1937 FA Cup Final

The 1937 FA Cup Final was contested by Sunderland and Preston North End at Wembley. Sunderland won 3–1, with goals by Bobby Gurney, Raich Carter and Eddie Burbanks. Frank O'Donnell's strike on 44 minutes had put Preston ahead. It was the first final tie contested in May (all previous finals had hitherto been played in April).

The last survivor from the winning side was Sunderland goalkeeper Johnny Mapson, who died in August 1999 at the age of 82. The last surviving player from the game, Preston's Jimmy Dougal, died two months later at the age of 86.

The Sunderland 1937 FA Cup-winning team with the trophy.
1937 FA Cup Final
Event1936–37 FA Cup
Sunderland Preston North End
3 1
Date1 May 1937
VenueWembley Stadium, London
RefereeR. G. Rudd

Match details

Sunderland3–1Preston North End
Bobby Gurney Goal 52'
Raich Carter Goal 72'
Eddie Burbanks Goal 85'
Report Frank O'Donnell Goal 44'
Sunder land
Preston North End
1 England Johnny Mapson
2 England Jimmy Gorman
3 Scotland Alex Hall
4 Scotland Charlie Thomson
5 Scotland Bert Johnston
6 Scotland Alex 'Sandy' McNab
7 England Len Duns
8 England Raich Carter (c)
9 England Bobby Gurney
10 Scotland Patrick Gallacher
11 England Eddie Burbanks
Scotland Johnny Cochrane
1 England Mick Burns
2 England Frank Gallimore
3 Scotland Andy Beattie
4 Scotland Bill Shankly
5 England Billy Tremelling (c)
6 Scotland Jimmy Milne
7 Scotland Jimmy Dougal
8 England Joseph Beresford
9 Scotland Frank O'Donnell
10 Scotland Willie Fagan
11 Scotland Hugh O'Donnell
Scotland Tommy Muirhead

Match rules

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

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1936–37 FA Cup

The 1936–37 FA Cup was the 62nd season of the world's oldest football cup competition, the Football Association Challenge Cup, commonly known as the FA Cup. Sunderland won the competition for the first time, beating Preston North End 3–1 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 Hall (Scottish footballer)

Alex Hall (6 November 1908 – 5 September 1991) was a Scottish footballer who played for Sunderland as a defender. He was born in East Calder, Scotland.

Billy Tremelling

William Reuben Tremelling (9 May 1905 — 1961) was an English professional footballer. He played as a forward at the beginning of his career, but was later played as a defender. He was the younger brother of fellow footballer Dan Tremelling, a goalkeeper who played for England.

After starting out with Shirebrook, Kirby Colliery, Welbeck Colliery, Mansfield Town, Retford Town and Worksop Town, in 1925 he joined Blackpool, then in the Second Division, with whom he spent five years.

Tremelling made his debut for Blackpool on 28 March 1925, in a goalless draw at Manchester United in front of a crowd of 30,000. He made one more league appearance in the 1924–25 season, in the very next game (a home victory over Southampton), but missed the final eight games of the season.

In 1925–26, he only appeared in three league games, after breaking his leg in a 6–1 defeat at Swansea Town on 25 February 1926.

He made a major impact in 1926–27, with 30 goals in 26 league games. He scored his first goal for Blackpool on 13 November 1926, in a 3–0 victory over Bradford City at Bloomfield Road. He went on to score in the next five games, including a hat-trick in a 6–0 home victory over Clapton Orient on 11 December. He scored another treble in a 4–2 victory at Port Vale on 16 April 1927, the second of Blackpool's two games in as many days. Tremelling also scored Blackpool's sole goal in the FA Cup that season, in a 3–1 third-round loss at home to Bolton Wanderers on 8 January 1927.

In 1927–28, Tremelling, under new Blackpool boss Sydney Beaumont, was switched to a defensive position. As such, his goal hauls dried up: he made 22 appearances and scored just four goals that season.

Tremelling was returned to the forward line for part of the 1928–29 as new manager Harry Evans struggled to find a partner for Jimmy Hampson. He scored five goals in twelve league appearances.

Back in a defensive role for the 1929–30 campaign, Tremelling helped Blackpool to the Division Two championship. He made 38 league appearances and scored three goals in the club's successful season.

Tremelling's final game for Blackpool was on 6 December 1930, in a 3–1 home defeat by West Ham.

He left the club to join arch-rivals Preston North End, with whom he made over 200 appearances, captaining the side in the 1937 FA Cup Final.After retirement, Tremelling returned to Blackpool as a coach.

Bobby Gurney

Bobby Gurney (13 October 1907 – 14 April 1994) was a football forward who is the highest goal scorer in the history of his only senior club as a player, Sunderland.

Charles Thomson (footballer, born 1910)

Charles Morgan Thomson (11 December 1910 – 8 May 1984) was a Scottish footballer who played for Sunderland and the Scotland national football team as a defender. He was born in Glasgow, Scotland.

Frank O'Donnell (footballer)

Francis Joseph O'Donnell (31 August 1911 — 4 September 1952) was a Scottish professional footballer. He was the older brother of fellow footballer Hugh O'Donnell. The siblings stayed together for the first sixteen years of their careers, both playing concurrently for Celtic, Preston North End and Blackpool. He also made six appearances for the Scotland national team.

Jimmy Connor (footballer, born 1909)

James Connor (1 June 1909 – 8 May 1980) was a Scottish footballer who played for Sunderland and the Scotland national football team as an outside left. He was born in Renfrew, Scotland.

James "Jimmy" Connor was one of the most popular players ever in red and white. He was an outside-left who loved to move inside the full-back and hit a shot with his fierce left foot. In 1936 when Sunderland won Division 1 (now the Premiership) Connor had his greatest moment for Sunderland when he scored the winner in a 5-4 win against Champions Arsenal at Roker. Bob Paisley, the famous Liverpool Manager voted Jimmy Connor, the best player he had ever seen as a child in his autobiography.

Jimmy Gorman

Jimmy Gorman (3 March 1910 – 1 February 1991) was an English footballer who played for Sunderland as a full back. He was born in Liverpool, England.

Johnny Cochrane

Johnny Cochrane (born in Paisley) was a Scottish football manager.

Johnny Mapson

John Mapson (2 May 1917 – 19 August 1999) was an English professional football player.

Born in Birkenhead (at that time a part of Cheshire), Mapson moved to Swindon in his youth and worked in a succession of jobs including grocer's boy, in a bakehouse and as a milk boy before signing for Reading F.C. in April 1935. In March 1936 he transferred to Sunderland A.F.C. for the sum of £2000, beginning a career that would last with Sunderland A.F.C. for nearly twenty years.

The death of goalkeeper Jimmy Thorpe on 5 February 1936 propelled the 18-year-old Mapson, with only a couple of Third Division appearances for Reading F.C., into the championship chasing Sunderland A.F.C. first team. Sunderland A.F.C. won the Football League Championship in 1936, although Mapson did not make enough appearances to qualify for a medal. The following season Mapson established himself as a first team regular as Sunderland A.F.C. won the FA Cup on the day before his twentieth birthday.

Mapson was considered positionally astute as a goalkeeper, rarely having to make a last-ditch dive and had a distinctive method of catching the ball (one arm over the other to one side of his body).

Mapson's career was interrupted by World War II, during which he worked in an engineering works, assisting Reading F.C. in wartime football and helping them to win the London War Cup in 1941.

After World War II Mapson returned as first choice goalkeeper for Sunderland in an increasingly star-studded team during the so-called "Bank of England club" era of the early 1950s, so named as the club broke successive transfer records to buy and field a team of established internationals. Although ultimately unsuccessful in winning honours, the Sunderland team at this time was one of the great glamour sides of the era, fielding players of the quality of Len Shackleton and Trevor Ford.

In 1939 Mapson travelled with the Football Association touring party to South Africa, playing against the national side, and in 1941 played for England against Wales in a wartime international.

Mapson retired in May 1954 and lived with his daughter in Washington, Tyne and Wear until his death on 19 August 1999. He was the last surviving member of the Sunderland 1937 FA Cup Final winning side.

List of Preston North End F.C. players

Preston North End F.C. is a football club located in Preston, Lancashire. The team currently plays in the Football League Championship, the second tier of the English football league system.

Preston were the first English league champions and won the FA Cup in the same season without conceding a goal, thereby achieving the first football "Double", and earning the nickname "The Invincibles" for completing a season unbeaten in both league and cup competition.

List of Sunderland A.F.C. seasons

Sunderland Association Football Club was founded in 1880 as Sunderland & District Teachers Association Football Club by James Allan. They turned professional in 1885. Sunderland won their first Football League championship in the 1891–92 season two years after joining the league. They won the next Football League First Division on three occasions in four seasons; in 1892, 1893 and 1895, separated by a runner-up spot in 1894. In the 1901–02 season, Sunderland won their fifth Football League First Division championship. They came close to completing the "league and cup double" in the 1912–13 season, winning the league but losing to Aston Villa in the 1913 FA Cup Final. The team's next success came in the 1935–36 season when they won the League Championship and also the Charity Shield. They had not won the FA Cup until the 1936–37 season when they defeated Preston North End in the 1937 FA Cup Final. Sunderland entered The Football League in 1890 and were not relegated from the top division until the 1957–58 season; a total of 58 seasons in the highest division of England. Their next trophy came in the 1973 FA Cup Final as they beat Leeds United 1–0. They reached the 1985 Football League Cup Final but finished as runners-up to Norwich City after being beaten 1–0. In the 1986–87 season Sunderland were relegated to the Football League Third Division for the first time in their history under the management of Lawrie McMenemy, they however, returned to the second division the following season as champions–their lowest position in the English football league system until 2019. Their first appearance in the Premier League came in the 1996–97 season after being promoted as champions from Division One. In winning promotion the club gained 105 points, which was a record at the time. Sunderland gained just 15 points in the 2005–06 season, which set the record for the lowest number of points in a Premier League season, which has since been eclipsed by Derby County.Sunderland have won the League Championship six times, the FA Cup twice, and the Charity Shield three times (including the Sheriff of London Charity Shield). They have been runners-up in the League Championship five times, in the FA Cup twice and in the League Cup twice. In European competitions, Sunderland have reached the second round stage of the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup. The table details the club's achievements in all national and European first-team competitions, and records their top league goalscorer, for each completed season.

Patrick Gallacher

Patrick "Patsy" Gallacher (21 August 1909 – 4 January 1992) was a Scottish footballer who played for Stoke City, Sunderland and the Scotland national football team as a striker.

Raich Carter

Horatio Stratton "Raich" Carter (21 December 1913 – 9 October 1994) was an English sportsman who played association football for Sunderland from 1931 to 1939, for Derby County from 1945 to 1948 and for Hull City from 1948 to 1952. He also played first-class cricket for Derbyshire in 1946. Later he became a football manager.

Sandy McNab

Alexander "Sandy" McNab (27 December 1911 – September 1962) was a Scottish footballer. He played a leading role in two of Sunderland's greatest successes. He was on the pitch for the league championship clincher in 1936, and replaced injured captain Alex Hastings in the 1937 FA Cup Final.

In 1938, McNab joined West Bromwich Albion for a fee of £7,000 but war intervened and he went to various clubs on loan including Nottingham Forest, Northampton Town and Walsall. He eventually signed for Newport County in 1946. McNab later played for Dudley Town and managed Northwich Victoria from 1948-49 before eventually retiring in 1952.

Sunderland A.F.C.

Sunderland Association Football Club ( (listen), locally ) is an English professional football club based in the city of Sunderland, Tyne and Wear. Sunderland play in League One, the third tier of English football. Since its formation in 1879, the club has won six top-flight (First Division, now the Premier League) titles (1892, 1893, 1895, 1902, 1913 and 1936), a total only bettered by five other clubs, and has finished runners-up five times. The club has also won the FA Cup twice (1937 and 1973) and been runners-up twice (1913 and 1992), as well as winning the FA Community Shield in 1936 and being finalists the following year. Sunderland have also been Football League Cup finalists in 1985 and 2014.

Sunderland won their first FA Cup in 1937 with a 3–1 victory over Preston North End, and remained in the top league for 68 successive seasons until they were relegated for the first time in 1958. Sunderland's most notable trophy after the Second World War was their second FA Cup in 1973, when the club secured a 1–0 victory over Leeds United. The team has won the second tier title five times in that period and the third tier title once.

Sunderland play their home games at the 49,000-capacity all-seater Stadium of Light having moved from Roker Park in 1997. The original ground capacity was 42,000 which was increased to 49,000 following expansion in 2000. Sunderland have a long-standing rivalry with their neighbouring club Newcastle United, with whom they have contested the Tyne–Wear derby since 1898.

Tom Smith (footballer, born 1909)

Thomas McCall "Tom" Smith (4 October 1909 – 21 June 1998) was a Scottish association football player and manager. Smith, who was born in Fenwick, East Ayrshire, played in junior football before signing for Kilmarnock. Smith was part of the Killie team that lost the Scottish Cup Final to Rangers in 1932, and he won international recognition two years later when he played in the 1934 British Home Championship against England. Smith played for Scotland in a tour of the United States and Canada in 1935, but none of the tour matches counted as full internationals.A good performance in a 1936 inter-league match for the Scottish Football League against The Football League attracted the interest of Preston North End, and Smith agreed to sign for the Lancashire club soon afterwards. Smith, a centre half, initially had to compete for that position with Billy Tremelling, and he did not play in the 1937 FA Cup Final defeat by Sunderland. Smith played more regularly during the following season, when Preston finished third in the First Division. Preston also had a significant cup run, culminating in the 1938 FA Cup Final win against Huddersfield. To cap a highly successful year, Smith made his second (and last) appearance for Scotland, a 1–0 victory against England in the 1938 British Home Championship. Smith was one of five Preston players to play for Scotland in that match.The outbreak of the Second World War in September 1939 effectively curtailed Smith's playing career. Smith continued to play for Preston during the War, and also played in one wartime international against England. He returned to Kilmarnock in 1945 to serve as their manager.

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