|Event||1937–38 FA Cup|
|After extra time|
|Date||30 April 1938|
|Venue||Wembley Stadium, London|
|Referee||A. Jewell (London)|
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. This was their second win in the competition.
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, though it was one made of cake and marzipan.
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.
The last surviving member of the winning team was Bobby Beattie, who died in September 2002 at the age of 86.
|Preston North End||1–0 (a.e.t.)||Huddersfield Town|
|Mutch 119' (pen.)||Report|
Preston North End
Preston North End
6th Round Replay
Leeds Road, Huddersfield
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