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banner Thursday, 10 May, 2001, 09:47 GMT 10:47 UK
1958 - Man Utd's brave dream
1953 1958 1961 1971 1973 1976
1978 1979 1981 1987 1988 1990

Click on the dates above for a tour around some of the greatest FA Cup finals in football history.

Manchester United captured the hearts of the nation by reaching the final in the aftermath of the Munich air crash.

A year earlier, Busby's Babes had tried in vain to become the first team of the century to achieve the League and FA Cup double and their return trip to Wembley saw the whole of Britain cheering United on.

But Bolton proved too strong, as did their desire not to be overwhelmed by public opinion in the same manner which dictated their previous cup final appearance in 1953.

Harry Gregg (left) and Nat Lofhouse in the 1958 FA Cup final
Lofthouse bundled the ball past Gregg
Nat Lofthouse gave Bolton a dream start when he fired home inside three minutes and a heavy end-of-season fixture backlog clearly took its toll on United.

Bolton clinched victory on 55 minutes with one of the most controversial cup final goals ever.

Lofthouse, his left elbow extended, bundled United goalkeeper Harry Gregg and the ball into the back of the net, leaving Gregg requiring lengthy treatment - and Lofthouse to pick up the cup.

1958 FA Cup Final
Bolton 2-0 Man Utd
Scorers: Lofthouse 3, 55
HT: 1-0
Att: 100,000

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