1920 FA Cup Final

Last updated

1920 FA Cup Final
Event 1919–20 FA Cup
After extra time
Date24 April 1920
Venue Stamford Bridge, London
Referee J.T. Howcroft (Bolton)

The 1920 FA Cup Final, the first since the end of the First World War, was contested by Aston Villa and Huddersfield at Stamford Bridge. Aston Villa won 1–0, with the goal coming in extra time from Billy Kirton, to clinch the trophy for a record sixth time. [1] This was the first ever F.A. Cup Final to require extra time to be played. [2] [3]


This was Aston Villa's sixth F.A. Cup Final win. Their opponents had secured promotion from the Second Division this season, having nearly gone out of business, and were appearing in their first final. Aston Villa captain, Andy Ducat, had represented England at both football and cricket. [4] The Villa team had four surviving members of the club's last F.A. Cup final victory in 1913; Tommy Weston, Sam Hardy, Clem Stephenson and Charlie Wallace. [5] Those four Villa players and Frank Moss had all served in the Armed Forces during World War I. [6] Frank Barson, known for his tough style of play, was warned before the kick-off by the referee against using his normal tactics. [7] This was Villa manager George Ramsay's sixth F.A. Cup Final win, a record for a manager, and one that was only equaled in 2016 by Arsène Wenger – against Aston Villa. [6]

The trophy was presented by Prince Henry, the fourth son of King George V. [8] [9]

Match details

Aston Villa 1–0 (a.e.t.) Huddersfield Town
Kirton Soccerball shade.svg 100' (Report)
Stamford Bridge, London
Attendance: 50,018
Referee: J.T. Howcroft (Bolton)
Kit left arm claretborder.png
Kit left arm.svg
Kit body lightblue neck loop.png
Kit body.svg
Kit right arm claretborder.png
Kit right arm.svg
Kit shorts.svg
Kit socks 2lightbluestripes 2.png
Kit socks long.svg
Aston Villa
Kit left arm white stripes.png
Kit left arm.svg
Kit body whitestripes.png
Kit body.svg
Kit right arm white stripes.png
Kit right arm.svg
Kit shorts.svg
Kit socks cyantop 2whitestripes.png
Kit socks long.svg
Huddersfield Town
GK1 Flag of England.svg Sam Hardy
RB2 Flag of England.svg Tommy Smart
LB3 Flag of England.svg Tommy Weston
RH4 Flag of England.svg Andy Ducat (c)
CH5 Flag of England.svg Frank Barson
LH6 Flag of England.svg Frank Moss
OR7 Flag of England.svg Charlie Wallace
IR8 Flag of England.svg Billy Kirton
CF9 Flag of England.svg Billy Walker
IL10 Flag of England.svg Clem Stephenson
OL11 Flag of England.svg Arthur Dorrell
Flag of Scotland.svg George Ramsay
GK1 Flag of Scotland.svg Sandy Mutch
RB2 Flag of England.svg James Wood
LB3 Flag of England.svg Fred Bullock (c)
RH4 Flag of England.svg Charlie Slade
CH5 Flag of England.svg Tom Wilson
LH6 Flag of England.svg Billy Watson
OR7 Flag of England.svg George Richardson
IR8 Flag of England.svg Frank Mann
CF9 Flag of England.svg Sam Taylor
IL10 Flag of England.svg Jack Swann
OL11 Flag of England.svg Ernie Islip
Flag of England.svg Ambrose Langley

Road to Stamford Bridge

How the finalists reached the final. [10] Huddersfield Town were in the Second Division at this time. [10]

Aston Villa

Round 1Aston Villa2–1 Queens Park Rangers QPR were a non-league club at this time. [10]
Round 2 Manchester United 1–2Aston Villa
Round 3Aston Villa1–0 Sunderland
Quarter-final Tottenham Hotspur 0–1Aston VillaTottenham Hotspur were in the Second Division at this time [10]
Semi-finalAston Villa3–1 Chelsea played at Bramall Lane, Sheffield

Huddersfield Town

Round 1Huddersfield Town2–1 Brentford Brentford were a non-league club at this time. [10]
Round 2 Newcastle United 0–1Huddersfield Town
Round 3Huddersfield Town3–1 Plymouth Argyle Plymouth Argyle were a non-league club at this time. [10]
Quarter-finalHuddersfield Town2–1 Liverpool
Semi-finalHuddersfield Town2–1 Bristol City played at Stamford Bridge, London

Related Research Articles

Billy Walker (footballer, born 1897) English footballer and manager

William Henry Walker was a prominent English footballer of the 1920s and 1930s. He is considered by many to be one of the greatest footballers to ever play for Aston Villa and England. As a manager he won the FA Cup with each of Sheffield Wednesday and Nottingham Forest, some 24 years apart, a record to this day.

2005–06 FA Cup football tournament season

The 2005–06 FA Cup was the 125th staging of the world's oldest football competition, the FA Cup.

1840s – 1850s – 1860s – 1870s – 1880s – 1890s – 1900s – 1910s – 1920s – 1930s – 1940s – 1950s – 1960s – 1970s – 1980s – 1990s – 2000s – 2010s

The 1971–72 season was the 92nd season of competitive football in England.

Clement Stephenson was an English footballer whose 20-year career at Aston Villa and Huddersfield Town included success in both the FA Cup and League Championship. Stephenson's place in history as an inside forward was assured when Herbert Chapman targeted him as the man to lead Huddersfield Town's challenge for three consecutive Football League titles in the 1920s, he also made a single appearance for England in that period.

Frank Barson English footballer

Frank Barson was an English footballer from Grimesthorpe who played for several English football clubs including Barnsley, Manchester United, Aston Villa and Watford. He had a reputation for aggressive play, and is regarded as one of the "hard men" of English football.

Alexander "Sandy" Mutch was a Scottish football goalkeeper.

1922 FA Cup Final Football match

The 1922 FA Cup Final was contested by Huddersfield Town and Preston North End at Stamford Bridge. Huddersfield won by a single goal, a penalty scored by Billy Smith.

History of Aston Villa F.C. (1874–1961)

Aston Villa F.C. were formed in 1874, by fifteen members [Report by the Sports Argus on a talk by co-founder Jack Hughes, 1899] of the Wesleyan Chapel at Villa Cross in Lozells. Four of the founders were Jack Hughes, Frederick Matthews, Walter Price and William Scattergood. The club won its first FA Cup in 1887. Aston Villa were one of the dozen teams that competed in the inaugural Football League in 1888 with the club's outgoing chairman William McGregor being the league's founder. Aston Villa emerged as the most successful English club of the Victorian era. By the end of Villa's "Golden Age" at the start of the First World War, the club had won the League Championship six times and the FA Cup five times.

William Henry Smith was a professional footballer who played most of his career at Huddersfield Town.

Arthur Reginald Dorrell was an English international footballer who played on the left-wing. He was the son of former Villa player William Dorrell. He played for Aston Villa between 1919 and 1931, scoring 65 goals in 390 appearances and winning four England caps. He played in both the 1920 and 1924 FA Cup finals, the first of which Villa won. He then retired after a season with Port Vale.

William John Kirton was a footballer in the early years of professional football in England, who played over 200 games for Aston Villa and is best known for scoring the only goal in the 1920 FA Cup Final.

Arsenal F.C.–Chelsea F.C. rivalry

The Arsenal F.C.–Chelsea F.C. rivalry, also known as the North West London derby, is a rivalry between London-based professional association football clubs Arsenal Football Club and Chelsea Football Club. Arsenal play their home games at the Emirates Stadium, while Chelsea play their home games at Stamford Bridge.

The 1999–2000 FA Cup was the 119th staging of the FA Cup. Both the semi-finals and final of the competition were played at Wembley Stadium for the last time before reconstruction work began. The competition culminated with the final between Chelsea and Aston Villa. The game was won by a goal from Chelsea's Roberto Di Matteo, giving them a 1–0 victory.

The 1993–94 FA Cup was the 113th staging of the world and England's oldest cup competition, the Football Association Cup or FA Cup. The competition overall was won by Manchester United for the first time since 1990, with a 4–0 thrashing of Chelsea.

The 1995–96 FA Cup was the 115th staging of the FA Cup. The competition was won outright by Manchester United, who won the final through a goal from Eric Cantona five minutes from the end of the game. It gave Manchester United a league and cup double after they secured their third league title in four years. It was also United's third straight FA Cup Final.

The 2008–09 season was Chelsea Football Club's 95th competitive season, 17th consecutive season in the Premier League and 103rd year in existence as a football club.

The 1991–92 FA Cup was the 111th season of the world's oldest knockout football competition, The Football Association Challenge Cup, or FA Cup for short. Liverpool beat Sunderland 2–0 in the final to take their 5th FA Cup trophy.

The 1919–20 FA Cup was the 45th season of the world's oldest association football competition, the Football Association Challenge Cup, and the first since the cancellation of all football competitions due to the First World War. Aston Villa won the competition, beating Huddersfield Town 1–0 in the final at Stamford Bridge, London.

2010 FA Cup Final Football match

The 2010 FA Cup Final was the 129th final of the FA Cup, the world's oldest domestic football cup competition. The match took place on 15 May 2010, at Wembley Stadium, London, in front of a crowd of over 88,000 and a British television audience of over 5 million. The match was contested between the two most recent FA Cup winners, Chelsea and Portsmouth (2008), and was refereed by Chris Foy from Merseyside. Chelsea won 1–0.


  1. "Aston Villa | Club | History | Timeline". Avfc.co.uk. Retrieved 7 August 2011.
  2. Tom Davis & Mat Kendrick (18 April 2015). "Aston Villa at Wembley: The 50 most memorable claret and blue moments in the FA Cup". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 27 December 2016.
  3. John Motson (2005). Motson's FA Cup Odyssey: The World's Greatest Knockout Competition. Robson. p.  48. ISBN   1-861-05903-5.
  4. Richard William Cox; Dave Russell; Wray Vamplew, eds. (2002). Encyclopedia of British Football. Psychology Press. p. 16. ISBN   0-714-65249-0.
  5. "Aston Villa's FA Cup Finals" . Retrieved 27 December 2016.
  6. 1 2 "Villa's WWI heroes" . Retrieved 27 December 2016.
  7. Simon Brunton (16 December 2014). "The forgotten story of … Frank Barson's seven-month ban". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 December 2016.
  8. "Aston Villa v Huddersfield FA Cup Final 1920". Archived from the original on 28 December 2016. Retrieved 27 December 2016.
  9. Rory Benson (15 August 2016). "Aston Villa vs Huddersfield Town: Pick your Terriers team to start at Villa Park". The Huddersfield Daily Examiner. Retrieved 27 December 2016.
  10. 1 2 3 4 5 6 "1920 FA Cup Results" . Retrieved 27 December 2016.