1932 FA Cup Final

The 1932 FA Cup Final was contested by Newcastle United and Arsenal at Wembley Stadium in what became known as the "Over The Line" final. Newcastle won 2–1, both of their goals scored by Jack Allen.

Arsenal had led 1–0 with a Bob John goal, but Newcastle's equaliser came after a long ball that had appeared to foul over the goal line, and was put back into action for a goal kick.[1] Newcastle winger Jimmy Richardson crossed the ball back into the field and Jack Allen levelled the match for the Magpies. The referee ruled that the ball had not gone out of play, but photographic evidence later showed that the ball had crossed the line; the goal stood. Allen scored again in the second half to win the match 2–1.

1932 FA Cup Final
1932 FA Cup Final
Photo of Richardson (top left) crossing the ball back into the Arsenal penalty box; the ball is fully over the goal-line at the moment he played it.
Event1931–32 FA Cup
Newcastle United Arsenal
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Date23 April 1932
VenueWembley Stadium, London
RefereeW. P. Harper

Match details

Newcastle United2–1Arsenal
Allen Goal 38'72' (Report) John Goal 15'
Newcastle United
1 Albert McInroy
2 Jimmy Nelson (c)
3 David Fairhurst
4 Roddie MacKenzie
5 Dave Davidson
6 Sam Weaver
7 Jimmy Boyd
8 Jimmy Richardson
9 Jack Allen GoalGoal
10 Harry McMenemy
11 Tommy Lang
Manager: Andy Cunningham
1 Frank Moss
2 Tom Parker (c)
3 Eddie Hapgood
4 Charlie Jones
5 Herbie Roberts
6 George Male
7 Joe Hulme
8 David Jack
9 Jack Lambert
10 Cliff Bastin
11 Bob John Goal
Manager: Herbert Chapman

Match rules

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


  1. ^ "FA Cup Final 1932". FA Cup History (unofficial site). Archived from the original on 11 March 2007. Retrieved 27 June 2006.

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1931–32 FA Cup

The 1931–32 FA Cup was the 57th 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 third time, beating Arsenal 2–1 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)

Alexander Wilson James (14 September 1901 – 1 June 1953) was a Scottish international footballer. He is mostly noted as a playmaking lynchpin at Arsenal with whom he won six trophies from 1930 to the 1936 season. James featured as a deep-lying creative midfielder who provided a link between defence and attack. He was famed for his high level of footballing intelligence, outstanding ball control and supreme passing.

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.

Bob John

Robert Frederick John (3 February 1899 – 17 July 1982) was a Welsh football player and coach.

Born in Barry, John played for Barry Town and Caerphilly, before joining English club Arsenal, who signed him amongst stiff competition, in January 1922 for a fee of £750. John made his Arsenal first-team debut on 28 October 1922 in a 2–1 defeat at home to Newcastle United, and quickly became a regular, succeeding Tom Whittaker at left half. His ability was such that soon after, made his debut for the Welsh national side, against Scotland on 17 March 1923; it was the first of fifteen caps.

John was displaced from the Arsenal side in 1923–24 thanks to competition from Billy Blyth and Andrew Young, but after being switched to left back to cover for Andy Kennedy, he was a near ever-present in 1924–25. Eventually however, John was switched back to left half, and this time he remained a first-team regular. A prodigious ball-winner and noted passer of the ball, John reached (but lost) the FA Cup Final with Arsenal in 1926–27, after a mistake by his compatriot and close friend Dan Lewis; it was John who consoled Lewis after the final whistle, assuring him he would get another chance to a win a medal (although Lewis never did). He played in Arsenal's 2–1 victory over Sheffield Wednesday in the Charity Shield at Stamford Bridge in October 1930.John remained in the Arsenal side through the first half of the 1930s, despite competition from the likes of Charlie Jones. He finally won some silverware with an FA Cup win in 1929–30, followed by three First Division titles, in 1930–31, 1932–33 and 1933–34. John also scored Arsenal's only goal of the 1932 FA Cup Final, in which Arsenal were controversially beaten by Newcastle United. By this time he was one of the senior members of the Arsenal squad, and mentored many of the club's younger new arrivals, such as Alex James.

Although John played for Arsenal until his retirement in 1938, for the final three years of his career he was mainly a reserve player, having lost his place to Wilf Copping, and thus missed out on a medal in the Gunners' League win of 1934–35. Nevertheless, he played 470 times for the club in total, the most of any of Arsenal's pre-World War II players; as of 2006 he is tenth in the club's all-time appearances table.

On retiring in 1938, John joined the coaching staff at West Ham United. He later joined Torquay United as trainer, working under his former Highbury teammate Jack Butler, but when Butler left for Crystal Palace in May 1947, John followed, again as trainer. In 1949 he was appointed trainer-coach at Cardiff City, a position he held until March 1950 when he was appointed manager of Torquay United. He had an unsuccessful spell as manager at Plainmoor, winning only 7 of the 28 games he was in charge for and left his post in November 1950.

He finished his football career as a scout for Cardiff City. He died in Barry in 1982, at the age of 83. In 2008, his descendants loaned his shirts from the 1927, 1930 and 1932 FA Cup Finals to the Arsenal FC Museum.

Frank Moss (footballer, born 1909)

Frank Moss (5 November 1909 – 7 February 1970) was an English football player and manager.

A goalkeeper, Moss was born in Leyland, Lancashire, and first played for Preston North End, joining them in 1928. After a year and 24 games for Preston, he joined Oldham Athletic (as an understudy to England No. 1 Jack Hacking). He played 29 league games in one-and-a-half seasons, before signing for Arsenal in November 1931 for £3,000.

Moss immediately took the first-team keeper's jersey from Charlie Preedy, and was a near ever-present for the Gunners for the next four seasons; he won a hat-trick of First Division titles (1932-33, 1933-34 and 1934-35) and played in the 1932 FA Cup Final, which Arsenal lost to Newcastle United after a controversial equaliser from Jack Allen, where the ball went behind the goal-line and out of play before being crossed back in for Allen to score.

Moss also played five times for England, making his debut on 14 April 1934 against Scotland at Wembley, keeping a clean sheet as England won 3-0. His final match for England was the "Battle of Highbury" match against World Champions Italy on 14 November 1935 at Highbury, in which seven Arsenal players started the match; England won 3-2.

Moss is also the only Arsenal goalkeeper to score in a first-class match. On 16 March 1935, in a First Division match against Everton, Moss dislocated his left shoulder; with no substitutes allowed in those days, Moss was forced to play the rest of the game on the left wing and incredibly, he scored Arsenal's first goal in a 2-0 win. That match also proved to be Moss's downfall, however. He found it hard to recover from the injury - he played five more matches in 1935-36 but the injury quickly recurred. He was finally advised to retire in the summer of 1937 at age 27. He played 161 matches for Arsenal in total.

After retiring as a player, Moss was appointed manager of Hearts, where he became both the club's youngest manager and the first to enjoy complete autonomy in matters of team selection. He led his side to a second-place league finish in his first season in charge, however with the outbreak of World War II in 1940 he resigned to return home, and left football altogether. He died in 1970 at the age of 60.

George Male

Charles George Male (8 May 1910 – 19 February 1998) was an English footballer.

Herbert Chapman

Herbert Chapman (19 January 1878 – 6 January 1934) was an English association football player and manager. Though he had an undistinguished playing career, he went on to become one of the most successful and influential managers in early 20th-century English football, before his sudden death in 1934.

As a player, Chapman played for a variety of clubs, at Football League and non-League levels. His record was generally unremarkable as a player; he made fewer than 40 League appearances over the course of a decade and did not win any major honours. Instead, he found success as a manager, first at Northampton Town between 1908 and 1912, whom he led to a Southern League title. This attracted the attention of larger clubs and he moved to Leeds City, where he started to improve the team's fortunes before the First World War intervened. After the war ended, City were implicated in an illegal payments scandal and were eventually disbanded. Chapman was initially banned from football but successfully appealed. He took over at Huddersfield Town, winning an FA Cup and two First Division titles in the period of four years.

In 1925, Arsenal successfully tempted Chapman to join them, and he led the club to its first FA Cup success and two First Division titles. His work at Arsenal resulted in them becoming the dominant team of the 1930s – they would win five League titles in the decade – but he did not live to see them do so, dying suddenly from pneumonia in 1934, at the age of 55.

Not only credited with turning round the fortunes of both Huddersfield Town and Arsenal, he is regarded as one of the game's first modernisers. He introduced new tactics and training techniques into the English game, as well as championing innovations such as floodlighting, European club competitions and numbered shirts, and has received many posthumous honours in recognition.

Jack Allen (footballer, born 1903)

John William Alcroft Allen (31 January 1903 – 19 November 1957) was an English professional football forward and outside left, who played in the Football League for Leeds United, Brentford, Sheffield Wednesday, Newcastle United, Bristol Rovers and Gateshead.

Jimmy Nelson (footballer)

James Nelson (7 January 1901 – 8 October 1965) was a Scottish professional footballer who played as a full-back for Cardiff City and Newcastle United in the 1920s and 1930s and was the right back in the Wembley Wizards Scotland side of 1928.

Jimmy Richardson

James Robert Richardson (8 February 1911 – 28 August 1964) was an English footballer, best known for his time playing as a forward for Newcastle United.

Richardson joined Newcastle in April 1928 from Blyth Spartans, making his debut at home to Blackburn Rovers on 4 September 1929,

Richardson played in the 1932 FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium against Arsenal, in what became known as the "Over The Line" final. While United were 1-0 down, Richardson chased a ball down the wing to the goal line and crossed it to teammate Jack Allen who scored. The referee ruled that the ball had not gone out of play, even though photographic evidence later showed that the ball had actually crossed the line [1], and the goal stood. Newcastle later scored a second to win the game 2-1. The event is often cited as an example by those who believe video replays should be used in matches to help referees make decisions. In March 2003 his medal from that game sold for £6,462 in an auction at Christie's.

He earned two caps for the England national football team, both in May 1933, against Italy and Switzerland.

In October 1934 he joined Huddersfield Town for a fee of £4,000, returning to Newcastle United in 1937 and later playing for Millwall and Leyton Orient.

He died in August 1964, aged 53.

Tommy Lang

Thomas "Tommy" Lang (3 April 1906 – unknown) was a Scottish footballer who played for Newcastle United, Huddersfield Town, Manchester United, Swansea City and Queen of the South. He was born in Larkhall, South Lanarkshire, Scotland.

It is perhaps at Newcastle United that Lang is best known, having helped them to victory in the 1932 FA Cup Final victory over Arsenal. Lang scored one and created the other in the 2–1 victory over Chelsea in the semi-final. Lang left Newcastle for Huddersfield Town in 1934, playing there for a year before joining Manchester United in 1935. In two years with Manchester United, Lang played just 12 times, scoring once.

Lang joined Swansea Town in April 1937. He then joined Queen of the South in the summer of 1938 as one of the first signings of new manager Jimmy McKinnell Sr. 1938-39 was the first time Queens hit top spot in the Scottish Football league. Queens finished that season sixth in Scotland's top division, a feat since equalled only in 1955-56. Lang equal top scored that season with 16 goals.After the Second World War, Lang signed for Ipswich Town. He played for Ipswich for one season, scoring one goal in five league appearances, before becoming the club's trainer.

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