wasn’t privy to their tactics.
Reg Lewis’ decisive goal!
The FA Cup victory in 1950 remains a cherished moment in Arsenal’s history, with Mercer’s leadership and the team’s stellar performance making it an unforgettable chapter of 1950s football.

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