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1938 FA Cup Final
Old Wembley Stadium (external view)
Event1937–38 FA Cup
Date30 April 1938
VenueWembley Stadium, London
RefereeA. 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.

Background

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.

Match details

30 April 1938
15:00 BST
Preston North End 1–0
(a.e.t.)
Huddersfield Town Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 93,497
Referee: A. Jewell (London)
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Preston North End
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Huddersfield Town
1 England George Holdcroft
2 England Len Gallimore
3 Scotland Andy Beattie
4 Scotland Bill Shankly
5 Scotland Tom Smith (c)
6 England Bob Batey
7 England Dickie Watmough
8 Scotland George Mutch
9 Scotland Bud Maxwell
10Scotland Bobby Beattie
11Scotland Hugh O'Donnell
Manager:
England James Taylor (acting)
1 England Bob Hesford
2 England Benny Craig
3 England Reg Mountford
4 England Ken Willingham
5 England Alf Young (c)
6 England Eddie Boot
7 England Joe Hulme
8 England Jimmy Isaac
9 Scotland Willie MacFadyen
10England Bobby Barclay
11England Pat Beasley
Manager:
England Clem Stephenson

Match rules

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

Road to Wembley

Preston North End

8 Jan 1938
3rd Round
Preston North End 3 - 0 West Ham United Deepdale, Preston
22 Jan 1938
4th Round
Preston North End 2 - 0 Leicester City Deepdale, Preston
12 Feb 1938
5th Round
Arsenal 0 - 1 Preston North End Highbury, London
5 Mar 1938
6th Round
Brentford 0 - 3 Preston North End Griffin Park, London
26 Mar 1938
Semi-final
Preston North End 2 - 1 Aston Villa Bramhall Lane, Sheffield

Huddersfield Town

8 Jan 1938
3rd Round
Huddersfield Town 3 - 1 Hull City Leeds Road, Huddersfield
22 Jan 1938
4th Round
Huddersfield Town 1 - 0 Notts County Leeds Road, Huddersfield
12 Feb 1938
5th Round
Liverpool 0 - 1 Huddersfield Town Anfield, Liverpool
5 Mar 1938
6th Round
York City 0 - 0 Huddersfield Town Bootham Crescent, York
9 Mar 1938
6th Round Replay
Huddersfield Town 2 - 1 York City Leeds Road, Huddersfield
26 Mar 1938
Semi-final
Huddersfield Town 3 - 1 Sunderland Ewood Park, Blackburn

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