1928–29 FA Cup

The 1928–29 FA Cup was the 54th season of the world's oldest football cup competition, the Football Association Challenge Cup, commonly known as the FA Cup. Bolton Wanderers won the competition for the third time, beating Portsmouth 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.

1928–29 FA Cup
Country England
Defending championsBlackburn Rovers
ChampionsBolton Wanderers
(3rd title)


Round Date
Extra Preliminary Round Saturday 1 September 1928
Preliminary Round Saturday 15 September 1928
First Round Qualifying Saturday 29 September 1928
Second Round Qualifying Saturday 13 October 1928
Third Round Qualifying Saturday 27 October 1928
Fourth Round Qualifying Saturday 10 November 1928
First Round Proper Saturday 24 November 1928
Second Round Proper Saturday 8 December 1928
Third Round Proper Saturday 12 January 1929
Fourth Round Proper Saturday 26 January 1929
Fifth Round Proper Saturday 16 February 1929
Sixth Round Proper Saturday 2 March 1929
Semi-Finals Saturday 23 March 1929
Final Saturday 27 April 1929

First round proper

At this stage 41 clubs from the Football League Third Division North and South joined the 25 non-league clubs who came through the qualifying rounds. Of those Third Division sides not playing in the First Round Proper, Northampton Town and Swindon Town were given a bye to the Third Round, while Nelson were not involved at any stage of the competition. To make the number of matches up, non-league Northfleet United and Leyton were given byes to this round. 34 matches were scheduled to be played on Saturday, 24 November 1928. One match was drawn and went to a replay in the following midweek fixture.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Chesterfield 3–2 Rochdale 24 November 1928
2 Darlington 3–0 New Brighton 24 November 1928
3 Grantham 1–0 Rhyl Athletic 24 November 1928
4 Walsall 3–1 Worcester City 24 November 1928
5 Gillingham 0–0 Torquay United 24 November 1928
Replay Torquay United 5–1 Gillingham 28 November 1928
6 Leyton 0–2 Watford 24 November 1928
7 Luton Town 5–1 Southend United 24 November 1928
8 Gainsborough Trinity 3–1 Crewe Alexandra 24 November 1928
9 Wrexham 0–1 Carlisle United 24 November 1928
10 Poole 1–4 Bournemouth 24 November 1928
11 Tranmere Rovers 2–1 Rotherham United 24 November 1928
12 Stockport County 1–0 Halifax Town 24 November 1928
13 Sittingbourne 2–1 Southall 24 November 1928
14 Accrington Stanley 2–1 South Shields 24 November 1928
15 Brentford 4–1 Brighton & Hove Albion 24 November 1928
16 Bristol Rovers 2–1 Wellingborough Town 24 November 1928
17 Coventry City 1–4 Fulham 24 November 1928
18 Norwich City 6–1 Chatham 24 November 1928
19 Northfleet United 5–2 Ilford 24 November 1928
20 Bradford City 4–1 Doncaster Rovers 24 November 1928
21 Crystal Palace 2–0 Kettering Town 24 November 1928
22 Spennymoor United 5–2 Hartlepools United 24 November 1928
23 Annfield Plain 1–4 Southport 24 November 1928
24 Lancaster Town 1–3 Lincoln City 24 November 1928
25 Exeter City 6–0 Barking 24 November 1928
26 Merthyr Town 4–2 Dulwich Hamlet 24 November 1928
27 Shirebrook 2–4 Mansfield Town 24 November 1928
28 Newport County 7–0 Woking 24 November 1928
29 Horwich RMI 1–2 Scarborough 24 November 1928
30 Yeovil & Petter's United 1–4 Plymouth Argyle 24 November 1928
31 Wigan Borough 2–0 Ashington 24 November 1928
32 York City 0–1 Barrow 24 November 1928
33 Peterborough & Fletton United 0–2 Charlton Athletic 24 November 1928
34 Guildford City 4–2 Queens Park Rangers 24 November 1928

Second Round Proper

The matches were played on Saturday, 8 December 1928. Two matches were drawn, with replays taking place in the following midweek fixture.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Barrow 1–2 Mansfield Town 8 December 1928
2 Watford 2–0 Merthyr Town 8 December 1928
3 Walsall 2–1 Sittingbourne 8 December 1928
4 Gainsborough Trinity 2–3 Chesterfield 8 December 1928
5 Scarborough 2–2 Darlington 8 December 1928
Replay Darlington 2–1 Scarborough 12 December 1928
6 Tranmere Rovers 0–1 Bradford City 8 December 1928
7 Stockport County 3–0 Southport 8 December 1928
8 Fulham 0–0 Luton Town 8 December 1928
Replay Luton Town 4–1 Fulham 13 December 1928
9 Accrington Stanley 7–0 Spennymoor United 8 December 1928
10 Brentford 0–1 Plymouth Argyle 8 December 1928
11 Norwich City 6–0 Newport County 8 December 1928
12 Northfleet United 1–5 Charlton Athletic 8 December 1928
13 Carlisle United 0–1 Lincoln City 8 December 1928
14 Crystal Palace 3–1 Bristol Rovers 8 December 1928
15 Torquay United 0–1 Exeter City 8 December 1928
16 Wigan Borough 2–1 Grantham 8 December 1928
17 Guildford City 1–5 Bournemouth 8 December 1928

Third round proper

The 44 First and Second Division clubs, entered the competition at this stage, along with Third Division Northampton Town and Swindon Town. Also given a bye to this round of the draw were amateur side Corinthian. The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 12 January 1929. Eight matches were drawn and went to replays in the following midweek fixture, of which one went to a second replay.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Birmingham 3–1 Manchester City 12 January 1929
2 Chesterfield 1–7 Huddersfield Town 12 January 1929
3 Darlington 2–6 Bury 12 January 1929
4 Bristol City 0–2 Liverpool 12 January 1929
5 Burnley 2–1 Sheffield United 12 January 1929
6 Southampton 0–0 Clapton Orient 12 January 1929
Replay Clapton Orient 2–1 Southampton 17 January 1929
7 Watford 1–0 Preston North End 12 January 1929
8 Reading 2–0 Tottenham Hotspur 12 January 1929
9 Walsall 1–1 Middlesbrough 12 January 1929
Replay Middlesbrough 5–1 Walsall 21 January 1929
10 Nottingham Forest 1–2 Swansea Town 12 January 1929
11 Blackburn Rovers 1–0 Barnsley 12 January 1929
12 Aston Villa 6–1 Cardiff City 12 January 1929
13 Bolton Wanderers 2–0 Oldham Athletic 12 January 1929
14 Grimsby Town 1–1 West Bromwich Albion 12 January 1929
Replay West Bromwich Albion 2–0 Grimsby Town 16 January 1929
15 Wolverhampton Wanderers 0–1 Mansfield Town 12 January 1929
16 Derby County 4–3 Notts County 12 January 1929
17 Lincoln City 0–1 Leicester City 12 January 1929
18 Luton Town 0–0 Crystal Palace 12 January 1929
Replay Crystal Palace 7–0 Luton Town 16 January 1929
19 Swindon Town 2–0 Newcastle United 12 January 1929
20 Accrington Stanley 1–1 Bournemouth 12 January 1929
Replay Bournemouth 2–0 Accrington Stanley 16 January 1929
21 Portsmouth 2–1 Charlton Athletic 12 January 1929
22 West Ham United 1–0 Sunderland 12 January 1929
23 Norwich City 0–5 Corinthian 12 January 1929
24 Plymouth Argyle 3–0 Blackpool 12 January 1929
25 Bradford City 2–0 Stockport County 12 January 1929
26 Millwall 1–1 Northampton Town 12 January 1929
Replay Northampton Town 2–2 Millwall 17 January 1929
Replay Millwall 2–0 Northampton Town 21 January 1929
27 Hull City 1–1 Bradford Park Avenue 12 January 1929
Replay Bradford Park Avenue 3–1 Hull City 16 January 1929
28 Chelsea 2–0 Everton 12 January 1929
29 Exeter City 2–2 Leeds United 12 January 1929
Replay Leeds United 5–1 Exeter City 16 January 1929
30 Port Vale 0–3 Manchester United 12 January 1929
31 Arsenal 2–1 Stoke City 12 January 1929
32 Wigan Borough 1–3 The Wednesday 12 January 1929

Fourth Round Proper

The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 26 January 1929. Five games were drawn and went to replays in the following midweek fixture.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Bournemouth 6–4 Watford 26 January 1929
2 Burnley 3–3 Swindon Town 26 January 1929
Replay Swindon Town 3–2 Burnley 31 January 1929
3 Liverpool 0–0 Bolton Wanderers 26 January 1929
Replay Bolton Wanderers 5–2 Liverpool 31 January 1929
4 Reading 1–0 The Wednesday 26 January 1929
5 Leicester City 1–0 Swansea Town 26 January 1929
6 Blackburn Rovers 1–1 Derby County 26 January 1929
Replay Derby County 0–3 Blackburn Rovers 31 January 1929
7 Aston Villa 0–0 Clapton Orient 26 January 1929
Replay Clapton Orient 0–8 Aston Villa 31 January 1929
8 West Bromwich Albion 1–0 Middlesbrough 26 January 1929
9 Portsmouth 2–0 Bradford City 26 January 1929
10 West Ham United 3–0 Corinthian 26 January 1929
11 Manchester United 0–1 Bury 26 January 1929
12 Plymouth Argyle 0–1 Bradford Park Avenue 26 January 1929
13 Millwall 0–0 Crystal Palace 26 January 1929
Replay Crystal Palace 5–3 Millwall 31 January 1929
14 Chelsea 1–0 Birmingham 26 January 1929
15 Huddersfield Town 3–0 Leeds United 26 January 1929
16 Arsenal 2–0 Mansfield Town 26 January 1929

Fifth Round Proper

The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 16 February 1929. There were three replays played in the next midweek fixture.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Bournemouth 1–1 West Ham United 16 February 1929
Replay West Ham United 3–1 Bournemouth 20 February 1929
2 Reading 1–3 Aston Villa 16 February 1929
3 Leicester City 1–2 Bolton Wanderers 16 February 1929
4 Blackburn Rovers 1–0 Bury 16 February 1929
5 West Bromwich Albion 6–0 Bradford Park Avenue 16 February 1929
6 Swindon Town 0–0 Arsenal 16 February 1929
Replay Arsenal 1–0 Swindon Town 20 February 1929
7 Chelsea 1–1 Portsmouth 16 February 1929
Replay Portsmouth 1–0 Chelsea 20 February 1929
8 Huddersfield Town 5–2 Crystal Palace 16 February 1929

Sixth Round Proper

The four quarter-final ties were scheduled to be played on Saturday, 2 March 1929. There were two replays.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Blackburn Rovers 1–1 Bolton Wanderers 2 March 1929
Replay Bolton Wanderers 2–1 Blackburn Rovers 6 March 1929
2 Aston Villa 1–0 Arsenal 2 March 1929
3 West Bromwich Albion 1–1 Huddersfield Town 2 March 1929
Replay Huddersfield Town 2–1 West Bromwich Albion 6 March 1929
4 Portsmouth 3–2 West Ham United 2 March 1929


The semi-final matches were played on Saturday, 23 March 1929. Bolton Wanderers and Portsmouth won their matches to meet in the final at Wembley.

Bolton Wanderers3–1Huddersfield Town
Portsmouth1–0Aston Villa


The 1929 FA Cup Final was contested by Bolton Wanderers and Portsmouth at Wembley. Bolton won 2–0, with goals by Billy Butler and Harry Blackmore.

Match details

Bolton Wanderers2 – 0Portsmouth
Butler Goal 79'
Blackmore Goal 87'
Bolton Wanderers

See also


1928–29 Birmingham F.C. season

The 1928–29 Football League season was Birmingham Football Club's 33rd in the Football League and their 16th in the First Division. They finished in 15th position in the 22-team division. They also competed in the 1928–29 FA Cup, entering at the third round proper and losing to Chelsea in the fourth. Bournemouth and Boscombe Athletic manager Leslie Knighton succeeded Bill Harvey at the start of this season.

Twenty-five players made at least one appearance in nationally organised competition, and there were twelve different goalscorers. Full-back Jack Randle played in 43 of the 44 matches over the season, and Joe Bradford was leading scorer for the eighth successive year, with 24 goals, or which 22 came in the league.

Off the field, the Yorkshire Post reported that the club declared a loss of nearly £7,300.

1928–29 Nelson F.C. season

During the 1928–29 season, Nelson Football Club played as a professional team in the Football League for the eighth time. After playing without a team manager during the previous season, Jack English was appointed to the post in the summer of 1928 following the club's successful re-election application. A record of 17 wins, 5 draws and 20 defeats, giving a total of 39 points, helped Nelson to a 15th-placed finish in the Third Division North, above Rotherham United on goal average. The team was inconsistent throughout the season, as they had been in the previous campaign, although significant improvements in the defense meant that 46 fewer goals were conceded. Nelson's attack was also improved, and the team scored at least once in 36 of their 42 league matches.

Nelson did not compete in the 1928–29 FA Cup, as they did not submit their application by the deadline. The club used a total of 26 different players during the season, but only six of these had been retained from the previous campaign. Yorkshire-born forward Bernard Radford was the top goalscorer for the second consecutive season, with a tally of 24 in 35 matches. With 11 goals, Gerry Kelly, a new signing from Sunderland, was the only other player to reach double figures. Half-back Jim Metcalfe made the most appearances for Nelson, missing only the final game of the season, the 4–4 draw away at Accrington Stanley. The highest attendance at Nelson's Seedhill ground was a record 14,979 for the visit of Bradford City on 27 April 1929, which stood until the stadium was demolished in 1980. Conversely, the lowest gate of the season was 2,749 for the victory against Stockport County on 22 January 1929.

1928–29 Southampton F.C. season

The 1928–29 season was the 34th season of competitive football by Southampton, and the club's seventh in the Second Division of the Football League. After finishing in the bottom half of the Second Division league table the last three seasons, the club returned to challenging for promotion to the First Division when they finished fourth, their highest position in the league to date. The team were strong throughout the campaign, picking up key wins over teams around them in the table to secure a strong position. They stayed in the top six of the league for most of the campaign from September, reaching third place on two occasions and dropping to seventh just twice. Southampton finished the season in fourth place with 17 wins, 14 draws and 11 losses, five points behind Grimsby Town in the first promotion place.

In the 1928–29 FA Cup, Southampton entered in the third round at home to divisional rivals Clapton Orient. After a goalless draw at The Dell, the sides played a replay at Clapton Stadium which the hosts won 2–1, eliminating the Saints at the first hurdle for the third time in four seasons. The club ended the 1928–29 season with two games against local rivals Portsmouth, for the Rowland Hospital Cup and the Hampshire Benevolent Cup. The Saints won both games, the former 2–1 at Fratton Park and the latter 3–2 at The Dell, marking the first time they had won both tournaments in a season. Southampton also played three friendly matches during the season, all in April 1929, beating Southern League side Guildford City, Wiltshire County League side Warminster Town and Dorset League side Wimborne Town.

Southampton used 25 different players during the 1928–29 season and had 14 different goalscorers. Their top scorer was centre-forward Willie Haines, who scored 16 goals in the Second Division. Outside-left Stan Cribb scored 13 times in the league, followed by inside-right Jerry Mackie with ten goals. Twelve 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 1928–29 season was 15,164. The highest attendance was 24,247 against Chelsea on 9 March 1929, which set a new league record for the stadium. The lowest attendance of the season was 6,510 against Swansea Town on 4 May 1929, in the last league game of the season. After the last game, the East Stand of The Dell burned down and had to be rebuilt.

1929 FA Cup Final

The 1929 FA Cup Final was contested by Bolton Wanderers and Portsmouth at Wembley. Bolton won 2–0, with goals by Billy Butler and Harold Blackmore.

Bob Archer

Bob Archer (7 March 1899 – 1982) was a football left half back.

Born in Swindon, Archer was the first schoolboy of the town to be awarded an England cap when he played for the team against Wales at Watford in 1913.In 1916, he lied about his age to be admitted into the Army for the First World War and was later invalided back into civilian life after being gassed.His professional football career began at Bristol Rovers before he transferred to his home club of Swindon Town in 1920. Archer made his début for the club in March 1921 against Northampton.It was not until the 1925-26 season that Archer became a first team regular, having been forced to play in various positions in the preceding seasons before deciding to play solely as a left half back. He was ever present in the 1928-29 FA Cup run when Swindon were beaten in the fifth round by Arsenal. He was also a member of the squad that beat Manchester United the following year.His last appearance for the club was in a 4-0 defeat against Luton Town on 28 February 1931. After retiring, he ran a wet fish shop and remained in Swindon until his death in 1982.

Bradford City A.F.C.

Bradford City Association Football Club is a professional football club in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England. The team compete in League Two, the fourth tier of the English football league system. They are the only professional football club in England to wear claret and amber, and have worn these colours throughout their history. They have though been known by various nicknames, with the "Bantams" being the most commonly used nickname as it appears on the current club crest. Supporters hold West Yorkshire derby rivalries with Huddersfield Town and Leeds United, as well as an historic Bradford derby rivalry with the now non-league side Bradford (Park Avenue). The club's home ground is the 25,136-capacity Valley Parade, which was the site of the Bradford City stadium fire on 11 May 1985, which took the lives of 56 supporters.

The club was founded in 1903 and immediately elected into the Football League Second Division. Promotion to the top tier followed as they won the 1907–08 Second Division title and then they went on to win the 1911 FA Cup Final, which remains the club's only major honour. They were relegated in 1922 and again in 1927, before winning the Third Division North title in 1928–29. Another relegation in 1937 did allow the club to go on to win the Third Division North Cup in 1939, however a further relegation followed in 1962 to leave the club in the newly created Fourth Division. They secured promotions back into the third tier in 1969 and 1977, but were relegated in 1972 and 1978. They found success in the 1980s under the stewardship of first Roy McFarland and then Trevor Cherry, winning promotion in 1981–82 and following this up with the Third Division title in 1984–85, though they were relegated out of the Second Division in 1990.

Bradford were promoted back into the second tier via the play-offs in 1996, before securing another promotion in 1998–99 to reach the Premier League, marking a return to the top-flight after a 77-year absence. They entered Europe and reached the semi-finals of the UEFA Intertoto Cup in 2000–01, but ended the campaign with relegation out of the Premier League. A succession of financial crises followed as the club entered administration twice in two years and further relegations followed in 2004 and 2007 to leave the club back in the fourth tier. They found success under the management of Phil Parkinson by reaching the 2013 League Cup final and then going on to win that year's League Two play-off final, but were relegated out of League One in 2019.

Elm Park (stadium)

Elm Park was a football stadium in the West Reading district of Reading, Berkshire, England. The stadium was the home of Reading Football Club from 1896 to 1998. In 1998 they moved to the new Madejski Stadium.

Harry Havelock

Peter Henry W. "Harry" Havelock (20 January 1901 – 31 May 1973) was an English professional footballer who scored 66 goals from 114 appearances in the Football League playing as an inside right or centre forward for Hull City, Lincoln City, Portsmouth and Crystal Palace.

Hughie Dickson

Hubert Dickson (14 July 1895 – 1965), generally known as Hugh or Hughie Dickson, was an English footballer who scored 37 goals from 402 appearances in the Football League playing for Darlington. He also played non-league football for Gainsborough Trinity, Worksop Town and Newburn. His primary position was right half, but he also played at inside forward and, towards the end of his career, at right back.

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