The 1953 FA Cup Final, also known as the Matthews Final,was the eighth to be held at Wembley Stadium after the Second World War. The football match was contested between Blackpool and Bolton Wanderers, with Blackpool winning 4-3. The match became famous for the performance of Blackpool winger Stanley Matthews, after whom it was nicknamed. It is also the only FA Cup Final still where a player has scored a hat-trick. Blackpool were making their third FA Cup appearance in six years having been losing finalists twice, in 1948 and 1951. It was the first football match attended by the reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, who had been crowned Queen earlier that same year.
Matthews inspired his team to come from 3–1 down against Bolton Wanderers, to win 4–3, and on a personal note, he claimed the trophy that had eluded him in two previous finals. Despite the final being more famous for the heroics of Matthews, Stan Mortensen scored three goals for Blackpool on the day, becoming the only player ever to have scored an FA Cup Final hat-trick at the original Wembley Stadium. Bill Perry scored the winning goal. Nat Lofthouse who scored Bolton's first goal scored in every round of that years FA Cup.
Bolton took the lead after just 75 seconds with a Nat Lofthouse shot. Mortenson equalised after 35 minutes with a deflected "cross-shot", however five minutes later, Bolton took the lead again when Bobby Langton lobbed Blackpool's goalkepper, George Farm and Bolton went in at half-time 2-1 ahead. Ten minutes into the second half Eric Bell, playing through injury with a torn hamstring, put Bolton further ahead, a lead they kept for another 18 minutes when it looked as though they were heading for victory. However, then came the turnaround for which the match has become famous with Matthews proving to be the inspiration for a Blackpool comeback. His cross from the right wing, with 22 minutes remaining, was met by Mortenson who netted his, and Blackpool's second goal. Then, with less than two minutes remaining Mortenson completed his hat-trick and Blackpools comeback to equalise direct from a free-kick. Then with just seconds remaining, Matthews again crossed from the right wing, his cross just behind Mortenson, was met by South African, Bill Perry whose shot made the score 4-3 and won the match for the Seasiders. Even Nat Lothouse, in defeat, is said to have stood and applauded.