1930 FA Cup Final

The 1930 FA Cup Final was contested by Arsenal and Huddersfield Town at Wembley Stadium. Arsenal won 2–0, with goals from Alex James and Jack Lambert. As a result, Arsenal won their first FA Cup after a defeat in their FA Cup final debut in 1927.

1930 FA Cup Final
Old Wembley Stadium (external view)
Event1929–30 FA Cup
Arsenal Huddersfield Town
2 0
Date26 April 1930
VenueWembley Stadium, Middlesex
RefereeT. Crew (Leicester)


The 1930 Final was the first Cup Final in which both teams entered the pitch side-by-side, in honour of Arsenal manager Herbert Chapman, who had also managed Huddersfield in the 1920s.[1]

Arsenal came into the game following a 6–6 draw at Leicester City, the highest-scoring draw in English top-flight history, five days prior. Dave Halliday, who scored four of Arsenal's goals that game, was omitted from the Cup Final squad in favour of Jack Lambert.[2]

The 1930 FA Cup Final is remembered for the Graf Zeppelin passing over the stadium at the start of the second half. The Zeppelin was, at the time, the largest airship ever and was around 776 ft in length.[3][1]

After first being broadcast on BBC Radio in 1928, the 1930 final was the first for which a fee was paid for the rights.[4]

Arsenal's Bill Seddon, who died in January 1993 at the age of 91, was the last surviving player to appear in the game.

Match details

Arsenal2–0Huddersfield Town
James Goal 16'
Lambert Goal 88'
Huddersfield Town
GK 1 England Charlie Preedy
RB 2 England Tom Parker (c)
LB 3 England Eddie Hapgood
RH 4 England Alf Baker
CB 5 England Bill Seddon
LH 6 Wales Bob John
OR 7 England Joe Hulme
IR 8 England David Jack
CF 9 England Jack Lambert
IL 10 Scotland Alex James
OL 11 England Cliff Bastin
England Herbert Chapman
GK 1 England Hugh Turner
RB 2 England Roy Goodall
LB 3 England Bon Spence
RH 4 England Jimmy Naylor
CH 5 England Tom Wilson (c)
LH 6 England Austen Campbell
OR 7 Scotland Alex Jackson
IR 8 England Bob Kelly
CF 9 England Harry Davies
IL 10 England Harry Raw
OL 11 England Billy Smith
England Clem Stephenson

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary.
  • Replay if scores still level.

Road to Wembley


3rd Round
Arsenal2 - 0Chelsea
Highbury, London
4th Round
Arsenal2 - 2Birmingham City
Highbury, London
4th Round Replay
Birmingham City 0 - 1 Arsenal
St Andrew's, Birmingham
5th Round
Middlesbrough0 - 2Arsenal
Ayresome Park, Middlesbrough
6th Round
West Ham United0 - 3Arsenal
Arsenal2 - 2Hull City
Semi-final Replay
Hull City 0 – 1Arsenal
Villa Park, Birmingham

Huddersfield Town

3rd Round
Bury0 - 1Huddersfield Town
Gigg Lane, Bury
4th Round
Huddersfield Town2 - 1Sheffield United
Leeds Road, Huddersfield
5th Round
Huddersfield Town2 - 1Bradford City
Leeds Road, Huddersfield
6th Round
Aston Villa1 - 2Huddersfield Town
Villa Park, Birmingham
Huddersfield Town2 - 1Sheffield Wednesday
Old Trafford, Manchester


  1. ^ a b Scott Murray & Rowan Walker (2008). Day of the Match: A History of Football in 365 Days. Pan Macmillan. p. 121. ISBN 0-752-22678-9.
  2. ^ Tony Matthews (2005). Football Oddities. The History Press. ISBN 0-752-49376-0.
  3. ^ Steve Tongue (2016). Turf Wars: A History of London Football. Pitch Publishing. ISBN 1-785-31248-0.
  4. ^ Stefan Szymanski, Andrew S. Zimbalist (2006). National Pastime: How Americans Play Baseball and the Rest of the World Plays Soccer. Brookings Institution Press. p. 154. ISBN 0-815-78259-4.

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1929–30 FA Cup

The 1929–30 FA Cup was the 55th season of the world's oldest football cup competition, the Football Association Challenge Cup, commonly known as the FA Cup. Arsenal won the competition for the first time, beating Huddersfield Town 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.

Alex James (footballer)

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James was described by Tom Finney as "an inspiration" and "pure magic" with his style of play eventually leading to comparisons with Dennis Bergkamp. His rheumatism meant he wore "baggy" shorts so as to conceal the long johns he put on for warmth. His baggy attire became his own trademark look displayed upon the field of play.

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Haynes continued to play mostly for the reserves, winning the London Combination three times. However, he missed out on a first-team winners' medal as he was only used sparingly as Arsenal won two League titles in 1930-31 and 1932-33. However, he did pick up a winners medal after playing in Arsenal's 1-0 defeat of West Bromwich Albion in the 1931 FA Charity Shield. His final appearance for Arsenal came against Blackburn Rovers on 7 October 1933.

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