Historic match is the theme for Roy’s 80th

Roy Powney with grand children Tom Unsworth, Oscar Powney, Sarah Unsworth and Alex Powney at his Seasiders-themed birthday party.
Roy Powney with grand children Tom Unsworth, Oscar Powney, Sarah Unsworth and Alex Powney at his Seasiders-themed birthday party.
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It is one of the proudest moments in Blackpool FC history.

And the Seasiders’ historic FA Cup victory against Bolton 60 years ago was the theme of the day to celebrate Roy Powney’s 80th birthday.

Life-long fan Roy turns 80 on Friday, and had 80 of his closest friends and family over at the weekend to celebrate with a football-themed garden party.

It was another anniversary for Roy, of Thornton, as he celebrated his 1953 trip to Wembley, when he watched his team clinch the FA Cup.

His daughter, Alison Unsworth, said: “He was 20 when he went to Wembley, and he still has the ticket. 
He tells everyone he was there.

“There can’t be many people who attended that game left around today.

“Everything was Blackpool themed for his party, with the flag on the mast in his garden and a football shirt birthday cake.”

Father of three Roy is still a season ticket holder, and attends games whenever he can.

For his birthday, he was presented with a book of press clippings all about the Seasiders which had been dedicated to him.

He has also been given a brick which will be placed at the Bloomfield Road stadium saying he was at the game in 1953.

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Lifelong fan at Matthews Final in 1953

Roy Powney’s first visit to Bloomfield Road was in November 1947, when Blackpool beat Charlton 3-0.

The lifelong Seasiders fan still holds a season ticket and attends when his health allows. He was at Wembley on May 2, 1953, to see the team beat Bolton Wonderers 4-3 to win the FA cup.

The match, nicknamed the Matthews Final after winger Stanley Matthews, remains the only Wembley FA Cup Final to feature a hat-trick, scored by Blackpool’s Stan Mortensen.

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