1935 FA Cup Final

The 1935 FA Cup Final was contested by Sheffield Wednesday and West Bromwich Albion at Wembley. Sheffield Wednesday won 4–2, with goals scored by Jack Palethorpe, Mark Hooper and Ellis Rimmer (2). Wally Boyes and Teddy Sandford scored West Brom's goals. It is the most recent time that the trophy has been won by Sheffield Wednesday, and would be their last major trophy win for 56 years, until they won the Football League Cup in 1991.

1935 FA Cup Final
Old Wembley Stadium (external view)
Event1934–35 FA Cup
Sheffield Wednesday West Bromwich Albion
4 2
Date27 April 1935
VenueWembley Stadium, London
RefereeBert Fogg

Match summary

West Brom went into the match as favourites even though they were below Wednesday in the table, pundits believing that they had the better forward players with Wally Boyes, W.G. Richardson and Teddy Sandford all having notched over 20 League goals for the season. The two teams had actually met in a League game five days earlier on Easter Monday and drawn 1–1 at The Hawthorns. Wednesday went into the match with a full strength squad and fielded the same starting eleven that they had for every round except the third, Ellis Rimmer was their ace in the pack having scored in every round up to the final. West Brom brought back Joe Carter into the team having been absent with a knee injury since the semi-final. Harry Jones being the unlucky player to miss out. In hindsight the decision to play Carter was clearly a gamble and a mistake with no substitutes allowed. Carter was limping after only ten minutes of the match and missed two second half chances which he may have taken if he had been fully fit. Another controversial move by West Brom was the decision to leave out Arthur Gale who had played in all six FA Cup ties leading up to the final that season, scoring four goals from the right wing. Gale was replaced by Tommy Glidden who was effectively shackled by Wednesday's left back Ted Catlin.

The match had a thrilling start when Wednesday took the lead after just two minutes, a West Brom attack broke down leaving Ted Catlin injured on the floor, however referee Bert Fogg played an advantage and a quick break saw Mark Hooper and Ronnie Starling combine to feed Jack Palethorpe who hit a right foot shot into the corner of the goal. Albion however started to play some good football and got themselves back into the match after 21 minutes when the youngest player on the field, 22-year-old Wally Boyes, a boyhood Wednesdayite from Sheffield scored an equaliser. The diminutive left winger took a pass from Carter and hit a stinging, rising drive from the left side of the penalty area which gave Jack Brown no chance. The score remained at 1–1 until half time.

The early stages of the second half saw Ronnie Starling miss a chance and then have another effort cleared off the line. Not to be deterred Starling was prominent in Wednesday re-taking the lead on 70 minutes when his pass released Mark Hooper who beat two men before hitting a shot past Harold Pearson that went in off a post. Within five minutes West Brom were level as a Teddy Sandford shot was deflected into the net off Walt Millership. At this stage West Brom looked the likely winners with some of the Wednesday players arguing amongst themselves as they kicked off. It was during this stage of the game that the limping Joe Carter missed his two good chances, hitting the post with one of them. W. G. Richardson also missed a fine opportunity. With only five minutes remaining and extra time looking a distinct possibility Ellis Rimmer, who had had a quiet match up till that point made his mark on the match. He chased a long through ball from Wilf Sharp and the tall winger got his head to the ball just before West Brom keeper Pearson could reach it and guided it into the net. In the final minute Rimmer scored his second goal when Pearson could only parry a Mark Hooper shot and Rimmer knocked the ball home from close range. Wednesday had won the cup and Ellis Rimmer had scored in every round.[1][2]


Sheffield Wednesday have yet to win the FA Cup since their 1935 triumph; their only major trophy during that time was the Football League Cup in 1991. By this date, there were just two members of Wednesday's FA Cup winning team still alive; captain Ronnie Starling, who died later that year at the age of 82, and Jack Surtees, who died in July 1992 at the age of 81. The last surviving player from the game, Albion's Teddy Stanford, died in May 1995 at the age of 84.

Match details

Sheffield Wednesday4–2West Bromwich Albion
Palethorpe Goal 2'
Hooper Goal 70'
Rimmer Goal 85' Goal 89'
Report Boyes Goal 21'
Sandford Goal 75'
Sheffield Wednesday
West Bromwich Albion
1 England Jack Brown
2 Scotland Joe Nibloe
3 England Ted Catlin
4 Scotland Wilf Sharp
5 England Walter Millership
6 England Horace Burrows
7 England Mark Hooper
8 England Jack Surtees
9 England Jack Palethorpe
10 England Ronnie Starling (c)
11 England Ellis Rimmer
England Billy Walker
1 England Harold Pearson
2 England George Shaw
3 England Bert Trentham
4 Wales Jimmy Murphy
5 England Bill Richardson
6 England Jimmy Edwards
7 England Tommy Glidden (c)
8 England Joe Carter
9 England W. G. Richardson
10 England Teddy Sandford
11 England Wally Boyes
England Fred Everiss

Match rules

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

Road to Wembley

Sheffield Wednesday
Home teams listed first. Round 3: Sheffield Wednesday 3–1 Oldham Athletic

Round 4: Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. 1–2 Sheffield Wednesday

Round 5: Norwich City 0–1 Sheffield Wednesday

Quarter-Final: Sheffield Wednesday 2–1 Arsenal

Semi-Final: Sheffield Wednesday 3–0 Burnley

(at Villa Park, Birmingham)

West Bromwich Albion
Home teams listed first. Round 3: West Bromwich Albion 2–1 Port Vale

Round 4: West Bromwich Albion 7–1 Sheffield United

Round 5: West Bromwich Albion 5–0 Stockport County

Quarter-Final: West Bromwich Albion 1–0 Preston North End

Semi-Final: West Bromwich Albion 1–1 Bolton Wanderers

(at Elland Road, Leeds)
Replay: West Bromwich Albion 2–0 Bolton Wanderers
(at Victoria Ground, Stoke-on-Trent)


  1. ^ "Sheffield Football, A History", Keith Farnsworth, ISBN 1-874718-13-X Page 200 (Gives details of match).
  2. ^ "Wednesday", Keith Farnsworth, ISBN 0-900660-87-2 Page 132-135 (Gives details of match and team selections).

External links

1934–35 FA Cup

The 1934–35 FA Cup was the 60th season of the world's oldest football cup competition, the Football Association Challenge Cup, commonly known as the FA Cup. Sheffield Wednesday won the competition for the third time, beating West Bromwich Albion 4–2 in the final at Wembley, winning through two late goals from Ellis Rimmer.

Arthur Gale

Arthur Reuben Gale (16 November 1904 – 1976) was an English footballer who played as a forward in the Football League for Bury, West Bromwich Albion, Chester and Accrington Stanley.

Bert Trentham

Herbert Francis "Bert" Trentham (22 April 1908 – June 1979) was an English footballer who

played as a full back. He was nicknamed "Corker".

Bill Richardson (footballer, born 1908)

William "Bill" Richardson (14 February 1908 – August 1985) was an English footballer who played as a centre half.

George Irwin (football manager)

George Irwin (7 January 1891 — unknown) was manager of the English football clubs Crystal Palace (1939–47) and Darlington (1950–52). He also made appearances in the Football League for Crystal Palace and Reading.

Harold Pearson (footballer, born 1908)

Harold Frederick Pearson (7 May 1908 – 2 November 1994) was an English footballer who played as a goalkeeper.

Jimmy Murphy (footballer)

James Patrick Murphy (8 August 1910 – 14 November 1989) was a Welsh football player who made over 200 appearances for West Bromwich Albion and won 15 caps for the Wales national team, which he later managed. Murphy is most famous for being an influential figure at Manchester United from 1946 until the 1970s, as assistant manager, first-team coach, reserve team manager and a full-time scout, although he disliked the limelight and preferred to work quietly behind the scenes. Following the Munich air disaster on 6 February 1958, Murphy temporarily took over as Manchester United manager until the end of the 1957–58 season, steering the club through its greatest crisis. Murphy had not been on the Munich aeroplane, as he had missed the trip in order to take charge of Wales against Israel in Cardiff on the same night as Manchester United's match against Red Star Belgrade in Yugoslavia. Wales' win that night ensured they qualified for the 1958 FIFA World Cup in Sweden.

Joe Carter (English footballer)

Joseph Henry Carter (27 July 1899 – 7 January 1977) was an English footballer who played at inside-forward. He won three England caps, scoring four goals. Carter won an FA Cup winner's medal with West Bromwich Albion in 1931, also helping the team win promotion to Division One in the same season. In September 1931 he became the first ever Albion player to be sent off at The Hawthorns. He played in the 1935 FA Cup Final when Albion finished as runners-up to Sheffield Wednesday. He died of dehydration in 1977.

Neil Dewar

Neil Hamilton Dewar (11 November 1908 – 10 January 1982) was a Scottish footballer who played for Third Lanark, Manchester United, Sheffield Wednesday and the Scotland national team. He usually played as a forward and had a prolific goal scoring record.

Teddy Sandford

Edward Albert Sandford (22 October 1910 – 13 May 1995) was an English footballer who played as an inside forward. During his professional career from 1930 to 1943 he represented West Bromwich Albion, Sheffield United, Morris Commercial and the England national football team.

Walter Boyes

Walter Edward Boyes (5 January 1913 – 16 September 1960) was an English footballer who earned three caps for the national team between 1935 and 1938. He played club football for West Bromwich Albion, Everton, Notts County and Scunthorpe United.

Walter Millership

Walter Millership was a professional footballer who played for Bradford Park Avenue and Sheffield Wednesday in a career that lasted from 1928 until 1939 during which time he played 240 League games (271 including cup games), scoring 38 league goals (47 including cup). Millership made his name as a centre-half but he originally was a centre forward in his early playing days.

West Bromwich Albion F.C.

West Bromwich Albion Football Club () is a football club in West Bromwich, West Midlands, England.

They currently play in the Championship, the second tier of English football. The club was formed in 1878 and has played at its home ground, The Hawthorns, since 1900.

Albion were one of the founding members of the Football League in 1888, and have spent the majority of their existence in the top tier of English football. They have been champions of England once, in 1919–20, and have been runners-up twice. They have had more success in the FA Cup, winning it five times. The first came in 1888, the year the league was founded, and the most recent in 1968, their last major trophy. They also won the Football League Cup at the first attempt in 1966. The club's longest continuous period in the top division spanned 24 years between 1949 and 1973, and from 1986 to 2002 they spent their longest ever spell out of the top division.

The team has played in navy blue and white stripes for most of the club's history; and the club badge features a throstle perched on a hawthorn branch. Albion have a number of long-standing rivalries with other West Midlands clubs; their traditional rivals being Aston Villa and Wolverhampton Wanderers. Albion contest the Black Country Derby with the latter.

Wilf Sharp

Wilf Sharp was a Scottish professional footballer who played for Clydebank, Airdrieonians, Sheffield Wednesday and Bradford Park Avenue. Sharp was a right half whose career lasted from 1925 to 1936, he only made 65 appearances in the English League but in that time he won a FA Cup winners medal while with Sheffield Wednesday in 1935.

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