1938 FA Cup Final

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1938 FA Cup Final
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Event 1937–38 FA Cup
After extra time
Date30 April 1938
Venue Wembley Stadium, London
Referee A. Jewell (London)
Attendance93,497
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. This was their second win in the competition.

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Background

After 29 minutes of extra time it was still 00 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. [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. [3] [4]

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.

Match details

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

Match rules

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

Road to Wembley

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