1937–38 FA Cup

The FA Cup 1937–38 was the 63rd staging of the world's oldest football cup competition, the Football Association Challenge Cup, commonly known as the FA Cup. Preston North End won the competition for the second time, beating Huddersfield Town 1–0 after extra time 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.

1937–38 FA Cup
Country England
Defending championsSunderland
ChampionsPreston North End
(2nd title)
Runners-upHuddersfield Town


Round Date
Extra Preliminary Round Saturday 4 September 1937
Preliminary Round Saturday 18 September 1937
First Round Qualifying Saturday 2 October 1937
Second Round Qualifying Saturday 16 October 1937
Third Round Qualifying Saturday 30 October 1937
Fourth Round Qualifying Saturday 13 November 1937
First Round Proper Saturday 27 November 1937
Second Round Proper Saturday 11 December 1937
Third Round Proper Saturday 8 January 1938
Fourth Round Proper Saturday 22 January 1938
Fifth Round Proper Saturday 12 February 1938
Sixth Round Proper Saturday 5 March 1938
Semi-Finals Saturday 26 March 1938
Final Saturday 30 April 1938

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. Chester, Millwall and Notts County were given a bye to the Third Round. To make the number of matches up, non-league Dulwich Hamlet and Walthamstow Avenue were given byes to this round. 34 matches were scheduled to be played on Saturday, 27 November 1937. Nine were drawn and went to replays in the following midweek fixture, with one of these going to a second replay.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Darlington 0–2 Scarborough 27 November 1937
2 Bournemouth 0–0 Dartford 27 November 1937
Replay Dartford 0–6 Bournemouth 1 December 1937
3 Barrow 0–1 Crewe Alexandra 27 November 1937
4 Bristol City 3–0 Enfield 27 November 1937
5 Rochdale 1–1 Lincoln City 27 November 1937
Replay Lincoln City 2–0 Rochdale 1 December 1937
6 Watford 3–0 Cheltenham Town 27 November 1937
7 Walsall 4–0 Gateshead 27 November 1937
8 Gillingham 3–4 Swindon Town 27 November 1937
9 Doncaster Rovers 7–0 Blyth Spartans 27 November 1937
10 Wrexham 2–1 Oldham Athletic 27 November 1937
11 Tranmere Rovers 2–1 Carlisle United 27 November 1937
12 Wellington Town 1–2 Mansfield Town 27 November 1937
13 Kidderminster Harriers 2–2 Newport County 27 November 1937
Replay Newport County 4–1 Kidderminster Harriers 2 December 1937
14 Accrington Stanley 1–1 Lancaster Town 27 November 1937
Replay Lancaster Town 1–1 Accrington Stanley 1 December 1937
Replay Accrington Stanley 4–0 Lancaster Town 6 December 1937
15 Bristol Rovers 1–8 Queens Park Rangers 27 November 1937
16 Northampton Town 1–2 Cardiff City 27 November 1937
17 King's Lynn 0–4 Bromley 27 November 1937
18 Brighton & Hove Albion 5–1 Tunbridge Wells Rangers 27 November 1937
19 Hull City 4–0 Scunthorpe United 27 November 1937
20 Crystal Palace 2–2 Kettering Town 27 November 1937
Replay Kettering Town 0–4 Crystal Palace 2 December 1937
21 Exeter City 1–0 Folkestone 27 November 1937
22 Hartlepools United 3–1 Southport 27 November 1937
23 Burton Town 1–1 Rotherham United 27 November 1937
Replay Rotherham United 3–0 Burton Town 29 November 1937
24 Port Vale 1–1 Gainsborough Trinity 27 November 1937
Replay Gainsborough Trinity 2–1 Port Vale 1 December 1937
25 Yeovil & Petter's United 2–1 Ipswich Town 27 November 1937
26 Dulwich Hamlet 1–2 Aldershot 27 November 1937
27 Walker Celtic 1–1 Bradford City 27 November 1937
Replay Bradford City 11–3 Walker Celtic 1 December 1937
28 New Brighton 5–0 Workington 27 November 1937
29 Torquay United 1–2 Clapton Orient 27 November 1937
30 Westbury United 1–3 Walthamstow Avenue 27 November 1937
31 Corinthian 0–2 Southend United 27 November 1937
32 York City 1–1 Halifax Town 27 November 1937
Replay Halifax Town 0–1 York City 1 December 1937
33 Guildford City 1–0 Reading 27 November 1937
34 Wigan Athletic 1–4 South Liverpool 27 November 1937

Second Round Proper

The matches were played on Saturday, 11 December 1937, with two matches postponed until the 15th. Four matches were drawn, with replays taking place in the following midweek fixture.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Watford 3–0 Walsall 11 December 1937
2 Crewe Alexandra 2–2 New Brighton 15 December 1937
Replay New Brighton 4–1 Crewe Alexandra 20 December 1937
3 Swindon Town 2–1 Queens Park Rangers 11 December 1937
4 Scarborough 4–1 Bromley 11 December 1937
5 Doncaster Rovers 4–0 Guildford City 11 December 1937
6 Wrexham 1–2 Bradford City 11 December 1937
7 Tranmere Rovers 3–1 Hartlepools United 11 December 1937
8 Accrington Stanley 0–1 Crystal Palace 11 December 1937
9 South Liverpool 1–1 Brighton & Hove Albion 11 December 1937
Replay Brighton & Hove Albion 6–0 South Liverpool 15 December 1937
10 Clapton Orient 2–2 York City 11 December 1937
Replay York City 1–0 Clapton Orient 15 December 1937
11 Exeter City 1–2 Hull City 11 December 1937
12 Mansfield Town 2–1 Lincoln City 15 December 1937
13 Cardiff City 1–1 Bristol City 11 December 1937
Replay Bristol City 0–2 Cardiff City 15 December 1937
14 Newport County 2–1 Bournemouth 11 December 1937
15 Yeovil & Petter's United 2–1 Gainsborough Trinity 11 December 1937
16 Walthamstow Avenue 0–1 Southend United 11 December 1937
17 Rotherham United 1–3 Aldershot 11 December 1937

Third round proper

The 44 First and Second Division clubs entered the competition at this stage, along with Chester, Millwall and Notts County. The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 8 January 1938. Seven matches were drawn and went to replays, with one of these requiring a second replay to settle the fixture.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Birmingham 0–1 Blackpool 8 January 1938
2 Bury 2–0 Brighton & Hove Albion 8 January 1938
3 Preston North End 3–0 West Ham United 8 January 1938
4 Nottingham Forest 3–1 Southampton 8 January 1938
5 Sheffield Wednesday 1–1 Burnley 8 January 1938
Replay Burnley 3–1 Sheffield Wednesday 12 January 1938
6 Grimsby Town 1–1 Swindon Town 8 January 1938
Replay Swindon Town 2–1 Grimsby Town 12 January 1938
7 Middlesbrough 2–0 Stockport County 8 January 1938
8 West Bromwich Albion 1–0 Newcastle United 8 January 1938
9 Sunderland 1–0 Watford 8 January 1938
10 Derby County 1–2 Stoke City 8 January 1938
11 Scarborough 1–1 Luton Town 8 January 1938
Replay Luton Town 5–1 Scarborough 12 January 1938
12 Doncaster Rovers 0–2 Sheffield United 8 January 1938
13 Tranmere Rovers 1–2 Portsmouth 8 January 1938
14 Tottenham Hotspur 3–2 Blackburn Rovers 8 January 1938
15 Brentford 3–1 Fulham 8 January 1938
16 Manchester United 3–0 Yeovil & Petter's United 8 January 1938
17 Norwich City 2–3 Aston Villa 8 January 1938
18 Bradford City 1–1 Chesterfield 8 January 1938
Replay Chesterfield 1–1 Bradford City 12 January 1938
Replay Bradford City 0–2 Chesterfield 17 January 1938
19 Millwall 2–2 Manchester City 8 January 1938
Replay Manchester City 3–1 Millwall 12 January 1938
20 Crystal Palace 0–0 Liverpool 8 January 1938
Replay Liverpool 3–1 Crystal Palace 12 January 1938
21 Chelsea 0–1 Everton 8 January 1938
22 Southend United 2–2 Barnsley 8 January 1938
Replay Barnsley 2–1 Southend United 11 January 1938
23 Bradford Park Avenue 7–4 Newport County 8 January 1938
24 Huddersfield Town 3–1 Hull City 8 January 1938
25 Mansfield Town 1–2 Leicester City 8 January 1938
26 Swansea Town 0–4 Wolverhampton Wanderers 8 January 1938
27 Charlton Athletic 5–0 Cardiff City 8 January 1938
28 Arsenal 3–1 Bolton Wanderers 8 January 1938
29 Leeds United 3–1 Chester 8 January 1938
30 New Brighton 1–0 Plymouth Argyle 8 January 1938
31 York City 3–2 Coventry City 8 January 1938
32 Aldershot 1–3 Notts County 8 January 1938

Fourth Round Proper

The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 22 January 1938. Four games were drawn and went to replays.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Chesterfield 3–2 Burnley 22 January 1938
2 Preston North End 2–0 Leicester City 22 January 1938
3 Nottingham Forest 1–3 Middlesbrough 22 January 1938
4 Aston Villa 4–0 Blackpool 22 January 1938
5 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1–2 Arsenal 22 January 1938
6 Luton Town 2–1 Swindon Town 22 January 1938
7 Everton 0–1 Sunderland 22 January 1938
8 Sheffield United 1–1 Liverpool 22 January 1938
Replay Liverpool 1–0 Sheffield United 26 January 1938
9 Manchester City 3–1 Bury 22 January 1938
10 Barnsley 2–2 Manchester United 22 January 1938
Replay Manchester United 1–0 Barnsley 26 January 1938
11 Brentford 2–1 Portsmouth 22 January 1938
12 Bradford Park Avenue 1–1 Stoke City 22 January 1938
Replay Stoke City 1–2 Bradford Park Avenue 26 January 1938
13 Huddersfield Town 1–0 Notts County 22 January 1938
14 Charlton Athletic 2–1 Leeds United 22 January 1938
15 New Brighton 0–0 Tottenham Hotspur 22 January 1938
Replay Tottenham Hotspur 5–2 New Brighton 26 January 1938
16 York City 3–2 West Bromwich Albion 22 January 1938

Fifth Round Proper

The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 12 February 1938. There were two replays, of which one went to a second replay.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Chesterfield 2–2 Tottenham Hotspur 12 February 1938
Replay Tottenham Hotspur 2–1 Chesterfield 16 February 1938
2 Liverpool 0–1 Huddersfield Town 12 February 1938
3 Sunderland 1–0 Bradford Park Avenue 12 February 1938
4 Luton Town 1–3 Manchester City 12 February 1938
5 Brentford 2–0 Manchester United 12 February 1938
6 Charlton Athletic 1–1 Aston Villa 12 February 1938
Replay Aston Villa 2–2 Charlton Athletic 16 February 1938
Replay Aston Villa 4–1 Charlton Athletic 21 February 1938
7 Arsenal 0–1 Preston North End 12 February 1938
8 York City 1–0 Middlesbrough 12 February 1938

Sixth Round Proper

The four quarter-final ties were scheduled to be played on Saturday, 5 March 1938. There was one replay, in the Huddersfield Town–York City match.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Aston Villa 3–2 Manchester City 5 March 1938
2 Tottenham Hotspur 0–1 Sunderland 5 March 1938
3 Brentford 0–3 Preston North End 5 March 1938
4 York City 0–0 Huddersfield Town 5 March 1938
Replay Huddersfield Town 2–1 York City 9 March 1938


The semi-final matches were played on Saturday, 26 March 1938. Preston North End and Huddersfield Town won their matches to meet in the final at Wembley.

Preston North End2–1Aston Villa
Huddersfield Town3–1Sunderland


The 1938 FA Cup Final was contested by Preston North End and Huddersfield Town at Wembley. Preston, losing finalists the previous year, won by a single goal. After 29 minutes of extra time it was still 0–0 and BBC commentator Thomas Woodrooffe said "if there's a goal scored now, I'll eat my hat". Seconds later, Preston were awarded a penalty, from which George Mutch scored the winning goal; Woodrooffe kept his promise.[1][2]

Match details

Preston North End1 – 0Huddersfield Town
Mutch Goal 119' (pen.)
Preston North End
Huddersfield Town

See also


  1. ^ ITV Sport
  2. ^ Time Magazine, May 23, 1938
1937–38 Birmingham F.C. season

The 1937–38 Football League season was Birmingham Football Club's 42nd in the Football League and their 25th in the First Division. They finished in 18th position in the 22-team division, only two points clear of the relegation places. They entered the 1937–38 FA Cup at the third round proper and lost to Blackpool in that round.

Twenty-four players made at least one appearance in nationally organised competition, and there were thirteen different goalscorers. Half-back Norman Brunskill played in 37 of the 43 matches over the season, and full-back Cyril Trigg, half-back Dai Richards, and forwards Don Dearson and Frank White played in 36. Dearson and Charlie Wilson Jones were joint leading scorers with nine goals, all scored in the league. This was the last season under the chairmanship of Howard Cant, who first took office in 1911. He was succeeded by Harry Morris, son of the former player and director, also called Harry Morris.

1938 FA Charity Shield

The 1938 FA Charity Shield was the 25th Charity Shield, an annual English football match played between the winners of the previous season's Football League and FA Cup competitions. The match, held at Highbury on 26 September 1938, was contested by Arsenal, champions of the 1937–38 Football League and Preston North End, who beat Huddersfield Town in the final of the 1937–38 FA Cup. Arsenal won the match 2–1, both of their goals scored by Ted Drake. The competition would not be held again until 1948, due to the Second World War.

1938 FA Cup Final

The 1938 FA Cup Final was contested by Preston North End and Huddersfield Town at Wembley Stadium. Preston, losing finalists the previous year, won by a single goal. This was their second win in the competition.

Albert Bonass

Albert Edward Bonass (29 May 1911 – 9 October 1945) was an English footballer who scored 58 goals from 186 appearances in the Football League playing as an outside left for Darlington, York City, Hartlepools United and Chesterfield.Bonass spent the second half of the 1932–33 season as an amateur with Darlington in the Third Division North. He then returned to his home town where he turned professional with York City. He played six league matches for each club. In 1934, he joined another Third Division club, Hartlepools United, where he established himself as the regular selection at outside-left and scored at better than a goal every two games in his first season. Less prolific in his second year, he was sold to Chesterfield, newly promoted to the Second Division for 1936–37. Again, he was first choice on the left wing and productive in front of goal during his first season, less so in the next, in which he helped the team reach the fifth round of the 1937–38 FA Cup. In 1938–39, he fell out of favour, and requested a transfer. He joined Queens Park Rangers, but his career was cut short by the outbreak of war.

During the Second World War, Bonass served in the Metropolitan Police's War Reserve and then as a wireless operator in the Royal Air Force. He was killed in October 1945, together with the rest of the crew and a civilian on the ground, when his Short Stirling bomber crashed on a training flight.

Bootham Crescent

Bootham Crescent in York, North Yorkshire, England, is the home of York City football club and York City Knights rugby league club. With a capacity of 8,256, it is near the city centre, just over a mile from York railway station.

York City leased land at Bootham Crescent from York Cricket Club as a replacement for their ground at Fulfordgate on the outskirts of the city. The ground was constructed in four months, and opened on 31 August 1932. In the Second World War, the Popular Stand was converted into an air-raid shelter, and the ground suffered slight damage when a bomb landed on houses along the Shipton Street End. York purchased Bootham Crescent for £4,075 in 1948. Floodlights were fitted at the ground in 1959, and replaced by ones twice as powerful in 1995. A number of improvements were made in the early 1980s, with a gymnasium, offices and a lounge for officials built.

The David Longhurst Stand opened in 1991 after a roof was erected on the Shipton Street End, named after the former York player David Longhurst who died during a match at the ground in 1990. Bootham Crescent hosted Football League matches from 1932 to 2004 and from 2012 to 2016, both spells ending after York were relegated into non-League football. The ground was renamed KitKat Crescent from 2005 to 2010 as part of a sponsorship deal with Nestlé. York are expected to move to a community stadium at Monks Cross in Huntington in mid 2019, and the Bootham Crescent site will be used for housing.

Bootham Crescent comprises four stands: the Main Stand, the Popular Stand, the David Longhurst Stand and the Grosvenor Road End. The ground has held a league representative match, neutral club matches, and schoolboy and youth international matches. Other than football, it has hosted a concert, firework display, American football and rugby league matches and beer festivals. The record attendance of 28,123 was set in March 1938, for an FA Cup match against Huddersfield Town. The highest seasonal average attendance of 10,412 was achieved in 1948–49.

Cliff Bastin

Clifford Sydney Bastin (14 March 1912 – 4 December 1991) was an English footballer who played as a winger for Exeter City and Arsenal football club. He also played for the England national football team. Bastin is Arsenal's third-highest goalscorer of all time.

History of Preston North End F.C.

Preston North End is an English football club in Preston, Lancashire which traces its origins to a local cricket club formed c.1863. This club moved to Deepdale in January 1875. They started playing football as a winter activity in 1878 and, in May 1880, took the decision to focus on football. Progress was rapid and the club became professional in 1883. They were a founder member of the Football League in 1888 and won the first two league championships in 1888–89 and 1889–90. Their team in 1888–89 also won the FA Cup and so became the first to achieve "The Double" in English football. In addition, the team was unbeaten in all first-class matches played that season and are famously remembered as "The Old Invincibles". Preston have had a chequered existence since 1890 and have won only one more major trophy, the 1937–38 FA Cup, when Bill Shankly was a key member of the team.

Preston's greatest player was Tom Finney who joined the club as a teenager in 1938. His first team debut was delayed until 1946 by the Second World War but he played for Preston until he retired in 1960. He made 76 international appearances from 1946 to 1958 and is remembered as one of football's greatest-ever players. A year after Finney retired, Preston were relegated to the Second Division and, since then, have not yet returned to top flight English football.

Preston had a memorable season in 1963–64 when, managed by former player Jimmy Milne, they reached the 1964 FA Cup Final and finished third in the Second Division. They were first relegated to the Third Division after the 1969–70 season. Although they won promotion again immediately, the team have spent 28 of the 49 seasons since 1970 in the bottom two divisions, including a span of nineteen seasons from 1981–82 to 1999–2000. The club experienced a near-terminal decline in the 1980s which brought about the very real threat of closure, the nadir being the 1985–86 season when they finished 23rd in the Fourth Division and had to seek re-election to the league. They recovered and won promotion back to the Third Division only a year later but it was a false dawn as the team spent another three years in the bottom division from 1993 to 1996. The club finally began to recover and move forward after a takeover by BAXI in 1994 but their ownership ended in June 2002. The team was established at second tier level through the 2000s but more problems arose at the end of the decade with an Inland Revenue winding-up order in 2010 and relegation to the third tier in 2011. The taxation issue was resolved by local businessman Trevor Hemmings, already a shareholder, who bought a controlling interest in June 2010. The team were promoted again in 2015 and have been well-placed in the EFL Championship since then.

Deepdale has been a football venue from 1878 and is the world's oldest football ground in terms of continuous use by a club in a major league. When BAXI took control, they embarked on an investment programme which had the main goal of upgrading Deepdale into a modern stadium. The old ground was demolished and rebuilt in four stages and the last of the new stands was opened in 2008. Part of the redevelopment was the original National Football Museum which opened at Deepdale in 2001, though it closed in 2010 due to funding issues and was relocated to Manchester in 2012.

List of Arsenal F.C. managers

Arsenal Football Club is an English professional association football club based in Islington, London. The club was formed in Woolwich in 1886 as Dial Square before it was shortly renamed to Royal Arsenal, and then Woolwich Arsenal in 1893. They became the first southern member admitted into the Football League in 1893, having spent their first four seasons solely participating in cup tournaments and friendlies. The club's name was shortened to Arsenal in 1914, a year after moving to Highbury. In spite of finishing fifth in the Second Division in 1915, Arsenal rejoined the First Division at the expense of local rivals Tottenham Hotspur when football resumed after the First World War. Since that time, they have not fallen below the first tier of the English football league system and hold the record for the longest uninterrupted period in the top flight.There have been nineteen permanent and seven caretaker managers of Arsenal since 1897; Stewart Houston has managed the club in two separate spells as caretaker. The most successful person to manage Arsenal is Arsène Wenger, who won three Premier League titles, seven FA Cups and seven Community Shields between 1996 and 2018. Wenger is the club's longest-serving manager; he surpassed George Allison's record of 13 years in October 2009. Two Arsenal managers have died in the job – Herbert Chapman and Tom Whittaker.

This chronological list comprises all those who have held the position of manager of the first team of Arsenal since their foundation in 1886. Each manager's entry includes his dates of tenure and the club's overall competitive record (in terms of matches won, drawn and lost), honours won and significant achievements while under his care. Caretaker managers are included, where known, as well as those who have been in permanent charge.

List of York City F.C. managers

York City Football Club is a professional association football club based in York, North Yorkshire, England. This chronological list comprises all those who have held the position of manager of the first team of York City. Each manager's entry includes his dates of tenure and the club's overall competitive record (in terms of matches won, drawn and lost), honours won and significant achievements while under his care. Caretaker managers are included, where known, as well as those who have been in permanent charge.

Ted Drake

Edward Joseph Drake (16 August 1912 – 30 May 1995) was an English football player and manager. As a player, he first played for Southampton but made his name playing for Arsenal in the 1930s, winning two league titles and an FA Cup, as well as five caps for England. Drake is Arsenal's joint fifth highest goalscorer of all time. He also holds the record for the most goals scored in a top flight game in English football, with seven against Aston Villa in December 1935. Drake has been described as a "classic number 9" and as a "strong, powerful, brave and almost entirely unthinking" player who "typified the English view."After retiring from playing football, he became a manager, and while in charge of Chelsea he took the club to its first league title. He was also a cricketer, but only ever played sparingly for Hampshire.

York City F.C.

York City Football Club is a professional association football club based in the city of York, North Yorkshire, England. The team compete in the National League North, the sixth tier of league football in England, as of the 2018–19 season.

Founded in 1908, the club played seven seasons in non-League football before folding in 1917. A new club was formed in 1922, and played in the Midland League for seven years before joining the Football League. They played in the third tier until 1959, when they were promoted for the first time. York achieved their best run in the FA Cup in 1954–55, when they met Newcastle United in the semi-final. They fluctuated between the Third and Fourth Divisions, before spending two seasons in the Second Division in the 1970s. York first played at Wembley Stadium in 1993, when they won the Third Division play-off final. At the end of 2003–04, they lost their Football League status after being relegated from the Third Division. The 2011–12 FA Trophy was the first national knockout competition won by York, and they returned to the Football League that season.

York are nicknamed the Minstermen, after York Minster, and the team traditionally play in red kits. They played at Fulfordgate from 1922 to 1932, when they moved to their current ground, Bootham Crescent. The ground has been subject to numerous improvements over the years, but the club lost ownership of it when it was transferred to a holding company in 1999. York bought it back five years later, but the terms of the loan used to do so necessitated a move to a new ground. They are due to move into the York Community Stadium for the start of the 2019/20 season. York have had rivalries with numerous clubs, but their traditional rivals are Hull City and Scarborough. The club's record appearance holder is Barry Jackson, who made 539 appearances, while their leading scorer is Norman Wilkinson, with 143 goals.

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