1928–29 FA Cup

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1928–29 FA Cup
Country England
Champions Bolton Wanderers
Runners-up Portsmouth

The 1928–29 FA Cup was the 54th season of the world's oldest football cup competition, the Football Association Challenge Cup, commonly known as the FA Cup. Bolton Wanderers won the competition for the third time, beating Portsmouth 2–0 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 1 September 1928
Preliminary Round Saturday 15 September 1928
First Round Qualifying Saturday 29 September 1928
Second Round Qualifying Saturday 13 October 1928
Third Round Qualifying Saturday 27 October 1928
Fourth Round Qualifying Saturday 10 November 1928
First Round Proper Saturday 24 November 1928
Second Round Proper Saturday 8 December 1928
Third Round Proper Saturday 12 January 1929
Fourth Round Proper Saturday 26 January 1929
Fifth Round Proper Saturday 16 February 1929
Sixth Round Proper Saturday 2 March 1929
Semi-Finals Saturday 23 March 1929
Final Saturday 27 April 1929

First round proper[edit]

At this stage 41 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, Northampton Town and Swindon Town were given a bye to the Third Round, while Nelson were not involved at any stage of the competition. To make the number of matches up, non-league Northfleet United and Leyton were given byes to this round. 34 matches were scheduled to be played on Saturday, 24 November 1928. One match was drawn and went to a replay in the following midweek fixture.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Chesterfield 3–2 Rochdale 24 November 1928
2 Darlington 3–0 New Brighton 24 November 1928
3 Grantham 1–0 Rhyl Athletic 24 November 1928
4 Walsall 3–1 Worcester City 24 November 1928
5 Gillingham 0–0 Torquay United 24 November 1928
Replay Torquay United 5–1 Gillingham 28 November 1928
6 Leyton 0–2 Watford 24 November 1928
7 Luton Town 5–1 Southend United 24 November 1928
8 Gainsborough Trinity 3–1 Crewe Alexandra 24 November 1928
9 Wrexham 0–1 Carlisle United 24 November 1928
10 Poole 1–4 Bournemouth 24 November 1928
11 Tranmere Rovers 2–1 Rotherham United 24 November 1928
12 Stockport County 1–0 Halifax Town 24 November 1928
13 Sittingbourne 2–1 Southall 24 November 1928
14 Accrington Stanley 2–1 South Shields 24 November 1928
15 Brentford 4–1 Brighton & Hove Albion 24 November 1928
16 Bristol Rovers 2–1 Wellingborough Town 24 November 1928
17 Coventry City 1–4 Fulham 24 November 1928
18 Norwich City 6–1 Chatham 24 November 1928
19 Northfleet United 5–2 Ilford 24 November 1928
20 Bradford City 4–1 Doncaster Rovers 24 November 1928
21 Crystal Palace 2–0 Kettering Town 24 November 1928
22 Spennymoor United 5–2 Hartlepools United 24 November 1928
23 Annfield Plain 1–4 Southport 24 November 1928
24 Lancaster Town 1–3 Lincoln City 24 November 1928
25 Exeter City 6–0 Barking 24 November 1928
26 Merthyr Town 4–2 Dulwich Hamlet 24 November 1928
27 Shirebrook 2–4 Mansfield Town 24 November 1928
28 Newport County 7–0 Woking 24 November 1928
29 Horwich RMI 1–2 Scarborough 24 November 1928
30 Yeovil & Petter's United 1–4 Plymouth Argyle 24 November 1928
31 Wigan Borough 2–0 Ashington 24 November 1928
32 York City 0–1 Barrow 24 November 1928
33 Peterborough & Fletton United 0–2 Charlton Athletic 24 November 1928
34 Guildford City 4–2 Queens Park Rangers 24 November 1928

Second Round Proper[edit]

The matches were played on Saturday, 8 December 1928. Two matches were drawn, with replays taking place in the following midweek fixture.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Barrow 1–2 Mansfield Town 8 December 1928
2 Watford 2–0 Merthyr Town 8 December 1928
3 Walsall 2–1 Sittingbourne 8 December 1928
4 Gainsborough Trinity 2–3 Chesterfield 8 December 1928
5 Scarborough 2–2 Darlington 8 December 1928
Replay Darlington 2–1 Scarborough 12 December 1928
6 Tranmere Rovers 0–1 Bradford City 8 December 1928
7 Stockport County 3–0 Southport 8 December 1928
8 Fulham 0–0 Luton Town 8 December 1928
Replay Luton Town 4–1 Fulham 13 December 1928
9 Accrington Stanley 7–0 Spennymoor United 8 December 1928
10 Brentford 0–1 Plymouth Argyle 8 December 1928
11 Norwich City 6–0 Newport County 8 December 1928
12 Northfleet United 1–5 Charlton Athletic 8 December 1928
13 Carlisle United 0–1 Lincoln City 8 December 1928
14 Crystal Palace 3–1 Bristol Rovers 8 December 1928
15 Torquay United 0–1 Exeter City 8 December 1928
16 Wigan Borough 2–1 Grantham 8 December 1928
17 Guildford City 1–5 Bournemouth 8 December 1928

Third round proper[edit]

The 44 First and Second Division clubs, entered the competition at this stage, along with Third Division Northampton Town and Swindon Town. Also given a bye to this round of the draw were amateur side Corinthian. The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 12 January 1929. Eight 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 Birmingham 3–1 Manchester City 12 January 1929
2 Chesterfield 1–7 Huddersfield Town 12 January 1929
3 Darlington 2–6 Bury 12 January 1929
4 Bristol City 0–2 Liverpool 12 January 1929
5 Burnley 2–1 Sheffield United 12 January 1929
6 Southampton 0–0 Clapton Orient 12 January 1929
Replay Clapton Orient 2–1 Southampton 17 January 1929
7 Watford 1–0 Preston North End 12 January 1929
8 Reading 2–0 Tottenham Hotspur 12 January 1929
9 Walsall 1–1 Middlesbrough 12 January 1929
Replay Middlesbrough 5–1 Walsall 21 January 1929
10 Nottingham Forest 1–2 Swansea Town 12 January 1929
11 Blackburn Rovers 1–0 Barnsley 12 January 1929
12 Aston Villa 6–1 Cardiff City 12 January 1929
13 Bolton Wanderers 2–0 Oldham Athletic 12 January 1929
14 Grimsby Town 1–1 West Bromwich Albion 12 January 1929
Replay West Bromwich Albion 2–0 Grimsby Town 16 January 1929
15 Wolverhampton Wanderers 0–1 Mansfield Town 12 January 1929
16 Derby County 4–3 Notts County 12 January 1929
17 Lincoln City 0–1 Leicester City 12 January 1929
18 Luton Town 0–0 Crystal Palace 12 January 1929
Replay Crystal Palace 7–0 Luton Town 16 January 1929
19 Swindon Town 2–0 Newcastle United 12 January 1929
20 Accrington Stanley 1–1 Bournemouth 12 January 1929
Replay Bournemouth 2–0 Accrington Stanley 16 January 1929
21 Portsmouth 2–1 Charlton Athletic 12 January 1929
22 West Ham United 1–0 Sunderland 12 January 1929
23 Norwich City 0–5 Corinthian 12 January 1929
24 Plymouth Argyle 3–0 Blackpool 12 January 1929
25 Bradford City 2–0 Stockport County 12 January 1929
26 Millwall 1–1 Northampton Town 12 January 1929
Replay Northampton Town 2–2 Millwall 17 January 1929
Replay Millwall 2–0 Northampton Town 21 January 1929
27 Hull City 1–1 Bradford Park Avenue 12 January 1929
Replay Bradford Park Avenue 3–1 Hull City 16 January 1929
28 Chelsea 2–0 Everton 12 January 1929
29 Exeter City 2–2 Leeds United 12 January 1929
Replay Leeds United 5–1 Exeter City 16 January 1929
30 Port Vale 0–3 Manchester United 12 January 1929
31 Arsenal 2–1 Stoke City 12 January 1929
32 Wigan Borough 1–3 Sheffield Wednesday 12 January 1929

Fourth Round Proper[edit]

The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 26 January 1929. Five games were drawn and went to replays in the following midweek fixture.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Bournemouth 6–4 Watford 26 January 1929
2 Burnley 3–3 Swindon Town 26 January 1929
Replay Swindon Town 3–2 Burnley 31 January 1929
3 Liverpool 0–0 Bolton Wanderers 26 January 1929
Replay Bolton Wanderers 5–2 Liverpool 31 January 1929
4 Reading 1–0 Sheffield Wednesday 26 January 1929
5 Leicester City 1–0 Swansea Town 26 January 1929
6 Blackburn Rovers 1–1 Derby County 26 January 1929
Replay Derby County 0–3 Blackburn Rovers 31 January 1929
7 Aston Villa 0–0 Clapton Orient 26 January 1929
Replay Clapton Orient 0–8 Aston Villa 31 January 1929
8 West Bromwich Albion 1–0 Middlesbrough 26 January 1929
9 Portsmouth 2–0 Bradford City 26 January 1929
10 West Ham United 3–0 Corinthian 26 January 1929
11 Manchester United 0–1 Bury 26 January 1929
12 Plymouth Argyle 0–1 Bradford Park Avenue 26 January 1929
13 Millwall 0–0 Crystal Palace 26 January 1929
Replay Crystal Palace 5–3 Millwall 31 January 1929
14 Chelsea 1–0 Birmingham 26 January 1929
15 Huddersfield Town 3–0 Leeds United 26 January 1929
16 Arsenal 2–0 Mansfield Town 26 January 1929

Fifth Round Proper[edit]

The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 16 February 1929. There were three replays played in the next midweek fixture.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Bournemouth 1–1 West Ham United 16 February 1929
Replay West Ham United 3–1 Bournemouth 20 February 1929
2 Reading 1–3 Aston Villa 16 February 1929
3 Leicester City 1–2 Bolton Wanderers 16 February 1929
4 Blackburn Rovers 1–0 Bury 16 February 1929
5 West Bromwich Albion 6–0 Bradford Park Avenue 16 February 1929
6 Swindon Town 0–0 Arsenal 16 February 1929
Replay Arsenal 1–0 Swindon Town 20 February 1929
7 Chelsea 1–1 Portsmouth 16 February 1929
Replay Portsmouth 1–0 Chelsea 20 February 1929
8 Huddersfield Town 5–2 Crystal Palace 16 February 1929

Sixth Round Proper[edit]

The four quarter-final ties were scheduled to be played on Saturday, 2 March 1929. There were two replays.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Blackburn Rovers 1–1 Bolton Wanderers 2 March 1929
Replay Bolton Wanderers 2–1 Blackburn Rovers 6 March 1929
2 Aston Villa 1–0 Arsenal 2 March 1929
3 West Bromwich Albion 1–1 Huddersfield Town 2 March 1929
Replay Huddersfield Town 2–1 West Bromwich Albion 6 March 1929
4 Portsmouth 3–2 West Ham United 2 March 1929

Semi-Finals[edit]

The semi-final matches were played on Saturday, 23 March 1929. Bolton Wanderers and Portsmouth won their matches to meet in the final at Wembley.


Final[edit]

Main article: 1929 FA Cup Final

The 1929 FA Cup Final was contested by Bolton Wanderers and Portsmouth at Wembley. Bolton won 2–0, with goals by Billy Butler and Harry Blackmore.

Match details[edit]

27 April 1929
15:00 BST
Bolton Wanderers 2 – 0 Portsmouth
Butler Goal 79'
Blackmore Goal 87'
(Report)
Wembley, London
Attendance: 92,576
Referee: A. Josephs, South Shields
Bolton Wanderers
Portsmouth

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