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.

1938 FA Cup Final
Old Wembley Stadium (external view)
Event1937–38 FA Cup
Preston North End Huddersfield Town
1 0
Date30 April 1938
VenueWembley Stadium, London
RefereeA. Jewell (London)


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, though it was one made of cake and marzipan.[1][2]

This was the first FA Cup final to be broadcast on television. It was a repeat of the 1922 FA Cup Final. This time the scores were reversed but once again a penalty was needed to separate the two sides.[3][4]

Three of the players who participated in the final (Andy Beattie & Bill Shankly of Preston and Eddie Boot of Huddersfield) would all manage Huddersfield within 20 years of this final.

The last surviving member of the winning team was Bobby Beattie, who died in September 2002 at the age of 86.

Match details

Preston North End1–0
Huddersfield Town
Mutch Goal 119' (pen.) Report
Preston North End
Huddersfield Town
1 England George Holdcroft
2 England Len Gallimore
3 Scotland Andy Beattie
4 Scotland Bill Shankly
5 Scotland Tom Smith (c)
6 England Bob Batey
7 England Dickie Watmough
8 Scotland George Mutch
9 Scotland Bud Maxwell
10 Scotland Bobby Beattie
11 Scotland Hugh O'Donnell
England James Taylor (acting)
1 England Bob Hesford
2 England Benny Craig
3 England Reg Mountford
4 England Ken Willingham
5 England Alf Young (c)
6 England Eddie Boot
7 England Joe Hulme
8 England Jimmy Isaac
9 Scotland Willie MacFadyen
10 England Bobby Barclay
11 England Pat Beasley
England Clem Stephenson

Match rules

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

Road to Wembley

Preston North End

3rd Round
Preston North End3 - 0West Ham United
Deepdale, Preston
4th Round
Preston North End2 - 0Leicester City
Deepdale, Preston
5th Round
Arsenal0 - 1Preston North End
Highbury, London
6th Round
Brentford0 - 3Preston North End
Griffin Park, London
Preston North End2 - 1Aston Villa
Bramall Lane, Sheffield

Huddersfield Town

3rd Round
Huddersfield Town3 - 1Hull City
Leeds Road, Huddersfield
4th Round
Huddersfield Town1 - 0Notts County
Leeds Road, Huddersfield
5th Round
Liverpool0 - 1Huddersfield Town
Anfield, Liverpool
6th Round
York City0 - 0Huddersfield Town
6th Round Replay
Huddersfield Town 2 - 1York City
Leeds Road, Huddersfield
Huddersfield Town3 - 1Sunderland
Ewood Park, Blackburn


  1. ^ Mark Connelly & David Welch (2005). War and the Media: Reportage and Propaganda, 1900-2003. I.B. Tauris. p. 141. ISBN 1-860-64959-9.
  2. ^ Scott Murray (13 May 2011). "The Joy of Six: FA Cup final goals". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 December 2016.
  3. ^ Thomas Dunmore & Scott Murray (2013). Soccer For Dummies. John Wiley & Sons. p. 27. ISBN 1-118-51065-8.
  4. ^ Nihon Hōsō Kyōkai, NHK Hōsō Bunka Chōsa Kenkyūjo (2003). NHK Broadcasting Studies, Issue 2. NHK Broadcasting Culture Research Institute. p. 132.

External links

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.

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William Shankly (2 September 1913 – 29 September 1981) was a Scottish football player and manager, who is best known for his time as manager of Liverpool. Shankly brought success to Liverpool, gaining promotion to the First Division and winning three League Championships and the UEFA Cup. He laid foundations on which his successors Bob Paisley and Joe Fagan were able to build by winning seven league titles and four European Cups in the ten seasons after Shankly retired in 1974.

Shankly came from a small Scottish mining community and was one of five brothers who played football professionally. He played as a ball-winning right-half and was capped twelve times for Scotland, including seven wartime internationals. He spent one season at Carlisle United before spending the rest of his career at Preston North End, with whom he won the FA Cup in 1938. His playing career was interrupted by his service in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War. He became a manager after he retired from playing in 1949, returning to Carlisle United. He later managed Grimsby Town, Workington and Huddersfield Town before moving to become Liverpool manager in December 1959.

Shankly took charge of Liverpool when they were in the Second Division and rebuilt the team into a major force in English and European football. He led Liverpool to the Second Division Championship to gain promotion to the top-flight First Division in 1962, before going on to win three First Division Championships, two FA Cups, four Charity Shields and one UEFA Cup. Shankly announced his surprise retirement from football a few weeks after Liverpool had won the 1974 FA Cup Final, having managed the club for 15 years, and was succeeded by his long-time assistant Bob Paisley. He led the Liverpool team out for the last time at Wembley for the 1974 FA Charity Shield. He died seven years later, aged 68.

Bobby Barclay

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Bobby Beattie

Robert Beattie (born 24 January 1916 – 21 September 2002) was a Scottish footballer, who played for Kilwinning Rangers, Kilmarnock, Preston North End and Wigan Athletic. He also represented Scotland once, in 1938.Beattie started his senior career with Kilmarnock and scored 43 goals in 120 Scottish Football League appearances for the club. He was sold to Preston North End in October 1937 for £2,500. He joined a club which already had several Scottish players, including Andy Beattie and Bill Shankly. During his first season with the club, Beattie was part of the team that won the 1938 FA Cup Final. Competitive football stopped due to the Second World War, but Beattie continued to play for Preston when the Football League resumed in 1946–47 and did not leave the club until 1953. He made a total of 264 appearances in the Football League, scoring 49 goals. He finished his career with Wigan Athletic, appearing 19 times in the Lancashire Combination and scoring five times.

Bud Maxwell

James Morton "Bud" Maxwell (15 January 1913 – 22 April 1990) was a Scottish footballer who played as a centre forward for Kilmarnock and Preston North End.

Maxwell was a prolific goalscorer, becoming Kilmarnock's second best ever goalscorer in just four seasons, with 103 goals in 126 League games and 19 goals in 21 Cup games. When only 18, he played in the 1932 Scottish Cup Final against Rangers. The first game was drawn, with Maxwell scoring the only goal for Kilmarnock. He also played in the replay, which Kilmarnock lost.

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George Holdcroft

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

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George Mutch

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Jimmy Jewell

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Ken Willingham

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List of Darlington F.C. players (1–24 appearances)

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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.

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Preston North End Football Club (often shortened to PNE) is a professional football club in Preston, Lancashire, whose team currently plays in the EFL Championship, the second tier of the English football league system. Originally a cricket club, Preston have been based at Deepdale since 1875. The club first took up football in 1878 as a winter fitness activity and decided to focus on it in May 1880, when the football club was officially founded. Deepdale is now football's oldest ground in terms of continuous use by a major league club.

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Until 1961, Preston were usually members of the First Division but, having been relegated after the 1960–61 season, they have not yet returned to the top flight. They were first relegated to the Third Division after the 1969–70 season and have spent 28 of the 49 seasons since 1970 in the bottom two divisions, including a span of 19 seasons from 1981 to 1982 to 1999–2000. Preston have faced serious financial issues and were twice in danger of closure. The club is now owned by businessman Trevor Hemmings and has been established in the EFL Championship since gaining promotion in 2015.

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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William MacFadyen (23 June 1904 - 20 January 1971) was a Scottish football player and manager. A goalscoring centre forward, his 52 league goals for Motherwell's 1931-32 championship winning side remains the record goals total for a single season in Scottish League history. He also topped the scoring charts again the following season, netting 45 times. In total, he scored 251 league goals for Motherwell - the eighth-best top flight total in Scottish League history.

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