They come, the lot of them, in red and white (if they are for Manchester), one even in a top hat with his team's picture pasted on it. This is the soccer Cup Final, and nothing in sport moves the English more. Each spring, royalty and commoners, Tories and Laborites cast aside old differences to root for the finalists of a nationwide tournament that begins in August. In the last renewal Manchester United beat Leicester City before the usual huge crowds (next pages).

Before the match, Manchester United's Captain Noel Cantwell (right) moves off through crowd after presenting his team to Prince Philip.

As 90-odd thousand watch the action intently, Leicester Goalkeeper Gordon Banks (green) leaps high to intercept a threatening cross kick.

Exultant United troops down from royal box amid plebeian huzzahs.