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.

1924 FA Cup Final
Old Wembley Stadium (external view)
Event1923–24 FA Cup
Newcastle United Aston Villa
2 0
Date26 April 1924
VenueWembley Stadium, London
RefereeW. E. Russell

Match details

Newcastle United2–0Aston Villa
Harris Goal 83'
Seymour Goal 85'
Newcastle United
Aston Villa
England Bill Bradley
England Billy Hampson
England Frank Hudspeth (c)
England Peter Mooney
England Charlie Spencer
Scotland Willie Gibson
Scotland James Low
Scotland Billy Cowan
Scotland Neil Harris
Scotland Tommy McDonald
England Stan Seymour
Selection Committee
England Tommy Jackson
England Tommy Smart
England Tommy Mort
England Frank Moss
Scotland Vic Milne
England George Blackburn
England Richard York
England Billy Kirton
England Len Capewell
England Billy Walker (c)
England Arthur Dorrell
Scotland George Ramsay

Road to Wembley

Newcastle United

Round 1 Portsmouth 2–4 Newcastle United
Round 2 Derby County 2–2 Newcastle United
Round 2 replay Newcastle United 2–2 Derby County
Round 2 2nd replay Derby County 2–2 Newcastle United
Round 2 3rd replay Newcastle United 5–3 Derby County
Round 3 Watford 0–1 Newcastle United
Quarter-final Newcastle United 5–0 Liverpool
Semi-final Newcastle United 2–0 Manchester City
  (at St Andrew's)

Aston Villa

Round 1 Ashington 1–5 Aston Villa
Round 2 Swansea Town 0–2 Aston Villa
Round 3 Aston Villa 3–0 Leeds United
Quarter-final West Bromwich Albion 0–2 Aston Villa
Semi-final Aston Villa 3–0 Burnley
  (at Bramall Lane)

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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.

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Arthur Dorrell

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George Blackburn (footballer, born 1899)

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The evolution of the sport has been mirrored by changes in this terminology over time. For instance, the role of an inside forward in variants of a 2–3–5 formation has many parallels to that of an attacking midfielder, although the positions are nonetheless distinct. Similarly, a 2–3–5 centre half can in many ways be compared to a holding midfielder in a 4–1–3–2.In many cases, multiple terms exist for the same concept. One reason for this is the progression of language over time. The sport itself, originally known as association football, is now more widely known by the shortened term football, or soccer, derived from the word association. Other duplicate terms can be attributed to differences between varieties of English. In Europe, where British English is prevalent, the achievement of not conceding a goal for an entire match is known as a clean sheet. In North America, where American and Canadian English dominate, the same achievement is referred to as a shutout.Occasionally the actions of an individual have made their way into common football parlance. Two notable examples are Diego Maradona's goals in Argentina's 1986 World Cup quarter-final win against England. After the match, Maradona described his first goal—a handball that the referee missed—as having been scored "a little bit by the hand of God, another bit by the head of Maradona". His second goal was subsequently voted in a 2002 FIFA poll as the Goal of the century. Both phrases are now widely understood to refer to the goals in that match.

Richard York

Richard Ernest York (25 April 1899 – 9 December 1969) was an English footballer, who in addition to a long club career with Aston Villa in the Football League appeared twice for the England national team. A winger, he spent 16 years at Villa from 1915 to 1931, and was on the losing team in the 1924 FA Cup Final. He later had brief spells with Port Vale and Brierley Hill Alliance.

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