1919–20 FA Cup

The 1919–20 FA Cup was the 45th season of the world's oldest association football competition, the Football Association Challenge Cup (more usually known as the FA 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.

Matches were scheduled to be played at the stadium of the team named first on the date specified for each round, which was always a Saturday. If scores were level after 90 minutes had been played, a replay would take place at the stadium of the second-named team later the same week. If the replayed match was drawn further replays would be held at neutral venues until a winner was determined. If scores were level after 90 minutes had been played in a replay, a 30-minute period of extra time would be played.

1919–20 FA Cup
Country England
Defending championsSheffield United (1915)
ChampionsAston Villa (6th title)
Runners-upHuddersfield Town


The format of the FA Cup for the season had two preliminary rounds, six qualifying rounds, four proper rounds, and the semi finals and final.

Round Date
Extra Preliminary Round Saturday 13 September 1919
Preliminary Round Saturday 27 September 1919
First Round Qualifying Saturday 11 October 1919
Second Round Qualifying Saturday 25 October 1919
Third Round Qualifying Saturday 8 November 1919
Fourth Round Qualifying Saturday 22 November 1919
Fifth Round Qualifying Saturday 6 December 1919
Sixth Round Qualifying Saturday 20 December 1919
First Round Proper Saturday 10 January 1920
Second Round Proper Saturday 31 January 1920
Third Round Proper Saturday 21 February 1920
Fourth Round Proper Saturday 6 March 1920
Semi-Finals Saturday 27 March 1920
Final Saturday 24 April 1920

First round proper

42 of the 44 clubs from the First and Second divisions joined the 12 clubs who came through the qualifying rounds. Two sides, Port Vale and Rotherham County were entered instead at the Sixth Qualifying Round. Rotherham County were newly elected to the Football League due to its expansion in the 1919–20 season, while Port Vale were entered into the League after eight games, following the failure of Leeds City. Port Vale came through the qualifier, while Rotherham went out.

Ten non-league sides were given byes to the First Round to bring the total number of teams up to 64. These were:

32 matches were scheduled to be played on Saturday, 10 January 1920. Eight matches were drawn and went to replays in the following midweek fixture.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Birmingham 2–0 Everton 10 January 1920
2 Blackpool 0–0 Derby County 10 January 1920
Replay Derby County 1–4 Blackpool 14 January 1920
3 Darlington 0–0 The Wednesday 14 January 1920
Replay The Wednesday 0–2 Darlington 19 January 1920
4 Bury 2–0 Stoke 10 January 1920
5 Preston North End 3–1 Stockport County 10 January 1920
6 South Shields 1–1 Liverpool 10 January 1920
Replay Liverpool 2–0 South Shields 14 January 1920
7 Southampton 0–0 West Ham United 10 January 1920
Replay West Ham United 3–1 Southampton 15 January 1920
8 Notts County 2–0 Millwall 10 January 1920
9 Blackburn Rovers 2–2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 10 January 1920
Replay Wolverhampton Wanderers 1–0 Blackburn Rovers 15 January 1920
10 Aston Villa 2–1 Queens Park Rangers 10 January 1920
11 Bolton Wanderers 0–1 Chelsea 10 January 1920
12 Grimsby Town 1–2 Bristol City 10 January 1920
13 Middlesbrough 4–1 Lincoln City 14 January 1920
14 West Bromwich Albion 0–1 Barnsley 10 January 1920
15 Sunderland 6–2 Hull City 14 January 1920
16 Luton Town 2–2 Coventry City 10 January 1920
Replay Coventry City 0–1 Luton Town 15 January 1920
17 Sheffield United 3–0 Southend United 10 January 1920
18 Newcastle United 2–0 Crystal Palace 10 January 1920
19 Manchester City 4–1 Clapton Orient 10 January 1920
20 Fulham 1–2 Swindon Town 10 January 1920
21 Bristol Rovers 1–4 Tottenham Hotspur 10 January 1920
22 Plymouth Argyle 2–0 Reading 10 January 1920
23 Bradford City 2–0 Portsmouth 17 January 1920
24 West Stanley 3–1 Gillingham 17 January 1920
25 Castleford Town 2–0 Hednesford Town 10 January 1920
26 Bradford Park Avenue 3–0 Nottingham Forest 10 January 1920
27 Huddersfield Town 5–1 Brentford 10 January 1920
28 Cardiff City 2–0 Oldham Athletic 10 January 1920
29 Port Vale 0–1 Manchester United 10 January 1920
30 Newport County 0–0 Leicester City 10 January 1920
Replay Leicester City 2–0 Newport County 15 January 1920
31 Arsenal 4–2 Rochdale 10 January 1920
32 Thornycrofts (Woolston) 0–0 Burnley 10 January 1920
Replay Burnley 5–0 Thornycrofts (Woolston) 13 January 1920

Second Round Proper

The 16 Second Round matches were played on Saturday, 31 January 1920. One match was drawn, with the replay taking place in the following midweek fixture.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Birmingham 4–0 Darlington 31 January 1920
2 Bristol City 1–0 Arsenal 31 January 1920
3 Burnley 1–1 Sunderland 31 January 1920
Replay Sunderland 2–0 Burnley 4 February 1920
4 Preston North End 2–1 Blackpool 31 January 1920
5 Leicester City 3–0 Manchester City 31 January 1920
6 Notts County 1–0 Middlesbrough 31 January 1920
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1–2 Cardiff City 31 January 1920
8 Luton Town 0–2 Liverpool 31 January 1920
9 Newcastle United 0–1 Huddersfield Town 31 January 1920
10 Tottenham Hotspur 4–0 West Stanley 31 January 1920
11 West Ham United 6–0 Bury 31 January 1920
12 Manchester United 1–2 Aston Villa 31 January 1920
13 Plymouth Argyle 4–1 Barnsley 31 January 1920
14 Bradford City 2–1 Sheffield United 31 January 1920
15 Chelsea 4–0 Swindon Town 31 January 1920
16 Bradford Park Avenue 3–2 Castleford Town 31 January 1920

Third round proper

The eight Third Round matches were scheduled for Saturday, 21 February 1920. There were no replays.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Bristol City 2–1 Cardiff City 21 February 1920
2 Liverpool 2–0 Birmingham 21 February 1920
3 Preston North End 0–3 Bradford City 21 February 1920
4 Notts County 3–4 Bradford Park Avenue 21 February 1920
5 Aston Villa 1–0 Sunderland 21 February 1920
6 Tottenham Hotspur 3–0 West Ham United 21 February 1920
7 Chelsea 3–0 Leicester City 21 February 1920
8 Huddersfield Town 3–1 Plymouth Argyle 21 February 1920

Fourth round proper

The four Fourth Round matches were scheduled for Saturday, 6 March 1920. There were no replays.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Bristol City 2–0 Bradford City 6 March 1920
2 Tottenham Hotspur 0–1 Aston Villa 6 March 1920
3 Chelsea 4–1 Bradford Park Avenue 6 March 1920
4 Huddersfield Town 2–1 Liverpool 6 March 1920


The semi-final matches were played on Saturday, 27 March 1920. Aston Villa and Huddersfield Town won and went on to meet in the final.

Aston Villa3–1Chelsea
Huddersfield Town2–1Bristol City


The 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.

Match details

Aston Villa1 – 0
Huddersfield Town
Kirton Goal 100'
Aston Villa
Huddersfield Town

See also


1920 FA Cup Final

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. This was the first ever F.A. Cup Final to require extra time to be played.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. 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. Those four Villa players and Frank Moss had all served in the Armed Forces during World War I. Frank Barson, known for his tough style of play, was warned before the kick-off by the referee against using his normal tactics. 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 Arsene Wenger – against Aston Villa.The trophy was presented by Prince Henry, the fourth son of King George V.

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The club played in the top division of English football in 2006–07, under Aidy Boothroyd's management. Watford secured promotion in 2014–15, and have competed in the Premier League since 2015–16. Watford reached the 2019 FA Cup Final.

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