1922 FA Cup Final

The 1922 FA Cup Final was contested by Huddersfield Town and Preston North End at Stamford Bridge. Huddersfield won by a single goal, a penalty scored by Billy Smith.

1922 FA Cup Final
Huddersfield town afc 1922
Huddersfield Town, winners
Event1921–22 FA Cup
Huddersfield Town Preston North End
1 0
Date29 April 1922
VenueStamford Bridge, London
RefereeJ.W.P. Fowler (Sunderland)


This was the last final before the opening of Wembley Stadium, and was also Huddersfield's first and only FA Cup triumph.[1] Preston goalkeeper James Mitchell was the first (and only) player ever to wear spectacles in an FA Cup Final.[2][3] This was the first final to be decided by a penalty kick and the award of it was controversial, confirmed by newsreel footage, that the foul had occurred outside the penalty area.[4]

Match details

Huddersfield Town1–0Preston North End
Smith Goal 67' (pen.) (Report)
Huddersfield Town
Preston North End
GK 1 Sandy Mutch
2 James Wood
3 Sam Wadsworth
4 Charlie Slade
5 Tom Wilson (c)
6 Billy Watson
7 George Richardson
8 Frank Mann
9 Ernie Islip
10 Clem Stephenson
11 Billy Smith
Herbert Chapman
GK 1 James Mitchell
2 Tom Hamilton
3 Alex Doolan
4 Tom Duxbury
5 Joe McCall (c)
6 Johnny Williamson
7 Archibald Rawlings
8 Frank Jefferis
9 Billy Roberts
10 Roland Woodhouse
11 Peter Quinn

Road to Stamford Bridge

Huddersfield Town

Stamford Bridge 1930s
The Stamford Bridge in the 1920s–30s
Round 1 Burnley 2–2 Huddersfield Town
Round 1 replay Huddersfield Town 3–2 Burnley
Round 2 Brighton & Hove Albion 0–0 Huddersfield Town
Round 2 replay Huddersfield Town 2–0 Brighton & Hove Albion
Round 3 Blackburn Rovers 1–1 Huddersfield Town
Round 3 replay Huddersfield Town 5–0 Blackburn Rovers
Quarter-final Huddersfield Town 3–1 Millwall
Semi-final Huddersfield Town 2–0 Notts County
  (at Turf Moor)

Preston North End

Round 1 Preston North End 3–0 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Round 2 Preston North End 3–1 Newcastle United
Round 3 Barnsley 1–1 Preston North End
Round 3 replay Preston North End 3–0 Barnsley
Quarter-final Arsenal 1–1 Preston North End
Quarter-final replay Preston North End 2–1 Arsenal
Semi-final Preston North End 2–1 Tottenham Hotspur
  (at Hillsborough)


  1. ^ "Treasured memories of Huddersfield Town soccer hero Willie Watson up for auction". The Huddersfield Daily Examiner. 12 July 2013. Retrieved 27 December 2016.
  2. ^ Wilson, Jonathan; Winner, David; Auclair, Philippe; Sandbrook, Dominic; Montague, James; Clavane, Anthony; Lowe, Sid; Lyttleton, Ben; Kuper, Simon; Smyth, Rob (2011). The Blizzard - The Football Quarterly: Issue One. Blizzard Media Ltd.
  3. ^ John Motson (2005). Motson's FA Cup Odyssey: The World's Greatest Knockout Competition. Robson. p. 87. ISBN 1-861-05903-5.
  4. ^ Doug Thmoson (18 October 2016). "Cup-final controversy: Previous meetings between Huddersfield Town and Preston North End". The Huddersfield Daily Examiner. Retrieved 27 December 2016.

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1937–38 Huddersfield Town A.F.C. season

Huddersfield Town's 1937–38 campaign was like many recent years dominated by the club's FA Cup run. They reached their 5th and final FA Cup final, before losing to Preston North End at Wembley. They finished their league season in 15th place in Division 1.

1938 FA Cup Final

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.

Billy Smith (footballer, born 1895)

William Henry Smith (23 May 1895 in Tantobie, England – 13 April 1951) was a professional footballer who played most of his career at Huddersfield Town.

He is one of Huddersfield's all-time goal-scorers with 126 goals in his career between 1913 and 1934. Smith scored Huddersfield's winning goal in the 1922 FA Cup Final against Preston North End at Stamford Bridge. He also won three caps for England. He was also the first person ever to score from a corner in England. He made 574 appearances for the Terriers, scoring 126 goals on the way.

Charlton Athletic F.C. 7–6 Huddersfield Town A.F.C.

Charlton Athletic F.C. 7–6 Huddersfield Town A.F.C. was an association football match between Football League Second Division teams Charlton Athletic and Huddersfield Town that took place on 21 December 1957 at Charlton Athletic's home ground, The Valley. Charlton played most of the match with 10 men after their captain Derek Ufton was injured, and Huddersfield were leading 5–1 with just 27 minutes remaining. At that point, Johnny Summers began an extraordinary passage of play in which he scored four goals (he had already scored one early in the second half) and assisted with two others to allow Charlton to win 7–6. Huddersfield become the first, and still the only, team to score six goals in a professional football match in England and still be on the losing side. A reporter at the time described the match as "amazing, incredible, fantastic".

Huddersfield Town A.F.C.

Huddersfield Town Association Football Club is a professional football club in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England, which competes in the Championship.

Huddersfield became the first English club to win three successive English League titles in 1926, a feat which only three other clubs have matched. The first two league titles were won under legendary manager and pioneer Herbert Chapman, who also led the club to an FA Cup win in 1922. In the late 1950s the club was managed by Bill Shankly and featured Denis Law and Ray Wilson. Following relegation from the First Division in 1972, Huddersfield spent 45 years in the second, third and fourth tiers of English football, before returning to the top flight in 2017. They were relegated back to the Championship at the end of the 2018–19 season.

James Mitchell (footballer, born 1897)

James Frederick Mitchell, also known as Jim Mitchell, and sometimes Fred Mitchell, (18 November 1897 – 30 May 1975) was an English footballer who played at both professional and international levels as a goalkeeper. Mitchell played professionally for five different clubs – Blackpool, Northern Nomads, Preston North End, Manchester City and Leicester City – across two different leagues – the Football League and Lancashire Combination. Mitchell played in the 1922 FA Cup Final and also earned one cap for the England national side in 1924.

List of Preston North End F.C. players

Preston North End F.C. is a football club located in Preston, Lancashire. The team currently plays in the Football League Championship, the second tier of the English football league system.

Preston were the first English league champions and won the FA Cup in the same season without conceding a goal, thereby achieving the first football "Double", and earning the nickname "The Invincibles" for completing a season unbeaten in both league and cup competition.

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