1926–27 FA Cup

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1926–27 FA Cup
Country England
Champions Cardiff City
Runners-up Arsenal

The 1926–27 FA Cup was the 52nd staging of the world's oldest football cup competition, the Football Association Challenge Cup, commonly known as the FA Cup. Cardiff City won the competition for the first and only time, beating Arsenal 1–0 in the final at Wembley.

Matches were scheduled to be played at the stadium of the team named first on the date specified for each round, which was always a Saturday. Some matches, however, might be rescheduled for other days if there were clashes with games for other competitions or the weather was inclement. If scores were level after 90 minutes had been played, a replay would take place at the stadium of the second-named team later the same week. If the replayed match was drawn further replays would be held until a winner was determined. If scores were level after 90 minutes had been played in a replay, a 30-minute period of extra time would be played.

Calendar[edit]

Round Date
Extra Preliminary Round Saturday 4 September 1926
Preliminary Round Saturday 18 September 1926
First Round Qualifying Saturday 2 October 1926
Second Round Qualifying Saturday 16 October 1926
Third Round Qualifying Saturday 30 October 1926
Fourth Round Qualifying Saturday 13 November 1926
First Round Proper Saturday 27 November 1926
Second Round Proper Saturday 11 December 1926
Third Round Proper Saturday 8 January 1927
Fourth Round Proper Saturday 29 January 1927
Fifth Round Proper Saturday 19 February 1927
Sixth Round Proper Saturday 5 March 1927
Semi-Finals Saturday 26 March 1927
Final Saturday 23 April 1927

First round proper[edit]

At this stage 40 clubs from the Football League Third Division North and South joined the 25 non-league clubs who came through the qualifying rounds. Of those Third Division sides not playing in the First Round Proper, Millwall and Plymouth Argyle were given a bye to the Third Round, while Durham City and Queens Park Rangers were not involved at any stage of the competition. Two Second Division sides, Reading and Grimsby Town were entered at this stage, in addition to amateur side Northern Nomads. To make the number of matches up, eight non-league sides were given byes to this round. These were:

38 matches were scheduled to be played on Saturday, 27 November 1926. Eleven matches were drawn and went to replays in the following midweek fixture, of which two went to another replay.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Chesterfield 2–1 Mexborough 27 November 1926
2 Clapton 1–1 Brentford 27 November 1926
Replay Brentford 7–3 Clapton 1 December 1926
3 Bournemouth 1–1 Swindon Town 27 November 1926
Replay Swindon Town 3–4 Bournemouth 29 November 1926
4 Barking 0–0 Gillingham 27 November 1926
Replay Gillingham 2–0 Barking 1 December 1926
5 Nelson 4–1 Stockport County 27 November 1926
6 Watford 10–1 Lowestoft Town 27 November 1926
7 Reading 4–4 Weymouth 27 November 1926
Replay Reading 5–0 Weymouth 1 December 1926
8 Walsall 1–0 Bradford Park Avenue 27 November 1926
9 Woking 1–3 Charlton Athletic 27 November 1926
10 Chatham 3–1 St Albans City 27 November 1926
11 Grimsby Town 3–2 Halifax Town 27 November 1926
12 Crewe Alexandra 4–1 Northern Nomads 27 November 1926
13 Lincoln City 2–0 Rotherham United 27 November 1926
14 Luton Town 4–2 London Caledonians 27 November 1926
15 Boston United 1–1 Northampton Town 27 November 1926
Replay Northampton Town 2–1 Boston United 2 December 1926
16 Stockton 1–2 Ashington 27 November 1926
17 Doncaster Rovers 3–0 Desborough Town 2 December 1926
18 Wrexham 1–1 New Brighton 27 November 1926
Replay New Brighton 2–2 Wrexham 1 December 1926
Replay Wrexham 3–1 New Brighton 6 December 1926
19 Bishop Auckland 0–1 Bedlington United 27 November 1926
20 Poole 1–0 Newport County 27 November 1926
21 Sittingbourne 1–3 Northfleet United 27 November 1926
22 Wellington Town 1–2 Mansfield Town 27 November 1926
23 Accrington Stanley 4–3 Rochdale 27 November 1926
24 Brighton & Hove Albion 3–0 Barnet 27 November 1926
25 Carlisle United 6–2 Hartlepools United 27 November 1926
26 Nunhead 9–0 Kingstonian 27 November 1926
27 Crystal Palace 0–0 Norwich City 27 November 1926
Replay Norwich City 1–0 Crystal Palace 1 December 1926
28 Annfield Plain 2–4 Chilton Colliery Recreation 27 November 1926
29 Exeter City 3–0 Aberdare Athletic 27 November 1926
30 Merthyr Town 0–2 Bristol City 27 November 1926
31 Southport 1–1 Tranmere Rovers 27 November 1926
Replay Tranmere Rovers 1–2 Southport 2 December 1926
32 Dulwich Hamlet 1–4 Southend United 27 November 1926
33 Torquay United 1–1 Bristol Rovers 27 November 1926
Replay Bristol Rovers 1–0 Torquay United 1 December 1926
34 Workington 1–2 Crook Town 27 November 1926
35 Wigan Borough 2–2 Barrow 2 December 1926
Replay Barrow 0–1 Wigan Borough 6 December 1926
36 York City 4–1 Worksop Town 1 December 1926
37 Rhyl Athletic 1–1 Stoke City 27 November 1926
Replay Stoke City 1–1 Rhyl Athletic 2 December 1926
Replay Rhyl Athletic 2–1 Stoke City 6 December 1926
38 Kettering Town 2–3 Coventry City 27 November 1926

Second Round Proper[edit]

The matches were played on Saturday, 11 December 1926. Three matches were drawn, with replays taking place in the following midweek fixture.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Ashington 2–1 Nelson 11 December 1926
2 Bristol City 1–1 Bournemouth 11 December 1926
Replay Bournemouth 2–0 Bristol City 15 December 1926
3 Watford 0–1 Brighton & Hove Albion 11 December 1926
4 Reading 3–2 Southend United 11 December 1926
5 Walsall 2–0 Mansfield Town 11 December 1926
6 Gillingham 1–1 Brentford 11 December 1926
Replay Brentford 1–0 Gillingham 15 December 1926
7 Grimsby Town 2–1 York City 11 December 1926
8 Crewe Alexandra 4–1 Wigan Borough 11 December 1926
9 Luton Town 6–2 Northfleet United 11 December 1926
10 Doncaster Rovers 0–1 Chesterfield 11 December 1926
11 Bristol Rovers 4–1 Charlton Athletic 11 December 1926
12 Coventry City 1–1 Lincoln City 11 December 1926
Replay Lincoln City 2–1 Coventry City 15 December 1926
13 Norwich City 5–0 Chatham 11 December 1926
14 Carlisle United 4–0 Bedlington United 11 December 1926
15 Nunhead 1–2 Poole 11 December 1926
16 Exeter City 1–0 Northampton Town 11 December 1926
17 Southport 2–0 Crook Town 11 December 1926
18 Rhyl Athletic 3–1 Wrexham 11 December 1926
19 Chilton Colliery Recreation 0–3 Accrington Stanley 11 December 1926

Third round proper[edit]

42 of the 44 First and Second Division clubs entered the competition at this stage, along with Third Division Millwall and Plymouth Argyle. Also given a bye to this round of the draw were amateur side Corinthian. The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 8 January 1927. Four matches were drawn and went to replays in the following midweek fixture, of which one went to a second replay.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Ashington 0–2 Nottingham Forest 8 January 1927
2 Birmingham 4–1 Manchester City 8 January 1927
3 Blackpool 1–3 Bolton Wanderers 8 January 1927
4 Darlington 2–1 Rhyl Athletic 8 January 1927
5 Bournemouth 1–1 Liverpool 8 January 1927
Replay Liverpool 4–1 Bournemouth 12 January 1927
6 Burnley 3–1 Grimsby Town 8 January 1927
7 South Shields 3–1 Plymouth Argyle 8 January 1927
8 Southampton 3–0 Norwich City 8 January 1927
9 Reading 1–1 Manchester United 8 January 1927
Replay Manchester United 2–2 Reading 12 January 1927
Replay Reading 2–1 Manchester United 17 January 1927
10 Walsall 0–4 Corinthian 8 January 1927
11 Sheffield Wednesday 2–0 Brighton & Hove Albion 8 January 1927
12 Middlesbrough 5–3 Leicester City 8 January 1927
13 Lincoln City 2–4 Preston North End 8 January 1927
14 Everton 3–1 Poole 8 January 1927
15 Sheffield United 2–3 Arsenal 8 January 1927
16 Newcastle United 8–1 Notts County 8 January 1927
17 Fulham 4–3 Chesterfield 8 January 1927
18 Barnsley 6–1 Crewe Alexandra 8 January 1927
19 Bristol Rovers 3–3 Portsmouth 8 January 1927
Replay Portsmouth 4–0 Bristol Rovers 12 January 1927
20 West Ham United 3–2 Tottenham Hotspur 8 January 1927
21 Bradford City 2–6 Derby County 8 January 1927
22 Millwall 3–1 Huddersfield Town 8 January 1927
23 Hull City 2–1 West Bromwich Albion 8 January 1927
24 Carlisle United 0–2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 8 January 1927
25 Clapton Orient 1–1 Port Vale 8 January 1927
Replay Port Vale 5–1 Clapton Orient 12 January 1927
26 Oldham Athletic 2–4 Brentford 10 January 1927
27 Chelsea 4–0 Luton Town 8 January 1927
28 Exeter City 0–2 Accrington Stanley 8 January 1927
29 Cardiff City 2–1 Aston Villa 8 January 1927
30 Swansea Town 4–1 Bury 8 January 1927
31 Southport 2–0 Blackburn Rovers 8 January 1927
32 Leeds United 3–2 Sunderland 8 January 1927

Fourth round proper[edit]

The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 29 January 1927. Five games were drawn and went to replays in the following midweek fixture, of which one went to a second replay.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Darlington 0–2 Cardiff City 29 January 1927
2 Liverpool 3–1 Southport 29 January 1927
3 Preston North End 0–3 Middlesbrough 29 January 1927
4 Southampton 4–1 Birmingham 29 January 1927
5 Reading 3–1 Portsmouth 29 January 1927
6 Sheffield Wednesday 1–1 South Shields 29 January 1927
Replay South Shields 1–0 Sheffield Wednesday 2 February 1927
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 2–0 Nottingham Forest 29 January 1927
8 Derby County 0–2 Millwall 29 January 1927
9 Fulham 0–4 Burnley 29 January 1927
10 Barnsley 1–3 Swansea Town 29 January 1927
11 West Ham United 1–1 Brentford 29 January 1927
Replay Brentford 2–0 West Ham United 2 February 1927
12 Hull City 1–1 Everton 29 January 1927
Replay Everton 2–2 Hull City 2 February 1927
Replay Hull City 3–2 Everton 7 February 1927
13 Chelsea 7–2 Accrington Stanley 29 January 1927
14 Port Vale 2–2 Arsenal 29 January 1927
Replay Arsenal 1–0 Port Vale 2 February 1927
15 Leeds United 0–0 Bolton Wanderers 29 January 1927
Replay Bolton Wanderers 3–0 Leeds United 2 February 1927
16 Corinthian 1–3 Newcastle United 29 January 1927

Fifth round proper[edit]

The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 19 February 1927. There was one replay, played in the next midweek fixture.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 South Shields 2–2 Swansea Town 19 February 1927
Replay Swansea Town 2–1 South Shields 24 February 1927
2 Southampton 2–1 Newcastle United 19 February 1927
3 Reading 1–0 Brentford 19 February 1927
4 Bolton Wanderers 0–2 Cardiff City 19 February 1927
5 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1–0 Hull City 19 February 1927
6 Millwall 3–2 Middlesbrough 19 February 1927
7 Chelsea 2–1 Burnley 19 February 1927
8 Arsenal 2–0 Liverpool 19 February 1927

Sixth round proper[edit]

The four Sixth Round ties were scheduled to be played on Saturday, 5 March 1927. There were two replays, played in the following midweek fixture.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Millwall 0–0 Southampton 5 March 1927
Replay Southampton 2–0 Millwall 9 March 1927
2 Chelsea 0–0 Cardiff City 5 March 1927
Replay Cardiff City 3–2 Chelsea 9 March 1927
3 Swansea Town 1–3 Reading 5 March 1927
4 Arsenal 2–1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 5 March 1927

Semi-Finals[edit]

The semi-final matches were played on Saturday, 26 March 1927. Cardiff City and Arsenal went on to meet in the final at Wembley.

26 March 1927
15:00
Cardiff City 3–0 Reading

Final[edit]

Main article: 1927 FA Cup Final

The 1927 FA Cup Final was won by Cardiff City, who beat Arsenal 1–0. It is most remembered for Arsenal goalkeeper Dan Lewis' mistake which led to the only goal of the game. It was also the first ever Cup Final to be broadcast by BBC Radio. Commentators were Derek McCulloch and George Allison, who would later manage Arsenal.

Match details[edit]

23 April 1927
15:00 BST
Cardiff City 1 – 0 Arsenal
Ferguson Goal 74'
Wembley, London
Attendance: 91,206
Referee: W. F. Bunnell (Preston)
Cardiff City
Arsenal

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