1937–38 FA Cup

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1937–38 FA Cup
Country England
Champions Preston North End
Runners-up Huddersfield Town

The FA Cup 1937–38 was the 63rd staging of the world's oldest football cup competition, the Football Association Challenge Cup, commonly known as the FA Cup. Preston North End won the competition for the second and (as of 2010) final time, beating Huddersfield Town 1–0 after extra time 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 1937
Preliminary Round Saturday 18 September 1937
First Round Qualifying Saturday 2 October 1937
Second Round Qualifying Saturday 16 October 1937
Third Round Qualifying Saturday 30 October 1937
Fourth Round Qualifying Saturday 13 November 1937
First Round Proper Saturday 27 November 1937
Second Round Proper Saturday 11 December 1937
Third Round Proper Saturday 8 January 1938
Fourth Round Proper Saturday 22 January 1938
Fifth Round Proper Saturday 12 February 1938
Sixth Round Proper Saturday 5 March 1938
Semi-Finals Saturday 26 March 1938
Final Saturday 30 April 1938

First round proper[edit]

At this stage 43 clubs from the Football League Third Division North and South joined the 25 non-league clubs having come through the qualifying rounds. Chester City, Millwall and Notts County were given a bye to the Third Round. To make the number of matches up, non-league Dulwich Hamlet and Walthamstow Avenue were given byes to this round. 34 matches were scheduled to be played on Saturday, 27 November 1937. Nine were drawn and went to replays in the following midweek fixture, with one of these going to a second replay.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Darlington 0–2 Scarborough 27 November 1937
2 Bournemouth 0–0 Dartford 27 November 1937
Replay Dartford 0–6 Bournemouth 1 December 1937
3 Barrow 0–1 Crewe Alexandra 27 November 1937
4 Bristol City 3–0 Enfield 27 November 1937
5 Rochdale 1–1 Lincoln City 27 November 1937
Replay Lincoln City 2–0 Rochdale 1 December 1937
6 Watford 3–0 Cheltenham Town 27 November 1937
7 Walsall 4–0 Gateshead 27 November 1937
8 Gillingham 3–4 Swindon Town 27 November 1937
9 Doncaster Rovers 7–0 Blyth Spartans 27 November 1937
10 Wrexham 2–1 Oldham Athletic 27 November 1937
11 Tranmere Rovers 2–1 Carlisle United 27 November 1937
12 Wellington Town 1–2 Mansfield Town 27 November 1937
13 Kidderminster Harriers 2–2 Newport County 27 November 1937
Replay Newport County 4–1 Kidderminster Harriers 2 December 1937
14 Accrington Stanley 1–1 Lancaster Town 27 November 1937
Replay Lancaster Town 1–1 Accrington Stanley 1 December 1937
Replay Accrington Stanley 4–0 Lancaster Town 6 December 1937
15 Bristol Rovers 1–8 Queens Park Rangers 27 November 1937
16 Northampton Town 1–2 Cardiff City 27 November 1937
17 King's Lynn 0–4 Bromley 27 November 1937
18 Brighton & Hove Albion 5–1 Tunbridge Wells Rangers 27 November 1937
19 Hull City 4–0 Scunthorpe United 27 November 1937
20 Crystal Palace 2–2 Kettering Town 27 November 1937
Replay Kettering Town 0–4 Crystal Palace 2 December 1937
21 Exeter City 1–0 Folkestone 27 November 1937
22 Hartlepools United 3–1 Southport 27 November 1937
23 Burton Town 1–1 Rotherham United 27 November 1937
Replay Rotherham United 3–0 Burton Town 29 November 1937
24 Port Vale 1–1 Gainsborough Trinity 27 November 1937
Replay Gainsborough Trinity 2–1 Port Vale 1 December 1937
25 Yeovil & Petter's United 2–1 Ipswich Town 27 November 1937
26 Dulwich Hamlet 1–2 Aldershot 27 November 1937
27 Walker Celtic 1–1 Bradford City 27 November 1937
Replay Bradford City 11–3 Walker Celtic 1 December 1937
28 New Brighton 5–0 Workington 27 November 1937
29 Torquay United 1–2 Clapton Orient 27 November 1937
30 Westbury United 1–3 Walthamstow Avenue 27 November 1937
31 Corinthian 0–2 Southend United 27 November 1937
32 York City 1–1 Halifax Town 27 November 1937
Replay Halifax Town 0–1 York City 1 December 1937
33 Guildford City 1–0 Reading 27 November 1937
34 Wigan Athletic 1–4 South Liverpool 27 November 1937

Second Round Proper[edit]

The matches were played on Saturday, 11 December 1937, with two matches postponed until the 15th. Four matches were drawn, with replays taking place in the following midweek fixture.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Watford 3–0 Walsall 11 December 1937
2 Crewe Alexandra 2–2 New Brighton 15 December 1937
Replay New Brighton 4–1 Crewe Alexandra 20 December 1937
3 Swindon Town 2–1 Queens Park Rangers 11 December 1937
4 Scarborough 4–1 Bromley 11 December 1937
5 Doncaster Rovers 4–0 Guildford City 11 December 1937
6 Wrexham 1–2 Bradford City 11 December 1937
7 Tranmere Rovers 3–1 Hartlepools United 11 December 1937
8 Accrington Stanley 0–1 Crystal Palace 11 December 1937
9 South Liverpool 1–1 Brighton & Hove Albion 11 December 1937
Replay Brighton & Hove Albion 6–0 South Liverpool 15 December 1937
10 Clapton Orient 2–2 York City 11 December 1937
Replay York City 1–0 Clapton Orient 15 December 1937
11 Exeter City 1–2 Hull City 11 December 1937
12 Mansfield Town 2–1 Lincoln City 15 December 1937
13 Cardiff City 1–1 Bristol City 11 December 1937
Replay Bristol City 0–2 Cardiff City 15 December 1937
14 Newport County 2–1 Bournemouth 11 December 1937
15 Yeovil & Petter's United 2–1 Gainsborough Trinity 11 December 1937
16 Walthamstow Avenue 0–1 Southend United 11 December 1937
17 Rotherham United 1–3 Aldershot 11 December 1937

Third round proper[edit]

The 44 First and Second Division clubs entered the competition at this stage, along with Chester City, Millwall and Notts County. The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 8 January 1938. Seven matches were drawn and went to replays, with one of these requiring a second replay to settle the fixture.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Birmingham 0–1 Blackpool 8 January 1938
2 Bury 2–0 Brighton & Hove Albion 8 January 1938
3 Preston North End 3–0 West Ham United 8 January 1938
4 Nottingham Forest 3–1 Southampton 8 January 1938
5 Sheffield Wednesday 1–1 Burnley 8 January 1938
Replay Burnley 3–1 Sheffield Wednesday 12 January 1938
6 Grimsby Town 1–1 Swindon Town 8 January 1938
Replay Swindon Town 2–1 Grimsby Town 12 January 1938
7 Middlesbrough 2–0 Stockport County 8 January 1938
8 West Bromwich Albion 1–0 Newcastle United 8 January 1938
9 Sunderland 1–0 Watford 8 January 1938
10 Derby County 1–2 Stoke City 8 January 1938
11 Scarborough 1–1 Luton Town 8 January 1938
Replay Luton Town 5–1 Scarborough 12 January 1938
12 Doncaster Rovers 0–2 Sheffield United 8 January 1938
13 Tranmere Rovers 1–2 Portsmouth 8 January 1938
14 Tottenham Hotspur 3–2 Blackburn Rovers 8 January 1938
15 Brentford 3–1 Fulham 8 January 1938
16 Manchester United 3–0 Yeovil & Petter's United 8 January 1938
17 Norwich City 2–3 Aston Villa 8 January 1938
18 Bradford City 1–1 Chesterfield 8 January 1938
Replay Chesterfield 1–1 Bradford City 12 January 1938
Replay Bradford City 0–2 Chesterfield 17 January 1938
19 Millwall 2–2 Manchester City 8 January 1938
Replay Manchester City 3–1 Millwall 12 January 1938
20 Crystal Palace 0–0 Liverpool 8 January 1938
Replay Liverpool 3–1 Crystal Palace 12 January 1938
21 Chelsea 0–1 Everton 8 January 1938
22 Southend United 2–2 Barnsley 8 January 1938
Replay Barnsley 2–1 Southend United 11 January 1938
23 Bradford Park Avenue 7–4 Newport County 8 January 1938
24 Huddersfield Town 3–1 Hull City 8 January 1938
25 Mansfield Town 1–2 Leicester City 8 January 1938
26 Swansea Town 0–4 Wolverhampton Wanderers 8 January 1938
27 Charlton Athletic 5–0 Cardiff City 8 January 1938
28 Arsenal 3–1 Bolton Wanderers 8 January 1938
29 Leeds United 3–1 Chester 8 January 1938
30 New Brighton 1–0 Plymouth Argyle 8 January 1938
31 York City 3–2 Coventry City 8 January 1938
32 Aldershot 1–3 Notts County 8 January 1938

Fourth Round Proper[edit]

The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 22 January 1938. Four games were drawn and went to replays.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Chesterfield 3–2 Burnley 22 January 1938
2 Preston North End 2–0 Leicester City 22 January 1938
3 Nottingham Forest 1–3 Middlesbrough 22 January 1938
4 Aston Villa 4–0 Blackpool 22 January 1938
5 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1–2 Arsenal 22 January 1938
6 Luton Town 2–1 Swindon Town 22 January 1938
7 Everton 0–1 Sunderland 22 January 1938
8 Sheffield United 1–1 Liverpool 22 January 1938
Replay Liverpool 1–0 Sheffield United 26 January 1938
9 Manchester City 3–1 Bury 22 January 1938
10 Barnsley 2–2 Manchester United 22 January 1938
Replay Manchester United 1–0 Barnsley 26 January 1938
11 Brentford 2–1 Portsmouth 22 January 1938
12 Bradford Park Avenue 1–1 Stoke City 22 January 1938
Replay Stoke City 1–2 Bradford Park Avenue 26 January 1938
13 Huddersfield Town 1–0 Notts County 22 January 1938
14 Charlton Athletic 2–1 Leeds United 22 January 1938
15 New Brighton 0–0 Tottenham Hotspur 22 January 1938
Replay Tottenham Hotspur 5–2 New Brighton 26 January 1938
16 York City 3–2 West Bromwich Albion 22 January 1938

Fifth Round Proper[edit]

The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 12 February 1938. There were two replays, of which one went to a second replay.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Chesterfield 2–2 Tottenham Hotspur 12 February 1938
Replay Tottenham Hotspur 2–1 Chesterfield 16 February 1938
2 Liverpool 0–1 Huddersfield Town 12 February 1938
3 Sunderland 1–0 Bradford Park Avenue 12 February 1938
4 Luton Town 1–3 Manchester City 12 February 1938
5 Brentford 2–0 Manchester United 12 February 1938
6 Charlton Athletic 1–1 Aston Villa 12 February 1938
Replay Aston Villa 2–2 Charlton Athletic 16 February 1938
Replay Aston Villa 4–1 Charlton Athletic 21 February 1938
7 Arsenal 0–1 Preston North End 12 February 1938
8 York City 1–0 Middlesbrough 12 February 1938

Sixth Round Proper[edit]

The four quarter-final ties were scheduled to be played on Saturday, 5 March 1938. There was one replay, in the Huddersfield Town–York City match.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Aston Villa 3–2 Manchester City 5 March 1938
2 Tottenham Hotspur 0–1 Sunderland 5 March 1938
3 Brentford 0–3 Preston North End 5 March 1938
4 York City 0–0 Huddersfield Town 5 March 1938
Replay Huddersfield Town 2–1 York City 9 March 1938

Semi-Finals[edit]

The semi-final matches were played on Saturday, 26 March 1938. Preston North End and Huddersfield Town won their matches to meet in the final at Wembley.


26 March 1938
15:00
Huddersfield Town 3–1 Sunderland

Final[edit]

The 1938 FA Cup Final was contested by Preston North End and Huddersfield Town at Wembley. Preston, losing finalists the previous year, won by a single goal. After 29 minutes of extra time it was still 0–0 and BBC commentator Thomas Woodrooffe said "if there's a goal scored now, I'll eat my hat". Seconds later, Preston were awarded a penalty, from which George Mutch scored the winning goal; Woodrooffe kept his promise.[1][2]

Match details[edit]

1938-04-30
Preston North End 1 – 0 Huddersfield Town
Mutch Goal 119' (pen.)
Wembley, London
Attendance: 93,497
Referee: Arthur James Jewell
Preston North End
Huddersfield Town

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