On This Day – 3rd Round of FA Cup Finally Completed

11-3-1963: Middlesbrough versus Blackburn completed the third round of the 1962-63 FA Cup on this day. The round had taken a record 66 days to complete. The ‘Big Freeze‘ lead to 261 postponements and the final between Leicester City and Manchester United was put back three weeks.

Only three matches where played on the original day (5th January):

  • Preston North End 1 Sunderland 4
  • Plymouth 1 West Bromwich Albion 5
  • Tranmere Rovers 2 Chelsea 2

Middlesbrough defeated Blackburn 3-1 in the last match of the marathon round.


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