It echoed the famous 1953 FA Cup Final, which Blackpool won over Bolton by the score of 4-3. But by 1960, both clubs were in decline. Nor did it help that Bolton's star forward Stanley Matthews was absent due to injury.
In the event, Bolton won 1-0 in what most observers considered a bleak display. Ratings were so poor that ITV scrapped its plans for televised football. In fact, it delivered such a blow that the next live broadcast of a Football League fixture came over 23 years later, on 2 October 1983.