1938–39 FA Cup

The 1938–39 FA Cup was the 64th season of the world's oldest football cup competition, the Football Association Challenge Cup, commonly known as the FA Cup. Portsmouth won the competition for the first time, beating Wolverhampton Wanderers 4–1 in the final at Wembley. As this was the last full FA Cup competition before the Second World War, Portsmouth held the trophy until the end of the 1945–46 season.

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.

1938–39 FA Cup
Country England
Defending championsPreston North End
ChampionsPortsmouth (1st title)
Runners-upWolverhampton Wanderers


Round Date
Extra Preliminary Round Saturday 3 September 1938
Preliminary Round Saturday 17 September 1938
First Round Qualifying Saturday 1 October 1938
Second Round Qualifying Saturday 15 October 1938
Third Round Qualifying Saturday 29 October 1938
Fourth Round Qualifying Saturday 12 November 1938
First Round Proper Saturday 26 November 1938
Second Round Proper Saturday 10 December 1938
Third Round Proper Saturday 7 January 1939
Fourth Round Proper Saturday 21 January 1939
Fifth Round Proper Saturday 11 February 1939
Sixth Round Proper Saturday 4 March 1939
Semi-Finals Saturday 25 March 1939
Final Saturday 29 April 1939

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. Barnsley, York City and Notts County were given a bye to the Third Round. To make the number of matches up, non-league Scarborough and Bromley were given byes to this round. 34 matches were scheduled to be played on Saturday, 26 November 1938. Eight were drawn and went to replays in the following midweek fixture.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Chester 3–1 Bradford City 26 November 1938
2 Darlington 4–0 Stalybridge Celtic 26 November 1938
3 Bournemouth 2–1 Bristol City 26 November 1938
4 Watford 4–1 Northampton Town 26 November 1938
5 Reading 3–3 Newport County 26 November 1938
Replay Newport County 3–1 Reading 5 December 1938
6 Walsall 4–1 Carlisle United 26 November 1938
7 Folkestone 2–1 Colchester United 26 November 1938
8 Lincoln City 4–1 Barrow 26 November 1938
9 Gainsborough Trinity 2–1 Gateshead 26 November 1938
10 Swindon Town 6–0 Lowestoft Town 26 November 1938
11 Scarborough 0–0 Southport 26 November 1938
Replay Southport 5–3 Scarborough 29 November 1938
12 Doncaster Rovers 4–2 New Brighton 26 November 1938
13 Wrexham 1–2 Port Vale 26 November 1938
14 Ipswich Town 7–0 Street 26 November 1938
15 Bristol Rovers 4–1 Peterborough United 26 November 1938
16 Bromley 2–1 Apsley 26 November 1938
17 Hull City 4–1 Rotherham United 26 November 1938
18 Clapton Orient 3–1 Hayes 26 November 1938
19 Oldham Athletic 2–2 Crewe Alexandra 26 November 1938
Replay Crewe Alexandra 1–0 Oldham Athletic 30 November 1938
20 Crystal Palace 1–1 Queens Park Rangers 26 November 1938
Replay Queens Park Rangers 3–0 Crystal Palace 28 November 1938
21 Southend United 3–0 Corinthian 26 November 1938
22 Hartlepools United 2–1 Accrington Stanley 26 November 1938
23 Scunthorpe United 4–2 Lancaster City 26 November 1938
24 Halifax Town 7–3 Rochdale 26 November 1938
25 Cheltenham Town 1–1 Cardiff City 26 November 1938
Replay Cardiff City 1–0 Cheltenham Town 30 November 1938
26 Yeovil & Petter's United 2–1 Brighton & Hove Albion 26 November 1938
27 Runcorn 3–0 Wellington Town 26 November 1938
28 Torquay United 3–1 Exeter City 26 November 1938
29 Workington 1–1 Mansfield Town 26 November 1938
Replay Mansfield Town 2–1 Workington 30 November 1938
30 Walthamstow Avenue 4–1 Tunbridge Wells Rangers 26 November 1938
31 Aldershot 1–1 Guildford City 26 November 1938
Replay Guildford City 3–4 Aldershot 30 November 1938
32 Horden CW 1–1 Chorley 26 November 1938
Replay Chorley 1–2 Horden CW 30 November 1938
33 North Shields 1–4 Stockport County 26 November 1938
34 Chelmsford City 4–0 Kidderminster Harriers 26 November 1938

Second Round Proper

The matches were played on Saturday, 10 December 1938. Four matches were drawn, with replays taking place in the following midweek fixture. One of these, Halifax Town vs. Mansfield Town, then went to two more replays before being settled.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Chester 2–2 Hull City 10 December 1938
Replay Hull City 0–1 Chester 15 December 1938
2 Walsall 4–2 Clapton Orient 10 December 1938
3 Folkestone 1–1 Yeovil & Petter's United 10 December 1938
Replay Yeovil & Petter's United 1–0 Folkestone 15 December 1938
4 Lincoln City 8–1 Bromley 10 December 1938
5 Gainsborough Trinity 0–1 Doncaster Rovers 10 December 1938
6 Ipswich Town 4–1 Torquay United 10 December 1938
7 Stockport County 0–0 Walthamstow Avenue 10 December 1938
Replay Walthamstow Avenue 1–3 Stockport County 15 December 1938
8 Bristol Rovers 0–3 Bournemouth 10 December 1938
9 Hartlepools United 0–2 Queens Park Rangers 10 December 1938
10 Scunthorpe United 1–2 Watford 10 December 1938
11 Cardiff City 1–0 Crewe Alexandra 10 December 1938
12 Port Vale 0–1 Southend United 10 December 1938
13 Halifax Town 1–1 Mansfield Town 10 December 1938
Replay Mansfield Town 3–3 Halifax Town 14 December 1938
Replay Mansfield Town 0–0 Halifax Town 19 December 1938
Replay Mansfield Town 1–2 Halifax Town 21 December 1938
14 Southport 2–0 Swindon Town 10 December 1938
15 Runcorn 3–1 Aldershot 10 December 1938
16 Horden CW 2–3 Newport County 10 December 1938
17 Chelmsford City 3–1 Darlington 10 December 1938

Third round proper

The 44 First and Second Division clubs entered the competition at this stage, along with Barnsley, York City and Notts County. The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 7 January 1939, although seven matches began at later dates. Eight 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 2–0 Halifax Town 7 January 1939
2 Blackpool 1–2 Sheffield United 7 January 1939
3 Chester 1–0 Coventry City 7 January 1939
4 Chesterfield 1–1 Southend United 11 January 1939
Replay Southend United 4–3 Chesterfield 16 January 1939
5 Liverpool 3–0 Luton Town 7 January 1939
6 Leicester City 1–1 Stoke City 7 January 1939
Replay Stoke City 1–2 Leicester City 11 January 1939
7 Notts County 3–1 Burnley 7 January 1939
8 Blackburn Rovers 2–0 Swansea Town 7 January 1939
9 Aston Villa 1–1 Ipswich Town 7 January 1939
Replay Ipswich Town 1–2 Aston Villa 11 January 1939
10 Sheffield Wednesday 1–1 Yeovil & Petter's United 7 January 1939
Replay Yeovil & Petter's United 1–2 Sheffield Wednesday 12 January 1939
11 Grimsby Town 6–0 Tranmere Rovers 10 January 1939
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers 3–1 Bradford Park Avenue 7 January 1939
13 Middlesbrough 0–0 Bolton Wanderers 7 January 1939
Replay Bolton Wanderers 0–0 Middlesbrough 11 January 1939
Replay Bolton Wanderers 0–1 Middlesbrough 16 January 1939
14 West Bromwich Albion 0–0 Manchester United 7 January 1939
Replay Manchester United 1–5 West Bromwich Albion 11 January 1939
15 Sunderland 3–0 Plymouth Argyle 7 January 1939
16 Derby County 0–1 Everton 7 January 1939
17 Tottenham Hotspur 7–1 Watford 7 January 1939
18 Queens Park Rangers 1–2 West Ham United 7 January 1939
19 Fulham 6–0 Bury 7 January 1939
20 Barnsley 1–2 Stockport County 7 January 1939
21 Brentford 0–2 Newcastle United 7 January 1939
22 Portsmouth 4–0 Lincoln City 7 January 1939
23 Norwich City 0–5 Manchester City 12 January 1939
24 Chelsea 2–1 Arsenal 7 January 1939
25 Huddersfield Town 0–0 Nottingham Forest 11 January 1939
Replay Nottingham Forest 0–3 Huddersfield Town 16 January 1939
26 Cardiff City 1–0 Charlton Athletic 7 January 1939
27 Newport County 0–2 Walsall 7 January 1939
28 Southport 1–1 Doncaster Rovers 10 January 1939
Replay Doncaster Rovers 2–1 Southport 12 January 1939
29 Runcorn 2–4 Preston North End 7 January 1939
30 Leeds United 3–1 Bournemouth 11 January 1939
31 York City 0–5 Millwall 11 January 1939
32 Chelmsford City 4–1 Southampton 7 January 1939

Fourth round proper

The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 21 January 1939. Five games were drawn and went to replays, of which two went to a second replay.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Birmingham 6–0 Chelmsford City 21 January 1939
2 Liverpool 5–1 Stockport County 21 January 1939
3 Preston North End 2–0 Aston Villa 21 January 1939
4 Notts County 0–0 Walsall 21 January 1939
Replay Walsall 4–0 Notts County 26 January 1939
5 Blackburn Rovers 4–2 Southend United 21 January 1939
6 Sheffield Wednesday 1–1 Chester 21 January 1939
Replay Chester 1–1 Sheffield Wednesday 25 January 1939
Replay Sheffield Wednesday 2–0 Chester 30 January 1939
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 5–1 Leicester City 21 January 1939
8 Middlesbrough 0–2 Sunderland 21 January 1939
9 Everton 8–0 Doncaster Rovers 21 January 1939
10 Sheffield United 2–0 Manchester City 21 January 1939
11 Portsmouth 2–0 West Bromwich Albion 21 January 1939
12 West Ham United 3–3 Tottenham Hotspur 21 January 1939
Replay Tottenham Hotspur 1–1 West Ham United 30 January 1939
Replay West Ham United 2–1 Tottenham Hotspur 2 February 1939
13 Millwall 2–2 Grimsby Town 21 January 1939
Replay Grimsby Town 3–2 Millwall 24 January 1939
14 Chelsea 3–0 Fulham 21 January 1939
15 Cardiff City 0–0 Newcastle United 21 January 1939
Replay Newcastle United 4–1 Cardiff City 25 January 1939
16 Leeds United 2–4 Huddersfield Town 21 January 1939

Fifth round proper

The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 11 February 1939. There were four replays, of which two went to second replays.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Birmingham 2–2 Everton 11 February 1939
Replay Everton 2–1 Birmingham 15 February 1939
2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 4–1 Liverpool 11 February 1939
3 Sunderland 1–1 Blackburn Rovers 11 February 1939
Replay Blackburn Rovers 0–0 Sunderland 16 February 1939
Replay Blackburn Rovers 1–0 Sunderland 20 February 1939
4 Sheffield United 0–0 Grimsby Town 11 February 1939
Replay Grimsby Town 1–0 Sheffield United 14 February 1939
5 Newcastle United 1–2 Preston North End 11 February 1939
6 Portsmouth 2–0 West Ham United 11 February 1939
7 Chelsea 1–1 Sheffield Wednesday 11 February 1939
Replay Sheffield Wednesday 0–0 Chelsea 13 February 1939
Replay Chelsea 3–1 Sheffield Wednesday 20 February 1939
8 Huddersfield Town 3–0 Walsall 11 February 1939

Sixth round proper

The four Sixth Round ties were scheduled to be played on Saturday, 4 March 1939. There was one replay, in the Huddersfield Town–Blackburn Rovers match.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 2–0 Everton 4 March 1939
2 Portsmouth 1–0 Preston North End 4 March 1939
3 Chelsea 0–1 Grimsby Town 4 March 1939
4 Huddersfield Town 1–1 Blackburn Rovers 4 March 1939
Replay Blackburn Rovers 1–2 Huddersfield Town 9 March 1939


The semi-final matches were played on Saturday, 25 March 1939. Wolverhampton Wanderers and Portsmouth won their matches to meet in the final at Wembley.

Wolverhampton Wanderers5–0Grimsby Town
Portsmouth2–1Huddersfield Town


The 1939 FA Cup Final was contested by Portsmouth and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Wembley. Portsmouth won 4–1, with goals from Bert Barlow, John Anderson and two by Cliff Parker. Dicky Dorsett scored Wolves' effort.

As a result of the suspension of the FA Cup for the duration of the Second World War, the next FA Cup final was not until seven years later in 1946, thereby enabling Portsmouth fans to claim that their team has held the Cup for the longest time.

Match details

Portsmouth4 – 1Wolverhampton Wanderers
Barlow Goal 29'
Anderson Goal 43'
Parker Goal 46', Goal 71'
Dorsett Goal 54'

See also


1938–39 Birmingham F.C. season

The 1938–39 Football League season was Birmingham Football Club's 43rd in the Football League and their 26th in the First Division. They were in the relegation positions after the second game of the season, rarely rose above them, and finished in 21st place in the 22-team division, one point from safety, so were relegated to the Second Division for the 1939–40 season. They entered the 1938–39 FA Cup at the third round proper and lost to Everton in the fifth round after a replay. The club's record attendance was set in the FA Cup-tie at home to Everton, variously recorded as 67,341 or 66,844.Thirty-two players made at least one appearance in nationally organised first-team competition, and there were fifteen different goalscorers. Half-back Don Dearson played in 42 of the 46 matches over the season, and Fred Harris was the leading scorer with 17 goals, of which 14 were scored in the league. Harry Morris, son of the Harry Morris who played for the club in the 1880s and was a member of the board of directors for nearly 30 years, took over as chairman from Howard Cant.

When the Second World War began, the 1939–40 Football League season was abandoned after three Second Division matches had been played. The first post-war Football League season was in 1946–47, though the FA Cup resumed a season earlier.

1939 FA Cup Final

The 1939 FA Cup Final was contested by Portsmouth and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Wembley. Portsmouth won 4–1, with goals from Bert Barlow, John Anderson and two by Cliff Parker. Dicky Dorsett scored Wolves' effort.

As a result of the suspension of the FA Cup for the duration of the Second World War, the next FA Cup final was not until seven years later in 1946, thereby enabling Portsmouth fans to claim that their team has held the Cup for the longest time.

Wolves had entered the game as clear favourites, having scored 19 goals in their five FA Cup games and lying second in the league table. By contrast, Portsmouth were struggling in the relegation zone.

Captain Jimmy Guthrie was presented with the cup by King George VI. Portsmouth manager Jack Tinn said afterwards that his side won thanks to the help of his "lucky spats".

Ilminster Town F.C.

Ilminster Town Football Club is a football club based in Ilminster, Somerset, England. They are currently members of the Somerset County League Premier Division and field three further teams in the Devon and Exeter League and the Perry Street League. The club plays its home games at the Recreation Ground. Ilminster were crowned Somerset County League Division One champions in 2011–12.

List of Barnsley F.C. seasons

Barnsley Football Club is an English association football club based in the South Yorkshire town of Barnsley. Founded in 1887 under the name Barnsley St Peter's, the team played in the Sheffield & District League from the 1890–91 season and first entered the FA Cup in 1893–94. Two years later, they were accepted into the Midland League. The club changed its name to Barnsley F.C. in 1897; its team finished as Midland League runners-up in the first season under the new name, and were elected to the newly expanded Second Division of the Football League for the 1898–99 season. A 16th-place finish in their second season meant they had to apply for re-election; the application was successful, and Barnsley continued safely in mid-table until 1911, when they again needed to be re-elected to the League. Their cup form was rather better: either side of that poor League placing, they reached the FA Cup final. In 1909–10, they drew 1–1 with Newcastle United in the final at Crystal Palace, but lost 1–0 in the replay at Everton's Goodison Park ground. Two seasons later, after taking three replays to get through the quarter-final, they played out a goalless draw with West Bromwich Albion at Crystal Palace; this time Barnsley won the replay, at Sheffield United's Bramall Lane ground, by one goal to nil.In the remaining years before competitive football was suspended for the duration of the First World War, Barnsley established themselves as one of the stronger sides in the Second Division, placing third in 1914–15. The First Division was to be expanded by two teams for the first post-war season. Traditionally, existing top-flight teams were reprieved from relegation when such an expansion took place, but when the League chose to relegate Tottenham Hotspur, who had finished bottom, Barnsley had expectations of promotion. Instead of promoting the top three from the Second Division, the top two went up and the League opted to ballot its members as to the third candidate; Arsenal, who had finished fifth in 1915, won the ballot. Barnsley missed out on promotion in 1921–22 on goal average, and continued in the Second Division until 1931–32 when they went down to the Third Division North, also on goal average. They returned to the second tier as champions two years later, were relegated in 1938, and won another Third Division title in 1939.After relegation in 1953, Barnsley won the Third Division championship for a third time in 1955, but ten years later they were in the Fourth Division. They moved between fourth and third tiers before two promotions in three years took them back to the Second Division in 1981, in which they remained for the next sixteen seasons. With two matches left to play in the 1996–97 season, to the accompaniment of chants of "It's just like watching Brazil", Danny Wilson had managed Barnsley to within one win of promotion to the Premier League. At home to Bradford City, Paul Wilkinson gave them a first-half lead, and with three minutes to go, Clint Marcelle scored the goal that made sure of the win. Barnsley's visit to the top flight was brief; they finished 19th, five points short of safety. They came close to a return in 2000 via the play-offs, losing 4–2 in the final after Ipswich Town's goalkeeper had saved a penalty and made a late save to deny them an equaliser.Two years later, they were relegated to the third tier, which combined with the loss of revenue following the failure of ITV Digital and its broadcasting deal with the Football League made Barnsley one of some thirty clubs driven into administration. They recovered, and went on to beat Swansea City in a penalty shoot-out in the 2006 play-off final and return to the second tier, by then renamed the Championship. Despite finishing no higher than 17th place, they retained their second-tier status for eight seasons. Relegated in 2014, they returned via the play-offs, beating Millwall 3–1 in the 2016 final. Also in 2015–16, Barnsley beat Oxford United 3–2 in the final to win the Football League Trophy, a cup competition open to teams from the lower two divisions of the Football League, for the first time. They were again relegated in 2017–18.

As of the end of the 2017–18 season, Barnsley have spent 10 seasons in the fourth tier of the English football league system, 23 in the third, 75 in the second and 1 in the top tier. The table details the team's achievements and the top goalscorer in senior first-team competitions from their first season in the Sheffield & District League in 1890–91 to the end of the most recently completed season.

List of Ipswich Town F.C. records and statistics

Ipswich Town are an English professional association football club based in Ipswich, Suffolk. The club was founded in 1878 and turned professional in 1936. Ipswich have played at all professional levels of English football and have participated in European football since the 1960s. The team plays in the second tier of English football, the Championship.

This list encompasses the major honours won by Ipswich Town, records set by the club, their managers and their players, and details the club's European performances. The player records section includes details of the club's leading goalscorers and those who have made most appearances in first-team competitions. It also records notable achievements by Ipswich players on the international stage, and the highest transfer fees paid and received by the club. Attendance records at Portman Road, the club's home ground since 1884, are also included in the list.

Tunbridge Wells F.C.

Tunbridge Wells Football Club is a football club based in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England. They are currently members of the Southern Counties East League Premier Division. They play their home games at Culverden Stadium. The club is affiliated to the Kent County Football Association.

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