1930 FA Cup Final

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1930 FA Cup Final
Old Wembley Stadium (external view).jpg
Event1929–30 FA Cup
Date26 April 1930
VenueWembley Stadium, Middlesex
RefereeT. Crew (Leicester)

The 1930 FA Cup Final was contested by Arsenal and Huddersfield Town at Wembley Stadium. Arsenal won 2–0, with goals from Alex James and Jack Lambert. As a result, Arsenal won their first FA Cup after a defeat in their FA Cup final debut in 1927.


The 1930 Final was the first Cup Final in which both teams entered the pitch side by side, in honour of Arsenal manager Herbert Chapman, who had also managed Huddersfield in the 1920s.[1]

Arsenal came into the game following a 6–6 draw at Leicester City, the highest-scoring draw in English top-flight history, five days prior. Dave Halliday, who scored four of Arsenal's goals that game, was omitted from the Cup Final squad in favour of Jack Lambert.[2]

The 1930 FA Cup Final is remembered for the Graf Zeppelin passing over the stadium at the start of the second half. The Zeppelin was, at the time, the largest airship ever and was around 776 ft in length.[3][1]

After first being broadcast on BBC Radio in 1928, the 1930 final was the first for which a fee was paid for the rights.[4]

Arsenal's Bill Seddon, who died in January 1993 at the age of 91, was the last surviving player to appear in the game.

Match details[edit]

Arsenal2–0Huddersfield Town
James Goal 16'
Lambert Goal 88'
Attendance: 92,499
Referee: T. Crew (Leicester)
Huddersfield Town
GK 1 England Charlie Preedy
RB 2 England Tom Parker (c)
LB 3 England Eddie Hapgood
RH 4 England Alf Baker
CB 5 England Bill Seddon
LH 6 Wales Bob John
OR 7 England Joe Hulme
IR 8 England David Jack
CF 9 England Jack Lambert
IL 10 Scotland Alex James
OL 11 England Cliff Bastin
England Herbert Chapman
GK 1 England Hugh Turner
RB 2 England Roy Goodall
LB 3 England Bon Spence
RH 4 England Jimmy Naylor
CH 5 England Tom Wilson (c)
LH 6 England Austen Campbell
OR 7 Scotland Alex Jackson
IR 8 England Bob Kelly
CF 9 England Harry Davies
IL 10 England Harry Raw
OL 11 England Billy Smith
England Clem Stephenson

Match rules

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

Road to Wembley[edit]


  1. ^ a b Scott Murray & Rowan Walker (2008). Day of the Match: A History of Football in 365 Days. Pan Macmillan. p. 121. ISBN 0-752-22678-9.
  2. ^ Tony Matthews (2005). Football Oddities. The History Press. ISBN 0-752-49376-0.
  3. ^ Steve Tongue (2016). Turf Wars: A History of London Football. Pitch Publishing. ISBN 1-785-31248-0.
  4. ^ Stefan Szymanski, Andrew S. Zimbalist (2006). National Pastime: How Americans Play Baseball and the Rest of the World Plays Soccer. Brookings Institution Press. p. 154. ISBN 0-815-78259-4.

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