1930 FA Cup Final
Old Wembley Stadium (external view).jpg
Event1929–30 FA Cup
Date26 April 1930
VenueWembley Stadium, Middlesex
RefereeT. Crew (Leicester)
Attendance92,499
1929
1931

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.

Background

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.

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.

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.

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

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

26 April 1930
15:00 BST
Arsenal 2–0 Huddersfield Town Wembley Stadium, Middlesex
Attendance: 92,499
Referee: T. Crew (Leicester)
James Goal 16'
Lambert Goal 88'
(Report)
Arsenal
Huddersfield Town
GK 1 Flag of England Charlie Preedy
RB 2 Flag of England Tom Parker (c)
LB 3 Flag of England Eddie Hapgood
RH 4 Flag of England Alf Baker
CB 5 Flag of England Bill Seddon
LH 6 Flag of Wales Bob John
OR 7 Flag of England Joe Hulme
IR 8 Flag of England David Jack
CF 9 Flag of England Jack Lambert
IL 10 Flag of Scotland Alex James
OL 11 Flag of England Cliff Bastin
Manager:
Flag of England Herbert Chapman
GK 1 Flag of England Hugh Turner
RB 2 Flag of England Roy Goodall
LB 3 Flag of England Bon Spence
RH 4 Flag of England Jimmy Naylor
CH 5 Flag of England Tom Wilson (c)
LH 6 Flag of England Austen Campbell
OR 7 Flag of Scotland Alex Jackson
IR 8 Flag of England Bob Kelly
CF 9 Flag of England Harry Davies
IL 10 Flag of England Harry Raw
OL 11 Flag of England Billy Smith
Manager:
Flag of England Clem Stephenson

Match rules

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

Road to Wembley

Arsenal

11 Jan 1930
3rd Round
Arsenal 2 - 0 Chelsea Highbury, London
25 Jan 1930
4th Round
Arsenal 2 - 2 Birmingham City Highbury, London
29 Jan 1930
4th Round Replay
Birmingham City 0 - 1 Arsenal St Andrew's, Birmingham
15 Feb 1930
5th Round
Middlesbrough 0 - 2 Arsenal Ayresome Park, Middlesbrough
1 Mar 1930
6th Round
West Ham United 0 - 3 Arsenal Boleyn Ground, London
22 Mar 1930
Semi-final
Arsenal 2 - 2 Hull City Elland Road, Leeds
26 Mar 1930
Semi-final Replay
Hull City 1 - 0 Arsenal Villa Park, Birmingham

Huddersfield Town

11 Jan 1930
3rd Round
Bury 0 - 1 Huddersfield Town Gigg Lane, Bury
25 Jan 1930
4th Round
Huddersfield Town 2 - 1 Sheffield United Leeds Road, Huddersfield
15 Feb 1930
5th Round
Huddersfield Town 2 - 1 Bradford City Leeds Road, Huddersfield
1 Mar 1930
6th Round
Aston Villa 1 - 2 Huddersfield Town Villa Park, Birmingham
22 Mar 1930
Semi-final
Huddersfield Town 2 - 1 Sheffield Wednesday Old Trafford, Manchester

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