1938 FA Cup Final

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1938 FA Cup Final
Old Wembley Stadium (external view).jpg
Event 1937–38 FA Cup
Date 30 April 1938
Venue Wembley Stadium, London
Referee A. Jewell (London)
Attendance 93,497
1937
1939

The 1938 FA Cup Final was contested by Preston North End and Huddersfield Town at Wembley Stadium. 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]

This was the first FA Cup final to be broadcast on television. It was a repeat of the 1922 FA Cup Final. This time the scores were reversed but once again a penalty was needed to separate the two sides.

Three of the players who participated in the final (Andy Beattie & Bill Shankly of Preston and Eddie Boot of Huddersfield) would all manage Huddersfield within 20 years of this final.

Match details[edit]

30 April 1938
15:00 BST
Preston North End 1–0
(a.e.t.)
Huddersfield Town
Mutch Goal 119' (pen.) (Report)
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 93,497
Referee: A. Jewell (London)
Preston North End
Huddersfield Town
1 England George Holdcroft
2 England Len Gallimore
3 Scotland Andy Beattie
4 Scotland Bill Shankly
5 Scotland Tom Smith (c)
6 England Bob Batey
7 England Dickie Watmough
8 Scotland George Mutch
9 Scotland Bud Maxwell
10 Scotland Bobby Beattie
11 Scotland Hugh O'Donnell
Manager:
England James Taylor (acting)
1 England Bob Hesford
2 England Benny Craig
3 England Reg Mountford
4 England Ken Willingham
5 England Alf Young (c)
6 England Eddie Boot
7 England Joe Hulme
8 England Jimmy Isaac
9 Scotland Willie MacFadyen
10 England Bobby Barclay
11 England Pat Beasley
Manager:
England Clem Stephenson

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary.
  • Replay if scores still level.

Road to Wembley[edit]

Preston North End[edit]

Round 3: Preston North End 3–0 West Ham United

Round 4: Preston North End 2–0 Leicester City

Round 5: Arsenal 0–1 Preston North End

Round 6: Brentford 0–3 Preston North End

Semi-Final: Preston North End 2–1 Aston Villa

(at Bramall Lane, Sheffield)

Huddersfield Town[edit]

Round 3: Huddersfield Town 3–1 Hull City

Round 4: Huddersfield Town 1–0 Notts County

Round 5: Liverpool 0–1 Huddersfield Town

Round 6: York City 0–0 Huddersfield Town

Replay: Huddersfield Town 2–1 York City

Semi-Final: Huddersfield Town 3–1 Sunderland

(at Ewood Park, Blackburn)

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