1923–24 FA Cup

The 1923–24 FA Cup was the 49th season of the world's oldest football cup competition, the Football Association Challenge Cup, commonly known as the FA Cup. Newcastle United won the competition for the second time, beating Aston Villa 2–0 in the final at Wembley.

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. Some matches, however, might be rescheduled for other days if there were clashes with games for other competitions or the weather was inclement. 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 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.

1923–24 FA Cup
Country England
Defending championsBolton Wanderers
ChampionsNewcastle United
(2nd title)
Runners-upAston Villa


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 8 September 1923
Preliminary Round Saturday 22 September 1923
First Round Qualifying Saturday 6 October 1923
Second Round Qualifying Saturday 20 October 1923
Third Round Qualifying Saturday 3 November 1923
Fourth Round Qualifying Saturday 17 November 1923
Fifth Round Qualifying Saturday 1 December 1923
Sixth Round Qualifying Saturday 15 December 1923
First Round Proper Saturday 12 January 1924
Second Round Proper Saturday 2 February 1924
Third Round Proper Saturday 23 February 1924
Fourth Round Proper Saturday 8 March 1924
Semi-Finals Saturday 29 March 1924
Final Saturday 26 April 1924

First round proper

40 of the 44 clubs from the Football League First Division and Football League Second Division joined the 12 lower-league clubs who came through the qualifying rounds. Four Second Division sides, Port Vale, Stockport County, Nelson and Coventry City, were entered at the fifth qualifying round, with the Third Division North and South teams. Amateur side Corinthian were given a free entry to the first round. To make the number of teams up to 64, nine Third Division South sides and only two Third Division North sides were given byes to this round. These were:

32 matches were scheduled to be played on Saturday, 12 January 1924. Seven matches were drawn and went to replays in the following midweek fixture, of which two went to another replay.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Ashington 1–5 Aston Villa 12 January 1924
2 Blackpool 1–0 Sheffield United 12 January 1924
3 Burnley 3–2 South Shields 12 January 1924
4 Liverpool 2–1 Bradford City 12 January 1924
5 The Wednesday 4–1 Leicester City 12 January 1924
6 Wolverhampton Wanderers 3–1 Darlington 12 January 1924
7 Middlesbrough 0–1 Watford 12 January 1924
8 Derby County 2–1 Bury 12 January 1924
9 Everton 3–1 Preston North End 12 January 1924
10 Swindon Town 4–0 Bradford Park Avenue 12 January 1924
11 Manchester City 2–0 Nottingham Forest 12 January 1924
12 Queens Park Rangers 1–2 Notts County 12 January 1924
13 Fulham 2–0 Llanelli 12 January 1924
14 Accrington Stanley 0–0 Charlton Athletic 12 January 1924
Replay Charlton Athletic 1–0 Accrington Stanley 17 January 1924
15 Barnsley 0–0 Brighton & Hove Albion 12 January 1924
Replay Brighton & Hove Albion 1–0 Barnsley 16 January 1924
16 Northampton Town 1–1 Halifax Town 12 January 1924
Replay Halifax Town 1–1 Northampton Town 16 January 1924
Replay Halifax Town 4–2 Northampton Town 21 January 1924
17 Portsmouth 2–4 Newcastle United 12 January 1924
18 West Ham United 5–0 Aberdare Athletic 12 January 1924
19 Manchester United 1–0 Plymouth Argyle 12 January 1924
20 Norwich City 0–1 Bristol City 12 January 1924
21 Millwall 0–1 West Bromwich Albion 12 January 1924
22 Hull City 2–2 Bolton Wanderers 12 January 1924
Replay Bolton Wanderers 4–0 Hull City 16 January 1924
23 Oldham Athletic 2–1 Sunderland 12 January 1924
24 Crystal Palace 2–0 Tottenham Hotspur 12 January 1924
25 Chelsea 1–1 Southampton 12 January 1924
Replay Southampton 2–0 Chelsea 16 January 1924
26 Exeter City 1–0 Grimsby Town 12 January 1924
27 Huddersfield Town 1–0 Birmingham 12 January 1924
28 Cardiff City 0–0 Gillingham 12 January 1924
Replay Gillingham 0–2 Cardiff City 16 January 1924
29 Swansea Town 1–1 Clapton Orient 12 January 1924
Replay Clapton Orient 1–1 Swansea Town 16 January 1924
Replay Swansea Town 2–1 Clapton Orient 21 January 1924
30 Arsenal 4–1 Luton Town 12 January 1924
31 Leeds United 1–0 Stoke 12 January 1924
32 Corinthian 1–0 Blackburn Rovers 12 January 1924

Second Round Proper

The 16 Second Round matches were played on Saturday, 2 February 1924. Eight matches were drawn, with replays taking place in the following midweek fixture. Three of these then went to a second replay played the following week, and two of these went to a third replay.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Burnley 0–0 Fulham 2 February 1924
Replay Fulham 0–1 Burnley 6 February 1924
2 Southampton 3–1 Blackpool 2 February 1924
3 The Wednesday 1–1 Bristol City 2 February 1924
Replay Bristol City 2–0 The Wednesday 6 February 1924
4 Bolton Wanderers 1–4 Liverpool 2 February 1924
5 West Bromwich Albion 5–0 Corinthian 2 February 1924
6 Derby County 2–2 Newcastle United 2 February 1924
Replay Newcastle United 2–2 Derby County 6 February 1924
Replay Derby County 2–2 Newcastle United 11 February 1924
Replay Newcastle United 5–3 Derby County 12 February 1924
7 Swindon Town 2–0 Oldham Athletic 2 February 1924
8 Manchester City 2–2 Halifax Town 2 February 1924
Replay Halifax Town 0–0 Manchester City 6 February 1924
Replay Manchester City 3–0 Halifax Town 11 February 1924
9 West Ham United 1–1 Leeds United 2 February 1924
Replay Leeds United 1–0 West Ham United 6 February 1924
10 Brighton & Hove Albion 5–2 Everton 2 February 1924
11 Manchester United 0–3 Huddersfield Town 2 February 1924
12 Crystal Palace 0–0 Notts County 2 February 1924
Replay Notts County 0–0 Crystal Palace 6 February 1924
Replay Crystal Palace 0–0 Notts County 11 February 1924
Replay Crystal Palace 2–1 Notts County 18 February 1924
13 Exeter City 0–0 Watford 2 February 1924
Replay Watford 1–0 Exeter City 6 February 1924
14 Cardiff City 1–0 Arsenal 2 February 1924
15 Swansea Town 0–2 Aston Villa 2 February 1924
16 Charlton Athletic 0–0 Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 February 1924
Replay Wolverhampton Wanderers 1–0 Charlton Athletic 6 February 1924

Third round proper

The eight Third Round matches were scheduled for Saturday, 23 February 1924. Two matches were drawn and went to replays in the following midweek fixture.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Burnley 1–0 Huddersfield Town 23 February 1924
2 Southampton 0–0 Liverpool 23 February 1924
Replay Liverpool 2–0 Southampton 27 February 1924
3 Watford 0–1 Newcastle United 23 February 1924
4 Aston Villa 3–0 Leeds United 23 February 1924
5 West Bromwich Albion 1–1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 23 February 1924
Replay Wolverhampton Wanderers 0–2 West Bromwich Albion 27 February 1924
6 Brighton & Hove Albion 1–5 Manchester City 23 February 1924
7 Crystal Palace 1–2 Swindon Town 23 February 1924
8 Cardiff City 3–0 Bristol City 23 February 1924

Fourth round proper

The four Fourth Round matches were scheduled for Saturday, 8 March 1924. There were two replays, played in the following midweek fixture.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 West Bromwich Albion 0–2 Aston Villa 8 March 1924
2 Swindon Town 1–1 Burnley 8 March 1924
Replay Burnley 3–1 Swindon Town 12 March 1924
3 Newcastle United 1–0 Liverpool 8 March 1924
4 Manchester City 0–0 Cardiff City 8 March 1924
Replay Cardiff City 0–1 Manchester City 12 March 1924


The semi-final matches were played on Saturday, 29 March 1924. The matches ended in victories for Newcastle United and Aston Villa, who went on to meet in the final at Wembley.

Aston Villa3–0Burnley
Newcastle United2–0Manchester City


The 1924 FA Cup Final was contested by Newcastle United and Aston Villa at Wembley. Newcastle won 2–0, the goals scored by Neil Harris and Stan Seymour.

Match details

Newcastle United2 – 0Aston Villa
Harris Goal 83'
Seymour Goal 85'
Newcastle United
Aston Villa

See also


1923–24 Birmingham F.C. season

The 1923–24 Football League season was Birmingham Football Club's 28th in the Football League and their 11th in the First Division. They finished in 14th position in the 22-team division. They also competed in the 1923–24 FA Cup, entering at the first round proper and losing in that round to Huddersfield Town.

Twenty-five players made at least one appearance in nationally organised first-team competition, and there were eleven different goalscorers. Goalkeeper Dan Tremelling was ever-present over the 43-match season; among outfield players, half-back Percy Barton appeared in 40 matches. Joe Bradford was leading scorer for the third successive year, with 24 goals, all of which came in the league.

Billy Beer, who as a player made 250 appearances for the club in the 1900s, succeeded Frank Richards as secretary-manager before the start of this season.

1923–24 Southampton F.C. season

The 1923–24 season was the 29th season of competitive football by Southampton, and the club's second in the Second Division of the Football League. Having finished in a mid-table position the previous season, the club made progress towards their goal of promotion to the First Division by finishing fifth in the second flight in 1923–24. The campaign started off relatively poorly, as the club won just two of their opening ten fixtures and found themselves around the middle of the table again. However, the team's performances began to improve, and by the middle of January they had made it to the top five in the division. With tough competition at the higher end of the Second Division, Southampton continued to drop points in key matches and finished the season in fifth place with 17 wins, 14 draws and 11 losses.

In the 1923–24 FA Cup, Southampton beat top-flight side Chelsea in the first round, followed by a home win over Second Division rivals Blackpool in the second. In the third round they hosted First Division champions Liverpool, holding them to a goalless draw at The Dell before being eliminated 2–0 at Anfield. The club ended the season with two games against local rivals Portsmouth, for the Rowland Hospital Cup and the Hampshire Benevolent Cup, respectively. Pompey won the former at The Dell 3–2, with Bill Rawlings scoring both for the Saints, and won the second at Fratton Park 2–0. The club also played three friendlies during the course of the season, losing 2–0 to Portsmouth in a benefit for trainer and former right-half Bert Lee in November, followed by two defeats to amateur club Corinthian in December.

Southampton used 24 different players during the 1923–24 season and had ten different goalscorers. The club's top scorer was centre-forward Bill Rawlings, who scored 19 goals in the Second Division and two in the FA Cup. Inside-right Arthur Dominy, who had finished as the top scorer the previous season, scored 11 goals in the league and three in the cup. Eight new players were signed by the club during the campaign, with seven released and sold to other clubs. The average attendance at The Dell during the 1923–24 season was 10,380. The highest attendance was approximately 20,000 against Manchester United in the second home game of the season on 3 September 1923; the lowest was around 7,000 for the 6–0 win over Barnsley on 19 January 1924, and for the 5–0 defeat of Clapton Orient on 5 April 1924.

The 1923–24 season was Southampton's last with chairman Tankerville Chamberlayne, who died on 17 May 1924, just two weeks after the last league game of the season. It was also the first campaign in almost 30 years without Ernest Arnfield in the position of secretary, after he left the club in August 1923 and his role was given to George Goss. Arnfield remained involved with the club, however, as he was later given a role as a member of the club's executive board. The season was also the club's last full campaign with manager Jimmy McIntyre, who would later leave partway through the following season (his sixth with the club) in December 1924.

1924 FA Cup Final

The 1924 FA Cup Final was contested by Newcastle United and Aston Villa at Wembley. Newcastle won 2–0, the goals scored by Neil Harris and Stan Seymour. The match has become commonly known as the "Rainy Day" final due to the weather that day, a consequence of which has led to there being very few good condition programmes left for the game. (Many fans used their match programmes as makeshift umbrellas.) The value of the programme is the highest for any Wembley final with recent sales attaining over £6,000 at auction.

The referee was Swindon-born William E. Russell, the only referee from Swindon, Wiltshire, to ever officiate an FA Cup Final. He died aged 65 years in April - June 1946.

Charlie Webb

Charles Graham Webb (4 September 1886 – 13 June 1973) was an Irish association football player who represented his country once as an amateur and three times as a professional. He was employed by English club Brighton & Hove Albion for nearly forty years as player and manager.

Neil Harris (footballer, born 1894)

Neil Harris (30 October 1894 – 3 December 1941) was a Scottish footballer, who played as a centre forward. In his later years he managed sides in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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