1933–34 FA Cup

The 1933–34 FA Cup was the 59th season of the world's oldest football cup competition, the Football Association Challenge Cup, commonly known as the FA Cup. Manchester City won the competition for the second time, beating Portsmouth 2–1 in the final at Wembley, winning through two late goals from Fred Tilson.

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. The 1933-34 competition was notable in that no second replays were required throughout the competition proper.

1933–34 FA Cup
Country England
 Wales
Defending championsEverton
ChampionsManchester City
(2nd title)
Runners-upPortsmouth

Calendar

Round Date
Extra Preliminary Round Saturday 2 September 1933
Preliminary Round Saturday 16 September 1933
First Round Qualifying Saturday 30 September 1933
Second Round Qualifying Saturday 14 October 1933
Third Round Qualifying Saturday 28 October 1933
Fourth Round Qualifying Saturday 11 November 1933
First Round Proper Saturday 25 November 1933
Second Round Proper Saturday 9 December 1933
Third Round Proper Saturday 13 January 1934
Fourth Round Proper Saturday 27 January 1934
Fifth Round Proper Saturday 17 February 1934
Sixth Round Proper Saturday 3 March 1934
Semi-Finals Saturday 17 March 1934
Final Saturday 28 April 1934

First round proper

At this stage 43 clubs from the Football League Third Division North and South joined the 25 non-league clubs having come through the qualifying rounds. Chesterfield, Brighton & Hove Albion and Luton Town were given a bye to the Third Round. To make the number of matches up, non-league Folkestone and Kingstonian were given byes to this round. 34 matches were scheduled to be played on Saturday, 25 November 1933. Seven were drawn and went to replays in the following midweek fixture.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Chester 6–1 Darlington 25 November 1933
2 Bournemouth 3–0 Hayes 25 November 1933
3 Barrow 4–2 Doncaster Rovers 25 November 1933
4 Bath City 0–0 Charlton Athletic 25 November 1933
Replay Charlton Athletic 3–1 Bath City 29 November 1933
5 Watford 0–3 Reading 25 November 1933
6 Walsall 4–0 Spennymoor United 25 November 1933
7 Folkestone 0–0 Bristol Rovers 25 November 1933
Replay Bristol Rovers 3–1 Folkestone 29 November 1933
8 Gainsborough Trinity 1–0 Altrincham 25 November 1933
9 Ilford 2–4 Swindon Town 25 November 1933
10 Tranmere Rovers 7–0 Newark 25 November 1933
11 Sutton Town 2–1 Rochdale 25 November 1933
12 Oxford City 1–5 Gillingham 25 November 1933
13 Queens Park Rangers 6–0 Kettering Town 25 November 1933
14 Northampton Town 2–0 Exeter City 25 November 1933
15 Coventry City 3–0 Crewe Alexandra 25 November 1933
16 Northfleet United 0–2 Dartford 25 November 1933
17 Carlisle United 2–1 Wrexham 25 November 1933
18 Clapton Orient 4–2 Epsom Town 25 November 1933
19 Crystal Palace 3–0 Norwich City 25 November 1933
20 Lancaster Town 0–1 Stockport County 25 November 1933
21 Scunthorpe United 1–1 Accrington Stanley 25 November 1933
Replay Accrington Stanley 3–0 Scunthorpe United 29 November 1933
22 Cardiff City 0–0 Aldershot 25 November 1933
Replay Aldershot 3–1 Cardiff City 29 November 1933
23 Halifax Town 3–2 Barnsley 25 November 1933
24 Cheltenham Town 5–1 Barnet 25 November 1933
25 Kingstonian 1–7 Bristol City 25 November 1933
26 Dulwich Hamlet 2–2 Newport County 25 November 1933
Replay Newport County 6–2 Dulwich Hamlet 30 November 1933
27 New Brighton 0–0 Mansfield Town 25 November 1933
Replay Mansfield Town 3–4 New Brighton 29 November 1933
28 Torquay United 1–1 Margate 25 November 1933
Replay Margate 0–2 Torquay United 30 November 1933
29 Workington 1–0 Southport 25 November 1933
30 York City 2–3 Hartlepools United 25 November 1933
31 Rotherham United 3–2 South Bank St Peters 25 November 1933
32 Gateshead 5–2 Darwen 25 November 1933
33 North Shields 3–0 Scarborough 25 November 1933
34 London Paper Mills 0–1 Southend United 25 November 1933

Second Round Proper

The matches were played on Saturday, 9 December 1933. Three matches were drawn, with replays taking place in the following midweek fixture.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Bournemouth 2–4 Tranmere Rovers 9 December 1933
2 Bristol City 2–1 Barrow 9 December 1933
3 Walsall 0–0 Clapton Orient 9 December 1933
Replay Clapton Orient 2–0 Walsall 14 December 1933
4 Gainsborough Trinity 0–2 Aldershot 9 December 1933
5 Swindon Town 1–0 Dartford 9 December 1933
6 Sutton Town 1–2 Reading 9 December 1933
7 Stockport County 1–2 Crystal Palace 9 December 1933
8 Queens Park Rangers 1–1 New Brighton 9 December 1933
Replay New Brighton 0–4 Queens Park Rangers 13 December 1933
9 Accrington Stanley 1–0 Bristol Rovers 9 December 1933
10 Northampton Town 3–0 Torquay United 9 December 1933
11 Carlisle United 1–2 Cheltenham Town 9 December 1933
12 Southend United 2–1 Chester 9 December 1933
13 Halifax Town 1–1 Hartlepools United 9 December 1933
Replay Hartlepools United 1–2 Halifax Town 13 December 1933
14 Charlton Athletic 1–0 Gillingham 9 December 1933
15 Workington 3–1 Newport County 9 December 1933
16 Rotherham United 2–1 Coventry City 9 December 1933
17 Gateshead 1–0 North Shields 9 December 1933

Third round proper

The 44 First and Second Division clubs entered the competition at this stage, along with Chesterfield, Brighton & Hove Albion and Luton Town. The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 13 January 1934. Nine matches were drawn and went to replays in the following midweek fixture.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Birmingham 2–1 Sheffield United 13 January 1934
2 Chesterfield 2–2 Aston Villa 13 January 1934
Replay Aston Villa 2–0 Chesterfield 17 January 1934
3 Bristol City 1–1 Derby County 13 January 1934
Replay Derby County 1–0 Bristol City 17 January 1934
4 Burnley 0–0 Bury 13 January 1934
Replay Bury 3–2 Burnley 17 January 1934
5 Liverpool 1–1 Fulham 13 January 1934
Replay Fulham 2–3 Liverpool 17 January 1934
6 Southampton 1–1 Northampton Town 13 January 1934
Replay Northampton Town 1–0 Southampton 18 January 1934
7 Reading 1–2 Oldham Athletic 13 January 1934
8 Leicester City 3–0 Lincoln City 13 January 1934
9 Nottingham Forest 4–0 Queens Park Rangers 13 January 1934
10 Bolton Wanderers 3–1 Halifax Town 13 January 1934
11 Grimsby Town 1–0 Clapton Orient 13 January 1934
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1–0 Newcastle United 13 January 1934
13 Sunderland 1–1 Middlesbrough 13 January 1934
Replay Middlesbrough 1–2 Sunderland 17 January 1934
14 Luton Town 0–1 Arsenal 13 January 1934
15 Tranmere Rovers 3–0 Southend United 13 January 1934
16 Tottenham Hotspur 3–0 Everton 13 January 1934
17 Manchester City 3–1 Blackburn Rovers 13 January 1934
18 West Ham United 3–2 Bradford City 13 January 1934
19 Brighton & Hove Albion 3–1 Swindon Town 13 January 1934
20 Manchester United 1–1 Portsmouth 13 January 1934
Replay Portsmouth 4–1 Manchester United 17 January 1934
21 Plymouth Argyle 1–1 Huddersfield Town 13 January 1934
Replay Huddersfield Town 6–2 Plymouth Argyle 17 January 1934
22 Millwall 3–0 Accrington Stanley 13 January 1934
23 Hull City 1–0 Brentford 13 January 1934
24 Crystal Palace 1–0 Aldershot 13 January 1934
25 Chelsea 1–1 West Bromwich Albion 13 January 1934
Replay West Bromwich Albion 0–1 Chelsea 17 January 1934
26 Swansea Town 1–0 Notts County 13 January 1934
27 Charlton Athletic 2–0 Port Vale 13 January 1934
28 Cheltenham Town 1–3 Blackpool 13 January 1934
29 Leeds United 0–1 Preston North End 13 January 1934
30 Workington 4–1 Gateshead 13 January 1934
31 Stoke City 3–0 Bradford Park Avenue 13 January 1934
32 Rotherham United 0–3 Sheffield Wednesday 13 January 1934

Fourth round proper

The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 27 January 1934. Five games were drawn and went to replays in the following midweek fixture.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Birmingham 1–0 Charlton Athletic 27 January 1934
2 Bury 1–1 Swansea Town 27 January 1934
Replay Swansea Town 3–0 Bury 1 February 1934
3 Liverpool 3–1 Tranmere Rovers 27 January 1934
4 Aston Villa 7–2 Sunderland 27 January 1934
5 Derby County 3–0 Wolverhampton Wanderers 27 January 1934
6 Tottenham Hotspur 4–1 West Ham United 27 January 1934
7 Portsmouth 2–0 Grimsby Town 27 January 1934
8 Brighton & Hove Albion 1–1 Bolton Wanderers 27 January 1934
Replay Bolton Wanderers 6–1 Brighton & Hove Albion 31 January 1934
9 Millwall 3–6 Leicester City 27 January 1934
10 Hull City 2–2 Manchester City 27 January 1934
Replay Manchester City 4–1 Hull City 31 January 1934
11 Oldham Athletic 1–1 Sheffield Wednesday 27 January 1934
Replay Sheffield Wednesday 6–1 Oldham Athletic 31 January 1934
12 Chelsea 1–1 Nottingham Forest 27 January 1934
Replay Nottingham Forest 0–3 Chelsea 31 January 1934
13 Huddersfield Town 0–2 Northampton Town 27 January 1934
14 Arsenal 7–0 Crystal Palace 27 January 1934
15 Workington 1–2 Preston North End 27 January 1934
16 Stoke City 3–0 Blackpool 27 January 1934

Fifth round proper

The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 17 February 1934. There was one replay, in the Sheffield Wednesday–Manchester City match, played in the next midweek fixture.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Birmingham 1–2 Leicester City 17 February 1934
2 Liverpool 0–3 Bolton Wanderers 17 February 1934
3 Preston North End 4–0 Northampton Town 17 February 1934
4 Sheffield Wednesday 2–2 Manchester City 17 February 1934
Replay Manchester City 2–0 Sheffield Wednesday 21 February 1934
5 Tottenham Hotspur 0–1 Aston Villa 17 February 1934
6 Swansea Town 0–1 Portsmouth 17 February 1934
7 Arsenal 1–0 Derby County 17 February 1934
8 Stoke City 3–1 Chelsea 17 February 1934

Sixth round proper

The four Sixth Round ties were scheduled to be played on Saturday, 3 March 1934. There were no replays.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Preston North End 0–1 Leicester City 3 March 1934
2 Bolton Wanderers 0–3 Portsmouth 3 March 1934
3 Manchester City 1–0 Stoke City 3 March 1934
4 Arsenal 1–2 Aston Villa 3 March 1934

Semi-Finals

The semi-final matches were played on Saturday, 17 March 1934. Manchester City and Portsmouth won their matches to meet in the final at Wembley

Manchester City6–1Aston Villa
Portsmouth4–1Leicester City

Final

The 1934 FA Cup Final was contested by Manchester City and Portsmouth at Wembley. Manchester City won the game through two late goals from Fred Tilson, after Septimus Rutherford had put Portsmouth ahead midway through the first half.

Match details

Manchester City2 – 1Portsmouth
Tilson Goal 74' Goal 88' (Report) Rutherford Goal 28'
Manchester City
Portsmouth

See also

References

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1933–34 Birmingham F.C. season

The 1933–34 Football League season was Birmingham Football Club's 38th in the Football League and their 21st in the First Division. They finished in 20th position in the 22-team division, two points above the relegation places. They also competed in the 1933–34 FA Cup, entering at the third round proper and losing to Leicester City in the fifth.

Twenty-nine players made at least one appearance in nationally organised competition, and there were nineteen different goalscorers. Half-backs Charlie Calladine was ever-present over the 45-match season, and Fred Roberts was leading scorer with just 8 goals, all of which came in the league.

At the end of the 1932–33 season, Leslie Knighton left the club to become manager of Chelsea, who had made him an offer that Birmingham were unable to match. Former Birmingham defender George Liddell, a schoolteacher by profession, was appointed to succeed him. Liddell kept up his Saturday evening radio broadcast, This Week's Sport in the Midlands, but only on days when Birmingham were not playing away from home.

1933–34 Southampton F.C. season

The 1933–34 season was the 39th season of competitive football by Southampton, and the club's 12th in the Second Division of the Football League. The season was another mediocre campaign for the Saints, who finished in the bottom half of the Second Division table for the fifth time since joining the league. The club equalled their Football League record of 15 home wins from 21 games, but failed to win a single away fixture all season, continuing a club record run of 33 games without an away which started late the last season and continued until December 1934. Despite starting the season strongly and spending months in the top half of the table, Southampton finished the 1933–34 season in 14th place with 15 wins, eight draws and 19 losses, just five points above Millwall in the first relegation spot.

In the 1933–34 FA Cup, Southampton entered the third round with a home fixture against Third Division South side Northampton Town. After a 1–1 draw at The Dell, the Saints lost by a single goal in the replay at the County Ground, exiting the tournament without a win for a club record seventh season running. As in the previous year, the club ended the season against local First Division rivals Portsmouth in a single game for the Hampshire Benevolent Cup and Rowland Hospital Cup, which they lost 4–1 at home. In the semi-final of the third annual Hampshire Combination Cup, they also lost 1–0 to Pompey, who had thrashed them 6–0 at the same stage the previous season. Southampton played just one additional friendly match during the 1933–34 campaign, beating divisional rivals Fulham 2–1 at home in January.

Southampton used 22 different players during the 1933–34 season and had thirteen different goalscorers. Their top scorer was centre-forward Ted Drake, who scored 22 goals in the Second Division and one in the FA Cup before he left the club to join Arsenal in March. Inside-forward Arthur Holt scored six times in the league, followed by Norman Cole – who took Drake's place in the regular lineup after his transfer – on five league goals in just ten appearances. Ten 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 1933–34 season was 10,008. The highest attendance of the season was 24,797 against Fulham on 26 December 1933. The lowest attendance was 3,396 against Swansea Town on 5 February 1934.

1934 FA Cup Final

The 1934 FA Cup Final was won by Manchester City in a 2–1 win over Portsmouth. The match is most remembered for a young Frank Swift's heroics in goal and the predictions of City forward Fred Tilson. The match was also refereed by future FIFA president Stanley Rous, in his penultimate game as an official.

Bill Laverick

William Laverick (11 September 1897 – 24 June 1975), commonly known as Bill or Billy Laverick, was an English footballer who played as an outside left in the Football League for Ashington and Halifax Town. He also played non-league football for clubs including Pelton Fell, Annfield Plain, Darlington, Chester-le-Street Town, West Stanley and Murton Colliery Welfare.

Clem Stephenson

Clement Stephenson (6 February 1890 – 24 October 1961) was an English football player whose 20-year career at Aston Villa and Huddersfield Town included success in both the FA Cup and League Championship. Stephenson's place in history as an inside forward was assured when Herbert Chapman targeted him as the man to lead Huddersfield Town's challenge for three consecutive Football League titles in the 1920s, he also made a single appearance for England in that period.

George Holdcroft

George Henry Holdcroft (23 January 1909 – 17 April 1983), also known as Harry Holdcroft, was an England international football goalkeeper.

He played for Port Vale, Darlington, Everton, Accrington Stanley, Barnsley, Burnley, Bury, Oldham Athletic, Manchester United, Southport, Leyland Motors, Morecambe and Chorley. However it was for his seven years at Preston North End, from 1932 to 1939, that he became well known. He helped the club to win promotion out of the Second Division in 1933–34, and kept goal as Preston lifted the FA Cup in 1938. He also represented England twice in 1936.

Jimmy Allen (footballer, born 1909)

James Phillips Allen (16 October 1909 – 5 February 1995) was an English footballer and football manager who played and coached in the Football League. He played as a defender for Portsmouth and Aston Villa, making over 250 league appearances. He made two appearances for England at full international level.

After World War II, Allen became manager of Colchester United, whom he led from the Southern League into the Football League in 1950.

John Stanger

John Stanger (active 1932–37) was an English footballer who played as an outside right in the Football League for Stockport County and Darlington. He also played for North Eastern League club Workington.

Stanger was a member of the Workington team that in the 1933-34 season won eight games in a row in the North Eastern League and reached the fourth round of the 1933–34 FA Cup. He scored one of the goals as Workington came back from 3–1 down to beat Manchester North End in the fourth qualifying round replay, scored the only goal of the first round match against Southport, and in the fourth round, against Second Division club Preston North End, he indirectly gave his team the lead when from his corner kick, goalkeeper Harry Holdcroft could only punch the ball into his own net. He moved on to Third Division North club Stockport County, but played infrequently: over two seasons, he scored twice from 14 league matches, and played one FA Cup and two Third Division North Cup matches. He then spent the 1936–37 season with division rivals Darlington, playing more regularly, with five goals from 21 league matches.

Roy Goodall

Frederick Roy Goodall (31 December 1902 – 19 January 1982) was a professional footballer, who played for Huddersfield Town for 16 years and played 25 games for England, 12 as captain.

Goodall would have captained England in the first ever World Cup if they had decided to take a team to the tournament. He was widely regarded as one of the best defenders in the world at that time.

He was captain of Huddersfield Town throughout their most successful period, when they became the first team to win the English top flight three times in a row and dominated English football through the twenties.

In 1945, he became manager of Mansfield Town.

Sandy Cochrane

Alexander Fraser Cochrane (8 August 1900 – 2 September 1967), known as Sandy or Alex Cochrane, was a Scottish footballer who scored 68 goals from 318 appearances in the Football League playing for Middlesbrough, Darlington, Bradford City, Chesterfield, Northampton Town and Swindon Town. He began his career with Shawfield Juniors, played in the Scottish League for Alloa Athletic, East Stirlingshire and Dumbarton, and spent time with Welsh club Llanelly.

Tiptree United F.C.

Tiptree United F.C. was an English football club based in Tiptree, Essex. Established in 1933, the club was absorbed into Maldon Town in 2010, creating Maldon & Tiptree.

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