1908 FA Cup Final

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1908 FA Cup Final
Event 1907–08 FA Cup
Date 25 April 1908
Venue Crystal Palace, London
Referee T. P. Campbell
Attendance 74,967

The 1908 FA Cup Final was contested by Wolverhampton Wanderers and Newcastle United at Crystal Palace Park. Newcastle had just finished fourth in the First Division during this season, after winning the league in 1906–07. This was their third FA Cup final appearance in four years (although they had yet to win). Their 6–0 thrashing of Fulham in the semi-final is a record win for a semi final. By contrast, Wolves had finished ninth in the Second Division.

Nevertheless, Wolves upset the odds by winning the match 3–1, with goals by Kenneth Hunt, George Hedley and Billy Harrison. James Howey scored the Magpies' reply. The Lord Mayor of London, Sir John Bell, then handed the trophy to Wolves' Billy Wooldridge.

Match summary[edit]

Newcastle began the more composed side and launched several early attacks. They had the majority of the possession, but Wolves managed to stand resolute. On the 40 minute mark, a hurried clearance from a scramble in the Newcastle penalty area fell to Kenneth Hunt, who hit the ball back ferociously from distance, which Lawrence in the Magpies' goal could only help into the net. This was the first goal Hunt had ever scored for the club. Wolves grew in confidence with this strike and George Hedley quickly doubled their advantage with swift shot into the far corner after eluding two tackles.

James Howie gave Newcastle hope as he scored after a corner in the 73rd minute, their first Cup Final goal in three attempts, and they pushed for the equaliser. However, Wolves managed to break away and winger Billy Harrison sealed the victory to clinch the cup for a second time for the Molineux men.

Match details[edit]

25 April 1908
14:30 BST
Wolverhampton Wanderers 3–1 Newcastle United
Hunt Goal 40'
Hedley Goal 43'
Harrison Goal 85'
Howie Goal 73'
Crystal Palace Park, London
Attendance: 74,967
Referee: T. P Campbell
Wolverhampton Wanderers
Newcastle United[1]
England Tommy Lunn
England Jackery Jones
England Ted Collins
England Kenneth Hunt
England Billy Wooldridge (c)
England Alf Bishop
England Billy Harrison
England Jack Shelton
England George Hedley
England Wally Radford
England Jack Pedley
England Jack Addenbrooke
Scotland Jimmy Lawrence
Northern Ireland Billy McCracken
England Dick Pudan
Scotland Alex Gardner
England Colin Veitch (c)
Scotland Peter McWilliam
England Jock Rutherford
Scotland James Howie
England Bill Appleyard
Scotland Finlay Speedie
Scotland George Wilson
Scotland Frank Watt

Road to Wembley[edit]

Wolverhampton Wanderers[edit]

Round 1: Bradford City 1–1 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Round 2: Wolverhampton Wanderers 2–0 Bury

Round 3: Wolverhampton Wanderers 2–0 Swindon Town

Quarter-final: Stoke City 0–1 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Semi-final: Wolverhampton Wanderers 2–0 Southampton

(at Stamford Bridge)

Newcastle United[edit]

Round 1: Newcastle United 2–0 Nottingham Forest

Round 2: Newcastle United 2–0 West Ham United

Round 3: Newcastle United 3–1 Liverpool

Quarter-final: Newcastle United 5–1 Grimsby Town

Semi-final: Newcastle United 6–0 Fulham

(at Anfield)


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